Angels’ Ohtani has 6 perfect innings vs A’s in home debut

Shohei Ohtani
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani has thrown six perfect innings to begin his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels.

Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics’ first 18 batters Sunday. He had 11 strikeouts in an overwhelming performance by the two-way Japanese sensation.

Ohtani won his big league pitching debut with six strong innings at Oakland one week ago. He was even better at home, mixing 99 mph fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches.

Although he isn’t hitting against the A’s, Ohtani also homered in three consecutive games earlier in the Angels’ homestand. He is 6 for 13 at the plate over the past week.

He was sharp from the start, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches. He struck out the side again in the fifth inning.

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