I always keep my words. The execution power of Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) was amazing.
On the 22nd (Korean time), 메이저놀이터Ohtani started in the major league game against the Kansas City Royals held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, and won 2-0 with 7 innings, 102 pitches, 2 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts, and no runs. led He won his third win of the season and brought his earned run average back down to 0.64.
Even before the mound that day, Ohtani was powerful enough. His earned run average was 0.86 and he was showing off his pitch with 27 strikeouts in 21 innings. However, Ohtani was not satisfied. He pointed out that he lacked control. That’s also true, there were a lot of slopes in recent starts. Against Seattle on the 6th, he scored 1 run in 6 innings, but gave up 4 walks and 2 walks, and on the 12th against Washington, he recorded 1 hit and no runs in 7 innings, but 5 walks and 1 walk. He went 6-and-4 in two straight games.
In response, Ohtani said, “The results look good, but there aren’t many tripartite innings. I think the walks are the only problem. A little strange. He expressed his frustration, saying, “I didn’t think he would walk like this because he felt really good when he threw from the bullpen.”
He was aware of the problem, and his remarks revealed a firm commitment to reliably improve this problem. He clearly put this promise into practice on the mound.
On this day, Ohtani struck out Bobby Witt Jr., MJ Melendez, and Vinny Pasquantino all with a swing and strikeout in the first inning, opening the game with a three-way strikeout inning. And in the second episode, he recorded a triple-death. In the top of the 3rd inning, lead batter Edward Olivares got a left-handed hit, but Nicky Lopez was treated as a double hit by shortstop to make 2 outs, and Jackie Bradley Jr. was treated as a catcher foul fly, ending the inning with 3 batters.
The first walk came in the 4th inning. He gave up a walk to Melendez after one out. Afterwards, he allowed Pasquantino to hit left-handed, putting him in a crisis with one out and 1st and 2nd base, but he overcame the crisis by leading Salvador Perez back to shortstop with a double hit.
After that, he caught the 5th inning with a tripartite, and gave a walk to Lopez, the lead batter in the 6th, but later struck out Bradley Jr.-Wit Jr.-Melendez 3 times in a row. In the long-awaited 7th inning, Ohtani’s strikeout instinct was still wriggling, and once again he struck out three batters three times in a row. He finished the day’s appearance by striking out six batters in a row.
There were only two walks and he also had four triplets innings. He showed that he clearly fixed the part that he had a problem with. He was an Ohtani that seemed like he wouldn’t need to evolve anymore, but he evolved once again.
He threw 43 sweepers, 21 cutters, 20 four-seams, 9 curveballs, 5 splitters and 4 sliders. His four-seam best velocity was 100.2 miles (161.3 km) and he averaged 97.2 miles (156.4 km).
‘LA Times’ said, ‘Ohtani is a master at keeping his words to himself. He said he needed to make more three-way innings and that I myself was fed up with too many walks. On this day, he struck out 11 and gave up only two walks, achieving his goal,’ he explained.