The key pitchers who led Japan to win the WBC in March met in the major leagues. Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) defeated Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) by decision.
On the 23rd (Korean time), Yoshida started in left field twice in the 2023 Major League Baseball away game against the Los Angeles Angels held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, and recorded 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at-bats. Season batting average of 0.308. He had a bigger impact than Ohtani, who appeared as the designated hitter three times and went 0-for-3 with one walk. Ohtani had a batting average of 0.282 for the season
, and Yoshida entered the first plate in the first inning with no runners. He faced Angels starting pitcher Jamie Beria. He hit the slider, but was dislodged on a grounder to first base. Then Ohtani met Boston starting pitcher Tanner Hauke in the bottom of the first inning with no runners out, and calmly picked out sliders and cutters and walked. Hunter Renfro’s third baseman line drive ended the inning.
Ohtani struck out three pitches with a splitter and slider combination as the lead batter in the bottom of the third inning with a 1-0 lead. On the other hand, Yoshida appeared as the lead batter in the top of the 4th inning and hit a 93-mile four-seam against Beria, hitting left-handed. And in the top of the 6th inning, a 91-mile sinker in the middle of left fielder Aaron Loop tied the score with a right-handed hit with one out and second base chance.
Ohtani appeared as the lead batter in the bottom of the 6th inning and struck out after a series of misses with sliders, cutters and splitters. In the bottom of the 8th inning with a 2-1 lead, the right-hander cutter Crawford’s 95-mile four-seamer with no out and first baseman was hit, but he was withdrawn with a line drive in right field. Afterwards, Yoshida returned with a 94 mph high fastball against Chase Silces in the top of the 9th inning with no runners,메이저놀이터 and a floating ball in left field.
The match was won by the Los Angeles Angels 2-1. However, Yoshida’s performance was superior to Ohtani’s.