Major league pitching star Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Angels) showed consideration.
On the 6th (Korean time), Ohtani started as a pitcher for the 3rd hitter against the Seattle Mariners in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA.
On this day, Ohtani showed a clear performance in both pitching. On the mound, he was shaken at the beginning of the game, but he played an active role with 3 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts and 1 run in 6 innings, recording a quality start (less than 3 earned runs in 6 starting innings).메이저사이트
He also stood out on the other line. After going on base twice with walks, in the top of the 7th inning, where the team was leading 3-1, with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base, he hit a timely hit with 1 RBI along the left line to make the score 4-1. His final performance was 2 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 RBI, 1 run run, and 2 walks, improving his season batting average to 0.286 from 0.263.
The Angels avenged their loss in the previous game by taking a thrilling 4-3 victory thanks to Ohtani’s performance.
After the end of the first inning, Ohtani drew attention with his considerate behavior for opponent starter Chris Flexen (29, Seattle).
In the bottom of the first inning, when the team trailed 0-1, Ohtani, with one out and second base, violated the ‘pitch clock’ in a game with Karl Ralee. According to this system introduced by the major leagues to speed up the game, pitchers must pitch within 15 seconds when there is no runner and within 20 seconds when there is a runner. The batter must get into a batting position at the plate within 8 seconds.
Ohtani was unable to throw the ball within 20 seconds of a match against Raleigh. And the referee automatically awarded one ball to Ohtani. After the inning, Ohtani headed to the dugout and talked with the referee about the pitch clock violation. The referee left the home plate and explained in detail to the Angels coaching staff and Ohtani.
At that moment, Ohtani’s behavior stood out. The referee vacated the home plate, and Flexen, who climbed the mound to defend in the top of the second inning, was standing on the mound without a ball. Ohtani, who caught the scene, handed the ball from the referee’s cheek pocket and delivered it, and Flexen was able to warm up without any problems.
Japanese local media ‘Full Count’ reported reactions from local fans, such as “Ohtani was worried about the opposing pitcher while talking seriously” and “Ohtani’s personality stands out”.
Along with his excellent baseball skills, Ohtani also stood out with his caring mind for his opponents. Major League fans’ affection for Ohtani is growing.