The return of Shohei Ohtani (Angels) is taking longer without any promise. There were rumors that he had set a date for surgery, but even that was still unclear. With Ohtani missing, the Angels ended their four-game series with Cleveland with a 3-1 win.
The LA Angels won 2-1, 1 point, against the Cleveland Guardians in the ‘2023 Major League’ game held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA on the 11th (Korean time). After starter Kenny Rosenberg pitched well, allowing one run in five innings, four relievers pitched a scoreless relay.
The team’s hits were 3-8, 5 fewer than Cleveland’s, but the score was 1 point more. Randal Grichik’s ground ball RBI in the third inning led to the winning run. The Angels won two games in a row. This is the first consecutive win since the 2nd consecutive win against the Mets on the 26th and 27th of last month. The season record was 67 wins and 77 losses, with a winning percentage of 0.465.
Ohtani fails again as pinch hitter, misses 7th consecutive game.
The Angels starting lineup on this day was Randal Grichick (left fielder), Brandon Drury (second baseman), Mike Moustakers (first baseman), Logan Ohapee (designated hitter), and Eduardo Escobar ( The order was: Third baseman) – Chad Wallak (catcher) – Jordyn Adams (right fielder) – Brandon Phillips (center fielder) – Kylen Paris (shortstop). Ohtani was left out of the starting lineup for seven consecutive games.
Ohtani complained of pain in his right side while practicing batting ahead of the game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 5th. Afterwards, he missed 6 consecutive games until the Cleveland game on the 10th. Meanwhile, Angels manager Phil Nevin has repeatedly said that Ohtani will be able to play soon and that he will continue to monitor his condition.
▲Director Phil Nevin.
Before the game on the 10th, Coach Nevin said, “I am watching it day by day. I think it will be enough. Ohtani said he is fine today as well. Otherwise (if he is unable to play on the 11th), he will be able to play in Seattle on the 12th. I am continuing to check.” He explained.
However, USA Today caused a stir when it reported a rumor that Ohtani could undergo elbow surgery on the 11th. Ohtani and the Angels have yet to comment on the surgery. This media outlet reported on the 4th, “People who are familiar with Ohtani’s thoughts believe that he may undergo Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction surgery) within the next 10 days.” There was an interpretation that the game on the 11th, when the 7-game series at home ends on the schedule, was Otani’s ‘D-day’ for the season. However, Coach Nevin mentioned the possibility of Ohtani playing against the Seattle Mariners on the 12th.
Now, even the Japanese media seems to be distrustful of the Angels’ announcement. The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the morning of the 11th, “Ohtani, who is suffering from pain in his right side, was left out of the starting lineup for 7 consecutive games. He has missed 6 consecutive games until yesterday (10th).” Coach Nevin said before the game on the 11th (the timing of Ohtani’s return is ) Tomorrow (12th) will be realistic. Otani said he is in good condition today as well,” the report said.
At the same time, he said, “(Coach Nevin) repeated the explanation to the same effect the day before. It is unclear whether he will be able to enter the starting lineup on the 12th.”
Ohtani appeared in 23 games as a pitcher and pitched 132 innings, recording 10 wins, 5 losses, an ERA of 3.14, and 167 strikeouts.
As a hitter, he posted a batting average of 0.304, OPS of 1.066, 44 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 95 RBI in 135 games. He ranks first in the American League in home runs, and ranks first in the Major League in on-base percentage (0.412), slugging percentage (0.654), and OPS.
▲LA Angels Shohei Ohtani (left) is talking with manager Phil Nevin.
▲ LA Angels Kenny Rosenberg earned his first win in 7 games since his debut.
Rookie Rosenberg’s performance shone in his first win since his rookie debut . Rosenberg, who made his debut last year, had 1 loss in 6 games in the major leagues and had an ERA of 4.94 before today’s game. This year, he started 20 games for the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees and went 7 wins, 7 losses, and had an ERA of 4.95.
On August 12th, he made his first big league appearance of the season against the Houston Astros and allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, and in a relief appearance against the Cincinnati Reds on the 24th, he allowed 1 run in 2 innings. In a game against Baltimore on September 5, he recorded a quality start, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings, but Rosenberg took the loss as the team lost 3-6.먹튀검증
Rosenberg hit a game-tying home run by Cole Calhoun in the second inning with a 1-0 lead, but went 5 innings, allowing 6 hits (1 home run), 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and 1 run, and earned his first win in his debut.
Rosenberg’s first win in his debut, and the Angels’ winning streak, came off the bat of Grichick. Grichick came out as the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning and hit a double, creating an opportunity to score first. Drury’s advanced base hit brought the score to third base with one out, and Moose Stackers brought in Grichik with a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the third inning, when the score was 1-1, Grichik scored an RBI. After Paris’ hit with one out, Cleveland starter Tanner Bibby committed consecutive balks. Grichick brought in Paris with a ground ball toward third base with one out and runners on third base. This RBI, which made it 2-1, led to the final run.
Rosenberg was in danger after being hit by Stephen Kwan with two outs in the fifth inning, one run ahead. First, Jose Ramirez was intentionally thrown on 4 pitches and then gave up a double stolen base, resulting in 2nd and 3rd bases with 2 outs. However, he completed the victory requirement by striking out a swing against David Fry.
Four Angels relievers each pitched one scoreless inning to help Rosenberg get his first win in his debut. Andrew Wants, Ben Joyce, Jimmy Huggett and Carlos Estevez did their part. With this day’s save, Estevez achieved 30 saves in his debut season.