Shuhei Ohtani A shaky start on the hill turned it into another night of historic excellence.
Ohtani became the first starting pitcher since 1964 to reach base five times in a game like Los Angeles Angels hit the Baltimore Orioles 9-5 p.m. Monday. Ohtani had four hits and a walk, making up for his pitching struggles with an excellent performance at the plate. He hit a giant three-run homer and finished a double shy of the cycle on a night the Orioles hit a three-run home run.
“I’m sure all of these records come through because the sample size is quite small, so I don’t dig too deeply into it,” Ohtani said through a translator.
The sample size—for players who can hit and shoot in this way—is really small. This, of course, is what makes Ohtani such a marvel. The last person to reach base five times in a game started on the mound was Mel Stottlemyre of the New York Yankees, on September 26, 1964, against Washington.
Ohtani (5-1) allowed five runs on four hits in seven innings, but did a lot of damage with a bat in his hands. In addition to his drive of 456 feet in the fourth that gave the Angels a 7-4 lead, he had walks, two singles and a triple.
“He’s a once-in-a-generation player. Once in a lifetime, really,” the Orioles player said Adam Frazier He said. “A special guy, and I’m happy to say I can compete against him, because he’s fun. He brings out the best in everyone.”
Needing a two-base hit for the cycle, Ohtani went into a powerout in the seventh. In the ninth, there was an audible cheer from the Baltimore crowd when Mike Trout He drew a double walk to give Ohtani another painting appearance. He headed straight for the left fielder, and there was no real chance of turning him into a double.
According to Sportradar, no shooting pitcher has ever hit the course.
“I was definitely happy to see that rally give me a chance to cycle,” Otani said. “But I failed.”
Orioles rookie Grayson Rodriguez (2-1) He allowed eight runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. With the score tied at 4 in the fourth, Othani hits his ninth home run of the season. The ball appeared to bounce off the gate behind the sitting area in right center field at Camden Yards.
“I was actually very comfortable on the plate today,” Ohtani said. “He hung the curve ball in a good spot. I wasn’t swinging hard, but the ball went where it went.”
The Orioles had more success against Otani while pitching. Frazier hit a two-run homer in the second to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead, and then Geo Orchila The Angels hit twice in the third inning, Anthony Santander He answered with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to put the Orioles ahead 4-3.
Chad Wallach They led off the fourth inning with a home run for the Angels, and went on to score four more runs in the inning.
Cedric Mullins Baltimore hit a solo shot in the fifth. After allowing only two runs in 28 innings over his first five starts, Ohtani has allowed 17 runs in 25 innings over the past four innings. In those last four games, he hit eight home runs.
“Sometimes he gets tired,” said head coach Phil Niven. “Great night. I know he gave up the five runs, but…the damage was minimal because the hits were low. Not a lot of guys on base.”
Reporting by The Associated Press.
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