‘Baseball Genius’ Ohtani Shohei (28, Los Angeles Angels) won his first win this season as a pitcher and as a hitter scored a wedge on three bases.
On the 6th (Korean time), Ohtani played as the starting pitcher 3rd hitter in the 2023 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) visiting game against the Seattle Mariners held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA, and threw 111 balls in 6 innings as a pitcher. He threw 3 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts and 1 run.
He won his first win of the season, and his season ERA was 0.75 (1 earned run in 12 innings). The highest fastball speed was 158 km per hour.
At the plate, he went 2-for-1 with 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 RBI. His season batting average rose from 0.263 to 0.286.
“Pitcher” Ohtani was shaken for a moment in the first inning. After allowing consecutive walks, he conceded a run on a right-handed hit by Eugenio Suárez.메이저사이트
At this time, the Angels’ defense caught first base runner Tyler France who attempted to rush home and lightened Ohtani’s shoulders.
Ohtani, who relieved the burden, got out of the crisis by striking out two consecutive batters.
Ohtani faced many difficulties after that, but did not score.
He caught Rodriguez with a grounder on first base in a crisis with two outs on first and second base in the second inning, and AJ Pollock with a grounder on third base in the third inning with two outs and a full base.
Ohtani, who did not lose a run even at first base in the 4th inning, blocked the 5th and 6th innings with a triple strike.
Ohtani came off the mound after meeting the winning pitcher requirements in the 7th inning with a 2-1 lead.
Ohtani was also active as a hitter.
Ohtani, who recorded a walk in the first at-bat in the first inning, a ball to left field in the second at-bat in the third inning, and a walk in the third at-bat in the sixth inning, Ohtani secured his victory with a timely hit in the top of the seventh inning with a 3-1 lead.
In the chance of 2nd out, 1st and 2nd base, he sensibly pushed the low outside ball and made a hit that rolled to the left field.
Without this hit, the victory of the Angels and ‘pitcher’ Ohtani would have been blown away. This is because the Angels bullpen allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th.
The Angels maintained a one-point lead created by Ohtani’s timely hit and won 4-3.
Chris Flexen, from the Doosan Bears in the KBO League, who started as a starting pitcher in Seattle, pitched well with 2 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts and 2 runs in 5 innings, but became a losing pitcher.