What is a pitching ace? Some say that an ace is someone who is able to stop a losing streak. Well, if anyone is an ace for the Angels it is Shohei Ohtani, who went today as a pitcher and hitter. Enjoy this while you can, Angels fans.
Shohei the pitcher went 7 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits, striking out 10 and walking 3. Not bad, not bad at all.
What really made the difference was Ohtani the hitter, who had 2 RBI and a run scored, helping himself tremendously. Another other thing was that the hitters were also decent today. Ward, Rengifo, and even Stassi got hits. In fact, this was the first time the Angels had 5 runs in a game since June 22nd.
The Marlins scored first thanks to a misthrow by Rengifo and a sac fly. 1-0 Marlins.
Not to worry, though, as the Angels answered back… eventually, scoring in the 5th thanks to a Trout HBP.
Ohtani gave the Angels the lead with a 2 RBI single immediately after.
That lead would be extended in the 7th, as Taylor Ward singled in another.
Then, Luis Rengifo got the 5th run across with yet another single.
Ohtani continued to go along great, striking out 10 in his 7 innings of work, giving up just that 1 unearned run.
Tepera had a clean 8th, and D-Cell came in for the 9th with a 5-1 lead. It wasn’t clean, giving up a run, but he got the 3 outs needed.