In his first Angel Stadium start, Shohei Ohtani and his video game pitches were perfect into the seventh
To say he didn't disappoint wouldn't be accurate. He was so dazzling, his pitches baffled the A's so thoroughly that Ohtani took a perfect-game bid into the seventh inning. Throughout the afternoon, he had some definite swagger out there on the hill:
Sunday marked pitcher Ohtani's second start, exactly one week since his first. That happened to come against the A's up in Oakland, where the 23-year-old put on a clinic of totally unfair strikeout pitches and changeups that dropped off the table faster than your favorite gravity-defying ride at an amusement park.
Would it surprise you to find out that Ohtani did the same again on Sunday?
Against many of the same A's hitters who challenged him last week, he just found a way to change speeds (from 99-mph fastballs to mid-80s offspeed stuff, nearly interchangeably) effectively enough to not allow any hits or baserunners until
Ohtani's final line: 7 innings, one hit, one walk, 12 strikeouts in the Angels' 6-1 win. Unfair.
So far, so nearly perfect for Ohtani in his young MLB career. Good luck hitters (and pitchers!).
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.