Angels’ Shohei Ohtani homers off Yusei Kikuchi in first Major League face-off

first_imgAND I OOP— pic.twitter.com/CjJKmXccbX— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 9, 2019″I was trying to treat it like a normal game and a normal at-bat, but there was something special about it,” Ohtani said through an interpreter, via ESPN. “I mean, we went to the same high school. I’m glad that we got the results we wanted, though.”Per ESPN, it’s the first time a Japanese-born batter has hit a home run off a Japanese-born pitcher in MLB since July 8, 2009, when Kosuke Fukudome hit one off Kenshin Kawakami. Related News MLB wrap: Mets top Rockies behind strong showing from Steven Matz Shohei Ohtani welcomed fellow Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to the Majors in a brutal way, homering off him in their first matchup.The Angels designated hitter needed to warm up a bit against the Mariners rookie, hitting a single in the first inning and grounding out in the second. However, in the fourth inning, Ohtani went deep for a solo home run. “That’s the most excited I’ve seen him on a homer,” Trout said of Ohtani. “I think I would be, too, if I went to the same high school. I’d be excited, too. I’d never seen him like that. It was pretty cool.”Ohtani’s homer comes after Tommy La Stella and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers off Kikuchi, making his outing particularly rough.Kikuchi’s ERA now is 4.99 after he lost his third game in a row. He gave up nine hits and six earned runs to the Angels. “I’m very proud of the fact that we faced each other on the highest level in baseball,” Ohtani said. “Hopefully we get to do it a lot more.”Despite the rough outing, Kikuchi is optimistic he will get his revenge on the Angels.”They hit three home runs off me today, so I didn’t like what happened, including Ohtani,” Kikuchi said, via an interpreter. “But I want to make sure next time I go out there and pitch against the Angels, I want to shut them down and do it for the team.”last_img read more

Manchester United v Manchester City: All you need to know about the derby draw

first_img Morgan Schneiderlin went close with a header The 170th Manchester derby ended goalless at Old Trafford, a result that was enough to send City back into the Premier League’s top spot above Arsenal on goal difference.It was a hard-fought contest with plenty of intriguing individual battles and few notable chances, and with United just two points behind their local rivals and the Gunners, it means both Manchester clubs remain firmly in the title race.The Red Devils came closest to breaking the deadlock, as Morgan Schneiderlin headed a good chance wide in the second half, while Jesse Lingard hit the crossbar in the closing stages of the game.Chris Smalling and Nicolas Otamendi also came close to winning it, but a point apiece was a fair reflection of a competitive contest.Anthony Martial and Kevin De Bruyne stole the headlines for their respective clubs in Europe in midweek, but the duo were ineffective in this crunch match as Martial was pushed out on the left, with Wayne Rooney in the central striker’s role, while De Bruyne often mis-placed passes.The hosts made just one change from their midweek draw in the Champions League at CSKA Moscow, with Juan Mata coming back into the side in place of Jesse Lingard, as Louis van Gaal preferred Antonio Valencia at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian.City were again without star players Sergio Aguero and David Silva, while captain Vincent Kompany was handed a return to the side, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Fernando coming in, and Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and Jesus Navas dropping out. There were few notable chances in the first half, as United bossed the midfield battle. For City, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho showed good early combination play but there was no end product as the England attacker had a shot that was deflected wide.Yaya Toure was at the heart of the visitors’ build up play, but the Ivorian midfielder could not produce the decisive quality the Citizens have grown to rely on in recent years.Toure got on the end of a De Bruyne corner before the interval, rising highest in the box, but he could not head on target, before the same combination play saw Toure miss the best chance of the half.Belgian attacker De Bruyne picked him out on the edge of the box and Toure did not connect with the ball as he would have liked and his shot looped wide.The Red Devils started the second half on the front foot and they had a penalty claim, with referee Mark Clattenburg quick to dismiss captain Rooney’s appeal when Ander Herrera appeared to be caught on the right-hand side of the box by Sterling. From the resulting corner, United saw a chance go begging. Schneiderlin was found at the far post, on the edge of the six yard box, but his header across goal went past the post. City’s intention to take away a point was made clear with 14 minutes left, when Toure was replaced by defender Martin Demichelis. Navas then had a tame effort saved by De Gea, before Lingard had the best chance of the second half at the other end. The ball was played over the top and Lingard’s outstretched foot poked the ball over Hart’s head and it hit the upright five minutes from time.Kolarov floated a superb in-swinging free-kick from the left in the final stages of the game and Otamendi, the highest scoring defender in La Liga last season, was inches away from stabbing it home. The gamecame to life in the closing stages as the ball moved quickly to the other end, with Hart showing lightning reactions to get down low to stop Smalling’s low strike, but both teams had to content themselves with a clean sheet and a point from a tricky fixture. 1last_img read more