Just when we thought Shohei Ohtani couldn’t get any better, he proved us wrong once again.
The Los Angeles Angels‘ ace and slugger had himself a game to remember on Tuesday night against the Kansas City Royals, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a grand total of eight RBI.
Yes, you read that right.
Ohtani had eight RBI in last night’s game against the Royals.
Unfortunately for the Angels, while their bats were red-hot, so were the Royals’ bats, and Kansas City ultimately won the slugfest, defeating Los Angeles by a 12-11 final.
ESPN Stats & Info tweeted about Ohtani’s accomplishment, revealing that he is the first player born in Japan to have an eight-RBI game in MLB history.
Shohei Ohtani is the first player born in Japan to have 8 RBI in a game in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/J2I0MTpOTV
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2022
Ohtani just can’t be stopped.
He’s hellbent on yet another American League MVP Award and proved last night why he is still just as capable as anybody to bring home MVP honors.
His outstanding performance wasn’t enough for the Angels to overcome Bobby Witt Jr.’s first career two-homer game, but it’s one that will go down in history as one of the best performances ever.
Not often are you going to see a performance like this, especially from a pitcher.
But Ohtani is more than that and his two-way abilities have elevated him to legendary status, even in the early stages in his career.
The Angels are still struggling to win ballgames, but Ohtani is a bright spot amidst all their recent struggles.
He is hitting .260 on the season with 15 homers and 45 RBI in 262 at-bats.
More is sure to come for the reigning AL MVP.
A performance like last night’s performance simply cannot be overlooked, even though the Angels were ultimately defeated.