Two-way Angels star Shohei Ohtani upset A center fielder Mark Canha with a 93.3 mph fastball in the third inning of Friday’s game, causing both benches to be cleared.
Canha appeared to say, “Come on, Sho,” after the pitch was thrown near his head, prompting Angels wide receiver Kurt Suzuki to take offense. But Ohtani remained calm, raising his right hand to Canha to apologize for coming in with the fastball.
Ohtani wasn’t taken aback by the whole incident, as he was seen smiling on the mound as Canha exchanged words with Suzuki, waiting for the ball to be returned to him for the next pitch.
A few pitches later, Ohtani – still the picture of calm – hit Canha on a 97.9 mph fastball which also saw Elvis Andrus get sent off in second on a stolen base attempt for a double play. was the hardest throw of the night at that time since Ohtani.
Incredibly, Ohtani hit Canha in the back with a 1-0 fastball his next time in the sixth inning, with Andrus on first base and no one outside. Ohtani tripped over the delivery and fell to one knee, while Canha took it in stride and was never offended by the pitch as it was clear there was no intention.
He even smiled at the first goal, Ohtani telling him it was an accident. After a cushioned sacrifice, Matt Olson gave the A the lead with a sacrifice fly to the left.