Anaheim, CA — Shohei Ohtani adheres to strict daily life in almost every aspect of his life. When his latest mound start was delayed by 12 minutes by the Angels 2002 World Series Champion pre-game ceremony, he took great care to prepare before throwing the pitch.
The slightly bumpy beginning led to a second consecutive incredible night for a two-way superstar.
Otani hit a career record of 13 with eight innings with two hits, and the AL MVP reached the base three times with a 5-0 victory in Los Angeles against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
After giving up two singles and delaying the first inning, Otani (6-4) retired 16 straight royals and 23 of the last 24 batters he faced. .. While consistent with the longest start of his major league career, he allowed only one base runner in the last seven innings — on a walk that was quickly erased by a double play.
"I think the biggest thing was to give up the first two hits and then raise that zero in the first inning," Otani said through his interpreter. "I was able to do that, and it set the tone of the game. I wanted to go as long as possible, but I didn't really think about pitch counting early in the game."
Illuminates the distant sky against the backdrop of a rare Southern California thunderstorm. Beyond the Big A centerfield, Otani also took one and two walks on the plate with his latest inspiring two-way performance.
Otani hit two home runs in three runs and recorded eight runs in the extra inning, then released Emmanuel Rivera on the 108th and final pitches to strike out a new personal best. ..
"He just carried us," said Phil Nevin, interim manager of the Angels. "I thought about putting him in 8th place, and he was determined. This is mine. I'm staying." ... What a day. How wonderful his performance is!
David McKinnon recorded his first major league hit with the Angels' seventh RBI. The Angels avoided the series sweep with their fourth win in six games. Luis Rengoo had an RBI double in the seventh inning before scoring the single to the right by McKinnon, who won his first career RBI two innings on a sacrifice fly.
After scoring 18 runs in the previous two games at Angel Stadium, the Royals were shut out for the second time in four days and the tenth time this season. Kansas City still has 5 out of 7.
"It was an exhibition," said Mike Matheny, manager of the Royals. "This is a very unique pitch repertoire. I don't think you can find a guy with as many weapons as we saw today. He was throwing cutters and curves in addition to three different sliders. When the split started, it was when the strikeout actually started, and he had 100 (mph) in the tank, which he barely showed ... it would be a tough day on the plate. "
Otani has recently been invincible on the mound and once among him. You can only run the last 20 innings with 3 starts. At his recent home start two weeks ago, he threw a one-run ball of seven innings and went home with a snap win of the Angels franchise record 14-game skid.
Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi singled in the first two at-bats with Otani of the Royals, but he faced until Merrifield made a one-out walk in the sixth inning. Defeated all batters. double play.
Otani's fastball confused Kansas City, surpassing 99 mph twice in the second half of the start and winning a total of 34 strikes on swing-and-miss or cold strikes.
Daniel Lynch (3-7) wasn't very effective for the Royals early on, but left-handed players loaded the fifth base with two walks and infield hits. Until then, I shut down the angel wittyly. Lynch, who left after McKinnon's sacrifice fly, gave up three hits and five walks on his career's best 104 pitches.
Mike Trout took a rest day for the Angels, and their struggling lineup clearly lacked punch. However, McKinnon came in as an unlikely cleanup hitter for the team and won his first major league hit after being summoned for his MLB debut last weekend.
McKinnon was happy with his groundbreaking swing, but other aspects of the game also excited him.
"I had to play on the field behind Shohei and see how good he was," McKinnon said. "It's crazy to be here."