Ohtani's MLB Career Off to Dazzling Start

Dean Simpson
April 10, 2018

Japanese two way star Shohei Ohtani ongoing to show Babe Ruth-like brilliance in early stages of his Major League job as he flirted with a ideal match whilst pitching for six-plus innings at a la Angels success on Sunday.

For example, in one of his first two Major League Baseball games pitched, Ruth did not strike out 12 batters while allowing one or fewer hits and walks.

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.

"I wanted to keep a clean zero on the board", Ohtani said. He gave up five hits and one walk while striking out three.

"You never want to get a flawless game thrown on you", Semien said. Three home runs in three straight home games was special, but who knew that his first trip to the mound in Anaheim would surpass his week at the plate? He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, and he homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades. But unlike Babe Ruth - who made a decision to focus on batting and nearly entirely scrapped pitching after 1919 - Ohtani hopes to maintain his dual role throughout his entire career.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not plan to use Ohtani as the designated hitter on Saturday and have him get a chance to extend his homer streak.

You may want to tune into the @Angels game.... He's also been with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Atlanta. Andrew Triggs wasn't great, but allowed just two runs over 5.2 innings to get the win for Oakland. But the right-hander handled the Phillies in his first start of 2018, allowing only one hit over five scoreless innings while walking one and striking out five.

Ohtani is now 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA through two starts. Zack Cozart hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Matt Chapman, who backhanded the ball but threw to first base off line and in the dirt.

The Angels are rolling with righty Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 4.50 ERA) as their starter.

The 23-year-old phenomenon is living up to the hype, crushing a fastball from pitcher Daniel Gossett 449 feet over the center-field wall as the Angels rallied to beat the Oakland A's 13-9 at Angels Stadium. "One hit would [mean] two runs, and it's a huge difference". He returned in the fourth with a leadoff single, eventually coming around to score on Buster Posey's first home run of the season - a 389-footer into the left field bleachers.

PIRATES 5, REDS 0 Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle's single to center with one out in the third in host Pittsburgh's victory.

Dating back to his first start, last Sunday against the A's, Ohtani retired 27 batters in a row. Following Brandon Belt's sixth-inning RBI double and Chase Utley's game-tying solo shot in the seventh, neither team added to their totals for the next six straight innings. The 52-degree temperature with the open roof for the first pitch was the coolest in Minute Maid Park's history, beating 57 degrees, on April 8, 2007.

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