Angels’ Ohtani matches record set by Babe Ruth nearly a century ago
Shohei Ohtani is in good company.
On Sunday, the two-way player for the Los Angeles Angels became the first major leaguer in nearly a century to hit 15 home runs and pitch 50 innings in a season, according to ESPN.
The last player to accomplish the feat? Babe Ruth in 1919.
Ohtani, 24, made his first appearance on the mound since June 6, when an elbow injury forced him to temporarily stop pitching. He had been stuck on 49 1/3 innings pitched since then.
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He threw just 49 pitches over 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in Sunday’s game, a 4-2 win for the American League West-leading Astros. On the season, Ohtani is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA. He has 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.
At the plate, he is batting .276 in 80 games for the Angels. He has 43 RBIs to go along with his 15 homers.
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