Japanese Sensation Handcuffs M’s In Rubber Match
Rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani made his Safeco Field debut in the ballpark that native countryman Ichiro Suzuki blazed the trail for Japanese ballplayers in the MLB. Suzuki may have regretted that if just for today.
Ohtani was sterling following an 11-day layoff from the mound, handcuffing the M's in 6-plus innings of work and besting the "King's Court" on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon game, 8-2. Ohtani was lifted in the bottom of the 7th inning after serving uo a two-run dinger to Ryon Healy and following that with a base on balls to Mike Zunino before recording an out.
M's starter Felix Hernandez was lifted after giving up a third run in the sixth inning with two runner's on, only to see reliever Chasen Bradford give up a three-run bomb to Mike Trout on his first delivery to put the game, for all intents and purposes, out of reach. The Angels took the three-game series 2-1.
Seattle has an off day tomorrow before heading to Toronto. James Paxton, coming off of, arguably his best start of his career where he struck out 16 batters, gets the ball for Seattle.