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Shohei Ohtani Did What?!

by Janice Scurio
Updated On: June 22, 2022, 11:18 am ET

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You might have heard rumors, but Shohei Ohtani did it. 

(What did he do?) 

He went 3-for-4, including a pair of three-run homers and set a career-high with eight RBI – yet the Angels still managed to fall 12-11 to the Royals, in extra innings.

Ohtani went absolutely bonkers by clobbering a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, clocked at 111.5 mph. He wasn’t finished there, however. He cranked up the ninth inning dramatics with a game-tying three-run homer off Scott Barlow, a no-doubter blasted at 438 feet, with a 113.5 mph exit velocity. 

The two-way superstar also put in work where it was certainly needed, including sacrifice flies in the seventh and 11th innings.

He’s now slashing .260/.331/.489 with 15 homers, 45 RBI and seven steals. His eight RBI (yes, eight!) is a season-best for Ohtani, and the most by a player born in Japan in MLB history. 

If Shohei’s historic night wasn’t enough, he’s scheduled to be tomorrow’s Angels starting pitcher. In 60 1/3 innings pitched over 11 starts this year, he has a 3.28 ERA and 3.09 FIP, alongside a 77/15 K/BB ratio. Perhaps the Angels will be luckier with Shohei on the mound - according to Stats by STATS, Ohtani is the only MLB player to drive in eight plus runs, and have his team never hold the lead in the game (since RBI became an official stat in 1920).

This was Ohtani’s 10th multi-HR game in MLB and fourth this season; he also had four multi-homer games while playing in Japan. 

 

Hitters with an EDGE

Javier Baez vs. Red Sox

3-for-5, HR, 2 R

With Baez’s fifth home run of the year, he’s now amassed quite the nice six game hitting streak. While this is a good sign myopically, his numbers on the season are still rather abysmal: he’s slashing .200/.242/.319 with a 69 wRC+ in 223 plate appearances so far.

Julio Rodriguez vs. A’s

3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Rodriguez went deep on Tuesday night - a two-run blast in the seventh inning off Austin Pruitt. This round-tripper was Rodriguez’s first in nine games. In addition to the homer, he also hit two singles to cap off an 8-2 win over the A’s. Rodriguez’s homer was just one in three back-to-back-to-back homers hit by the Mariners - Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez all followed suit.

Nolan Gorman vs. Brewers

4-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI

A big night at the plate for the Cardinals rookie. Gorman had the first two homer and four hit game of his career on Tuesday. His fifth and six homers of the year were accompanied by two RBI singles to contribute to a 6-2 win over the Brewers. Gorman had cooled off a bit, but some adjustments in his swing – namely ditching his leg kick, has certainly helped with his timing.

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Pitchers with an EDGE

Dylan Cease vs. Blue Jays 

6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K

A bit of a heartbreaking no-decision. The righty pitcher has had a mighty-high strikeout upside, and tied his career high on Tuesday night, with 11 punchouts. The slider was a virtually unhittable pitch, and had Blue Jays hitters offering some rather off-balance swings. Cease recorded 20 swings and misses, with 18 off his slider alone, contributing to a spectacular 37% CSW (called strikes plus whiffs) on all pitches. 

Martín Pérez vs Phillies

6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Perez once again dazzled on Tuesday – the-left hander notched his 11th quality start this season. Though he did allow runners with six hits and three walks, he was able to work himself out of any dire situations. Making adjustments is certainly paying off as he’s solidified himself as one of the top pitchers in the American League. He has now lowered his ERA to a rather molecular 1.96.

Roansy Contreras vs. Cubs

5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Contreras pitched five innings of one-run ball, giving up just a leadoff homer to Patrick Wisdom. The Cubs made him throw 30+ pitches in the first inning, yet he was able to escape unscathed. The rookie notched his second career win, and has an admirable 2.89 ERA. 

 

Closing Time

Daniel Mengden vs Angels (first save)

1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Emmanuel Clase vs Twins (16th save)

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Colin Poche vs. Yankees (fifth save)

1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

John Schreiber vs. Tigers (second save)

1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Tanner Rainey vs. Orioles (eighth save)

1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Tanner Scott vs Rockies (sixth save)

1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

 

Priority Pickup

Jack Suwinski - OF, Pittsburgh Pirates - Rostered in 12% of Yahoo! Leagues

This surge of power in a short period of time is certainly attention-grabbing. In his last 15 games, he’s slashing .222/.352/.578, including five homers and eight RBI. This past week, Suwinski became the first rookie in MLB history to hit three home runs in a game, including a homer to walk it off for the Pirates. Suwinski also leads all MLB rookies with 11 homers.
 

Wednesday’s Matchup of the Day

Triston McKenzie (4-5, 2.96 ERA, 61 K) vs. Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09 ERA, 42 K)

McKenzie has certainly been consistently impressive and should be one of Cleveland’s All-Star representatives. He’s pitched at least six innings eight times in a row, going the furthest with 7 2/3 innings against Detroit on May 29. The 24-year-old’s curveball has been a consistently impressive pitch, and carries a 39.8% whiff rate, and 27.8% put-away rate. He carries an admirable 2.96 ERA and 0.92 WHIP through 70 innings pitched over 11 starts this season.

Sonny Gray is still coming off a pectoral injury and had a pitch limit in his last start, but is expected to go a bit deeper against the Guardians. In his last six games pitched, he’s 6-0 with a 1.39 ERA and 1.89 FIP through 32 1/3 innings pitched, since May 7. On the year, he has a 2.09 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. 

 

American League Quick Hits

Josh Harrison hit a game-winning, two out single to walk it off against the Blue Jays in extra innings. … Bobby Witt Jr. hit his first multi-homer game ... Mike Zunino (shoulder) received a Botox injection on Monday. … Andrew Kittredge (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. … Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports that Chris Sale (ribs) will make another rehab start for the Red Sox' Florida Complex League affiliate later this week. … Rays placed OF Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list with left hip inflammation. … Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said an MRI on Dany Jiménez's right shoulder showed no major structural damage. … George Springer is being evaluated for right elbow discomfort.

 

National League Quick Hits

Jorge Alfaro of the Padres hit an RBI single in the 11th inning for a 3-2 walk-off win over the Diamondbacks. … Jesús Luzardo (forearm) has begun a throwing program. … Giants placed LHP Jose Alvarez on the 15-day injured list with back tightness. … An MRI on Jeff McNeil's right hamstring didn't show anything "worrisome," per Mets manager Buck Showalter. Paul Goldschmidt is dealing with lower back tightness. … Brandon Crawford has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion and only expects to miss a few days.

Janice Scurio

Janice Scurio (@scuriiosa) is a writer that has appeared on various baseball podcasts and blogs about the White Sox over at South Side Sox.