Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani came close to becoming the first pitcher and positioner to go without running or batting at a major league baseball game on Thursday.
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The Japanese were four in a historic success when Conner Capel singles out against him in the eighth round. He gave up another inning before finishing his night on the job after making a total of 10 hits in eight innings at the bats in a 4-2 win.
On offense, Ohtani added two hits from the safety line and an RBI, further cementing his bid for the American League Most Valuable Player award he won last year. On the mound, he fanned his opponent with 213 plates in 161 innings this season and won 15 victories. On the offensive side, he claims 34 homers. In short, aside from the collective performance of the Angels who have been battling all year, this is a totally satisfying campaign for number 17.
“I see this season as superior in every way. As a Shooter, my stats are better and I’m playing more confidently after the 2021 experience. I know I’ve already won MVP, but this time it’s even better.” Commented on MLB.com.
“You’re the voting experts, so I’ll let you have the last word,” he added to reporters, knowing full well that the competition from New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge was fierce. However, I appreciate all of this. I love watching Judge and I saw him shoot his 61st. As a baseball fan it’s great to see him do that.”
Ohtani, who is still looking for a full career debut in the big leagues, says he doesn’t want to settle for half measures when it comes to stepping up to the top. Whatever the quality of the shooting repertoire on the meeting day, their goals are very high from the start.
“Getting a run, no hit, or a perfect game, that’s my goal before every start,” he said through his translator. To be honest, I didn’t have a good feeling about my fastball. His speed was not as high as usual. However, my slick did the job. I’m still amazed that I scored eight innings.”