ANAHEIM, Calif. – In the first inning alone, Shohei Ohtani threw a ball nearly 101 mph and hit a homer that jumped off his bat at 115 mph.
By the time he left, the Los Angeles Angels' two-way star had dazzled on the mound and at the plate in a historic two-way performance.
And after Sho-time ended, Jared Walsh put on his own impressive effort to secure another win for the Halos.
Ohtani both smashed a 451-foot homer and pitched two-hit ball into the fifth inning, and Walsh hit a walkoff homer to end the Angels' 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.
“I'm glad I got one game like this under my belt, and it's going to lead to a lot of confidence for me,” Ohtani said through his translator.
Ohtani reached another milestone in his unique career when he took the mound and occupied the No. 2 slot in the batting order for the Angels. He was just the third pitcher in 45 seasons to hit for himself in a game with the designated hitter available, and the first to bat second since Jack Dunleavy did it for the Cardinals in 1903.
Although he lost a three-run lead and narrowly avoided injury in a home plate collision during the fifth inning, Ohtani left both teams amazed by his abilities.
“He’s everything we thought he could be, right?” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “That’s the complete baseball player. He just needed the opportunity to do it. ... What he did tonight was pretty special, and you’re going to see a lot more of that."