Ohtani hits first ML homer in first Angel Stadium at-bat
- Author: Steve Townsend Apr 05, 2018,
Apr 05, 2018, 0:44
Now, in just nine regular season at-bats, he has as many hits, and one more home run, than he had in 32 spring-training at-bats, when he notched a.125 average with a minuscule.347 OPS.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first for the Indians, but Tomlin (0-1) gave up eight runs and eight hits in three innings. He's slated to make his home pitching debut Sunday.
During his first start, he threw six innings, giving up three hits and three runs, but he still got the win. That stat line certainly doesn't jump out at you, but keep in mind it was the young right-hander's first career start in the majors. He was only able to pitch 25 innings in Japan previous year due to an ankle injury, and during spring training, even when he was throwing in minor league, intra-squad, and B games, he never threw more than 85 pitches. In fact, Angels starters beat that mark only three times in all of 2017.
Shohei Ohtani did not need long to get acclimated at Angel Stadium.
Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout in his Major League Baseball hitting debut last Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. Last night in Anaheim, Ohtani served as the Angels' DH and he thrived once again.
The Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run in the major leagues Tuesday, a three-run shot off the Cleveland Indians' Josh Tomlin in the bottom of the first inning. The Angels had $2.315 million in worldwide signing money to offer Ohtani.
The start also means Ohtani would not appear at designated hitter in the series opener. "He showed the ability to just square up a baseball, and he had a great night for us".
Ohtani is the first player to win as a starting pitcher, then start and homer as a non-pitcher in his next game in the same season since Babe Ruth in 1921, according to Fox Sports West.