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Ohtani shines, allowing one hit in Angels' victory

Angels Star Shohei Ohtani Swinging Hot Bat After Third Home Run Of Season Shohei Ohtani crushed a home run in his third consecutive game
Chelsea Rogers | 10 April, 2018, 20:22

He pumped his fist because he walked off the area after striking out the previous batter he faced with just two runners in the inning, getting a standing ovation in the 44,742 in presence as he murdered.

While the magic is usually reserved for the amusement park just down the road in Anaheim, it was a shaping up to be a magical afternoon at Angel Stadium as Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani took a flawless game into the seventh inning against the A's.

Ohtani threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his home debut on the mound, propelling the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday.

The 29-year-old USC graduate made his return Monday against the Texas Rangers and allowed one run and four hits in five innings, striking out seven and walking three. Mixing 158 kph fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too. Ohtani is an Asian baseball player - just like how I am an Asian-American baseball fan - and he is not just trying to dominate this league. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes - hitless in five previous at-bats - splintered his bat on a soft liner to center field. "I wanted that strikeout, and I got it".

Ohtani hit his third home run of the season on Friday and now boasts a 1.310 OPS through four games as a hitter. Ohtani did not record any Major League pitching stats last season.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia does not plan to use Ohtani as the designated hitter on Saturday and have him get a chance to extend his homer streak. After four games with the A's, Los Angeles is one of just six teams to still maintain a flawless fielding percentage. And best of all, Ohtani now sits at 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

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Ohtani has appeared in six of the Angels' 10 games, and his impact has been undeniable, whether on the mound or at the plate. "One hit would [mean] two runs, and it's a huge difference".

CUBS 3, BREWERS 0 Jose Quintana (1-1) three-hit ball over six innings, Ben Zobrist homered and visiting Chicago finished 5-4 on its longest season-opening trip since going 7-5 in 1899. He exhibited his pitching prowess a few days later - throwing one of the nastiest sliders I've ever seen and masterfully playing with pitch speeds that ranged from 75 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour - and clinched his first win.

Third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led Oakland's offense.

Ohtani struck out the side in the first inning and he would keep rolling from there.

Mets 6, Nationals 5, 12 innings • In Washington, Yoenis Cespedes scored Juan Lagares with a broken-bat single in the 12th inning to help NY beat the Nationals to complete a three-game sweep.

Ohtani has tossed 75 pitches, recording 11 strikeouts in his six frames.

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