Shohei Ohtani’s incredible talent is turning heads across the league, as he continues to make history and set records. On Monday night, he became the first starting pitcher since 1964 to reach base five times in a game, stunning fans and players alike. Although he struggled on the mound, allowing five runs on four hits in seven innings, Ohtani made up for it with his stellar performance at the plate, hitting a titanic three-run homer and finishing a double shy of the cycle.
Ohtani’s rare ability to hit and pitch has made him a true marvel, and his recent record-breaking performance only solidifies his place in baseball history. He acknowledges that records like these are a result of a small sample size, but there is no denying that he is a once-in-a-generation player. The last person to reach base five times in a game he started on the mound was Mel Stottlemyre of the New York Yankees, on September 26, 1964, against Washington.
The game against the Baltimore Orioles was not without its struggles for Ohtani. He allowed three home runs in the game, and his pitching performance was not as strong compared to his previous starts. In his first five starts, Ohtani allowed only two runs in 28 innings; however, in his past four starts, he has allowed 17 runs in 25 innings, giving up eight home runs. Nonetheless, Ohtani’s impressive night left Orioles infielder Adam Frazier in awe, who dubbed him a “once-in-a-lifetime” player. Frazier also remarked that competing against Ohtani is fun because he brings out the best in everyone.
Ohtani’s rare talent is drawing crowds and making headlines across the league. With his incredible performance on the mound and at the plate, it’s clear that he has the potential to become one of the biggest stars in baseball history. As his fans eagerly watch what he does next, it’s clear that Ohtani’s rare talent will continue to captivate audiences and make history for years to come.