When it comes to highlights this season, Shohei Ohtani has delivered in spades for the Los Angeles Angels. He nearly outdid everyone on Thursday night. Two-way wonder and reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani led the Angels to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Ohtani also pitched into the eighth inning without allowing a hit and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The interim manager for the Angels, Phil Nevin, has claimed that “every time he takes the mound, you can anticipate something amazing happening.” “Everything was running smoothly thanks to him. I knew it was going to happen after he finished the seventh chapter. We’ll have to postpone this discussion till next time.”
Ohtani, speaking through an interpreter (Ippei Mizuhara), expressed amazement at having lasted eight innings. Because he wasn’t confident in his fastball, he threw more curveballs than usual.
His fastball wasn’t as quick as usual, he admitted. “But the slider was functioning properly and doing its thing. Today’s haul has startled me a little bit.”
Ohtani matched his longest effort of the season with eight scoreless innings, during which he allowed two hits and struck out ten batters.
Ohtani (15-8) allowed a walk to Tony Kemp to start things off in his final home start of the year, but then retired the next 22 batters in a row. With two outs in the eighth, Conner Capel broke up the no-hit attempt with a crisp grounder that went off the glove of sliding shortstop Livan Soto and into left-center field.
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Capel would have been difficult to get rid of even if Soto had fielded the ball. After a strikeout by Ohtani, Dermis Garcia hit a single to left, and Shea Langeliers was retired on a grounder to third by Ohtani to end the inning.
It was going to take a special at-bat, and Conner remained on a ball away and put a terrific swing on it, as Oakland manager Mark Kotsay phrased it. Once we take a deep breath, Garcia pulls ahead, and we gain speed.
Ohtani extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 14 games on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. It’s worth noting that he’s also got 26 hits this year, and he’s pitched in games.
Ohtani, who won the AL MVP award last year, is a strong contender once again this year, and he’s the biggest threat to New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who tied Maris’ 1961 record with a 61st home run on Wednesday.
“My impression is that you guys know more than I do about the voting process. This one’s on you, people “Ohtani declared his candidacy for MVP. Watching Judge turn 61 was a highlight of my day.
Ohtani has thrown 161 innings so far this season, missing the mark by one that would guarantee his place among the league leaders at the season’s finish. Ohtani will likely make the final start of the season next Wednesday in Oakland.
Ohtani’s 15 wins are tied for third in the American League, his 213 strikeouts are third, and his 2.35 ERA is fourth. When he steps up to the plate, he is fourth in the league with 34 home runs and sixth with 94 RBIs.
“I know I got MVP last year, but I’m having a better season this year,” he stated. Ohtani pitched a perfect game for five and a third innings on April 20 in Houston before Jason Castro broke it up with a single to left field in the sixth. The hit was Houston’s only one of the game.