On Thursday, Shohei Ohtani had a day to remember.
The slugger had three hits and struck out eight batters in the Los Angeles Angels win over the Oakland Athletics.
The two-way star also fell just short of hitting for the cycle as the Angles defeated the A’s by a final score of 8-7.
The former American League MVP also allowed five runs over six innings.
But even with his tough outing on the mound, Ohtani still found a way to show off his skills.
Unfortunately, he fell just a few feet short of a home run in the eighth inning, which would have given him a cycle.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today commented on Ohtani’s accomplishments on Twitter.
Shohei Ohtani just misses becoming the first player in #MLB history to hit for the cycle as a starting pitcher with his towering fly ball landing on the warning track.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) April 27, 2023
The former MVP had three hits, including a single, a double, and a triple.
But a home run would have completed the cycle, and he fell just short of that.
Still, Ohtani had a game to remember.
He almost became the first starting pitcher in the history of baseball to hit for the cycle and led the Angels to an important win.
Los Angeles is just a half-game back of the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, who are both tied for first place in the AL West.
It was the Halos’ third consecutive win.
Ohtani’s fly ball landed on the warning track and ultimately ended his pursuit of the cycle.
But the two-way superstar still had an impressive game and carried the Angels to a key win over the A’s to inch closer to first place in the AL West.NEXT: Shohei Ohtani Showed Off His Power With Another Huge Home Run