CM – Shohei Ohtani’s winning streak ends with Angels losing to Astros


Despite making his 44th Major League home run in the first inning, Ohtani was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning and charged with six runs in the Angels’ 10-5 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Ohtani (9-2) failed in his first attempt to become the Angels’ first 10-game winner since 2018, and saw his eight-game winning streak abandoned.

Ohtani gave up a career high of nine hits and he only dropped one. It was the first time in his career that he had pitched at least three innings without multiple strikeouts.

« He just didn’t have his best things, » said manager Joe Maddon. “As you have seen, there was no swing and miss tonight. I thought he was fighting, but in my mind’s eye there was no need to force it. If he doesn’t have his day, I don’t want to extend it.  »

Maddon had Ohtani extended to 117 litters in his career on his last appearance. He said he didn’t think this had any impact on Ohtani, but Ohtani admitted that he was still feeling some of the effects of that game.

« I would say there is still a bit of pain left from my last outing, » Ohtani said through his interpreter. « I only have a few weeks left in the season so I focus on finishing strong and healthy. »

In the first inning, Ohtani worked around two hits. He got a double play to escape the second without allowing a run.

In the third, however, he gave up four more hits. Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa each punched singles in the middle for runs, and Yordan Alvarez punched a ball off the fence in the right center.

The Angels got those runs back and actually gave Ohtani a 4-3 lead as he took the hill in fourth place, but he couldn’t get through another inning.

Three of the top four batter of the fourth inning hit the base, scored a run to tie the game, and knocked out Ohtani after 77 pitches.

« I just think he played a team that was pretty good at the record, » said Maddon. “You have to get her out of the zone. You don’t hunt.  »

Still, the game was a tie when Ohtani left the hill. It got away with it under the supervision of Andrew Wantz, who was reliable in his first 13 games in the big league.

Wantz took out the second one, but then gave Bregman, one of his three hits, a double.

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Wantz then issued a walk and a single to push home two more runs. Kyle Tucker then reached a catcher’s interference with the charged bases and drove in another run. Maddon said that was due to the way Tucker swings, not a fault of catcher Kurt Suzuki. Aledmys Diaz then took two more, giving the Astros a 9-4 lead.

Jo Adell continued to be a bright spot for the Angels. He shot a three off the fence in the center right and circled the bases when the throw hit him as he slipped into the third and jumped away.

As so often, Maddon was looking for the bright spots like Adell and the achievements of the rescuers after Wantz. Relievers Oliver Ortega, Jimmy Herget, Jake Petricka and Kyle Tyler only allowed one run over the final four innings.

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