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Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani becomes first player in MLB history to hit 30 homers and win 10 pitches in the same season

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani came up with the night’s biggest hit as the top two players of the American League Most Valuable Players faced off.

The current AL MVP became the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and record 10 inning wins in the same season as the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 3–2 on Wednesday.

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said, “With fans and stadiums like this, one of the stars will be up there soon, and Shohei got a good star.”

Ohtani’s 3-run shot, with Gerrit Cole (10-7) hitting a 97.9-mph fastball to center in the sixth inning, pushed the Angels to the top after two hits in the first five innings. It was his third time in the last four games that he went deep.

The Japanese two-way prodigy went 5-for-12 with two home runs and five RBIs in a three-game series against Yankees and AL MVP favorite Aaron Judges.

“It definitely motivates me to play better, which means trying to use that hardware,” Ohtani said of his match with the judges, through translator Ippei Mizuhara. “That’s mostly what I think, but I try to take it game by game and then count everything.”

Judge went 0-0 in two at-bats, but tied two walks after going 7-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs in the first two games.

Ohtani nearly had a two-run shot in the first inning, but center fielder Aaron Hicks jumped on the wall and caught it. After an infield hit by David Fletcher and an infield hit by Mike Trout in the sixth inning, Yankees shortstop Isaiah Kinner Whalefa kicked a ground ball, Ohtani gave all of the calls on the 2–0 count to clear the bases. got the pitch.

“Probably the worst fastball of the night. The worst spot,” Cole said. Cole pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) and he allowed 6 hits and 4 strikeouts. “I was about to leave. I wasn’t about to give up there either. It was just a mistake.”

Ohtani, who became the first Japanese player to hit 30 or more home runs in a consecutive season, raised his fist while going around first base.

“I just missed it in my first at-bat. I wanted another opportunity,” Ohtani said. “Luckily Trout handled that error well, so I was happy to make it through.”

The Yankees were held to three hits and were hitless after the fifth inning, but had chances in the ninth. Jimmy Hargett walked the judges and Giancarlo Stanton to lead in the ninth, but struck out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres before Oswaldo Cabrera grounded out to shortstop Andrew Velázquez to end the game. defeated. Herget recorded his fifth save with his five-win Angels in the last six games.

Patrick Sandoval (5-9) struck out seven and allowed two runs in seven innings for his second win in his last three starts.

Growing up in nearby Newport Beach, Cole had a seven-game winning streak against his boyhood team, but lost for the first time in his six-game career at Angel Stadium.

“It was a tough game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The Yankees had only one hit in the first four innings, but made it through to the fifth. Donaldson led the left field line with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Gleyber Torres lined up a double into the right field gap.

Hicks’ sacrifice fly deep into left field to make it 2-0 for Torres.

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