Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and two walks this Sunday as the Los Angeles Angels faced a great 3-1 loss to the Yankees.
New York city has not been kind to Shohei Ohtani.
He was surrounded by bad luck as he failed to produce even a single hit, Didn’t got to pitch and his team has to face the misfortune of losing the game from Yankees. His first ever trip to Yankee Stadium proved to be a disaster.
After once facing Masahiro Tanaka, it was Ohtani’s first chance to prove himself which he totally blew out. Once before in Japan, 2013 Ohtani was 0-11 with six strikeouts, though at that time he was just a 19 years old boy. In the first inning, Ohtani swung through a 3-2 split-finger fastball. In the fourth, Tanaka walked him, and the right-hander struck him out in the sixth with another splitter.
This time around Tanaka made his meet the fate to strike out without making a single hit, Ohtani went 0-2 with a walk against the Masahiro Tanaka and is now 0- -13 with two walks in all competition against Tanaka.
“Obviously, he’s not an easy out,” Tanaka said. “He’s very selective. I got two outs from him today, but it wasn’t easy.”
Tanaka obviously handled the dual-star hitter and pitcher, well enough to make him walk out of the stadium without being able to make a good impact.
“I knew he was a good pitcher,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I think he proved that today on the field, but I’m more upset that we lost.”
Ohtani had to face many catcalls for a whole weekend due to his lose against Yankees this Sunday. Originally the plan was to present Ohtani as a pitcher against Tanaka not a hitter, but angels made some make shifts calling it a ‘workload management” and Ohtani got scheduled to be a hitter pushing him into a situation which at the end didn’t sit well with him.
“Obviously we were supposed to pitch against each other, but that changed,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “It ended up with him in the batter’s box, which might have been the real matchup. It might have been a good thing for the fans, as well.”
Here is take from Ohtani on facing Tanaka:
“I don’t feel like I put too much pressure on myself any day, not even this time around,” Ohtani said.
He would have been seamless for the Yankees, who desperately need another top-flight starting pitcher. But that wasn’t the issue, he took a stand in going without a hit in nine at-bats with five strikeouts.
“I’m not in any position to say if he got better or worse [since we last faced each other], but I feel like he threw more breaking balls this time around than when he was in Japan,” Ohtani said. “It felt a little different because the American pitchers throw mostly fastballs, but he kind of pitched me backward. That felt a little different.”
However all this hassle, worked out well for Yankees.