Angels 1 Padres 4
A pitcher leading off? Ohtani may not be the *first, but this sure was fun. Thanks Joe Maddon!! How can not get excited about this kind of baseball?
In an otherwise forgetful game for the Angels, Shohei Ohtani did not disappoint. Ohtani led off the top half of the first with a single to center field off Blake Snell and showed solid stuff on the mound, striking out Fernando Tatis Jr. on a full count in the bottom half of the inning.
Ohtani missed his spot a few times but flashed some pretty impressive stuff including his nasty slider, splitter, and a 101MPH fastball to Fernado Tatis.
This bases loaded K got Ohtani out of a jam in the 3rd.
Ohtani ended his game at the plate going 2 for 2 with a walk. On the mound he racked up 5 Ks over 4 innings of work with only 2 hits and a run allowed. He also issued a pair of walks.
Non Ohtani notes:
Raisel Iglesias had a solid outing, as did Chris Rodriguez who continues to impress. Ty Buttrey – not so much.
Albert Pujols and Juston Upton were the only two player not named Ohtani to get a hit. It was indeed a rough day at the plate throughout the lineup with the Angels only notching 5 hits. Pujols prevented a shutout by smashing a home run in the 9th, his 2nd hit of the game.
*Ohtani is the first pitcher to bat leadoff since 1968 and first “real” pitcher to do it since 1901: