ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters Sunday before Marcus Semien's seventh-inning single broke up the two-way Japanese sensation's bid for a flawless game in his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels, though, chipped away against Oakland starter Daniel Gossett.
"Smoked that ball, huh?" He batted second and played center field. The Angels are 6-3 SU and 5-3 ATS. If anything, he is evidence that I should be able to look forward to even more celebrated Asian baseball players like him in the present and near future. "Any", Athletics manager Bob Melvin said.
Shohei Ohtani has thrown six ideal innings to begin his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels.
Speaking of pitching, Angels' fans had their first glimpse of Ohtani on the mound in the team's 7-4 win against the A's on March 31. So, if you're thinking about fretting over Ohtani's somewhat shaky start, don't. Sure, it's early in the season, making the Angels' phenom something like the Sultan of Small Sample Sizes, but it's safe to say he's off to a historic, uniquely impressive start. With increased reliance on that pitch, the hard-throwing Cole could reach new heights in 2018.Video: HOU@TEX: Cole fans 11 in debut with AstrosGregory Polanco, outfielder, Pirates: Polanco bulked up prior to the 2017 season, but according to the outfielder, the increased muscle mass led to slower bat speed and contributed to the nagging hamstring injuries he battled throughout the year. Ohtani is a once-in-a-generation player, just like Mike Trout. He also has been a force at the plate, already hitting three home runs and driving in seven runs.
"You got to really, really try to keep this lineup quiet", Simmons said. Not only is he an instant star in the Major League Baseball, but he is also just as important to the Asian athletic community in the USA and an inspiration to me as an Asian-American sports fan.
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And yet, last night could be the best of them all. Angels reliever Jim Johnson (1-0) got the win over Treinin (0-1) in a game in which neither pitching staff was very effective. Simmons and Luis Valbuena each had two RBIs.
DODGERS 2, GIANTS 1 Cody Bellinger overcame food poisoning to score the go-ahead run on Kyle Farmer's pinch-hit double in the 10th inning off Pierce Johnson (0-1) and Los Angeles defeated host San Francisco.
ASTROS 4, PADRES 1 Max Stassi hit a three-run home run off Tyson Ross (1-1), Charlie Morton (2-0) allowed four hits and three walks for one unearned run in six innings for host Houston.
In addition to his homer, Trout also dropped a run-scoring single into right field off Graveman in the fourth that made it 4-0 and marked only his third multi-hit game of the season.
Chapman had a two-run homer in the fifth, and Matt Olson added a solo shot in the seventh. All 12 of his strikeouts were swinging strikeouts, pointing to how dominant he truly was.