Ohtani whiffs 11 in two-way Fenway masterpiece

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BOSTON — Shohei Ohtani left his mark on Fenway Park with the best two-way efficiency since Babe Ruth himself.

Pitching on the historic ballpark for the primary time, Ohtani struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and added two hits — certainly one of them a 109 mph line drive that banged off the Inexperienced Monster so onerous that it knocked his No. 17 out of the pitcher’s slot on the guide scoreboard.

“I hope you do not begin taking that with no consideration. Prefer it’s previous hat,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon stated of Ohtani’s abilities. “It is simply so uncommon. It is otherworldly, on this stage of this recreation.”

The show got here throughout Los Angeles8-0 win over Boston Thursday that included a five-run eighth inning within the ballpark the place Ruth debuted in 1914 and performed six seasons earlier than the Pink Sox bought him to the Yankees.

Within the fourth, Ohtani hit a 389-foot single that was a couple of foot shy of being a house run. Within the eighth, he singled off the left-field wall to drive in a single run, then scored because the Angels turned a 2-0 recreation right into a blowout.

Ohtani (3-2) additionally induced 29 swings and misses from Boston batters — a profession excessive, and essentially the most for any pitcher this yr. He threw 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes, additionally a profession excessive.

“It is certainly one of my favourite ballparks,” stated Ohtani, who has batted .302 with two homers in 10 video games at Fenway. “I used to be wanting ahead to pitching right here.”

Ohtani’s begin was pushed again two days due to groin tightness and took place 14 hours after the Angels scored six instances within the tenth inning to beat the Pink Sox 10-5. Because the designated hitter in that contest, Ohtani walked within the ninth and walked and scored within the tenth.

“To be sincere, I used to be fairly fatigued,” he stated. “My physique was fairly drained. I attempted to get to sleep as early as attainable and get sufficient sleep and relaxation. I believe I used to be in a position to try this.”

Ohtani allowed six hits and no walks in all. He additionally threw a wild pitch that allowed Rafael Devers to succeed in base on a strikeout within the first.

Ohtani gave up a leadoff double to Jackie Bradley Jr. within the fifth. Within the sixth, J.D. Martinez doubled with one out however was stranded when Andrew Velazquez made a diving catch of Franchy Cordero‘s blooper to finish the inning.

Ohtani was the primary pitcher at Fenway to bat within the high 4 of the order since Ruth, who was the Pink Sox’s cleanup hitter within the first recreation of a Sept. 20, 1919, doubleheader.

Within the fourth inning, Ohtani matched one other Pink Sox Corridor of Famer by changing into the primary beginning pitcher to document successful at Fenway since Roger Clemens in 1996. Ohtani and Clemens are the one beginning pitchers to document hits at Fenway within the designated hitter period.

The Related Press contributed to this report

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