Ohtani Turns In Ruth-Like Performance, Angels Down Rangers

Jonathan Grant | April 27th, 2021

The Los Angeles Angels are a force to be reckoned with this season. Especially when Shohei Ohtani is at his best. Monday night, he did what no one had been able to do in 100 years. He matched Babe Ruth with a showing on both the mound and at the plate. After a bit of a rocky first inning in which he conceded four runs, he steadied himself for the remaining four, striking out nine along the way to move to 1-0 this campaign. In the second inning, he doubled to drive in two runs, reducing the score to 4-3.

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Mike Trout then singled him across. Trout would double in the third as well, driving in a couple more following an Albert Pujols homer in the same frame. That took the score to 7-4. After being taken off the mound, he was still impactful, getting on base along with Trout and then being driven in like he was in the first inning by Jared Walsh. Eventually, the score would settle at 9-4, earning the AL West contenders a big win. Ohtani’s start was remarkable due to the fact that he became the home run leader (he had a share of it coming into the day) to start a game since Babe Ruth did it back in June of 1921. Not a bad day, is it?

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