‘Baseball genius’ Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is on fire. Both pitcher and hitter have been incredible. He is the first pitcher since 1900 to lead the league in home runs and ERA at the same time.
Ohtani started and batted second against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on the 16th (below).
Ohtani, who made headlines the day before for his massive push home run, first got off to a quality start on the mound, going six innings (99 pitches) with six hits, one walk, three strikeouts and two runs.
Leading 1-0 in the third inning, he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs to tie the game at 1-1. With two outs, he gave up an RBI single to Jonah Heim to make it 1-2. The Angels tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Mickey Moniak.
Ohtani continued to work through the sixth inning without allowing another run. The Angels took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh when Moniak hit a solo home run, and Ohtani turned the ball over to the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh.
At the plate, Ohtani drew a bases-loaded walk in the first inning, grounded out to second base in the third and singled to lead off the sixth.
The Angels overcame runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, Ohtani hit an 86.5 mph (139 km/h) slider from Texas left-hander Brock Burke for a two-run homer over the left field wall. His 22nd home run of the season. It was a game-winning home run.
Along with pitching QS, he went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two walks. The Angels went on to win 5-2, and Ohtani picked up his sixth win of the season.
In 69 games as a designated hitter, Ohtani is batting .1002 with 22 home runs, 54 RBIs and an OPS of .1002. His 22 home runs are tied for first in the majors. He is tied with the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso (22). On the mound, he is 6-2 with a 3.29 ERA and a .178 batting average in 14 games. His batting average is first in the major leagues 안전놀이터.
Japanese media outlet Full Count described Ohtani’s home run and ERA records as “the first feat since 1900, a new history-making shock, and something that will never happen again.”
“Ohtani is the first player since 1900 to lead MLB in both home runs and ERA. Fans said, ‘We’ll never see a player like him again.'”