DENVER (AP) – Shohei ohtani he shone, becoming the first player to participate in the All-Star Game chosen as a pitcher and batter … and in the end he came out with the victory.
With a 100 mph fastball, the Japanese flawlessly solved the first inning for the American League on Tuesday and took the win as the American League took the lead in the top of the second. In the batter’s box, he went 2-0 with a couple of grounders.
He was deprived of a hit by a good defensive play early in the game.
“More people are watching baseball,” he said. “That makes me happy and it’s good for the sport.”
For a moment, it seemed that all the attention was on the Los Angeles Angels sensation player as the mid-season classic resumed, which could not be carried out in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Ohtani is a major league home run leader and one of the AL’s best pitchers.
Mike Zunino hits a whopping 433-foot home run in the top of the sixth inning to stretch the AL lead to 5-1.
He was the starter and designated hitter for the New Circuit team. Relieved it Lance Lynn on the mound in the second inning.
But due to a rule adjustment made with the Asian star in mind, Ohtani was able to continue as a designated hitter. He left in the fifth act, replaced by a batter.
The players in both caves were leaning on the fences to watch him.
With the bases loaded, Kris Bryant hits a line to left field, but Jared Walsh flies in for the catch, dumping, in the eighth inning.
“This has been the most memorable experience,” Ohtani said. “Obviously, I’ve never played in the playoffs or the World Series. Once I do, that will probably be superior. But this has been the most memorable thing so far.”
Ohtani participated in the Home Run Derby on Monday, won by Pete alonsoof the New York Mets. The Japanese had 28 homers, including a 513-foot one, and was eliminated by the Dominican. Fernando Tatis Jr.. in the second tiebreaker of the first round.
After the activity, Ohtani did not get up until 10:30 in the morning.
“It was a bit more tiring in relation to the regular season, but it felt good, because everyone had fun,” he said.