Even that was no problem for the uniquely versatile player, as Ohtani simply high-fived air. His teammates gave him the cold shoulder at first.
He is the first player since the 1937 Red Sox' Wes Ferrell to finish his first six games with four hits, a home run, and a win.
Ohtani said, "I thought it was going to hit the fence". He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced, using a combination of fastballs, sliders, and splitters that kept Oakland's hitters on their toes throughout the six innings he pitched. Angels fans went insane as they began to realize just how rare of a talent Ohtani truly is. According to STATS LLC, the baseball player is remarkably the first to win a starting pitcher, then start and homer as a non-pitcher in his next game in the same season since baseball titan Babe Ruth in 1921.
In his first Angel Stadium at-bat, Ohtani capped off a six-run first inning with a three-run home run to center field against Cleveland Indians' Josh Tomlin Tuesday night. Kluber went eight innings at Seattle on Thursday, giving up two runs in a 2-1 loss. Serving as the designated hitter, Ohtani finished the game 3-for-4 in what had to be a dream come true debut at Angel Stadium. He was 4 for 32 in spring training. "He showed the power".
If nothing else, the three appearances, particularly the two most recent ones following his debut, have shown that the Major League Baseball stage is hardly too big for Ohtani.
Ohtani picked up a win in his major league pitching debut against the Oakland Athletics, with a fastball that touched 100 miles per hour and some nasty off-speed pitches.