It seems that ever since the Los Angeles Angels announced they won’t be trading Shohei Ohtani and went out and acquired pitcher Lucas Giolito, the Japanese star took it up a notch.
Wait, is that even possible?
Well, it appears so.
On Thursday, Ohtani had a historic day in the doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
He pitched a complete game shutout, his first of the season, in the first game of the double set.
Then, in the second contest, he went yard two times to reach 38 for the season.
As you probably can imagine, it’s the first time in the history of the game that someone did that.
“Shohei Ohtani is the only player to pitch a shutout in one game of a doubleheader and hit a home run in the other (and he hit two of them),” the Sporting News tweeted.
Shohei Ohtani is the only player to pitch a shutout in one game of a doubleheader and hit a home run in the other (and he hit two of them) 🤯 pic.twitter.com/7IOkyVxFFZ
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) July 27, 2023
Not only did he pitch nine innings in the first game, but he also hit a couple of dingers to lead the Angels to a doubleheader sweep.
The Angels scored 17 runs on Thursday and conceded just four.
They have now won four in a row and have a solid 54-49 record.
Slowly, but surely, they are climbing the Wild Card standings.
They have decided to go for it and acquire talent to aid a postseason push.
Ohtani is now more motivated than ever to play to his best, not that he wasn’t before.
It’s amazing to watch how he makes history with every game, every pitch, and every home run.
He is truly one-of-a-kind and deserves to end his Angels tenure (if that’s the case) with a postseason appearance.NEXT: Angels Insider Discusses Impact Of The Lucas Giolito Trade