By Jerry Diaz/ @Jerryto94
The Los Angeles Angels are back in the Major League season after defeating the Houston Astros on Wednesday, July 13. The final score of the match at Angel Stadium was seven runs for one.
Shohei Ohtani is the starter for the winners. The Japanese again pitched a perfect six-innings with a clean score, four hits allowed and a dozen strikeouts. In fact, he became the 6th pitcher in history with 50 or more strikeouts and allowed one run or less in five consecutive starts. Unbelievable.
Two of those outs were awarded to Yuli Kuriel via strikeouts. Cuba is fifth in the lineup and first base. He batted .100 against the Japanese throughout his MLB career, with a single in 10 at-bats.
The first visit to the box is to open the second entrance. A pair of fastballs at 95 and 98 mph were called strikes and fouls, respectively. Another failed contact on a slider and a splitter in a foul zone led Sancti Spiritus to count one ball with two strikes. Ohtani emphasized the fastball that paid off for him, this time swinging late at 99.7 MPH to pick up Kuriel’s first strikeout of the night.
In the third inning of the game, in the sixth inning, the 2021 MVP champion did a different job than the bat. He led off with a 98-mph fastball in the zone, then knocked it down twice in a row with a pair of sliders, the last long.
The two are now 13-2 head-to-head with one RBI and eight strikeouts.