OAKLAND, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani went six scoreless innings in addition to hitting his 25th homer of the season, an Angels-high, to hit another historic milestone in Los Angeles’ 5-1 win over the A’s. from Oakland.
The Japanese star joined Babe Ruth (1918) as the only other player in MLB history to hit at least 10 homers in addition to recording 10 wins in the same season. According to the Angels, two « Negro League » players also did it: Bullet Rogan of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1922 and Ed Rile of the Detroit Stars in 1927.
Ohtani singled and crossed the plate on a Taylor Ward three-run homer in the 5th inning. He then hit the long ball in the 7th inning at the expense of Sam Selman.
On the mound, Ohtani (10-7) did well with five strikeouts and allowing just four hits. He struck out seven of the last eight batters he faced.
Ohtani, however, came close to not going further than the 3rd round.
Two days after receiving Marco Gonzalez’s cleats on top of his left foot after a collision, Ohtani was hit near the same spot by a ball hit by Ramon Laureano at 87 mph.
After making the play for the final out of the inning, Ohtani showed discomfort leaving the court. However, he returned to the field to test his legs moments later and stayed in the game.