Shohei Ohtani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels threw well from the opening game and still managed to win. Ohtani’s first win in the opening game was postponed to the next opportunity as the batting line did not explode and the bullpen failed to maintain the lead.
On the 31st (hereafter Korean time), Ohtani started the opening game against the Oakland Athletics in the 2023 major league held at the Oakland Coliseum in California, USA, threw a high-speed ball of 100.7 miles (162.1 km), and threw 2 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts and no runs in 6 innings. unfolded
From the start of the 7th inning, with the Angels leading 1-0, he passed the mound to the bullpen. 스포츠토토They had the conditions to win, but the 1-point lead was somewhat uneasy. Concerns became reality. As soon as Aaron Roof stepped on the mound in the 8th inning, he was hit and doubled in a row, allowing one run and a tie, and Ohtani’s victory flew. The Angels lost 1-2 after Ryan Tepera allowed the final blow.
According to local media such as ‘MLB.com’, Ohtani became the 26th pitcher in history to record 10 or more strikeouts in a major league opening game since 1901 and prevent a scoreless run. 4th all-time pitcher for the Angels. However, it is the first time in history that Ohtani’s Angels lost the pitcher’s team that achieved this record.
After the game, Ohtani said, “I think I basically played a good attack. I went well to the goal line, but there was not a single shot. I needed an extra point,” he said, citing the reason for the come-from-behind defeat as the batting line, which did not score more points than the collapsed bullpen. On this day, the Angels were silent with 1 hit in 6 at-bats in scoring chances, leaving 7 behind bases.
Angels’ flagship hitter Mike Trout also felt sorry for him. He said, “Ohtani threw a ball that was impossible to hit in the 4th inning with one out and 2nd and 3rd base. He threw a messy splitter at 93 mph and threw 101 mph,” he said. “Ohtani threw so well, but we lost. It’s annoying,” he said. Trout was silent on the day with no hits and one walk in three at-bats.
Although they suffered a disappointing come-from-behind loss from the opening game, Angels coach Phil Nevin was not too worried. “It’s the first game of the season, and we’re going to score more goals in the future,” he said. I don’t worry about the other line. Sometimes strange things happen when you play baseball,” he said. “Ohtani was really impressive tonight. He threw all the balls well,” he praised.