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It was a ball…an unfair strikeout, Ohtani smiles bitterly ‘3K’ silence, Choi only absent

Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (29) was silenced with three strikeouts.

Ohtani started at second base and went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in the Angels’ 2023 Major League Baseball home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday (July 23).

Has hit safely in his last three games, dating back to April 20 against the New York Yankees. In the previous two games, he was 1-for-4 with four and three walks, respectively. His season average dropped from 3-for-5 to 3-for-2 (111-for-368).온라인카지노

He struck out in his first at-bat against Pittsburgh left-hander Ryan Borucki. On a full count, he was hit by a low slider six pitches out. Thinking he had gotten out of the zone, Ohtani walked to first base and the umpire called him out for striking out. It was close to a MLB.com Gameday Award ball.

With two outs in the third, he struck out swinging. A four-pitch outside changeup from right-hander Osvaldo Vidor went wide.

In the fifth, with two on and one out, he took a high slider up the middle from left-hander Jose Hernandez, but was denied by a line drive to center field.

Her final at-bat in the eighth was also a strikeout. He struck out swinging on a four-seam 97.5 mph fastball from right-hander Carmen Mozinski.

The Angels fell to 0-3 against Pittsburgh on the day. The offense was held to five scattered hits and no runs. The game ended in the ninth inning when Trey Cabrera grounded out to the catcher with the bases loaded. The Angels, who have lost two straight after winning four straight, are 50-49.

Pittsburgh added a run in the fifth inning after Brian Reynolds led off with a double and Carlos Santana followed with a single. Endy Rodriguez hit his first career home run in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s Korean-American first baseman Choi Ji-Man was out of the starting lineup against Angels left-hander Reed Detmers and did not even appear as a substitute. It’s a shame as he’s been hitting well in nine games since returning from injury, including a home run the previous day (Feb. 22), going 2-for-5 with seven doubles, three home runs and an OPS of .930 in 27 at-bats.

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