It hardly seems fair, but the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now have the two biggest stars in baseball.
Mike Trout, widely considered the top player in the sport, homered and drove in two runs on Sunday, and Shohei Ohtani, the two-way “Babe Ruth of Japan,” pitched a near-perfect game as the Halos defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-1 in Anaheim.
“I think he’s mature beyond his years,” said Angel manager Mike Scioscia of the 23-year-old sudden star. He proved it on Sunday when he struck out 12 batters and pitched 6.1 perfect innings in the win. He lost the perfect game when Marcus Semien singled. He walked just one batter and retired the first 19 batters he faced.
Ohtani (2-0) got plenty of support. The Angels scored two in the first and another in the second, that one on Trout’s homer. They added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Oakland’s sole run came in the top of the ninth on Matt Joyce’s home run off Felix Pena.
The Angels will take to the road on Monday to start a road trip that begins with a game at the Texas Rangers (4-7) in Arlington.