Shohei Ohtani joins (more) elite company in Angels’ win – Press Telegram

ANAHEIM – When it comes to Shohei Ohtani, the words “elite company” have become redundant. The elite company seems to be the only type of company it maintains.

Consider what he accomplished Wednesday night in the Los Angeles 7-1 win over the Houston Astros.

• Ohtani became the second pitcher in Angels history to record 10 or more strikeouts in four consecutive appearances. The first was Nolan Ryan, the all-time leader in punched baseball, who once struck out 10 batters in a franchise record of seven consecutive games.

• Became the sixth player to have at least 45 strikeouts and one or fewer races won in a span of four games since races won became official statistics in 1913. The others: Jacob deGrom, Randy Johnson, Clayton Kershaw, Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale. .

• He became the fourth pitcher of all time to score 6-0 with 58 or more strikeouts and two or fewer runs won in a six-game period, joining Johan Santana, RA Dickey and Clayton Kershaw.

• Ohtani also became the Angels’ first pitcher to start a game and hit a triple since Ryan on June 27, 1972.

There are nearly three months left in the regular season, but many of the 27,803 announced audience at Angel Stadium proclaimed Ohtani the MVP of the American League, one letter at a time. He finished 2 of 4 with two runs driven from the starting point as a hitter and allowed a run in six innings on the mound while striking out 12.

Ohtani’s value to Los Angeles lies not only in his two-way dexterity, but in his ability to turn a mediocre lineup into, well, elite company.

Since May 25, when the Los Angeles record reached its 27-17 mark, no team has scored fewer runs or hit more. There were many on Wednesday: 17 of their 21 outs came by strikeout, and the 32 strikeouts between the two teams set an American League record for a nine-inning game. Los Angeles atoned with a pair of great innings, winning relatively easily.

In the third inning, Jonathan Villar pulled a pass from base and went to third base with a well-executed batting and run from Max Stassi, who made a single. Brandon Marsh dropped a touchdown on the third baseline that stayed right with a clockwise turn. Villar scored and Marsh was credited with a single.

With two outs, Ohtani fitted a triple into the right corner of the field, scoring Stassi and Marsh and giving him a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Houston got its only run against Ohtani in the fourth inning, with a Yuli Gurriel-driven single that fell lazily in front of Jo Adell in right field. It was the first run that allowed Ohtani in 31⅔ innings.

The Angels scored four runs in the sixth inning against the Astros bullpen to put the game on hold.

Luis Rengifo (3 of 5, two towed) gave the big hit, a base single loaded to boost in two runs. Villar and Jo Adell also hit RBI singles during the rally.

Adell, playing his first major league game since June 10, finished 2 of 5 with a pair of singles in line.

More to come in this story.

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