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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Kansas City Royals overcome Shohei Ohtani’s 2 HRs, 8 RBIs to edge Los Angeles Angels

Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers, including a dramatic tying drive in the bottom of the ninth inning. He drove in a career-high eight runs, the most by a Japanese-born player in major league history.

And somehow, it still was not enough for his Los Angeles Angels to beat the Kansas City Royals.

Whit Merrifield led off the 11th inning with an RBI double, and the Royals overcame Ohtani’s historic performance for a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.

Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer in the sixth and a tying, 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year stateside career. The American League MVP then set the single-game record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.

Although he never complains publicly, Ohtani would be perfectly justified in feeling frustrated by his Los Angeles teammates’ tepid pitching performance behind his latest heroics. But the Royals knew they won with some remarkable hitting of their own, including landmark games for both Carlos Santana and rookie Bobby Witt Jr.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2022 at 08:29 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: June 22, 2022 at 02:13 PM (#6083274)
The Angels are a vortex of awfulness.
   2. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 22, 2022 at 03:17 PM (#6083288)
From yesterday's chatter:
Ohtani’s 8 RBI effort wasted in Angels 12-11 loss to Royals. I wonder what the record is for most RBI in a losing game?
It's 8. Ohtani ties Jason Bay (2003/09/19), Mike Epstein (1970/06/19), Lee Thomas (1961/09/05) and Lou Gehrig (1932/09/09). Yay, a silver lining in the dark cloud that is Angels baseball.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 22, 2022 at 03:36 PM (#6083293)
If that stellar 11-inning performance at the plate doesn’t affect Ohtani’s pitching tonight, rest is overrated.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 22, 2022 at 04:15 PM (#6083299)
@StatsBySTATS
Shohei Ohtani is the only MLB player to drive in 8+ runs and yet have his team never hold the lead in the game (since RBI became an official stat in 1920).
   5. Itchy Row Posted: June 22, 2022 at 04:22 PM (#6083301)
Ohtani ties Jason Bay (2003/09/19), Mike Epstein (1970/06/19), Lee Thomas (1961/09/05) and Lou Gehrig (1932/09/09).
Lee Thomas's was for the Angels against Kansas City, so this isn't the first time an Angel has driven in 8 runs and lost to KC.

The Bay, Epstein, Thomas, and Gehrig games were all parts of doubleheaders. Thomas went 9 for 11 in the doubleheader and the expansion Angels were swept by a Kansas City A's team that lost 100 games that year.
   6. John Northey Posted: June 22, 2022 at 05:07 PM (#6083307)
Can't imagine how frustrating it must be for Ohtani as he had his choice of 30 ML teams and picked the Angels. Doh! He was limited in salary so it didn't matter where he signed, even Tampa could've afforded him.

At least Trout knows he was drafted there then made the choice to keep resigning for mega bucks.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 22, 2022 at 06:32 PM (#6083319)
I know Matt's tweet is false because it mentions the Tigers winning.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2022 at 07:25 PM (#6083334)
This victory also moved the Royals a half-game ahead of the Cubs, 2 games ahead of the Reds and Nats and 3 ahead of the A's. Man, 4 teams worse than the Royals and Tigers.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: June 22, 2022 at 07:36 PM (#6083339)
I know Matt's tweet is false because it mentions the Tigers winning.

Also, as a humor nitpick, 1921 is way too late for the Akrom Groomsmen. The correct year for humor purposes is 1887. Akron Groomsmen is excellent though.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 22, 2022 at 07:38 PM (#6083341)
Can't imagine how frustrating it must be for Ohtani as he had his choice of 30 ML teams and picked the Angels. Doh! He was limited in salary so it didn't matter where he signed, even Tampa could've afforded him.

At least Trout knows he was drafted there then made the choice to keep resigning for mega bucks.


I'm thinking the Angels may have been only one of a few teams who actually promised him he could continue to do both pitching and hitting provided he could show he'd be effective at it?

Trout could've waited until he was a free agent after his first contract was up and still got mega bucks from elsewhere.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2022 at 12:53 AM (#6083378)
LOL, Ohtani struck out 13 hitters tonight. He is unreal.

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