‘Intentional shedding → double killing inducement’ LAA Ohtani, phenomenal even judgment

Ohtani Shohei (28) has phenomenal judgment. 

The Los Angeles Angels won 2-0 in the 2023 Major League (MLB) Kansas City Royals held at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA on the 22nd (Korean time). 

On this day, Ohtani played as the starting pitcher and second hitter. Ohtani made the team victorious with 7 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts, no runs. Ohtani lowered his earned run average to 0.64 with a reverse pitch that day, rising to first place in the major leagues. He also had one hit at the plate. 

Ohtani’s performance on this day, as always, was phenomenal. However, Ohtani surprised the fans by showing his phenomenal judgment at the beginning of the 3rd inning that day.메이저놀이터 

In the top of the 3rd inning, Ohtani allowed a left-handed hit to opponent’s lead hitter, Edward Olivares (28), and allowed the lead hitter to go on base. Faced with Nikki Lopez (28) in a safe first base situation, Ohtani induced a grounder on the pitcher’s side. Ohtani tried to catch it, but a fleeting thought changed his mind and deliberately spilled the ball. The ball intentionally dropped by Ohtani was caught by shortstop Jack Neto (22), stepped on second base, and threw to first base to create a double stroke.

Batting runner Lopez’s feet were quick, so if Ohtani caught the ball near the mound, a double play might not have been possible. However, Ohtani made an instant decision and let the ball go quickly to the shortstop’s glove. His judgment was also a play that could only be regarded as one of the best.

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