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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani accomplishes historic two-way feat, strikes out career-high 13 batters vs. Royals

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Two-sided LA Angels phenom Shohei Otani made personal and league history on Wednesday night when he defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-0 (box score). Not only did Otani set a new career high for strikeouts with 13, he also became the first player since official stats became official stats in 1920. more runs according to researcher Sara Langs. (Otani lost eight on Tuesday.)

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On Otani’s last line, he allowed two hits and a walk without giving up a run, deserved or otherwise. He struck out the aforementioned 13 batters on 108 pitches, of which 71 went on strikes. Statcast classified him as recording 14 hits and misses in a night, including seven on his slider. Otani was Otani, he also recorded a hit, a single in the infield and walked like a batter.

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Otani set his previous strikeout record back in April when he fired 12 Houston Astros. He has yet to record a ninth-inning strikeout during his time in Major League Baseball, although he has played several full games with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, his team in the Nippon Japan Professional Baseball League.

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Otani has entered the game, starting 11 times this season. In those competitions, he averaged a 3.28 ERA (122 ERA+) and a 5.13 strike-to-walk ratio. Offensively, he hit .260/.331/.489 (132 OPS+) with 15 home runs and seven interceptions.

Lang added that only one player has ever registered at least eight RBIs and at least 10 strikeouts in a game in a season or career. The man is former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tony Cloninger, who accomplished the feat in 1966. Cloniger hit 12 batters on April 12, and he had nine runs on July 3.

Of note, during Cloninger’s career, he posted a 4.07 ERA (88 ERA+) and a 1.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 12 seasons. At the plate, he hit .192/.205/.277 with 11 home runs and 67 runs batted. He did win the Most Valuable Player award in 1965, but he never made an All-Star Game or received votes for any other piece of hardware. Thus, he was not Otani’s prototype.

The Angels are now 34-38 on the season after Wednesday’s win. They will have a day off on Thursday before the start of the weekend series against the Seattle Mariners.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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