Shohei Ohtani made the cover of Time magazine this week and demonstrated Wednesday night just why he is Major League Baseball’s biggest star.
He put on an all-star performances both on the mound and at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels in Houston as the Halos defeated the Astros 6-0 and – incidentally – defended his team’s position as the first place team in the American League West at 8-5.
He pitched a perfect game into the sixth inning and struck out 12 batters, including six in a row at one juncture.
On top of that, he had two hits and drove in two runs. Wednesday’s win gave the Angels a win on the road against a team that is arguably the best in the AL and – for one day at least – gave the Halos the best record in the league.
It was a good lift for a team that is playing without its other superstar, Mike Trout. The Angel centerfielder was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a hand injury, but he is expected to return on Friday when the team begins a three-game series – Friday through Monday – hosting the Baltimore Orioles (4-8).
Dodgers leading their race, too
The Angels aren’t the only local team leading a division race. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Wednesday and remained atop the National League West with a 9-3 record.
Most of the damage at the plate for the Blue Crew was done by Freddie Freeman (three hits, including a home run, two RBIs) and Cody Bellinger (a double and a triple and one run batted in).
The Dodgers have Thursday off and will head down the freeway on Friday to start a three-game series with the San Diego Padres (9-5).
Cents rally past Mariners
Cypress High’s baseball team rallied from behind to defeat Pacifica 4-3 on Wednesday and remained unbeaten in Empire League play. The Centurions (7-0 in league and 20-3-2 overall) trailed 3-2 after three innings. They tied it with a single run in the bottom of the sixth and won with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Mariners are now 4-3 in Empire play and 16-8 overall. PHS will get another shot at the Cents on Friday at their West Grove field.
Here are local high school baseball and softball results on Wednesday.
Boras Classic South
- Villa Park 7, Huntington Beach 2
- Anaheim 6, Western 0
- Magnolia 3, Santa Ana Valley 2
- Cypress 4, Pacifica 3
Golden West League
- Ocean View 7, Godinez 4
- Segerstrom 6, Garden Grove 0
Orange Coast League
- Costa Mesa 17, Orange 7