After 133 years, 4 doubles, 2 homers, and 10 Ks, Ohtani turns ‘modern baseball’ on its head

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Shohei “Unicorn” Ohtani has turned Major League Baseball on its head again.

The right-hander pitched and batted second for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Monday (Aug. 28), tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts and two walks, while going 3-for-3 with two home runs, a walk and two RBIs to lead the Angels to a 4-2 victory. Ohtani earned his seventh win of the season.

On the day, Ohtani threw his fastball up to 162 mph with a chipped nail and struck out 10 batters, while at the plate he crushed his 27th and 28th home runs of the season to take over the major league home run lead. Ohtani was perfect in all four plate appearances with three hits and one walk. His 28th home run came after he was removed from the game after throwing 102 pitches.

White Sox infielder Jake Berger, who watched Ohtani after the game, said, “He threw 100 pitches and hit a home run. It’s unbelievable what he can do,” he said. “He threw me a fastball and a breaking ball today. He’s a great pitcher and a great player.”바카라

Optastats, a US Sports account that covers major league stats, noted after the game that “Ohtani is the first major leaguer to simultaneously record 10 strikeouts, two or more home runs, and four or more walks in a game since Jack Stevetts of the St. Louis Browns on June 11, 1890.”

Ohtani has another connection to 1890. In 2021, Ohtani recorded 100 strikeouts, 100 innings, and 100+ hits in the same game, the first time in 131 years since Adonis Terry (then of the Brooklyn Bridgewater Grooms) in 1890. Since “modern baseball” began in Major League Baseball in 1901 with the creation of the National League, Ohtani is on track to rewrite the record books.

The LA Angels senior public relations manager was quoted by Optastats as saying, “Here’s something special that happened in 1890: The London Underground opened and Idaho and Wyoming became the 43rd and 44th states of the United States,” to highlight how long ago it was.

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