OAKLAND, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani Taylor WardIt was exactly what they needed Los Angeles AngelsTo overcome a disappointing loss in the first game of a doubleheader on day-nights, it was necessary.
Ohtani scored his 100th career homerun, Ward was victorious in a grand slam, and the Angels salvaged a split when they beat the the Oakland AthleticsSaturday nightcap at 9 o'clock
The A's won the opening game 4-3. Luis BarreraHe overcame some of his earlier mistakes by hitting a three-run walk-off shot to score his first career home run.
Angels manager Joe Maddon stated that the response to Game 2 was “Give our guys credit.” “It was not an easy loss to bear. It was possible, and I think it went well.
The Angels were quick to rebound in the second match, Ward hitting his second slam for the season in a five-run second against Adam Oller (0-3).
Ohtani was then able to get in on the action during the fifth inning, when he followed. Mike TroutTo make it 8-1, he combined his RBI double and his milestone homer.
Ohtani spoke through an interpreter that “One hundred is big,” It is something that I am proud. It's too early in the season.
This made Ohtani, a Japanese-born pitcher, the third player to have at least 100 homers in major leagues. He trails only Hideki Mizuki with 175 and Ichiro Suzuki with 117. Ohtani and Babe Ruth are the only players to have at least 100 home runs as well as at least 250 strikeouts in their respective positions as pitchers.
Maddon stated, “He does it every single day.” It's not surprising. It's not surprising that we are expecting it. This is who he really is at the moment. He'll keep going. You will hear more names and more milestones. He's a great baseball player. He loves to play.
This was more than enough support Michael Lorenzen(4-2), who gave up one run and five runs in seven innings.
Oller was called up from the minors to be the 27th man in the doubleheader. He allowed eight runs in five innings, and has a season-high 12.27 ERA in four of his starts.