Ohtani nearly hit first cycling hit as a starting pitcher

The Los Angeles Angels won 8-7 in a home game against the 2023 Major League Oakland Athletics held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA at 5:07 am on the 28th (hereinafter Korean time).

Shohei Ohtani came out as the third batter and starting pitcher, throwing 93 pitches in 6 innings as a starting pitcher, allowing 5 runs, 3 hits (2 homers), 4 walks and 8 strikeouts, becoming the winning pitcher. His earned run average has risen significantly from 0.64 to 1.85. As a hitter, he recorded 3 hits in 5 at-bats (1 double, 1 triple), 1 RBI, and 2 doubles, reaching a batting average of 0.278 for the season.

On this day, Ohtani pitched perfectly, striking out 5 against 9 batters from the 1st to the 3rd inning. However, he collapsed greatly by giving up 5 runs only in the 4th inning, and he blocked well in the 5th and 6th innings, and finished his starting pitcher duties with 5 runs in 6 innings.

The highlight was the batter. Ohtani, who made an infield hit in the first at-bat in the first inning, hit an RBI double in the second at-bat in the third inning. And in the fourth at-bat at the end of the 6th inning, he hit a triple to right field. ㅋㅋㅋ벳

And the last at-bat in the 8th inning. Until the last at-bat in the bottom of the 8th inning, when he was leading 8-7, Ohtani hit a single, double, and triple and hit a home run to record the first cycling hit as a starting pitcher. On 1st, 1st and 2nd bases, Ohtani hit a big ball toward the center wall, and everyone thought it would be a home run and a cycling hit. Unfortunately, however, he was caught by the center fielder right in front of the fence, and the cycling hit was canceled.

Never in major league history has a starting pitcher recorded a cycling hit at bat in a single game. That’s why the first record in history came out, but the last batted ball in the bottom of the 8th did not reach a few more meters, so there was no cycling hit.

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