‘Baseball Genius’ Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels) ended his streak of consecutive on-base records with 36 games. The challenge to break the record for the most consecutive on-base in the Japanese major leagues has also stopped.
On the 17th (Korean time), 토토사이트Ohtani, who started as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League (MLB) Boston Red Sox game held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, only had no hits in four at-bats.
Ohtani, who hit a shortstop ground ball in the first at-bat in the top of the first inning, stepped up as the lead batter and withdrew with a fly ball to right field in the top of the fourth. He grounded to second base in the top of the seventh inning and turned to a fly to left field in the top of the ninth.
Ohtani’s season batting average went down from 0.313 to 0.288 (15 hits in 52 at-bats).
With this, Ohtani ended his 36-game on-base streak, which lasted from the Houston Astros match on September 12 last year to the Boston match the previous day. His 36 on-base streak is a record that ranks 5th all-time among Japanese major leaguers.
The record for the most consecutive MLB games played by a Japanese player is held by ‘Legend’ Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro reached base in 43 consecutive games in 2009 while playing for the Seattle Mariners.
As Ohtani failed to reach base that day, the challenge to break the record was put on hold.
In addition to Ohtani, the Angels lineup was tied to Boston starter Garrett Whitlock. Whitlock pitched well with 3 hits, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks and 1 run in 7 innings.
The Angels lost 1-2 to Boston, bogging down a three-game losing streak.
Ohtani is scheduled to start and hit in the match against Boston on the 18th at the same place. As a pitcher this season, Ohtani started in 3 games and achieved outstanding results with 2 wins, no losses and an ERA of 0.47.