There are days when the ‘baseball genius’ Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) can’t solve it either.

On the 20th (hereinafter Korean time), 안전놀이터Ohtani started as the designated hitter in the second game of the 2023 Major League Baseball match against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, USA.

His first at-bat was the most disappointing. Ohtani, who appeared after one out in the first inning with a score of 0-0, played a full count match against Yankees starter Johnny Brito, and successfully countered an 88.6 mile (142 km) change-up in the sixth pitch, but became a big hit to Hosobi. Center fielder Aaron Judge, who competed for MVP last year in the American League, swallowed regret by catching a ball headed over the center wall with a jumping catch. 

In the 3rd inning, 0-2 behind, with 1 out and 2nd base, he hit Britto’s first pitch changeup, but it stopped at the 2nd baseman’s ground ball and helped the 2nd base runner advance to 3rd base. 

In the 5th inning, which was dragged 1-2, the chance to 2 out and 3 base was also not saved. In 2B-2S against Michael King, he struck out on a swing by a high-speed sinker at 95.2 miles (153 km) in the fifth pitch. Afterwards, in the 7th inning, where he was behind 1-3, with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base, he struck out the changed pitcher Wandy Peralta on a swing and ended the inning. 

The walk-on came in the last at-bat. In the 9th inning, where the score was 2-2, he singled out a walk against Clay Holmes with 2 out and 1 base. Subsequent trout struck out, ending the inning without scoring.

With no hits and only two strikeouts, Ohtani’s batting average for the season fell from 30.00 to .28.1 Lee. 

The Angels lost their third game in a row with a 2-3 overtime loss to the Yankees. Season 9 wins 9 losses. Starter Griffin Canning had 4 hits (1 home run), 3 walks, 4 strikeouts and 2 runs in 5⅓ innings, but despite a good pitch, he delayed his first win due to lack of support from the other line. The two hits of Mike Trout and Jack Neto also faded. 

On the other hand, the Yankees avenged the loss the previous day and recorded 11 wins and 7 losses in the season. Starter Brito went down early with 1 run in 4⅓ innings, but Guo-jin played salty water. After Hosobi, who blocked Ohtani’s home run in the first inning, Judge fired the first two-run gun and won a decision victory over Ohtani. 

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