Shohei Ohtani nearly perfect: 12 strikeouts, seven shutout innings, wins second MLB start


After a rough spring, Shohei Ohtnai impressed in his first pitching start of the year against the Oakland A’s. Was it enough to silence his doubters?

ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani could not reward Los Angeles Angels fans with a home run on Sunday, as they had probably grown used to from his three previous appearances in a home uniform.

They would have to settle for a brilliant pitching performance instead.

Making his first start at Angel Stadium, the Japanese two-way sensation retired the first 19 batters he faced before yielding a one-out single in the seventh to Marcus Semien as the Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-1.

In front of a rare April sellout crowd of 44,742, Ohtani unleashed a fastball that touched 100 mph and paired it with a devilish splitter and an effective slider. He overwhelmed A’s hitters from the get-go, striking out the first three batters he faced and 10

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