Ohtani’s 2 HRs, 8 RBIs are not enough against Royals

ANAHEIM, California – Shohei Ohtani hit two Homers in three runs, including a dramatic tie at the bottom of the ninth inning. He drove in eight career runs, the most Japanese-born player in major league history.

And somehow, it still wasn’t enough for his Los Angeles Angels to beat the Kansas City Royals.

Whit Maryfield led in the 11th inning with a double RBI, and the Royal overcame the historic performance of Ohtani for the victory from 12-11 on Tuesday night.

Ohtani broke 423-foot Homer in the sixth and an equalized 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year career in the state. The MVP of the American League then set a record in one game for an RBI player who was born in Japan with a sacrificial fly in the 11th inning.

Although he never complains publicly, Ohtani would be completely justified to feel frustrated by the lukewarm performance of his Los Angeles teammates in throwing behind his latest heroes. But the Royal members knew they had won with some outstanding self-kicks, including significant matches for Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Vit Jr.

“It’s one of the most fun games I’ve ever played,” said Witt, who had his first multiplayer game while riding in four high-running races. “Only from the top to the bottom, a lot of energy was happening. He was great … Every time Ohtani or (Mike) Trout get to the plate, hold your breath a little. It’s fun to watch them play, and we hope they don’t do as much damage as against us (tonight). “

Ohtani’s eighth RBI was not enough, as Merifield and Kile Isbel both ran against Jose Kuijada (0-2) earlier in the 11th.

Daniel Mengden knocked out Trout with two Angels at the base before Ohtani flew over, and retired Jared Walsh in a pop-up window that ended the game. Mengden earned his first defense of the season and second in his career, while Kansas City managed to achieve its fifth victory in six games, despite reducing the advantage of five series in the sixth and three series in the ninth.

“Just energy and fighting, the way we just kept hitting,” said Kansas City manager Mike Mateni. “We would take one, and they kept coming back. That’s what I like to see … You see a game like that, and it’s starting to repeat itself.”

Santana had four goals and drove in five runs of the season for the Royals, who beat Angel’s staff despite losing the Salvador Perez gorge due to a thumb injury in the third inning. Kansas City led 6-1 in the middle of the sixth before the stellar strikers of the Angels finally set off.

Along with Ohtani’s excellence, Walsh doubled, tripled and achieved a homered while driving in two runs for the Angels. He only misses the second cycle in 11 days.

“This sting,” Angela’s interim manager Phil Nevin said. “That room hurts inside. You feel like it’s in your hands a few times, and you’ve worked hard to get back into it. We’ve never fully taken the lead, but a lot of great performances. We swung the sticks great in some tight spots.”

Ohtani reduced Angel’s lead to 6-4 when he brought his 14th Homer to the center-right. Royals starter Jonathan Heasley threw the ball with four shots in the sixth before Ohtani’s shot chased him.

Kansas City then led 10-7 to the bottom of the ninth after Santana’s late RBI singles and Vit’s two-year-old Homer, but Tyler Wade singled out and Trout left before Ohtani drove them home without a doubt a right kick.

Dylan Coleman (2-1) stranded two Angels runners in 10.

Santana started his monstrous game with an RBI double and a two-run homer before adding an RBI single in the sixth and eighth. Witt was homered in the first inning, added RBI double from the wall in the seventh and delivered two runes to Homer in the ninth.


Walsh received three extra shots at base in four innings in the middle of the game, but could not score in two extra shots. He finished one short match in his first career cycle on June 11 against the Mets.


The two Japanese players have previously ridden in seven series in a major league match. Tadahito Iguchi did it for the White Sox in 2006, and Hideki Matsui did it for the Yankees in 2009.


Innocent was thrown out during the throwing change in the seventh inning after a heated argument with the refereeing team. Nevin was angry about the debatable undecided call against Halos player Andrew Vanz earlier in the game.


Royal: Perez injured his thumb during the swing, but stayed in the game and finished his bat. The hunter said that he will have an MRI examination of his left thumb on Wednesday, and he will not be surprised if he misses a few days. “I hope it’s not a bad thing,” Perez said. “I just have to wait.”


Ohtani (5-4, 3.28 ERA) wants to string together three consecutive wins in a row in the series final against Daniel Lynch of Kansas City (3-6, 5.19). The only previous match that Ohtani started against Kansas City was in the AL rookie season of 2018.

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