“Baseball genius” Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is on a tear. Pitcher and hitter alike, he’s had an incredible season. He is the first pitcher since 1900 to lead the league in home runs and ERA at the same time.
Ohtani started and batted second in the lineup against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on April 16.
Ohtani, who made headlines the day before for his grand slam home run, got off to a quality start on the mound, going six innings (99 pitches) with six hits, one walk, three strikeouts and two runs.
Leading 1-0 in the third inning, he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs to tie the game at 1-1. With two outs, he gave up an RBI single to Jonah Heim to make it 1-2. The Angels tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Mickey Moniak.
Ohtani continued to work through the sixth inning without allowing another run. The Angels took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh on a solo home run by Moniak, and Ohtani turned the ball over to the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh.
At the plate, Ohtani drew a walk with the bases loaded in the first inning, grounded out to second base in the third, and singled to lead off the sixth.
The Angels overcame a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and third and two outs. With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Ohtani hit an 86.5-mph (139-kilometer) slider from Texas left-hander Brock Burke for a two-run homer over the left field wall. His 22nd home run of the season. It was a game-winning home run.
Along with pitching QS, he went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two walks. The Angels went on to win 5-2, and Ohtani earned his sixth win of the season.
In 69 games as a designated hitter, Ohtani is 3-for-1 with 22 home runs, 54 RBIs and a .1002 OPS. His 22 home runs are tied for first in the majors. He is tied with the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso (22). On the mound, he is 6-2 with a 3.29 ERA and a .178 batting average in 14 games. His batting average is first in the major leagues.먹튀검증
Japanese media outlet Full Count described Ohtani’s home run and strikeout records as “the first feat since 1900, a new history-making shock, and something that will never happen again.”
“Ohtani is the first player since 1900 to lead MLB in both home runs and ERA. Fans marveled, saying, ‘We’ll never see a player like him again.'”