Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) will never forget his 67th start in his major league career.
On the 18th (Korean time), Ohtani started in a game against the Boston Red Sox held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Ohtani, who was trying to win 3 times this season, was under great psychological pressure as the team was in the midst of losing 3 games in a row. The Angels have lost the first three games of their four-game road trip.
However, there were two variables that adversely affected Ohtani in this match.
One was early game time. In local time, this day is the third Monday in April, the anniversary of the American Revolutionary War. Massachusetts is a state that celebrates this. The Boston Marathon, which began in 1897, is the most important celebration of this day.
Because of this, the major league game was scheduled at 11:10 a.m. local time. Players from both teams hurriedly headed to the field from the morning.
Another variable is rain. It rained before the game and the play was played 56 minutes later than the scheduled time.
The Angels took the lead in the first inning, scoring four runs with Hunter Renfro’s three-run home run. However, conditioning was difficult not only for Boston starter Brian Beyo, but also for Ohtani. In the bottom of the first inning, Ohtani sent out leader Raimel Tapia with a straight walk, and then committed a series of wild fights. He scored one point by catching third baseman Rob Lev Snyder with a grounder with one out.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Angels ran away again, 5-1, with one out, 1st, and 3rd baseman Renfro’s shortstop grounder.
In the bottom of the second inning, it was Ohtani’s turn to throw. It started raining heavily. It was a shower. When the rain stopped, it took time to repair the playground. The pitch com that Ohtani was wearing also broke. After about 10 minutes, I was able to start pitching the second inning. Ohtani easily suppressed 3 batters with 15 balls.
Angels attack in the top of the 3rd inning. In the situation of 2 companies, 1st and 2nd base, it rained in earnest this time. A tarp appeared. The game resumed after 85 minutes. The top of the 3rd inning ended with a scoreless score, and in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Ohtani would take the mound. But he couldn’t throw.
2 innings, no hits, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 1 run. The average ERA rose from 0.47 to 0.86. The team won 5-4, but Ohtani couldn’t be the winning pitcher.
It was a strange day for Ohtani. All bad things overlapped. The start time of the game was in the morning, and the game was delayed three times due to rain, so only two innings were pitched, and even the pitch came was not listened to.
After the game, Ohtani said, “It wasn’t something I could control. There was nothing I could do. So I had to think about the next thing.” I didn’t know if it would work. After talking with the staff, I gave up.”
On this day, Ohtani’s ball was very good. So he felt even more sorry. He was only shaken in the first inning, which started with a delay of 56 minutes, but his pitching was at the highest level all season.
Ohtani said, “Overall, my ball was pretty good. After two strikes, the fastball was good. A few sweepers were also very good. Two wild throws advanced runners to the base, but it was a good game without that.”
After conceding a run at the end of the first inning, Ohtani struck out fourth hitter Masataka Yoshida, and in the ball count 1B2S, he inserted a 98.4 mile (158.4 km) fastball into the middle of the fourth pitch to induce a swing. It means that the position itself was good. 먹튀검증
Of interest is Ohtani’s next pitching schedule, which had 31 pitches that day. The Angels are on a 17-game schedule from Boston on the 15th to Milwaukee Brewers on May 1st without a day off. 6 Starters are put in twice. That’s this rotation. Therefore, Ohtani’s next planned appearance will be a home game against the Kansas City Royals on the 24th. It is possible to advance this by a day or so.