Almost every time Shohei Ohtani takes the mound or steps into the batter’s box, he is making baseball history of one sort or another, or achieving a new personal benchmark. Saturday night’s game was no exception.
400 MLB CAREER STRIKEOUTS
Facing the American League-best Astros, Ohtani limited the visitors to just one run over eight innings of work in which he issued no walks and struck out five, surpassing 400 strikeouts for his MLB career.
Ohtani also joined Babe Ruth as the only players with 400+ strikeouts and 100+ home runs in their career. At his current pace, Ohtani will become the only player in baseball history with 500+ strikeouts and 100+ home runs sometime next summer.
MATT DUFFY IN AWE OF SHOTIME
Matt Duffy, who delivered a walk-off hit in the twelfth inning, had high praise for his “one-of-a-kind” teammate.