Otani hits 44HR, but Astros tags him to beat the Angels


Houston (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit 44 home runs to lead the major leagues, but defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-5 on Friday night, tagged with José Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros. ..

Otani (9-2) took the lead with a solo home run in the first inning with 8-0 in the last 13 innings starting on May 28th.

However, the two-way sensation resulted in 6 runs with 9 hits, the best in his career in 31/3 innings.

“I feel like they were mostly sitting on my cutter and slider,” Otani said through an interpreter. “Before making adjustments, the on-base percentage was always high and I couldn’t try new things.”

Altuve and Bregman had a total of 5 to 5 against Otani.

“It’s not the guy you always want to face,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said of Otani. “We had some good at-bats. We hit some balls early on …. It was good to take him out of the pitching of the game and get him and his bat out. It’s as powerful as his pitching. “

Bregman, Altuve and Carlos Correa, each with four RBIs, gave the leader of the American League West three RBIs.

“I think we had good control over the strike zone,” Bregman said. “He has great stuff. I think we did a good job of finding the pitches we wanted to hit and giving them a good swing.”

Bregman, who extended the RBI to 10 games, won the RBI single as part of the 3 run 1/3 and the 2 run double as part of the 6 run 1/4 as the Astros took the lead of 9-4. bottom. He also had a sacrifice fly for the seventh time.

Bregman has been 40 to 19 since returning from the injured list on August 25th.

“He’s a special batter, a special player,” said Correa. “He seems to get that timing really early. He’s simple on the plate and doesn’t try too much. That’s why he’s a great player.”

Correa hit a single RBI and Jordan Alvarez hit a double RBI to give the Astros a 3-2 lead.

Otani was chased four times and reached out to catcher’s interference with Kyle Tucker’s base single, Kurt Suzuki, including Aledmys Diaz’s two-run single.

“He didn’t have the best,” Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said of Otani. “As you saw, there are no swings and mistakes tonight. I thought he fought well with it, but in my mind there was no reason to push him there. It was he spent the day. One of the times when I wasn’t, I don’t want to spend him as a pitcher on a night like tonight. “

Framber Valdez (10-5) allowed four earned runs with six hits, five walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

“I want to win ugly rather than lose a lot,” Baker said. “It wasn’t as characteristic as we made the error (4 errors in total), we kept fighting, fighting, and adding. It was a good offensive night.”

Otani’s home run was Valdes’ first home run against a left-handed batter who surrendered this season.

Jared Walsh, the hometown of the Angels.

Otani’s negligent walk

Otani became the first AL pitcher to walk deliberately in more than 51 years when Valdes deliberately walked on walks to load two outs on walks. The last AL pitcher to walk deliberately was Jim Kaat of the Minnesota Twins on September 1, 1970. After a walk to Otani, Valdes struck Philgocerin to end the threat.

Trainers room

Angels: RHP Alex Cobb (inflammation of his right wrist) threw a three-inning simulation game on Friday and Maddon said it worked.

Astros: The RHP Zack Greinke (Health and Safety Protocol) was cleared to work with the team and threw a bullpen session on Friday. According to Baker, Greinke could soon return to the next series of Astros at Rangers starting Monday.


Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (6-7, 3.74) started on Saturday and is trying to further develop the final game of a complete game by defeating the Rangers 4-1.

Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (10-6, 3.29 ERA) took the mound on Saturday and is about to win the decision four times in a row.


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