Ohtani allowed three runs in two innings against the visiting Red Sox, yielding a homer to Boston's first batter, Mookie Betts.
Betts has joined Ted Williams as the only Red Sox hitters to hit three home runs in a game on three separate occasions. But our team, we had a good approach tonight. "We're playing good baseball, but they don't even know how many games they're winning".
It didn't take long for Betts to warm up.
Obviously, this is the first time Ohtani has looked anything less than super-human during his first month in the majors. The Red Sox leadoff hitter settled in against Angels starter Shohei Ohtani. Betts fell behind 1-2 but worked the count full as Ohtani displayed the lack of control that would haunt his start. The homer came on the seventh pitch of the at-bat on a 97 miles per hour fastball that Betts sent screaming 411 feet the other way at 104.9 miles per hour. Betts belted the pitch out of the stadium at 104.9 miles per hour, according to Statcast. The two-way Japanese sensation couldn't throw his breaking pitches for strikes, and the Red Sox jumped on him, starting with Betts' full-count homer on a low, 97 miles per hour fastball. Betts fouled off Bard's first offering. He escaped further danger with a foul fly for the third out, but the Red Sox punished him further in the second.
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BC-BBA-Red Sox-Angels, 1st Ld-Writethru, 885Betts hits 3 HR, Red Sox oust Angels' Ohtani early, win 10-1AP Photo ANS117, ANS113, ANS116, ANS120, ANS127Eds: Red Sox 10, Angels 1.
In other AL games, Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka gave up seven runs in five innings and suffered his second loss of the season in the New York Yankees' 9-1 defeat to the Miami Marlins.
His last plate appearance of the game resulted in an 8th inning blast against Cam Bedrosian.
Angels pitchers tend to break frequently (see: JC Ramirez, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, etc.), so we should all probably be a little concerned. That ball left the park at 108 miles per hour, according to Statcast.