It wasn’t perfect, but for a first outing, it was pretty darned good.
Two-way player Shohei Ohtani, billed as the “Babe Ruth of Japan,” made his major league pitching debut on Sunday in Oakland and came away with a win as the Angels defeated the Athletics 7-4.
After giving up a three-run home run in the bottom of the second, Ohtani was near-prefect, giving up no hits. He finished with six innings pitched and three runs yielded. He gave up three hits, and one walk. He struck out six batters.
“Obviously I’m very happy, satisfied with my outing,” Ohtani said via his interpreter. “I’m more happy the team got the victory.”
Oh, and yeah, the win was the Angels’ third straight. After four games, the Halos are tied with the Houston Astros at 3-1 atop the American League West.
Ohtani got good support from the offense, which rattled 13 hits around the Coliseum, including multiple-hit games from Zack Cozart, Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marty.
Trailing 3-2 after four innings, they scored two in the fifth inning and three more in the seventh to pull away.
The Halos are next in action on Monday, making their home debut in Anaheim hosting the Cleveland Indians at the start of a three-game series in a six-game home stand.