Houston – From pitching to hitting to playing on the right field, Shohe Ohtani did everything for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
But a strong performance by Lance McCullers Jr. with Houston’s late surge in offense kept the Angels and their two-way star from winning.
Ohtani attacked 10 in an impressive duel with the McCullers, and the Astrals defeated the Angels 5–1 against the Angels’ bullpen.
Ohtani allowed one run and four hits with one run in seven innings, resolving his control troubles in his longest start of the season.
Manager Joey Madden said, “Shohi has to watch the command of the fastball, this is what it looks like most of the time.” The talent was on display tonight. “
Ohtani came out this season with a 2.10 ERA and then went on to play right field, and Yuli Gurriel tied for Houston’s four-run eighth.
Ohtani batted second and took 1 wicket for 4 runs.
Through a translator he said, “My body felt a little heavy, a little sluggish, but I think that worked best for my performance today.” protest. “
Maculler (3-1) got three hits, including a homer by Taylor Ward, while tying a season high with nine strikes in eight innings, his longest start this season. He walked two.
It was the first time he had played eight innings against the Angels on July 22, 2016. McCooler loved the energy at the ballpark as he and Ohtani matched each other for the inning.
“You can feel it,” Macular said.
Angels reliever Aaron Slaggers (2-1) started Martin Maldonado in eighth place and Aldamis Diaz singled with one. Alex Claudio took over and was greeted with an RBI single by Michael Brantley that put Houston in the top 2–1.
The guerrillas worked with two outsiders.
Ohtani’s presence in right field marked the second time in his MLB career that he occupies a spot other than pitcher. He played in left field for an innings in his last trip to Houston this season.
Madon asked him if he was okay with going into the outfield after pitching and the 26-year-old did not hesitate before agreeing.
“I had a lot of fun,” Ohtani said. It was a close game and I felt my part of the batting order coming up in the ninth inning. I was everything for this. “
It was the third time this season when he was hit on the same day that he pitched, making him the first player in MLB history to do so in three games where a designated hitter was available, to Kane Brett. Was doing it twice in 1976. White Sox.
Houston manager Dusty Baker said, “The best I’ve seen him throw. He had 95-99 (mph) and was dotting that fast ball low and far. And boy, he’s doing it. And there is some athlete to play right field and hit as well.
Ohtani had allowed just two singles when Tucker opened Houston’s fifth with his single shot to the left field and put Astro up 1-0.
McCullers had given only one hit and retired 11 in a row when Ohtani singled to start the seventh. Mike Trout went after him, but Jared Walsh came on the field in a double play before Justin Upton came to the field to end the threat.
One of the eighth was when Ward was placed for the third row of right-field seats to tie at 1-all.
Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon, who has been on the injured list since May 3 with an injury to his left knee, said Tuesday night that he is feeling “very good”, but is not sure when he will return. Manager Joe Maddon hopes that Rendon can return to Boston anytime during this weekend’s series. … RHP Junior Guerra was placed on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a right hamstring stretch.
Astro: RHP Jake Odorzi is expected to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. He has been on the list of injured since April 24 with a strain in his right hand muscle. … LHP Framber Valdez, who has been out since fracturing his left ring finger on March 2, is expected to throw Bulbul in Houston this week to begin minor league rehab.
Los Angeles left-hander Andrew Henney (1-2, 4.11 ERA) opposes Jose Arquidi (3-2, 3.51) when the series ends on Wednesday night.
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