Oakland, CA – Shohei Ohtani went six goal-free rounds as well as his 25th hit of the season, the highest for the Angels, to mark another historic feat in Los Angeles’ 5-1 win over A.N. from Auckland.
The Japanese superstar joined Babe Ruth (1918) as the only other player in MLB history to have had at least 10 players plus 10 wins in the same season. According to the Angels, two Negro League players also did this: Bullet Rogan of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1922 and Ed Ryle of the Detroit Stars in 1927.
Otani set and crossed the board on Homer Taylor Ward with three rounds in the fifth inning. Then he hit the long ball in the seventh game at the expense of Sam Salman.
On the hill, Otani (10-7) did well with five hits and only allowed four. He hit seven of the last eight hits he’s faced.
However, Otani came close to not making it past the third round.
Two days after receiving Marco Gonzalez’s cleats on his left foot after his collision, Ohtani was hit near the same spot by a Ramon Laureano shot at 87 mph.
After going into the final of the first round, Otani was uncomfortable leaving the field. However, he returned to the field to test his legs moments later and remained in the match.
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