See Shohei Ohtani's first strikeouts of Spring Training

Annette Crawford
February 25, 2018

So he got the start as a pitcher on Saturday, and here's what he did against a Milwaukee lineup that was pretty much "split squad" in quality: 1 1/3 innings, two hits, two runs (one earned), a walk, two strikeouts, and a loud home run allowed to Keon Broxton. He threw 31 pitches, 17 strikes.

Ohtani closed the first inning by striking out Brett Phillips. While the outfielder does have a decent bit of pop to his bat - he swatted 20 home runs a year ago - Broxton slashed an underwhelming.220/.299/.420 across 414 at-bats during the 2017 season.

He gave up a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar in the fist inning, then struck out Nathan Orf swinging before walking Choi Ji-man to put runners on first and second. Ohtani uncorked a wild pitch, too.

Angels catcher Martin Maldonado then made a throwing error off the wild pitch, which allowed Villar to score.

Broxton attacked a fastball down the middle for a solo shot to tie the score.

Although Ohtani's first outing was far from flawless, he showed flashes of the ability that made him perhaps the most highly sought-after global free agent of all time.

Star two-way player Shohei Ohtani struggled in his spring pitching debut with the Los Angeles Angels, allowing a home run and lasting a few batters less than scheduled.

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