Shohei Ohtani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels had a four-hit game. A home run prevented him from completing the cycle.
Ohtani went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored while batting leadoff against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA, on 4 April.
Leading off the first inning, Ohtani was hit by a 92.7 mph (149.2 km/h) six-pitch fastball from Houston starter Christian Javier for a single. It didn’t lead to a run, however, as there was no follow-up hit.
With one out in the third inning, Ohtani hit a 93.5 mph (150.5 km/h) three-pitch fastball from Javier for an RBI triple, but again, there was no follow-through. In the top of the fifth, Javier’s 93.4-mph (150.3-kilometre) four-seamer was hit for a single.
Coming to the plate with runners on first and second in the seventh, Ohtani lined a six-pitch 89.2-mph splitter from reliever Ryne Stanek for an RBI double. He moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on Mike Trout’s single.
Short of a home run to complete the cycling hit, Ohtani led off the ninth inning and hit a 95-mph (152.9-kilometre) two-pitch fastball from reliever Ryan Presley for a single, but failed to record a hit. However, after Brandon Drury singled and Taylor Ward walked, Ohtani advanced to third on a wild pitch. 안전놀이터
Despite missing out on a cycling hit, Ohtani’s four-hit day raised his season average to 2.745 (62-for-226).
Despite Ohtani’s performance, the Angels fell to 6-9 and lost their third straight. Starter Patrick Sandoval took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.