Shohei Ohtani: Homers for third consecutive game

Tanya Simon
April 9, 2018

Ohtani threw six flawless innings against the A's before Marcus Semien singled to left with one out in the 7th inning to break up the ideal game.

Ohtani was ideal through 6 and a third innings, overpowering the Oakland hitters with his fastball, which topped out at 99mph.

Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 18 batters Sunday.

He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches while mixing 99 miles per hour heat with 80 miles per hour splitters and precipitous curveballs.

Ohtani retired the first 19 batters he faced, throwing a ideal game until Marcus Semien lined a 2-0 fastball into left field for a single with one out in the seventh.

Many in the sellout crowd of 44,742 groaned as the ball zipped between third base man Ryan Schimpf and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. It wasn't the first or the last standing ovation he would receive.

Chapman had a two-run homer in the fifth, and Matt Olson added a solo shot in the seventh. Ohtani pumped his fist and roared as he left the field in triumph.

Friday: Went 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored in a 13-9 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

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It will be the second start for the Japanese rookie, a highly sought offseason free agent who can pitch and hit at the major league level. Justin Upton then broke the tie with a three-run homer.

The red-hot Matt Chapman, who enters today's game on a nine-game hitting streak, blasted a three-run homer off Ohtani last time up.

After allowing 12 home runs in 105 1/3 innings pitched last season, Graveman is now 0-2 and has allowed at least one home run in each of his first three starts and five total homers in just 13 1/3 innings.

Anaheim trailed 6-0 in the second.

Blake Wood relieved Ohtani to start the eighth, after Ohtani threw 91 pitches.

Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice during the latest feat in a series of early-season superlatives by the 23-year-old Japanese prodigy.

The Angels gave Ohtani something to work with right away, getting to A's starter Kendall Graveman in the first inning. Trout walked and scored the first run on Albert Pujols' two-out double in the first inning.

Trout's run was the 700th of his career, making him the ninth player in baseball history with 700 runs and 200 homers before turning 27.

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