Shohei Ohtani dispatched his least favorite team in the whole world yet again. He hates Corey Kluber. He hates Josh Tomlin. He really hates Mike Clevinger. I don’t know what his deal is, but he hates Cleveland and everyone from there. I’m not saying that Ohtani is the one who vandalized the Lebron James mural, but he definitely didn’t condemn the hoodlum.
Today, he put his spite for all things Ohio on full display with his most impressive game as an Angel. In the first inning, he oppo-tacoed a 2-run fly ball that I’m certain is not legally allowed to have that much height while also being a home run. In the third, he tied up the game after the straight-up deletion of a baseball. Clevinger could be seen dropping to the ground when the deafening crack of Shohei’s bat laid him out.
Shohei would also single twice more for his first ever 4-hit game, steal a base, and account for 4 of the runs that the Angels would score tonight. One of those singles in the 8th inning would be critical in kickstarting a 4-run rally that Anaheim would use to secure the victory, and the steal would be pivotal in getting a Pujols intentional walk (the first of three in that one inning, the first time it’s happened over a century) which may or may not have also impacted that inning.
Barria was alright, pitching 5 innings and allowing 3 runs, all of which came in the first two innings. Against the likes of Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor, and Michael Brantley, it will definitely be accepted— though no one is going to laud the performance.
Credit to David Fletcher who hit the go-ahead automatic double, Jose Briceno for singling on a swinging bunt with the bases loaded, and EYJ for falling just inches shy of the Angels’ first grand slam of the season.
Shohei Ohtani will look to continue his onslaught of the Cleveland Indians tomorrow against Tribe co-ace Corey Kluber.