Los Angeles Angels Ohtani Shohei continued his pitching performance.
On the 12th (Korean time), Ohtani pitched 7 innings, 1 hit, 6 strikeouts, 6 walks, and no runs against the 2023 Major League Baseball Nationals held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA.
On the 31st of last month, Ohtani, who recorded three consecutive quality starts after starting the opening match against the Oakland Athletics (6 scoreless innings), dropped his season ERA to 0.47. He strikes out a whopping 24 in 19 innings on the season and gives up only one run.
According to the Angels team, Ohtani recorded 5 or more innings and 2 runs or less in 10 consecutive games with this game. This is the highest record for an Angels starting pitcher. The previous was nine games Nolan Ryan recorded in 1972-1973. He surpassed the legend who recorded 324 victories in his career and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ohtani has never missed 5 innings and never exceeded 2 runs, the last time he gave up 3 runs in 4 innings against the Detroit Tigers on August 22 last year. Ahead of this season, the official homepage of Major League Baseball selected Ohtani as a strong candidate for the American League Cy Young Award.
On this day, Ohtani showed the best efficiency by throwing 92 pitches and digesting 7 innings. He had a lot of runners on base with 5 walks, but he showed power as the major league’s best sweeper with 51 throws. The homepage said, “He threw the four-seam, sinker, sweeper, slider, splitter, and even a curveball, throwing Washington batters off balance.”
What is even more surprising about Ohtani is that he stayed on the mound for such a long time and even stood at bat between games. On this day, Ohtani played as the third hitter pitcher and recorded 1 hit in 4 at bats, 3 homers, 8 RBIs in 11 games for the season, batting average of 0.300, slugging percentage of 0.575, on-base percentage of 0.404, and OPS of 0.979.
“Compare Ohtani’s OPS and OPS (0.413). Hitters are just 6 hits in 60 at-bats without a home run against him this year,” explained the official MLB website. Ohtani, who is walking an untrodden path in the major leagues with his pitching performance, is called a unicorn or an alien, and it is understandable when you look at Ohtani’s performance. 스포츠토토
After taking a day off on the 13th, Ohtani will start batting again. Ohtani’s next start was against the Boston Red Sox on the 18th. Ohtani will play against Japanese outfielder Yoshida Masataka, who has just entered the major league this year, and a Japanese major leaguer.