Shohei Ohtani used 99-mph fastballs and a devastating, totally unfair splitter to strike out Matt Olson
How anticipated was it? Well:
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He then retired slugger
But it was a sequence in the bottom of the third against the powerful Olson that really put Ohtani's intimidating variety of pitches on full display.
Olson, a known fastball masher, swung right through two 99-mph four-seamers more or less thrown in his wheelhouse. Perhaps gearing up for another, Olson was then no match for this 90-mph splitter, which fell so far off the table it's just ridiculous. This sequence is unfair:
That's just nasty. Ohtani ended up gettin the win in his debut -- going six innings while striking out six, giving up three hits and three runs.