Ohtani Shohei 메이저놀이터 (29, Los Angeles Angels) quickly left work after the team lost.
On the 13th (Korean time), Ohtani participated as the designated hitter twice in the 2023 major league match against the Houston Astros held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA, and recorded 1 hit, 1 run, and 2 strikeouts in 4 at-bats. The team lost 3-11.
Ohtani struck out in both his first and second at-bats. At the beginning of the first inning, with no runners and no runners, he hit France’s 87.7 mile (approximately 141 km) cutter, which came in high from 2B2S, but struck out with a foul tip. He came out as the lead batter in the top of the 4th inning, but went to the dugout with a 1B2S 82-mile (about 131 km) changeup, swinging in vain.
But he didn’t just walk away in his third at-bat. Ohtani, who started as the lead batter in the top of the 6th inning when the team trailed 1-7, hit a series of fouls and successfully countered the cutter that was driven to the center on the 3rd pitch at 87.3 miles. His exit velocity reached a whopping 190.4 km. Unfortunately, he did not go over the fence. He came out after hitting the center fence. It was Ohtani’s double. Afterwards, when Drury grounded to second base, he advanced to third base and scored on Moustakas’ sacrifice fly RBI.
Ohtani came out in the fourth at-bat in the top of the 8th inning with no runners out. He pushed a 97.4-mile (about 156 km) four-seam fastball driven into the middle of Brian Abreu on 1B, but left fielder McCormick caught it in front of the warning track.
Ohtani recorded a hit and hit in two consecutive games, but since the 40th home run, he has not hit a home run in 8 consecutive games.
The Angels fell into a two-game losing streak and maintained 4th place in the American League West with a record of 58-60. They are in 7th place in the wild card race, so advancing to the postseason seems impossible.
Ohtani seems to be very disappointed with the team’s poor performance.
According to Japanese Full Count, Ohtani, dressed in plain clothes, left the clubhouse for work before Phil Nevin’s press conference was held after the game ended. It was only about 10 minutes after the game ended.
Last April, manager Nevin gave a special (?) instruction to Ohtani, ‘it’s okay to go home early and rest’ the day before the game. However, Ohtani refused to leave early. It was because he wanted to share the team’s victory with his teammates. However, from the ninth episode on this day, Ohtani could not be seen in the dugout.
Coach Nevin’s interview after the match ended in five minutes. The media conveyed the atmosphere of the team, saying, “There is silence in the clubhouse.”