Shohei Ohtani shows why spring training stats are for suckers

Fans cheer as Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani, of Japan heads to the dugout after the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Sunday

Marcus Semien broke up Ohtani's bid for perfection by driving a fastball to left field for a single with one out, but the A's were dominated in a 6-1 loss to the Angels Sunday in front of a sold out crowd of 44,742 fans. Mixing 99 miles per hour fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.

"I wanted to keep a clean zero on the board", Ohtani said. Lowrie had three hits, while Olson, Chapman and Boog Powell each had two.

"You never want to get a ideal game thrown on you", Semien said. The 23 year old has hit a home run in three straight home starts, and has become a key cog in a unsafe Angels lineup that is desperate for a return to the post season. Ohtani gets the day off before or after he pitches; otherwise, he takes AB's as the designated hitter when he's not on the mound.

Ohtani's homer got the Angels on the scoreboard in the second before they tacked on four runs in the fourth.

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh victory in nine games. The shortstop got hurt while sliding down into the Tampa Bay dugout and will have tests Monday.

Los Angeles (+110) is coming into this one as the underdog to Oakland (-130) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this day game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the under and -115 for the over).

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Triggs is 2-0 overall in four career appearances, including three starts, against Los Angeles with a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Angels are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -165 to win. In the bottom of the 14th, down 5-4 with runners on the corners and no outs, he labored through a 12-pitch at-bat against rookie right-hander Wilmer Font. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. He exhibited his pitching prowess a few days later - throwing one of the nastiest sliders I've ever seen and masterfully playing with pitch speeds that ranged from 75 miles per hour to 95 miles per hour - and clinched his first win.

His second-inning blast reduced Oakland's lead to 6-1.

But on the mound, that will be really where the Angels plan to utilize him primarily, Ohtani includes 18 strikeouts in just two matches, Helping drive Los Angeles to a remarkable 7 3 start.

Upton's homer capped a five-run seventh inning for the Angels and highlighted their comeback from an early 6-0 deficit. Ichiro was a tactful hitter and his 3,000 hits will undoubtedly land him a place in the Hall of Fame, but Ohtani is potentially a home-run power hitter - therefore defying the prevailing stereotype that Asian players are only good for pitching or playing small ball. The 52-degree temperature with the open roof for the first pitch was the coolest in Minute Maid Park's history, beating 57 degrees, on April 8, 2007.

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