Shohei Ohtani’s pitching gem and homer helped snap Los Angeles Angels’ 14-game losing streak

ANAHEIM (Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels We desperately needed a win. Shohei Ohtani This was done almost entirely by myself.

Ohtani pitched seven innings against the red-hots in one-run ball Boston Red Sox And delivered a critical home run to lead the Angels' 5-2 win that ended a record 14-game losing streak.

The Angels' streak with a MVP was the longest for any team, surpassing the 13 consecutive by the 1985 Chicago Cubs Ryne Sandberg, the 11th straight by the 1995 Houston Astros Jeff Bagwell. Ohtani won the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award unanimously in last season's American League. He made sure it didn’t get any more.

Ohtani, who had allowed nine runs in nine inning over his previous two starts against the Red Sox, was able to limit the Red Sox, winners of seven consecutive games heading into the game, to six baserunners. Ohtani also managed 18 swings and misses which is 15 more than what he had accumulated in seven days against the Red Sox. New York Yankees. He also set new season records for pitches (100) as well as fastball velocity (101). Additionally, he seemed to be more offensively active.

During the Angels' 14-game losing streak Ohtani only hit.192/.333/.383, but he gave them an advantage of 2-1 with an opposite-field homer in the fifth and a line drive single in the seventh. Andrew VelazquezA light-hitting infielder, who was in a slump of 0-for-22, opened the game with a six-run homer in sixth. This gave the Angels their first win since May 24, when they had been 10 games above.500.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Angels' losing streak was longest by a team that had at least 10 games over.500 when it began. Despite a losing streak that was double-digits, only three teams made it to the postseason. Los Angeles DodgersThe 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1951 New York Giants who have never dropped more than 11 straight.

Joe Maddon was abruptly fired by the Angels on Tuesday. The Angels are currently at.500 and 2 1/2 games behind the sixth spot in the American League playoffs.

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