Before a sell-out crown on a TUESDAY night, Shohei Ohtani took the mound and things quickly unraveled. Othani was throwing balls in the dirt. Way outside. Way inside. The few good pitches he did manage were not called as strikes or ended up as hits. Take a look at this mess:
The story of Shohei Ohtani's night (through two innings) is that his secondary pitches have been all over the place, with no control whatsoever: pic.twitter.com/ownFYOeIn4— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) April 18, 2018
In total, Ohtani threw 66 pitches through 2 innings and he gave up 3 runs, including a lead off home run. It was later revealed that Ohtani left the game due to a blister so perhaps that’s a silver lining and definitely can explain all his pitches being off.
Ohtani was removed from tonight's game after developing a blister on his pitching hand during the second inning.— Angels (@Angels) April 18, 2018
At the end of “Helter Skelter” John Lemmon screams “I got blisters on my fingers.” He went on to record Abbey Road so Ohtani’s gonna be fine.— Rev Halofan (@RevHalofan) April 18, 2018
Then Luke Bard came in the came and the things went from ugly to disastrous when he gave up 5 more runs, including back to back bombs. Mike Scioscia had apparently given up on the game by this point since he left Bard in for the next inning and Bard proceeded to give up his 4TH HOME RUN.
On the other side of the mound was David Price who was looking a lot like David Price. Surprisingly, Price left that game after only 1 run and 3 hits allowed in 5 innings (78 pitches). I’m assuming Cora wanted to get his bullpen some work.
Oh and Albert Pujols got ejected after a called 3rd strike and a helmet toss because the home plate ump Vic Carapazza is an idiot (go ahead and google him and revel in all the links that point to his incompetence). It was only the 9th time in his LONG career that Pujols was ejected.
In the end, Ohtani’s bad start and Carapazza’s inability to umpire didn’t matter because the Angels didn’t hit, Bard gave up 4 home runs, and Cam Bedrosian came in to give up Mookie Betts’ 3rd home runs of the night just so the East Coast media could rub it in.
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