Shohei Ohtani was not shut down and instead was on the mound today and at the plate as the two way super star was doing his thing. He went 8 innings, allowing just 2 runs, and had 10 strikeouts. ND.
Jeff was able to go to this one and see Ohtani (and took the photo).
Ace Ohtani, offensive offense
The Shohei experience started well with a quick first inning with 2 K and only 9 pitches. He then got a 1 out walk but that went nowhere.
Ohtani did well again in the 2nd, though he allowed a hit, he didn’t allow a run. The offense on the other hand was not able to do anything g in the bottom half. Still scoreless after 2.
In the 3rd, things did not go well, as Ohtani gave up a leadoff home run to Yan Gomes. Marsh had a 2 out double and Ohtani was ibb-ed to put 2 on for Gosselin. He struck out. 1-0 A’s after 1.
Matt Chapman hit a home run off Ohtani in the 4th for the A’s second of the day. Rojas walked as the only action in the bottom of the inning. 2-0 A’s after 4.
A quick top of the 5th inning was much needed for Ohtani. Not that the mattered much as the offense did squat again. Still 2-0 A’s after 5.
Just a single by the A’s in the 6th, and with a gidp, Ohtani was able to get through it easy. But, again, the Angels failed to do anything in the bottom of the inning. Still 2-0 A’s.
The 7th was another quick inning for Ohtani. Besides a couple of pitches, he looked as dominant at home as ever. It was being wasted as the offense was offensive. Still 2-0 A’s.
Ohtani was out there for the 8th. He was wild, walking 2 and hitting a batter to load the bases with 1 out. He got out of it, showing a gutsy performance. And yet the offense, including Ohtani, did nothing again. Still having just a total of 1 hit on the day. Still 2-0 A’s.
Not even a complete game
Cishek came in for the 9th, depriving Ohtani of a complete game. Steve couldn’t even get through the 9th, putting 2 on with 1 out. Quijada was put in, showing how much Maddon is giving up. Somehow, it was still 2-0 A’s going into the bottom of the 9th as he got out of the jam.
Gosselin lead of the 9th with a double, just the second hit of the game for the Angels. Walsh hit a single to put runners on the corners. Rengifo grounded out, but it wasn’t a gidp. Rojas came through and drove in 2! TIED GAME!
Brand new game
Lagares pinch ran for Rojas. For some reason. Stassi struck out for out 2. Mayfield did as well. Going into extras now, 2-2.
D-Cell was in now in the 10th. The Manfred runner scored, but it was the only damage. 3-2 A’s going into the bottom of the 10th.
Mayfield was at second and was thrown out on a Fletcher groundout. Marsh grounded out but beat the throw to keep the game alone. 2 out, Marsh on first. Wong hit for the pitcher and flew out. Angels lost in extras.
As the season winds down it is Houston coming to Anaheim up next. Joy… At least it will be the last time. Please drink responsibly.