Anaheim, California – Shuhei Ohtani He sticks to a strict routine in almost every aspect of his life. When his last start was delayed 12 minutes by the pre-match party to honor Los Angeles AngelsThe 2002 World Championships Champion, his meticulous preparation received a hit before he even threw a floor.
The slightly bumpy start still made for an incredible second night for the two-way star.
Ohtani had a career high of 13 over eight dominant two-stroke rounds, and the MLS Player of the Year reached the base three times in Los Angeles’ 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals Wednesday.
After giving up two singles to start this first-half delay, Ohtani (6-4) retired 16 Royals and 23 of the last 24 hitters he faced. Matching the longest start to his major league career, he only allowed one starting player over his last seven innings – in a walk that was quickly wiped out by double play.
“I think the biggest thing was putting zero in the first half after giving up the first two strokes,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I was able to do that, and it set the tone for the game. I wanted to go as long as I could, but didn’t really think about the pitch early in the game.”
With the backdrop of a rare Southern California thunderstorm illuminating the skies far from the central field of Big A, Otani also had solo and double walks on the board in his latest stunt two-way performance.
One night after Otani knocked out two of his teammates from three runs and drove in eight career highs in an additional loss in the turn, he put his best punches on the line by fueling. Emmanuel Rivera In his 108th and last stadium.
“We just got on his back,” said Phil Nevin, Angels interim manager. “I thought I’d take him out to go to the eighth, and he was adamant: ‘No, that’s mine. I’m staying.”… What a day. What a performance.”
David McKinnon His first major league win earned him a seventh-place RBI single for The Angels, who avoided a sequential sweep with their fourth win in six games overall. Luis Renjevo He had a double RBI in seventh before scoring on that song to the right by MacKinnon, who had earned his first RBI career twice earlier with a sacrifice fly.
After scoring 18 runs in the previous two games at Angel Stadium, the Royals were eliminated for the second time in four days and the tenth time this season. Kansas City still won five out of seven.
“It was a show,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “It’s a very unique field ammo. I don’t think you’re going to find many players with as many guns as what we saw today. He was throwing three different sliders, as well as a cutter and a curve. When the split started, that’s when the hits really started happening, And he had 100 (mph) in the tank which he never showed… It’s going to be a tough day on the board.”
Ohtani is unbeaten on the pile recently, allowing him to only run once in his last 20 runs over three starts. In his last home start two weeks ago, he made seven innings of one-ball runs and also racked up a victory that broke the Angels’ franchise record with 14 games.
Wait Merryfield And the Andrew Benintende Singles in the first two of the royals’ bat bet against Ohtani, but then put up every hit he faced until Murrayfield made a singles walk in the sixth round – and Benintende soon began double play.
Otani’s fastball topped 99 mph twice in the second half of his start while baffling Kansas City, earning 34 combined hits in swing hits and misses or called hits.
Daniel Lynch (3-7) wasn’t effective for the early royals, but the left-handed man locked the angels until they loaded bases on the fifth in two lone marches. Lynch, who left after McKinnon’s fly sacrifice, gave up three hits and five walks in 104 throws.
Mike Trout They got the Angels a day off, leaving the struggling lineup definitely lacking in a punch. But MacKinnon came as an unlikely hitter in the team’s cleanup, taking home his first major league hit after being called up last weekend on his MLB debut.
McKinnon was pleased with his brilliant swings, but other aspects of the game thrilled him as well.
“I’ve played on the field behind Shuhei and see how good he is,” McKinnon said. “It’s crazy to be here.”
The royal family: C Salvador Perez He sat down after injuring his left thumb on a swing Tuesday night, but Matini said the team is still determining the severity of the injury after an MRI scan.
Angels: RHP Jimmy Herget He went on the casualty list for 15 days with a right shoulder injury. Right-handers Elvis Peguero and Oliver Ortega came from Triple-A Salt Lake, while the rookie was inconsistent. Red Detmers He went down six times only after throwing no hitter.
Royals: Zach Greinke is expected to drop off the injured list on Friday to start when Kansas City opens its three-game weekend series at home against Oakland. Greinke (0-4, 5.05 ERA) went to IL three weeks ago with a strained forearm.
Angels: After a day off at home, Los Angeles opens a three-game weekend series against Seattle on Friday night. Neither team confirmed a start.