Los Angeles (AP) — Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani was the man in his words on Tuesday night — even the one he spoke in English.
Two-way Japanese All-Star summons his shot before leading the midsummer classic at Dodger Stadium, Fox’s Tom Baducci In the on-deck circle where he was trying to jump quickly to Clayton Kershaw.
“Ceremonial first pitch, ceremonial first pitch. That’s it.”
Sure enough, Otani flared A 90.9mph fastball off the Los Angeles Dodgers ace in the middle for a base hit..
Otani reached the base in both at-bats AL 3-2 wins After taking a walk three times. He has joined Albert Pujols (2008), David Ortiz (2005), Edgar Martinez (1997) and Bobby Bonilla (1991) and is the fifth designated hitter to reach the base multiple times in the All-Star game.
“I was definitely swinging 100%. The car show has really good commands,” Otani said through full-time interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. “I wish I could hit more squares. I wasn’t very happy with that.”
Dodgers shortstop and fellow All-Star Trea Turner said Kershaw’s giving up on singles was better than the way other pitchers fought Otani.
“That is, I think Clayton will always give up on a broken bat single instead of hitting Homer and the like,” Turner said. When asked why he didn’t throw the curve ball, he said he was basically going to swing the opening ceremony, but Clayton said, “No, I’m not that guy. I’m going to challenge.” Said.
The car show took revenge on Otani.Otani leaned and caught the car show with a 1-2 count against the Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. A little too far from first base Then I went to Paul Goldschmidt in St. Louis. This is the first time a runner has been selected for an All-Star game since 2008.
Kershaw hadn’t decided on a pitch to throw next to the judge, so he said he threw it first and took some time.
“I was looking for a chance to run, but he did a great job,” Otani jumped into the bag, spread out in the soil and laughed. “Nevertheless, I didn’t expect my name to be good or bad for the treatise.”
Otani’s second trip Participation in the All-Star Game was less busy than last year when he joined the Homelanderby and was a starting pitcher in the American League. He declined the invitation to join Derby and asked AL manager Dusty Baker not to pitch. His next mound will be in Atlanta on Friday, as the Angels will open later in the season.
“I was more relaxed. It’s certainly not as much work as last year,” Otani said. “I threw it last year, but I think throwing is the most sacrificial thing.”
Otani has allowed three runs (two wins), 20 hits, 58 strikeouts and 11 walks in 39 2/3 innings in the last 6 starts. Right-handed is 9-4, with 15 starts and 2.38 ERA.
On the plate, he hits .258 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs.
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