It feels like a broken record at this point. Shohei Ohtani was again one start away, one win away from 10 wins on a season yet again, pitching a day after the Angels actually won a game he didn’t start. Since the break, the team has actually been doing better when Ohtani wasn’t pitching than when he was.
So, Shohei had to prove everyone wrong, that he was still great. Luckily, it was in Oakland. He went 6 innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3. It wasn’t the best outing, and he was pretty wild, but he did his job.
The offense showed up today, scoring runs! It was pretty spread out too, with half the team contributing one way or another. A great, balanced lineup? On this year’s Angels?! Witchcraft indeed.
The Angels scored first in the 3rd, thanks to Fletcher!
It was a close pitching duel, with great defense on both sides. Like this move Ohtani made on the mound.
Taylor Ward hated all this pitching duel stuff, so he decided that it was April again and hit a 3 run jack!
Ohtani wanted to get in on this, so he hit a home run of his own in the 7th.
It was a great way to cap off a night for Ohtani, doing something no AL pitcher had done in decades!
Now it was the bullpen’s job to not blow it.
Herget did his job, going an inning and 2/3 of shutout ball. Quijada came in for the last out of the 8th and did so good, he closed out the 9th as well. That Herget and Quijada have been the best relievers on the team.
So of course Quijada gave up a home run right away in the 9th.
Well, a run doesn’t mean blowing it, and he recovered and secured the win!
Angels win two in a row and can sweep tomorrow!
Sho the first to pitch 6 scoreless and homer since Dave McNally 50 years ago.
His stuff was off all night, too. Holy crap! He still shutout…Homer/single/walk. You know how sometimes his pitches seems to have almost too much movement? Took a liner off his foot and stayed in the game and was killer.
He’ll leave but my gawd: we have him now. I watched the A’s feed. They are astounded by Ohtani. Of course. The ESPiN and other outlets are talking about the 25 HR/10 win thing, but his last few games he lost because he had near-zero run support. He could have 14 wins with some basic run support. Easily!
You are absolutely right.
The Sho at 10-7 reflects a lack of run support for him and other pitchers, too.
Sandy has come on this year and is pitching great but has a losing record.
wow Seattle broadcast is complete homer shit.
Prob still better than Patty O , but this is awful.
I’m not sure we will ever see another Ohtani for another 100 years.
If Arte end up dealing him or having Ohtani walk away, will cause the franchise to fold in shame. The amount of scorn, scrutiny and laughter aimed at the Billboards-man will make billboards across the USA.
I hope the shufflebot drops by tomorrow afternoon
With Touki starting I am sorry to say it won’t happen….
In the same night 25th HR and 10th pitching wins, just how crazy does that sound? I do really want him to resign, I will miss this Greatest Of Angels ever, please resign dude.
Re-sign not resign. I wouldn’t make a deal of it if it didn’t completely change the meaning of your post.
Glad he got his 10th win against the A’s tonight. I think that Fletch is “All That”. Ward is the best 4th Of’er in MLB. 😂
I think Ward is either one of best bench players in the game or a fairly marginal starter. Good depth piece, but we need 2-3 like him, of whom at least one needs to play good CF.
Solid 4th OF, nice bomb tonight
Anyone else completely forget there’s still games to watch?
Going off the box score it’s nice to see Fletch and Ward contributing again.
And Shohei is still dat dude.
Dat Dude dat doesn’t want to wear a Cowboy Hat?
10 wins, 25HRs. You can’t replace the guy.
We just need two 5 win pitchers and a DH platoon with each hitting 15 homers. Easy peasy.
We’d need two 5-3.5 starters. I don’t think I’d seen one of those, let alone two. 🤪