Shohei Ohtani made the second start of his career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and it went a lot better for the Japanese Babe Ruth.
In a "B-Team" start for Ohtani, the right-hander went four innings for the Angels against the Milwaukee Brewers in which he fanned an outstanding eight out of 12 batters faced.
And according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, all of those strikeouts by Ohtani were swings and misses and those pitches were absolutely "Dirty".
Even calling them:
"Breaking pitches looked like wiffle balls."
Ohtani's first start doesn't go as planned
The much-anticipated MLB debut as a pitcher of the Japanese wonder, Shohei Ohtani, didn't go as well as anticipated, but he showed some interesting skills on the mound.
The Angels were scheduled to face the Brewers this afternoon, with Ohtani as the starting pitcher for the game, as he faced his first test as a Major League pitcher. He threw 1.1 innings and gave up 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 ER, walked one batter, struck out other 2, gave up a home run and notched a 6.75 ERA, as he threw 31 pitches, which 17 of them were strikes.
According to some scouts and reporters, his fastball ranged between 93 and 97 mph and showed a good 69 mph curveball.
Some reports indicate that 23-year-old Japanese playing schedule marks that he will not play as a designated the days before, after and of course, the day when he pitches, making him eligible to play on Monday.
Shohei Ohtani allowed a run while recording two strikeouts and a foul popout in his first inning. His fastball ranged from 93-97 mph. He threw some nasty secondary pitches, including a particularly nice 69-mph curveball.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) 24 de febrero de 2018
Ohtani has perfect day at the plate
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani hit a sharp RBI single up the middle and also walked twice in his first spring training start as a designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels.
Batting second Monday, the 23-year-old fell behind 0-2 against San Diego Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles before drawing four straight balls in the first inning.
The lefty-hitting phenom walked again in the third against Buddy Bauman. Ohtani then hit the first pitch he saw from Michael Mariot for a single in the fifth in his last time up.
His first Cactus League at-bats came two days after his first start on the mound. The Japanese newcomer allowed a home run and didn't make it through his scheduled two innings against Milwaukee.
Ohtani spent five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters before signing with the Angels as an international free agent on Dec. 10.