Shohei Ohtani fails to save back-to-mound takedown for Los Angeles Angels

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Shohei Ohtani did not record any single during his highly anticipated return to the Pitcher’s Mound on Sunday.The two-way Los Angeles Angels sensation walked three A-hitters, gave up three singles and left his 2020 pitching debut with a 4-0 deficit at the Oakland Coliseum. Ohtani threw 30 shots, half of which were balls, and was ultimately charged with five earned runs.

It all started with a first single from Oakland shortstop Marcus Semien. Ohtani went on to post back-to-back walks to Ramon Laureano, Matt Chapman and Matt Olson.

Mark Canha and Robbie Grossman followed with back-to-back singles before Ohtani gave way to Matt Andriese, who induced a double play and a strikeout to limit the damage.

Ohtani, 26, averaged 93 mph on a fastball that can hit triple digits. He hit two hits on two of the six hitters he faced but couldn’t put them away.

The right-hander had a 3.10 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 49 innings before tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in 2018, which led to an 18-month recovery. He was also the Angels designated hitter before returning to his starting pitcher career.

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