“The Sho goes on”: Shohei Ohtani – the two-way star fabricates jaw-dropping history

Angel Stadium chants "MVP" for Shohei Ohtani as he finishes the eighth inning with a career-best 13th strikeout. He hasn’t allowed a hit since the first inning. He’s also reached base three times.

Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani

Angel Stadium is getting used to the habit of their star Shohei Ohtani making them applaud for his marvellous gameplay. The entire team and fans were on their feet when they released what he did. Shohei Ohtani homered twice and set a career-high with eight RBIs at the plate, he set another career high with 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a single match

Ohtani helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. He retired 23 of the last 24 batters he faced and became the first player in American League/National League history to have at least eight RBIs in a game and strike out at least 10 batters the next day.

Shohei Ohtani set his previous career high in strikeouts back in April, when he retired 12 Houston Astros. He stepped in the night having started 11 times this season. In those contests, he’d recorded a 3.28 ERA (122 ERA+) and a 5.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Offensively, he’d batted .260/.331/.489 (132 OPS+) with 15 home runs and seven steals.

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Shohei Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, “I think the biggest thing was putting up that zero in the first inning after giving up those two hits, I think it set the tone for the game, I was told the game was going to start at 6:49, so I had to throw in the cage to get ready, but I think it was a good learning experience because things come up sometimes.”

Los Angeles Angels’ interim manager Phil Nevin, in the postgame press conference, said, “He just put us on his back, it was just impressive. I thought about taking him out after the seventh but he was adamant, ‘This is mine.’ What a day, what a performance by him.”

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The unnatural performance by Ohtani couldn’t let Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield be quiet, he said impressively, “There’s still the ‘wow’ factor, nobody else is doing what he’s doing. Definitely just a unique, once-in-a-generation-type player, and it’s fun to share the field with him.”

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