Coach Phil Nevin (52) also said, “I’m sorry.” Exhausted Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) resumed his hitting streak after a sweet day’s rest. However, the team lost again and was one step away from fall baseball.
Ohtani started as the second batter and designated hitter in the 2023 Major League (ML) away game against the Houston Astros held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on the 12th (Korean time) and recorded 1 hit and 2 strikeouts in 4 at-bats. . On the 7th, Ohtani, who succeeded in hitting base in five consecutive games against the Seattle Mariners, dropped his season batting average from 0.306 to 0.305, and his OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) from 1.076 to 1.071.
The match attracted attention as Ohtani faced off against Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (40), who returned to Houston after 7 months. As for the game itself, Verlander gave up only one hit to Ohtani and won his 7th win (6th loss) of the season by pitching with 6 hits 메이저놀이터 (1 home run), 7 strikeouts and 3 runs in 6 innings. Verlander earned his first win in his first Minute Maid Park appearance since returning to Houston.
It was hard to blame only Ohtani. He started in a game against the San Francisco Giants two days ago (10th). While minimizing the trademark fast ball of 100 miles per hour, the toughness was evident, such as directly calling the catcher and manager to the mound from the first inning. However, he led the team to victory with 6 innings and 1 run (zero earned) quality start pitching. He said, but he persevered until the end and played a perfect inning.”
However, the Los Angeles Angels lost 3-11 as starting lead Detmus gave up 7 hits (2 homers) and 3 walks in 2⅓ innings, allowing 7 runs. At the same time, the Los Angeles Angels lost another 50% win rate with 58-59 and maintained 4th place in the American League West, moving away from fall baseball.
While Ohtani was silent, Houston exploded with 10 points… But in the end, he hit just before Verlander’s defeat → Successfully reached base for 5 consecutive games
In the first matchup in the top of the 1st inning, Ohtani touched a changeup coming out of Verlander and retreated with a ground ball to second base. In the top of the 3rd inning at bat, he started with an advantageous ball count of 2B0S from 1st base and 1st base, but he struck out after swinging in vain with the slider-fastball ball combination.
While Ohtani was silent, the LA Angels mound was bombed. In the bottom of the second inning, with Houston trailing 0-1, lead batter Yainer Diaz hit, Mauricio Dubon hit, and John Singleton turned the game around 3-1 with a superior three-run. It was followed by Jeremy Pena’s hit, Martin Maldonado’s double, and Jose Altuve’s walk to make the bases safe. Here, two runners homered on ground balls by Alex Bregman and Jordan Alvarez.
Singleton hit a home run. In the 3rd inning with 1 out and 1st base, Singleton once again hit a superior two-run four. In the 4th inning, with 2 outs, 1st and 3rd base, Pena hit 2 RBIs in time to the left field, and Maldonado made 10-2 with 1 RBI in left field, virtually driving a wedge.
The Los Angeles Angels only counterattacked with CJ Cron’s left midfield solo shot in the 2nd inning and Luis Lenhipo’s 1 RBI in the 3rd inning.
On this day, the Los Angeles Angels’ few counterattack opportunities were created by Ohtani’s hit. In the 6th inning, lead batter Renhipo hit first, and Ohtani hit a 93.9 mph fastball that came deep into the body and made a heavy hit. Here, as Brandon Drury hit a timely hit with an RBI in the left field, the Los Angeles Angels made up for one point and Ohtani headed to second base. However, as all three subsequent batters withdrew to beom-ta, the embers of the chase disappeared.
Houston secured an 11-3 victory with Altuve’s infield hit in the bottom of the 8th inning with two outs loaded. On this day, Houston’s bottom line hit hard. 7th Singleton went 4-for-3 (2 homers) 5 RBIs, 3 runs scored and 1 walk, No. 8 Pena went 4-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 runs, and No. 9 Maldonado went 5 at-3, 3 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run, 9 hits. He combined 8 RBIs and led Houston to a great victory.