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For the first time since the batsman-designate was implemented, we’ve seen a real two-way player in a game on ESPN’s national stage on Sunday night, the Angels Shohei Ohtani started on the hill and put him in the two in stroke order -Hole

This marked the first time since 1976 that an AL team willingly gave up their DH spot (via James Smyth) and even then the pitcher reached eighth place, as the ESPN broadcast pointed out, was the first time since 1903 that a pitcher scored the second hit in a hit sequence

On the hill, Ohtani was pumping gas from the start, hitting 98 on his first pitch and hitting up to 101 on the radar in the first inning. He didn’t have much command with the off-speed stuff, but his fastball was enough to get the job done when he took a two-out walk

Then it was Ohtani’s turn to hit and, boy, did he hit. In the first place he saw he hit him 450 feet:

Shohei Ohtani threw a 101 mph pitch and hit a 450 feet home run IN THE SAME INNING! (Via @MLB) ImageTwittercom / hlqJR2Nn7o

Admit it, you thought it would be an exaggeration to say that Ohtani could score 101 and 450 in the same game and get this: With that attack, Ohtani now had the hardest-thrown field of any starter this season and the hardest hit ball (115) 2 mph) of the season by any player, reports ESPN Stats and Info

Since Babe Ruth in 1933 (via Pitching Ninja) no starting pitcher has reached the first seven points of the strike order In the last 50 years, a pitcher has only struck eight times in the first inning

It went wonderfully for Ohtani in four innings. He was 1 to 3, but on his second stroke he absolutely scorched a lineout to midfield. He had also worked four goalless innings on the hill

In the fifth inning, things kind of broke up on the hill, however, with two outs and a runner on the base, Ohtani went to both Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu, able to take Yoan Moncada on a full-fledged, swinging strikeout but the ball went away, catcher Max Stassi’s throw on first base to beat Moncada, escaped and then the throw home to prevent a second run from scoring Abreus slide brought Ohtani out unintentionally p>

There’s nothing that can really break on offense He hit the ball hard and looked great On the hill he struggled with command at times and was left out three batters too long by a manager who was apparently dead, to give him a win. The stuff was absolutely nasty. In his final inning, he was still throwing around 100 off-speed stuff in the 90s. In the end, he just lost command when he was probably tired

Overall, this is a success that will lay the foundation for his future stays on the hill.In the meantime, he will continue to be used as a DH when he’s not serving

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World News – CA – Shohei Ohtani reaches 100 km / h with a radar weapon and a 450-foot home run, but leaves the two-way start after an uncomfortable fall

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/shohei-ohtani-hits-101-mph-on-radar-gun-and-a-450-foot-home-run-but-leaves-two-way-start-after-awkward-fall/