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.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.