Shohei Ohtani Shines on Mound, but Angels Blow Lead in Loss to A's
World Baseball Classic MVP Shohei Ohtani strikes out 10 in six scoreless innings on Opening Day. Oakland rallies for two runs in the eighth inning.
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Shohei Ohtani pitched six scoreless innings of two-hit ball and fanned 10 batters on Opening Day.
It was a familiar storyline.
The Los Angeles Angels led 1-0 when Ohtani's pitching duties ended on Thursday, March 30 against the Oakland Athletics. Then, in the eighth inning, the A's rallied for two runs in a 2-1 victory over their American League West rivals at Oakland Coliseum.
The Angels dropped their sixth straight MLB season opener.
"We got a lot of guys on base and in scoring position, we just lacked that one big hit," Ohtani was quoted as saying through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara by The Associated Press.
World Baseball Classic MVP Ohtani, hitting in his familiar third spot in the Angels lineup, went 1-for-3 with a walk.
After Mike Trout walked to lead off the top of the fourth, Ohtani singled to right. The Angels failed to capitalize on this scoring opportunity, however.
A's left-hander Kyle Muller had a solid outing, allowing four hits and a run in five frames. He walked one and struck out two.
The Angels broke a scoreless tie on MLB rookie Logan O'Hoppe's one-out single to left in the fifth.
Four Oakland relievers held the Angels without a run the rest of the way.
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