Anaheim, CA – Shohei Ohtani hit two bullets in three runs, including a dramatic peg drive in the bottom of the ninth inning. He led eight runs in his career, being the most Japanese-born player in Major League history.
And somehow, it wasn’t enough for the Los Angeles Angels to defeat the Kansas City Royals.
White Merrifield led in the eleventh inning with the RBI double, and the royals beat Ohtani’s historic performance in a 12-11 victory on Tuesday night.
Ohtani crushed Homer 423 feet on the sixth shot and 438 feet on the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI match of his five-year career. The MLS Player of the Year then set the single-game record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player with a sacrifice fly in the eleventh inning.
While he never publicly complains, he would be fully justified in being frustrated with his L.A. teammates’ tepid performance behind his recent championships. But the royals knew they had won some pretty impressive hits of their own, including historic matches for Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Waite Jr.
“This is one of the most fun games I’ve ever been in,” said Witt, who had his first multiplayer game while leading four professional runs. “Just from top to bottom, there was a lot of energy going on. It was a blast. … Every time Ohtani or (Mike) Trout got on the plate, you held your breath a little in there. It’s fun to watch them play, and I hope they don’t cause In great harm as they did against us (tonight).”
Otani’s eighth RBI wasn’t enough, as both Murrayfield and Kyle Ispel drove in rounds from Jose Quejada (0-2) earlier in the eleventh.
Daniel Mingden hit a trout with two angels at the base before Ohtani’s exit, and Jared Walsh retired in an end-game popup. Mengden achieved his first save this season and the second in his career, as Kansas City maintained its fifth victory in six games despite advancing by five games in the sixth lead and three rounds in the ninth.
“Just the energy and the fighting, the way we kept hitting,” Kansas City Manager Mike Matheny said. “We’d take one, and they kept coming back. That’s what I like to see…You see a game like that, and it’s a game that starts to repeat itself.”
Santana had four hits and led at a season-high five with the Royals, who hit the Angels crew despite losing to captain Salvador Perez to a thumb injury in the third inning. Kansas City advanced 6-1 halfway through sixth before the Star Angels finally started.
Combined with Otani’s supremacy, Walsh doubled, tripled, and landed while driving two rounds in favor of the Angels. He failed the second cycle in 11 days.
“It hurts,” said Phil Nevin, Angel’s interim manager. “This room hurts right there. It feels right at your fingertips a few times, and you’ve worked really hard to get back into it. We never get the top spot, but there’s a lot of great showings. We’ve managed to swing the bat nicely in some tight spaces.”
Otani trimmed the Angels’ deficit to 6-4 when he led 14th-placed Homer to the right of center. Royals player Jonathan Heasley had a four-stroke in the sixth before Ohtani’s shot chased him away.
Kansas City then advanced 10-7 to enter the bottom of ninth after RBI’s late Santana and Homer Witt’s two-part song, but Tyler Wade and Trout walked before Ohtani drove them home with an undoubted blast to the right.
Dylan Coleman (2-1) Two Angels Runners are stranded in the tenth.
Santana started his monsters game with an RBI double and Homer in two rounds before adding the RBI singles in the sixth and eighth rounds. Witt made in the first inning, RBI added a double from the wall in the seventh inning and threw Homer in two innings in the ninth.
Walsh got three extra basic hits in four rounds mid-game, but he couldn’t get two extra kicks. He finished shy of one match of his first career cycle on June 11 against the Mets.
The Japanese players have already led in seven games in a major league match. Tadahito Iguchi did it for the White Sox in 2006, and Hideki Matsui rewarded him with the Yankees in 2009.
Nevin was sent off during a change of court in the seventh game after a noisy argument with the referee’s staff. Neven was pissed off by a controversial call about Hallos loyalist Andrew Wantz earlier in the game.
Royals: Perez injured his thumb during a swing, but stayed in the match and completed his hits. The catcher said he’ll have an MRI scan on his left thumb Wednesday, and wouldn’t 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) appears to combine three straight wins in the Series Finals against Daniel Lynch of Kansas City (3-6, 5.19). Otani’s only previous public debut was against Kansas City in the 2018 junior season.