Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani almost set another major league record.
On the 28th (Korean time)스포츠토토, Ohtani started as the third hitter in the match against the Oakland Athletics held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, and scored 3 hits (2 homers), 8 strikeouts, 2 walks and 5 runs in 6 innings. As a hitter, he played an active role with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 RBI and 2 runs, leading the team to an 8-7 victory and harvesting 4 wins of the season.
Ohtani hit singles, doubles, and triples that day, excluding the home run. Had Ohtani added a home run, it would have been the first time since Jimmy Ryan in 1888 that a pitcher could achieve a hit for the cycle (where a batter hits a single, double, triple, and home run all in one game), but the last hit was the 8th inning. He withdrew from 1st, 1st and 2nd bases with a floating ball to the center fielder. Because Ryan was a reliever pitcher, Ohtani was able to set another major league first.
After the match, Ohtani felt both bad and hopeful. Regarding the fact that the team scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning to take a 5-0 lead, and then hit two homers right away in the 4th inning to allow the score to be tied 5-5, Ohtani said, “It was difficult to find a rhythm as there were a lot of runners out all of a sudden. I gave it away, but I felt good when I scored again in the 5th and 6th innings. As a result, today is a good day.”
Angels manager Phil Nevin said, “When Ohtani gave up five runs, I had the feeling that something was wrong. But he is a human being and can score points.” He continued, “I had to go on base with a double at the end of the third inning and even score. Then I immediately started pitching in the top of the fourth inning,” suggesting that there was an impact on the run.
Coach Nevin, who watched the final 8th inning at bat, said, “Everyone must have had Ohtani’s hit for the cycle in their heads. There was,” he regretted.
The MLB official website also said, “Everyone would have expected that Ohtani would achieve a historic hit for the cycle until the fly ball was caught by the center fielder in the 8th inning.” I wasn’t conscious of the record,” he said.