Ohtani fans 11, but Seager, Lowe lead Texas to 2-0 win

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani dazzled batters with his wicked slider, blew them away with his 100-mph fastball and repeatedly pitched out of trouble while racking up 11 strikeouts.The AL MVP’s latest impressive start also included a few mistakes, and Ohtani and his fellow Angels couldn’t manage any runs to make up for them during an encouraging win for the Texas Rangers.Nathaniel Lowe homered and tripled, and Corey Seager had an RBI double among his three hits off Ohtani in Texas’ 2-0 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.Ohtani (9-6) produced his sixth consecutive start with double-digit strikeouts, but he also yielded eight hits and two runs over six innings.Although he escaped trouble repeatedly — most impressively on three straight strikeouts after Texas loaded the bases in the first — Ohtani lost his second straight start while pitching with a chance for his career-best 10th mound victory. “I would not want to face him,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “We get the bases loaded right there, and he just turns it up to another gear. That slider is like a wiffle ball. Guys are missing it. We were fortunate today to get a couple of runs off him, honestly. Lowe just squeaked that ball over the fence, and Corey with a big two-out hit there. Man, he’s tough to beat, so we obviously did something pretty good today.”Ohtani leads the majors with nine double-digit strikeout performanc …

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