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.
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.