Shohei Ohtani (29) of the Los Angeles Angels had a four-hit game. A home run prevented him from reaching the cycle milestone.
Ohtani went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in the leadoff spot in the lineup against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Thursday (April 4).
Leading off the first inning, Ohtani hit a 92.7 mph (149.2 km/h) six-pitch fastball from Houston starter Christian Javier for a single. However, it didn’t lead to a run as there was no follow-up hit.
With one out in the third, Ohtani hit a 93.5-mph (150.5-kilometer) fastball off Javier’s third pitch for an RBI triple, but again, no follow-through. In the top of the fifth inning, Javier’s 93.4-mph (150.3-kilometer) four-seamer was hit for a double.
With runners on first and second in the seventh, Ohtani lined a six-pitch 89.2 mph splitter from reliever Ryne Stanek for an RBI double. He then moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on Mike Trout’s RBI single.
Short of a home run to complete the cycling hit, Ohtani led off the ninth inning and hit a 95-mph (152.9-kilometer) two-pitch fastball from reliever Ryan Presley for a hit, but failed to record a run. However, after Brandon Drury singled and Taylor Ward walked, Ohtani advanced to third on a wild pitch.안전놀이터
Despite missing out on a cycling hit, Ohtani’s four-hit performance raised his season average to .274 (62-for-226).
Despite Ohtani’s performance, the Angels fell to 6-9 and lost their third straight. Starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.