Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani knocks out career-high 13 hits in 5-0 win over Kansas City Royals

ANAHEIM, California – Shohei Ohtani follows strict routines in almost every aspect of her life. When his last mound start was delayed 12 minutes by a pregame ceremony in honor of the Los Angeles Angels’ world champions in 2002, his thorough preparations took a hit before he even threw a course.

A slightly bumpy start nevertheless led to a second straight incredible night for the two-way superstar.

Ohtani hit a career-high 13 over eight dominant rounds with a two-hit ball, and the American League MVP also reached base three times in Los Angeles’ 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

After giving up two singles to start the delayed first round, Ohtani (6-4) drew 16 straight Royals and 23 of the last 24 hits he faced. While matching the longest start to his major league career, he allowed just one baserunner over his last seven innings – on a trip that was quickly erased by a double play.

“I think the biggest thing was setting up the zero in the first half after giving up the first two hits,” Ohtani said through his translator. “I did it, and it set the tone for the match. I wanted to go as long as I could, but I didn’t really think about the number of places early in the match.”

With the backdrop of a rare lightning storm from Southern California illuminating the sky far beyond the midfield at Big A, Ohtani also had a single and twice on the plate in his latest electrifying two-way show.

One night after Ohtani hit two homers with three runs and ran into a career-high eight runs in an overtime loss, he set a personal record for strikeouts by catching Emmanuel Rivera on his 108th and final pitch.

“He just left us on our backs,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin. “I was thinking of taking him out to enter the eighth, and he was adamant, ‘No. This is mine. I’ll stay.’ … For a day. For a performance by him. “

David MacKinnon got his first major league hit with an RBI single in the seventh for the Angels, who avoided league play with their fourth win in six games in total. Luis Rengifo had an RBI double in the seventh before scoring on that single to the right of MacKinnon, who got his first career RBI two innings earlier with a sacrificial fly.

After scoring 18 races in the previous two games at Angel Stadium, the Royals were shut out for the second time in four days and the 10th time this season. Kansas City has still won five of seven.

“It was a show,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “It’s a very unique repertoire of pitches. I do not think you will find as many boys with as many weapons as we saw today. He threw three different sliders, plus a cutter and a basket. When the split began to go. “That was when the strikes really started to happen, and he has 100 (mph) in the tank that he almost never showed … It’s going to be a tough day on the plate.”

Ohtani has been unbeatable on the mound lately, allowing only one race in his last 20 laps over three starts. In his last home start two weeks ago, he hit seven rounds with one-run ball and also homer in a victory that broke the Angels’ franchise record of 14 games.

Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi single in the Royals’ first two strokes against Ohtani, but he then put down every stroke he encountered until Merrifield pulled a one-out walk in the sixth – and Benintendi quickly struck a double.

Ohtani’s fastball topped 99 mph twice in the second half of the start, while confusing Kansas City, with 34 combined strokes on swing-and-misses or called strikes.

Daniel Lynch (3-7) was not as effective for the Royals early on, but the left-hander closed on the resourceful angels until they loaded the bases in the fifth twice and a single in the infield. Lynch, who went after MacKinnon’s sacrificial fly, gave up three hits and five times in a career-high 104 places.

Mike Trout was given a chance to change things around. But MacKinnon came through as the team’s unlikely cleanup hit, and got his first major league hit after being called up last weekend for his MLB debut.

MacKinnon was pleased with his breakthrough turns, but other aspects of the game excited him as well.

“I have to play on the field behind Shohei and see how good he is,” MacKinnon said. – It’s crazy to be here.


Royals: C Salvador Perez sat out after injuring his left thumb again on a turn Tuesday night, but Matheny said the team is still determining the severity of the injury after an MRI scan.

Angels: RHP Jimmy Herget went on the 15-day injured list with a blow to the right shoulder. Right-handers Elvis Peguero and Oliver Ortega came up from Triple-A Salt Lake, while inconsistent rookie Reid Detmers went down just six starts after throwing a no-hitter.


Royals: Zack Greinke is expected to leave the injury list on Friday to start when Kansas City opens a three-game weekend series at home against Oakland. Greinke (0-4, 5.05 ERA) went to IL three weeks ago with a strained forearm.

Angels: After a day off at home, Los Angeles opens a three-game weekend series against Seattle on Friday night. Neither team had confirmed a start.