Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani had yet another historic game, this time becoming the first starting pitcher to record two plate appearances before delivering a single pitch. In addition, Ohtani hurled 5.1 perfect innings to begin the game before allowing a harmless single to Astros catcher Jason Castro.
Ohtani led off Wednesday’s American League West matchup with a walk against Astros starter Jake Odorizzi, and then laced an RBI double when he came to the plate again later in the first inning after the Angels batted around. Los Angeles went on to win the contest 6-0 on the back of Ohtani’s masterful six-inning, one hit, 12 strikeout performance.
A 27-year-old native of Oshu, Japan, Shohei Ohtani became the face of baseball after earning the American League MVP Award last season due to his dominance on both sides of the ball. He racked up an incredible 159 OPS+ over 639 plate appearances, while also delivering 130.1 innings of 139 ERA+ pitching in 2021. This kind of performance hasn’t been seen in MLB since the days of Babe Ruth, and likely won’t be seen again after Ohtani for decades, if not centuries.