The core of the pitching staff that helped Japan win the WBC in March met in the major leagues. Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) defeated Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) by decision.

Yoshida started in left field and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 23 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA. He was more impactful than Ohtani, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout as the No. 3 designated hitter. Ohtani is batting .282 on the season.메이저사이트

Yoshida stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the first inning. He faced Angels starter Jamie Berea. He hit a slider but was retired on a grounder to the first baseman. Ohtani then faced Boston starter Tanner Hauck with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning and calmly picked off a slider and cutter. Hunter Renfroe’s line drive to third base ended the inning.

Ohtani led off the bottom of the third inning with a 1-0 lead and was struck out on a splitter and slider combination. Yoshida led off the fourth inning with a 93-mph fastball to left field off Beria, and with two outs in the top of the sixth, he lined a 91-mph sinker into the center field seats of left fielder Aaron Loop for a tying, RBI single to right field.

Ohtani led off the bottom of the sixth and swung at a slider, cutter and splitter for strikes. With two outs in the eighth, he hit a 95-mph fastball from right-hander Cutter Crawford with the bases loaded but was retired on a line drive to right field. Then, with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Yoshida hit a 94-mph fastball off Chase Silseth for a fly ball to left field.

The Angels won the game 2-1, but Yoshida’s performance overshadowed Ohtani’s.

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