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LEADING OFF: Ohtani goes for Angels, Arrieta debut for Phils

10 April 2018

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) throws from the Oakland Athletics in the next inning during a MLB baseball match at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The two-way star from Japan connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett.

"Smoked that ball, huh?"

Trout crushed it, sending it sailing over the center-field fence, over the ficus trees behind the wall and over the railing that forms the lower border of Bo Jackson Country. The Angels are 6-3 SU and 5-3 ATS.

On the mound, Ohtani was equally impressive.

Speaking of pitching, Angels' fans had their first glimpse of Ohtani on the mound in the team's 7-4 win against the A's on March 31.

Perhaps the most thrilling aspect of Ohtani, specifically to an Asian fan like myself, is that he is an exciting player to all baseball fans regardless of his race. "I've got to get back to what makes me good, the fastball location and the sinker down at the bottom of the zone, early contact", he said.

Los Angeles had one of the best overall pitching performances in their opening series in all of the Major League Baseball.

"It's a rare kind of talent to do it both ways, and it's great to watch", second baseman Zack Cozart said.

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In reality, the Mets are giving me the better pitcher and, at least for this one series, the better lineup.

Ohtani (2-0) did not allow a base runner until one out in the seventh inning in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics at Angels Stadium.

The homer lifted Ohtani to 6 for 11 (.545) with six RBIs at home. Oakland's top offensive threat has been Matt Chapman. "It was more about the pitching to begin with; we weren't sure how much they would use him offensively". "Just couldn't hold it".

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Ohtani is just the sixth rookie ever to hit 3 home runs in his first 4 games.

Ohtani is the first player with two wins and three or more home runs in his team's first 10 games since Jim Shaw for the 1919 Washington Senators; Shaw's homers all came in games in which he pitched.

These two have already met six times this season with the Angeles winning four of the six meetings. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes - hitless in five previous at-bats - splintered his bat on a soft liner to center field.

Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 18 batters Sunday.

LEADING OFF: Ohtani goes for Angels, Arrieta debut for Phils