Update (6:17 PM ET): Ohtani got Matt Joyce to line out for the first out of the seventh inning, but Marcus Semien broke up the perfect game with a well-struck single to left field.
Ohtani exited after seven innings. He kept the Athletics off the board, yielding just one hit and one walk with 12 strikeouts on 91 pitches.
Shohei Ohtani got off to a hot start in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Athletics, striking out the first three batters he faced in his home pitching debut. He’s kept rolling since then, mowing down Athletic after Athletic. He’s perfect through six innings.
Ohtani has tossed 75 pitches, recording 11 strikeouts in his six frames. He has induced 22 swinging strikes from the Athletics. That’s an absurd 29.3 percent whiff rate on pitches.
The Angels scored twice in the bottom of the first, once in the third (on a Mike Trout homer), and twice more in the fourth to give Ohtani a 5-0 lead to work with. Ryan Schimpf tacked on a solo homer in the sixth to make it 6-0.
We’ll keep you updated as Ohtani attempts to stay perfect over the final three innings.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.