ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Any time Shohei Ohtani takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels, it’s a must-see experience.
On Tuesday night, the Japanese right-hander had a four-inning outing for the ages that could only be described as effectively wild.
Ohtani became the first starting pitcher since at least 1901 to toss four shutout innings with at least six walks and seven strikeouts. He allowed only one hit in the Angels’ 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.
According to Sportradar, Ohtani joined Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood (2017) and Bill Bailey of the 1914 Baltimore Terrapins as the only starting pitchers to go five innings or fewer and allow no runs on one hit with at least six walks and seven strikeouts.
“I would give my control a score of zero out of 100. It is definitely something I need to improve on. But I was able to make good pitches and get through the outing,” Ohtani said through a translator.
Ohtani and three Angels relievers combined to give up five hits, which tied a season low. The pitching staff was supported by Los Angeles’ second three-homer game of the year as Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kurt Suzuki went deep.
“Pitching was great and we got some nice situational hitting. It was a pretty complete victory,” manager Joe Maddon said.
Ohtani — who was on a pitch limit — took the mound for the first time since April 4 after dealing with a blister issue on the middle finger of his throwing hand. He threw 80 pitches in all and was never able to retire the Rangers in order. But he was effective when needed.
“I felt like I was battling myself and the blister more than the Texas lineup,” Ohtani said.
After getting Isiah Kiner-Falefa to ground out to start the game, Ohtani walked the next three hitters to load the bases. However, he…