Shohei Ohtani loses flawless game in seventh inning against Athletics

Shohei Ohtani mostly mowed down the Oakland Athletics during his first two MLB starts

Anaheim, Calif. • Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters and yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his home pitching debut, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday. But here we are after his first four games-five when you count his 6-inning debut on the mound-and he's out here turning heads.

Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers.

Unlike Ohtani, Angels All-Star Mike Trout was off to a slow start. Chapman is slashing.405/.476/.730 with 15 hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, while Lowrie (.341/.400/.561) is up to 14 hits, two homers, seven RBIs and three runs scored.

He was asked after the Angels' 6-1 win whether this was his best game ever and offered a amusing response. Justin Upton led the Angeles with a pair of hits and two RBI.

The Japanese Babe ruth wowed yet again Sunday, as he struck out 12 and carried a flawless game into the seventh inning in an electrifying start against the Athletics. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes - hitless in five previous at-bats - splintered his bat on a soft liner to center field.

Shohei Ohtani has been everything as advertised - but better.

Ohtani struck out the side again in the fifth inning, and he fanned every Oakland batter except Jonathan Lucroy at least once. The Angels, though, chipped away against Oakland starter Daniel Gossett. Ohtani received multiple standing ovations from the Angel Stadium crowd. The two-time AL MVP added a bloop RBI single in the fourth to chase Graveman.

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Ohtani's 18 strikeouts are tied for the most by an Angel in his first two starts.

April 1 vs. A's: Struck out six in his first major league pitching appearance, allowing three runs (all on a three-run home run) in six innings for his first major league win. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 449 feet and was measured with a 112.3 miles per hour exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani's three major league homers.

The suspension of Chavis, who is now on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, is effective immediately.

April. 3 vs. Indians: In his first at-bat at home in Anaheim, Ohtani took Josh Tomlin deep for a three-run home run.

Chavis was sidelined this spring by an oblique injury.

While it is too early to say whether he will succeed more in batting or pitching, Ohtani made his official Major League Baseball debut as a designated hitter and whacked a single. "Going forward, the club will not comment further on the matter". "I want him on the Red Sox", they say. Three other minor leaguers were suspended by the league on Friday. His next pitching start comes Sunday at home, and fantasy owners should be pumped - not just for his performance, but for also being smart enough to not buy into those spring totals.

His game score of 90 is tied for seventh-highest for a pitcher in his second Major League Baseball start.

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