Anaheim, California – Shohai Othani He follows a strict routine in every aspect of his life. His meticulous production was a success even before he threw a pitch, 12 minutes late on his latest ridge start by a pre-game ceremony honoring the 2002 World Series champions of Los Angeles.
The slightly bumpy start led to a second straight incredible night for the two-way superstar.
Ohdani scored 13 runs off eight dominant innings off a 2-hit ball, and the American League MVP reached the foundation three times in Wednesday’s 5-0 win over Los Angeles against the Kansas City Royals.
After giving up two singles to start the first innings, Ohdani (6-4) retired 16 straight for the Royals and 23 of the final 24 batsmen he faced. When matched with the longest start of his major league career, he allowed only one pace runner in his final seven innings – quickly wiped out by a double on a walk.
“I think the biggest thing was to put that zero in the first inning after giving up those first two wins,” Othani said through his translator. “I was able to do it, it set the tone for the game. I wanted to go as far as I could, but I didn’t really think about the pitch count at the beginning of the game.”
Lighting the sky beyond the center field in Big A against the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm, Ohdani performed a single and two walks on the plate in his latest electrified two-way performance.
One night, after Ohdani hit two three-run homers and scored eight runs at an extra innings loss, he set the personal best for strikeouts by fanning. Emmanuel Rivera On his 108th and final pitch.
Angels interim manager Bill Nevin said, “He put us on his back.” I thought of taking him to eighth, and he was adamant: ‘No. This is mine. I will stay. ‘ … what a day. What a performance by him. “
David McKinnon The Angels got their first major league win with a seventh RBI single, avoiding a series sweep with a fourth win in six games overall. Louis Rengifo McKinnon had an RBI double-hundred in seventh before hitting the score from right to left in that single, sacrificing his first career just two innings before the RBI.
After scoring 18 runs in the previous two games at Angel Stadium, the Royals closed for the second time in four days and for the 10th time this season. Kansas City still wins by seven out of five.
“It’s a scene,” said Royals manager Mike Matheny. “It’s a set of very unique pitches. I do not think you’ll find many comrades with as many weapons as we have seen today. He threw three different sliders and a cutter and a curve. At 100 (mph) … it’s going to be a tough day on the plate. “
Ohdani has not beaten Matt recently, allowing just one run in his last 20 innings in three starts. At his most recent home start two weeks ago, he pitched seven innings on a single run, and he also homegrown on a win that broke the Angels ’owner-record 14-game slide.
Wit Merryfield And Andrew Benindendi He played solo in the Royals’ first two ad-battles against Ohdani, but he put down every batter he faced until Merfield took a one-out walk in the sixth game – Penindenti quickly descending into a double.
Ohtani topped the second half twice at 99 mph in the second half, while he confused Kansas City, scoring 34 combined strikes on the swing and miss.
Daniel Lynch (3-7) Not so effective for the Royals at the start, but the left-hander cleverly shut down the Angels until they were loaded into the second inning with two walks and an infield single. Lynch, who left after McKinnon’s sacrificial fly, conceded three wins and five walks in 104 pitches.
Mike Trout The Angels got a day off, leaving their fighting line without a decisive punch. But MacKinnon came on as the team’s impossible cleanup hitter, claiming his first major league win since being called up for MLB debut last weekend.
McKinnon was delighted with his breakthrough swings, but other aspects of the game kept him excited.
“I want to play on the field behind Shoaib and see how good he is,” McKinnon said. “Being here is crazy.”
Royals: c Salvador Perez Matheny said he sat out after injuring his left thumb again on a swing Tuesday night, but the team still determines the severity of the injury after an MRI exam.
Angels: RHP Jimmy Herket He went on a 15-day injury list with a right shoulder stumbling block. Right-handed players Elvis Beguro and Oliver Ortega came from Triple-A Salt Lake, while random rookie Reed Ditmers Just six starts went down after throwing a no-hitter.
Royals: Zack Greenke is expected to be left out of the injured list on Friday as Kansas City begin their three-match weekend series against Auckland on home soil. Greinke (0-4, 5.05 ERA) went into the IL three weeks ago with a tight forearm.
Angels: After a day off at home, Los Angeles kicks off the three-game weekend series against Seattle on Friday night. No team has confirmed a starting player.