Shohei Ohtani did not file a single out in his extremely anticipated return to the pitcher’s mound on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Angels’ two-way sensation walked three A’s batters, gave up three singles and exited his season pitching debut with a 4-Zero deficit at Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani threw 30 pitches, half of them balls, and was finally charged with 5 earned runs.
It started with a leadoff single to Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien. Ohtani then issued three consecutive walks to Ramon Laureano, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson.
Mark Canha and Robbie Grossman adopted with back-to-back singles earlier than Ohtani gave method to Matt Andriese, who induced a double play and recorded a strikeout to restrict harm.
Ohtani averaged 93 mph on a fastball that may attain triple digits. He bought to 2 strikes on two of the six batters he confronted however could not put them away.
The 26-year-old right-hander long-established a 3.10 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 49 1/Three innings earlier than tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in 2018, which led to an 18-month restoration — whereas additionally serving because the Angels’ designated hitter — earlier than resuming his profession as a beginning pitcher.
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