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Shohei Ohtani follows up RBI career-high with 13 strikeouts in Angels win

By Sports Desk June 23, 2022

Shohei Ohtani’s dominance both on the mound and at the plate have become so commonplace that it has almost become a daily occurrence.

One night after he homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs in a wild extra-inning loss, Ohtani struck out 13 over eight dominant innings in a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, the reigning American League MVP set the single-game record for RBIs by a Japanese-born player when he hit a pair of three-run homers and added two sacrifice flies.

Not surprisingly, Ohtani is the first player in history to drive in at least eight runs and strike out at least 10 batters in consecutive games.

Tony Cloninger is the only other player to ever have eight RBIs and at least 10 strikeouts in a game in a season or a career. He accomplished the feat in 1966 for the Atlanta Braves, striking out 12 batters on April 12 and knocking in nine runs with two grand slams on July 3.

The Japanese sensation toyed with the Royals, allowing consecutive singles to Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi to open the game before retiring 16 in a row – a stretch during which he struck out the side twice.

Ohtani set down 23 of the final 24 batters he faced, walked one and threw a season-high 108 pitches in matching the longest outing of his MLB career. He also singled and walked twice in his latest electrifying two-way performance.

The unprecedented talent is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last three starts with five walks and 25 strikeouts.

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