ShoTime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A's 6-1

Tyler Owen
April 10, 2018

Making just his second career regular season start, Ohtani truck out 11 in six ideal innings before A's shortstop Marcus Semien got a hit off him to lead off the seventh inning.

He is now seven for 16 with three home runs and six RBIs in his first four starts at designated hitter.

Ohtani won his big league pitching debut with six strong innings at Oakland one week ago.

He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches while mixing 99 miles per hour heat with 80 miles per hour splitters and precipitous curveballs. And with the elite stuff he showed on the mound in Oakland, the righty has the potential to dominate this year.Video: Must C Crushed: Ohtani homers in second straight gameMatt Harvey, starter, Mets: Harvey has struggled with injuries and effectiveness in the past two seasons, posting a 5.78 ERA over 185 1/3 innings in that span and undergoing Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in 2016, before dealing with further shoulder woes in "17".

And that's just Ohtani's pitching.

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh victory in nine games.

CORRECTS TO SECOND INNING INSTEAD OF THIRD – Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani heads home after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday

Ohtani got a lineout to short to open the inning, but he fell behind 2-0 to Marcus Semien smashed single through the left of the infield. Matt Joyce homered in the ninth.

Ohtani became the 14th major leaguer with at least 12 strikeouts in one of his first two starts, and the first since the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg in 2012.

Notes: He scored the 700 and 701st runs of his career. He is proving that Asian ballplayers can be sluggers who rake home runs with Judge or Trout, and they can even be two-way players like Babe Ruth. The two-time AL MVP added a bloop RBI single in the fourth to chase Graveman. Mark Canha was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He was injured Friday, when he crashed into the wall and later got his spikes stuck in the dirt while running the bases.

The Los Angeles Angels can credit a number of players for their hot start, but the name that continues to pop up is Japanese rookie Shohei Ohtani. J.C. Ramirez went on the 10-day list with a right elbow strain after lasting just two innings and walking five A's in his loss Saturday night. However, they're already without Matt Shoemaker, who is scheduled to undergo tests on his strained right forearm Monday.

On top of his borderline elite pitching, Ohtani has proved himself at the plate as well. For the third time that game, Ohtani struck out Olson. Andrew Triggs wasn't great, but allowed just two runs over 5.2 innings to get the win for Oakland.

The 23-year-old newcomer allowed only one hit and struck out 1 2 more than 7 scoreless innings as he improved to 2-0 being a pitcher within his team's 6-1 triumph on the Oakland Athletics. The over has cashed in four of those games, as opposed to two that've gone under against righties.

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