Los Angeles Angels dual-threat superstar Shohei Ohtani turned in another impressive performance both on the mound and behind the plate, this time in front of a Comerica Park crowd of 27,282 that was hoping to see Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th career homer.
While Cabrera would finish the night 1-for-4 with a single, Ohtani would turn in eight solid innings and hit his 40th homer on the season. Ohtani allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none to move to 8-1 on the season.
“He’s obviously one of the best hitters of all time and he’s also a great person,” Ohtani said of Cabrera. “I would have been OK with giving it up, and I hope he does it sooner rather than later.”
Angels manager Joe Maddon continued to praise Ohtani.
“I don’t know what you can say about him that hasn’t been said before,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s not going to win the Triple Crown, but he’s in the discussion for everything else. If you are a Cy Young or MVP voter, your eyes have to be wide open at this point.”
“Obviously, he’s an incredibly special talent and we got to witness all of it firsthand tonight,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.