ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels suffered a good scare after the Japanese left the match after an action in which he was hit on the feet in a rough play at home plate against the Chicago White Sox.
After the White Sox had men on second and third with two outs in the fifth inning, they went 3-1 on the scoreboard on a wild pitch from Ohtani. The Japanese struck out Yoan Moncada, but the pitch hit the ground and catcher Max Stassi made a bad shot to first to complete the out, with which Adam Eaton scored from third base and Abreu, who ran from middle, came swept home, where Ohtani waited to put him out.
Abreu kicked at Ohtani’s legs, who remained on the ground for a few seconds, but then got up to walk toward the dugoout with no apparent serious injury.
Steve Cishek got the last out from the top of the fifth inning after relieving Ohtani, who worked 4 2/3 innings in which he allowed two hits, three runs, one earned, gave away five walks and struck out seven.
The Angels reported during the ESPN broadcast that Ohtani was not relieved due to an injury problem and that the Japanese only felt general pain after his performance and that he would be reevaluated on Monday.
At the start of the game, Ohtani made his first game as a pitcher and batter historic by hitting a 101-mile pitch in the top of the first inning and then hitting a 115-mile tee shot on the first pitch he saw in his first turn at bat.
Ohtani retired the top three batters from the Chicago White Sox with three pitches of at least 100 miles, including a 101 fastball to Adam Eaton, which was followed by a rude splitter that hit the ground for the strikeout.
On the low of the first inning, Ohtani hit the first pitch he saw from White Sox right starter Dylan Case, a 97-mile fastball at chest height, and sent it 475 feet down right field for offensive support. early to himself.
Ohtani’s pitching to Eaton, officially 100.6 miles, is the fastest by any pitcher this season and his homer, with a 115.2-mile exit velocity, is the hardest hit hit on the current schedule as well.
Ohtani, who underwent Tommy John surgery after his rookie season, had racked up just 53 1/3 innings as a pitcher since his major league debut in 2018, but Angels manager Joe Maddon decided to use him as pitcher and batter in 2021 and lifted several restrictions that kept him out of the lineup the day before and after his starts as a starter.
On Sunday, the Japanese became the first pitcher to hit second in order in a game since Jack Dunleavy did so in 1903.