Ohtani, flawless through 6 1/3, lifts Angels past A's

Grant SmithApr 09, 2018

Manager Mike Scioscia never had to make the hard decision as to whether to leave Ohtani in Sunday's game or pull him with a flawless game intact.

Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17), of Japan, heads to the dugout after the sixth inning. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall and was measured with a 112.3 miles per hour exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani's three major league homers.

Notes: He needs to score one run to reach 700 for his career.

"Whatever happens in each at-bat - the good and the bad - I want to build from that the next time".

Ohtani won his big league pitching debut at Oakland one week ago, giving up three runs in six innings with six strikeouts.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch Sunday - the 23-year-old won his first big league start last weekend against Oakland. After hitting Jed Lowrie following the hit allowed to Semien in the seventh, Ohtani regrouped by retiring Khris Davis and striking out Matt Olson to exit with a standing ovation. "But certainly right now we're going to err on the side of caution".

The Angels trailed 6-0 in the second.

Stats: Trout is hitting.184 (7 for 38) with two home runs, five RBIs and seven runs scored in nine games. Justin Upton then broke the tie with a three-run homer.

Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers.

Many in the sellout crowd of 44,742 groaned as the ball zipped between third base man Ryan Schimpf and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Seth Manea is the only starter to make it through six innings for the A's this season.

In Denver, it was -2.7 C at game time, and Brandon McCarthy used his arm and bat to help Atlanta win in Colorado's home opener. Later in the inning, Marcus Semien drove home two more runs with a single to center.

Kendall Graveman (0-2) gave up five hits and four walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the A's, who have lost seven of 10.

Dodgers at Giants - ppd.

In Houston, Jose Pirela had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run double as San Diego stopped the Astros' five-game winning streak.

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