Ohtani ‘proud’ to rack up ‘large quantity’ a hundredth HR

OAKLAND, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani and Taylor Ward supplied simply what the Los Angeles Angels wanted to recover from a nasty loss within the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Ohtani hit his a hundredth profession residence run, Ward hit a grand slam and the Angels salvaged a cut up by beating the the Oakland Athletics 9-1 within the nightcap Saturday.

The A’s gained the opener 4-3 when Luis Barrera overcame a few earlier blunders by hitting a walk-off, three-run shot for his first profession residence run.

“Give our guys credit score,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned of the response in Sport 2. “Not a straightforward loss to endure. We did it, I assumed very well.

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The Angels took little time to rebound within the second sport with Ward hitting his second slam of the season in a five-run second inning towards Adam Oller (0-3).

Ohtani then obtained in on the motion within the fifth inning when he adopted Mike Trout‘s RBI double together with his milestone homer to make it 8-1

“100 is an enormous quantity,” Ohtani mentioned by way of an interpreter. “I’m pleased with it. But it surely’s early within the season.”

That made Ohtani the third Japanese-born participant with no less than 100 homers within the majors, trailing solely Hideki Matsui with 175 and Ichiro Suzuki with 117. Ohtani additionally joined Babe Ruth as the one gamers with no less than 100 residence runs and no less than 250 strikeouts as a pitcher.

“He does it each day,” Maddon mentioned. “It’s not shocking anymore. I don’t need to say anticipating it, however we’re anticipating it. That’s simply who he’s proper now. He’s going to maintain including on to that. You’re going to listen to extra names, extra milestones. He’s a baseball participant. He likes to play.”

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That was greater than sufficient assist for Michael Lorenzen (4-2), who allowed one run and 5 hits in seven innings.

Oller, referred to as up from the minors because the twenty seventh man for the doubleheader, allowed eight runs in 5 innings and has a 12.27 ERA in 4 begins this season.