LA Angels’ Shohei Ohtani left his indelible mark on Fenway Park as he struck out eleven in 7 shutout innings, added 2 hits, and then drove in a run in the win over Boston on Thursday. Joe Maddon, the Angels manager had one word to describe one of the finest two-way performances since Baby Ruth himself, ‘otherworldly,’ in what he termed as the most difficult game.
Maddon said that such incredible skills have become second nature to Shohei Ohtani and said it was unusual at this level.
Shohei Ohtani Excelled At Babe Ruth’s Ballpark
It was Shohei Ohtani’s pitching debut at the legend, Babe Ruth’s ballpark, the greatest 2-way star in baseball ever since Ruth prompted twenty-nine swings and misses from Red Sox batters. It stands as a high for Shohei Ohtani (3-2), the most by any pitcher in 2022. He has thrown 81 of the 99 pitches for strikes, which also stands as a high.
Walsh had 4 RBIs as he curled a 2-run home run around the left foul pole in the 7th to throw open a scoreless game.
The LA team turned a 2-run game into a blowout in the 8th. Shohei Ohtani’s drive crashed into the Green Monster hard enough to knock his number (17) out of the scoreboard.
Shohei Ohtani had another singularly long single earlier in the game even as his deep fly ball was lost momentarily to the sun and fell for a hit. The runner on first had been delayed as he tried to see if it would be caught.
Ohtani’s batting line ended up 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI in the 8-0 victory. The scoreboard also indicated that he was also the starting pitcher and was also more than useful in that role. In his first career start at Fenway, Ohtani gave up 6 hits and no runs in 7 innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks.