ANAHEIM ― Shohei Ohtani made history last week by becoming the second player in the history of Major League Baseball to drive in eight runs as a hitter and record double-digit strikeouts as a pitcher. That he did so on consecutive days merely added to his legend.
Ohtani took the mound again Wednesday. One day after going 3 for 3 with a home run, Ohtani pitched 5⅔ innings and did not allow a run in the Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Angels have won four consecutive Ohtani starts. During that streak, he has thrown 21⅔ consecutive scoreless innings. Not only has he looked no worse for the wear of hitting and pitching on consecutive nights, Ohtani is thriving with a workload unparalleled in baseball history.
Ohtani (7-4) also drew a walk in four plate appearances as the Angels’ designated hitter. Ohtani’s month of June also included an 11-game hitting streak and the hardest-hit home run of his career, a 118-mph blast against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
The win allowed the Angels (37-41) to take two of three games in the series, four of nine on their homestand, and finish the month of June with a 10-18 record.
White Sox starter Michael Kopech (2-5) began the first inning by allowing a single to Taylor Ward, followed by an RBI double by Mike Trout. Trout later came around to score on an error by Kopech himself. The pitcher’s day ended when he allowed a two-run home run to Luis Rengifo in the sixth inning.
Rengifo also hit a double, finishing 2 for 3 on a night when the Angels collected just five hits as a team.
That was enough offense for Ohtani, who allowed five hits, walked one batter and struck out 11. Uniquely, none of the 11 strikeouts came on fastballs. Five ended with a splitter, five with a slider, and one with a curveball. Ohtani’s fastball topped out at 101 mph.
The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 26⅔ innings since June 9.
Jose Quijada threw 1⅓ scoreless innings in relief of Ohtani. Ryan Tepera allowed only one unearned run in the eighth inning. Raisel Iglesias recorded his 15th save with a scoreless ninth inning.
More to come on this story.
Shohei special once again! 11 strikeouts:
He’s the only pitcher this season to strikeout more than 10 hitters TWICE, without any of the K’s coming on fastballs.
— Inside Edge (@IE_MLB) June 30, 2022
Shohei Ohtani This Month:
– 11-game hit streak
– Career-high 8 RBI on June 21 vs KC
– Career-high 13 K on June 22 vs KC
– Hardest-hit HR of his career on June 25 vs SEA (118.0 mph)
– 21 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and counting (longest streak of his MLB career) pic.twitter.com/idTCeMDgJw
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 30, 2022