TORONTO – Shohei Ohtani was a good pitcher in his duel with Alec Manoa, giving up just two hits in seven innings in the Los Angeles Angels’ 2-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.
The Angels (54-73) shut out the Blue Jays (68-57) two games in a row to start a three-game series.
Ohtani’s (11-8) stunning 109-pitch performance included nine strikeouts and a lone walk in front of 45,311 fans at the Rogers Center.
Manoa (12-7) also had 4 hits on 105 pitches in 7 innings, with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Angels shortstop Andrew Velázquez gave the team some breathing room with a two-out homer to right field in the ninth inning off reliever Anthony Bass.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning. David Fletcher took the lead on a single to left and advanced to second after walking to Mike Trout.
Ohtani then extended Manoa to eight pitches at bat, where he was fouled by an Angels slugger on five pitches. Ohtani beat the relay to first base.
Fletcher moved to third and Luis Lengifo singled to the left to score his teammate.
Ohtani retired for 11 consecutive innings until he struck out Alejandro Kirk to end the third and instigated Beau Bichette to start the seventh. However, the streak ended when Velázquez bobbled Cavan Biggio’s ground ball on an error.
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Manoa and Ohtani kept five scoreless innings, while the Blue Jays starter and Ohtani each had two hits.
Toronto avoided danger in the fifth inning when rookie Ryan Aguilar pushed a line drive into right field for a double. But Angels third base coach Mike Gallego hit Aguilar with a slug, but was thrown out on a perfect throw from right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley started in place of Teoscar Hernandez, who withdrew from Friday’s series opener with a contused left foot. Hernandez pinch hitter on Saturday.
George Springer also played in center field for the first time since returning from the disabled list with a right elbow injury 10 games ago.
Springer extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a leadoff single in the first inning.
Toronto interim manager John Schneider was ejected in the top of the eighth inning for arguing to load the final ball of Mike Ford’s bases.
Joe Carter, Dave Winfield, Devon White, Lance Mullinix, Candy Maldonado, Dave Steve, Juan Guzman, Todd Stottlemire, Mike Timlin, Duane Ward and the 1992 World Series MVP Pat Borders was celebrated in a pre-game ceremony to mark his 30th anniversary. The first of two championships.
“When it happens, it happens so quickly that it probably makes more sense now,” said Sito Gaston, the 1992 manager who still lives in Toronto.
Right-hander Ross Stripling (6-3) will start Toronto in the series final against Angles’ left-hander Tucker Davidson (2-4).
On Monday, the Blue Jays start a three-game set at home against the Chicago Cubs. Former Toronto starter Marcus Stroman is set to pitch in Chicago on Tuesday.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on August 27, 2022.
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