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Shohei Ohtani Leads Surging Angels to Doubleheader Sweep of Tigers

In Detroit, Shohei Ohtani tossed a one-hitter in the first game and hit two homers in the nightcap on the same day the team said he's off the trading block.



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Los Angeles Angels starter Shohei Ohtani pitches in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 27. ( Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SPORTS)

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Shohei Ohtani demonstrated once again how valuable he is to the Los Angeles Angels. This time, it was in their doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, July 27.

Ohtani threw a one-hit shutout in the first game and blasted a pair of home runs in the nightcap as the Angels beat the Tigers 6-0 and 11-4 at Comerica Park.

In the first game, Ohtani only allowed Kerry Carpenter's leadoff single to center field in the fifth inning. He struck out eight batters and issued three walks while making 111 pitches en route to his first-ever MLB complete game. 

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Angels catcher Chad Wallach and starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the doubleheader. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY SPORTS)

In Motown, Ohtani's full assortment of pitches was a mesmerizing display of top-notch work.

"It looked like he had the guys guessing," Tigers catcher Jake Rogers said of Ohtani, according to The Associated Press.

Working as the Angels designated hitter in the second game, Ohtani, the 2023 World Baseball Classic MVP, bashed a two-run homer to left off Matt Manning in the second inning. He followed with a solo shot to center, also off Manning, in the fourth. Then he left the game due to cramps.

For Ohtani, Thursday's contributions added up to something that hadn't happened on the same day in MLB in more than half a century.

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Author: Ed Odeven

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