After going just 4-32 with a .125 batting average during Spring Training 2018, Shohei Ohtani appeared to be in midseason form in his first career home game as an Angel while manning the Designated Hitter role.
Shohei Ohtani stepped up to the plate in the first inning of his first home game as a Los Angeles Angel and on a 2-2 count against Cleveland Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin Shohei Ohtani hit the most anticipated home run of 2018 over the recently-lowered right field wall. Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena were on-base when the home run was hit and the 3-run bomb would have been a Grand Slam had right fielder Kole Calhoun not scored on a wild pitch earlier in the at-bat.
Ohtani’s blast was his second career hit in the Major Leagues.
The 3-run blast brought the Angels’ lead to 6-2 over the Cleveland Indians.
The Japanese Babe Ruth received the silent treatment after making his triumphant return to the Halos’ dugout, and after the team broke character and gave Ohtani his due, Mike Trout pointed towards the field, prompting Ohtani to take a curtain call.
Shohei followed up his home run with a single to shallow right field in the 3rd inning, striking out looking in the 5th inning, and a single to center in the 8th inning.
Shohei Ohtani won his first career game on Sunday after pitching six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Ohtani is out to prove that his 27.00 ERA during Spring Training was a fluke, as well as his .125 batting average. So far, Ohtani has done well with both of those goals and is looking like he could possibly be a generational talent in the years to come.
The Los Angeles Angels won the game by a score of 13-2 over the Cleveland Indians bringing the Angels’ season record to 4-2; placing them third in the AL West.