Shohei Ohtani adheres to a strict routine in almost every aspect of her life. When his last start on the mound was delayed 12 minutes by a pre-match ceremony honoring the 2002 World Series champions the Angels, his meticulous preparation was a success before he even threw a pitch.
A slightly bumpy start however led to an incredible second straight night for the two-way superstar.
Ohtani struck a career record of 13 over eight dominant innings of two-hit balls, and the AL MVP also reached base three times in Los Angeles’ 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
After giving up two singles to start that delayed first inning, Ohtani (6-4) retired 16 straight royals and 23 of the last 24 hitters he faced. While equaling the longest start of his major league career, he conceded only one base runner in his last seven innings, on a walk that was quickly obliterated by a double play.
“I think the most important thing was putting on that zero in the first inning after giving up those first two hits,” Ohtani said via his translator. “I was able to do that and it set the tone for the game. I wanted to go as long as possible, but I wasn’t really thinking about counting the fields at the start of the game. “
With the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm lighting up the sky far beyond the Big A’s center field, Ohtani also took a single and two walks to the plate in her latest thrilling two-way performance.
One night after Ohtani scored two three-point homers and scored a career-high eight points in an extra-inning defeat, he set a new personal best for strikeouts by waving Emmanuel Rivera on his 108th and final pitch.
“He just put us on his back,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin. “I thought of eliminating him by going to eighth place, and he was adamant: ‘No. This is mine. I remain.’ … What a day. What a performance from him. “
David MacKinnon scored his first major league success with a single RBI in seventh place for the Angels, who avoided a winning streak with their fourth win in six games overall. Luis Rengifo scored an RBI brace in seventh place before scoring on that right single from MacKinnon, who landed his first career RBI two innings earlier with a sacrifice fly.
After scoring 18 points in their previous two games at Angel Stadium, the Royals have been sidelined for the second time in four days and the tenth time this season. Kansas City still won five out of seven.
“It was a demonstration,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “It is a truly unique repertoire of notes. I don’t think you’ll find as many guys with as many guns as we saw today. He was throwing three different sliders, plus a cutter and a curve. When the split started, that’s when the strikeouts really started happening, and he has 100 (mph) in the tank that he hardly ever showed. … It will be a hard day at the plate “.
Ohtani is unbeatable on the mount lately, conceding only one run in his last 20 innings out of three starts. In his most recent home start two weeks ago, he pitched seven innings from a run and also scored a win that set the Angels’ record 14-game skidding.
Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi scored in the Royals’ first two bars against Ohtani, but later grounded all the batters he faced until Merrifield tied a walk in the sixth – and Benintendi quickly turned into a double. game.
Ohtani’s fastball shot twice over 99mph in the second half of its start as it stunned Kansas City, getting a whopping 34 combo hits on swing and miss or called strike.
Daniel Lynch (3-7) was not as effective for the Royals in the beginning, but the southpaw ingeniously closed the Angels until they loaded the bases in the fifth with two walks and a single infield. Lynch, who left after MacKinnon’s sacrifice, has given up three shots and five walks out of 104 career shots.
Mike Trout got a day off for the Angels, leaving their struggling line-up definitely lacking in power. But MacKinnon established himself as the team’s unlikely hitter, earning his first major league success after being called up last weekend for his MLB debut.
MacKinnon was pleased with his groundbreaking swings, but other aspects of the game thrilled him as well.
“I got to play on the pitch behind Shohei and see how good he is,” MacKinnon said. “It’s crazy to be here.”
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