ShoTime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A's 6-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani seemed to be the only person in Angel Stadium who wasn't incredibly impressed while he mowed down the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters in order.

But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave a fist pump and a celebratory scream at the ground while the crowd rose for a standing ovation.

Even the two-way Japanese sensation realized his first home pitching start was a thrilling moment in his increasingly incredible rookie season.

Ohtani threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his home debut on the mound, propelling the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory Sunday.

Marcus Semien's clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani's bid for a perfect game, but he finished the inning with his 12th strikeout. Mixing 99 mph fastballs with precipitous breaking pitches and tremendous professional cool, Ohtani (2-0) was too much for Oakland - until the seventh, when he showed resilience, too.

''I wanted to keep a clean zero on the board,'' Ohtani said. ''One hit would (mean) two runs, and it's a huge difference. I wanted that strikeout, and I got it.''

Ohtani struck out the side twice during the latest feat in a series of early season superlatives by the 23-year-old prodigy. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, and he homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades.

''Especially with how my spring training went, I wasn't really imagining (the start of the season) to be this good, to be honest,'' Ohtani said. ''I feel better every day. I feel like I'm getting used to everything more and more each day. But it's just the first week.''

He was sharp from the beginning on a gorgeous day in Orange County, striking out the side in the first inning on 15 pitches. Ohtani struck out the side again in the fifth inning, and he fanned every Oakland batter except Jonathan Lucroy at least once.

''He got off to a good start, the crowd got into it (and) he got a little bit of a generous strike zone, all of that,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''But the bottom line is he pitched really well.''

Jed Lowrie drew a four-pitch walk after Semien's single, but Ohtani ended the threat by inducing Khris Davis' weak groundout before fanning Olson. He left the mound to the last of several standing ovations from his enthralled new fans in the sellout crowd - an unheard-of gathering at Angel Stadium in April.

''It's a rare kind of talent to do it both ways, and it's great to watch,'' Angels second baseman Zack Cozart said. ''It didn't look like (the A's) had a chance up there, the way he was throwing.''

Teammate Ian Kinsler snickered while Cozart added: ''People thought he should be in the minor leagues, apparently, to start the year.''

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh win in nine games.

Kendall Graveman (0-2) gave up five hits and four walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the A's, who have lost seven of 10. Matt Joyce homered in the ninth.

TROUT CONNECTS

Trout scored his 700th run in the first inning on Pujols' double down the left-field line. Trout joined a club of nine players in baseball history, including Pujols, who had 200 homers and 700 runs scored before their age-27 season.

Trout hit a long homer over the ficus trees in center field in the third inning, snapping an 0-for-15 skid on Los Angeles' homestand. The two-time AL MVP added a bloop RBI single in the fourth to chase Graveman.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland put OF Boog Powell on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain in a move retroactive to Saturday. Mark Canha was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Powell will return to Oakland for an MRI on Monday. He was injured Friday, when he crashed into the wall and later got his spikes stuck in the dirt while running the bases.

Angels: Los Angeles put a starting pitcher on the DL for the third time this season, leaving the club with three starters and 10 relievers on its 25-man roster. J.C. Ramirez went on the 10-day list with a right elbow strain after lasting just two innings and walking five A's in his loss Saturday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: After a day off in Los Angeles, Sean Manaea (0-1, 1.15 ERA) takes the mound at Dodger Stadium to open a two-game interleague series. He threw eight innings of stellar one-run ball against Texas in his last start.

Angels: Garrett Richards (1-0, 5.06 ERA) takes the mound Monday when Los Angeles opens a road trip against the Texas Rangers. The long-injured righty hasn't pitched against the Angels' AL West rivals in Arlington since May 1, 2016.

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  • W: S. Ohtani (2-0)L: K. Graveman (0-2)
  • HR: OAK - M. Joyce (2), LAA - M. Trout (3), R. Schimpf (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce LF41111010.235.372.471.8435.5
M. Semien SS40100020.255.308.362.6690.0
J. Lowrie 2B30100110.341.408.545.9541.5
K. Davis DH40000013.179.298.308.606-0.5
M. Olson 1B30000032.256.356.410.766-1.5
M. Chapman 3B30000010.375.444.6751.119-0.5
J. Lucroy C20000100.250.323.321.6441.0
S. Piscotty RF30000011.194.250.222.472-0.5
J. Smolinski CF30000020.077.200.077.277-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Z. Cozart 2B41100012.250.313.500.8131.5
    M. Trout CF32221110.220.319.512.83111.5
    J. Upton LF30010011.282.333.590.9230.5
    C. Young LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Pujols DH41110011.262.295.381.6763.5
    K. Calhoun RF30110100.195.233.317.5503.0
    A. Simmons SS40100003.357.372.405.7771.0
    L. Valbuena 1B40000013.229.270.429.699-0.5
    M. Maldonado C30000021.217.333.261.5940.0
    R. Schimpf 3B22111210.333.6001.3331.9338.5
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Joyce (2)
      • RBI - M. Joyce (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (2)
      • HR - M. Trout (3), R. Schimpf
      • SF - J. Upton (2)
      • RBI - M. Trout 2 (7), J. Upton (9), A. Pujols (4), K. Calhoun (4), R. Schimpf
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (2), K. Calhoun (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Trout (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - J. Lucroy
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Graveman (L, 0-2)3.15554319.451.88-8.5
      L. Hendriks0.20000003.001.670.0
      D. Coulombe1.02110111.801.000.5
      Y. Petit1.00000104.261.263.5
      S. Casilla2.00000301.800.207.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Graveman (L, 0-2)3.1
      L. Hendriks0.2
      D. Coulombe1.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      S. Casilla2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Ohtani (W, 2-0)7.010011202.080.4635.0
      B. Wood1.00001000.000.752.0
      F. Pena1.02110019.002.000.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Ohtani (W, 2-0)7.0
      B. Wood1.0
      F. Pena1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Graveman
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Graveman 84-51, L. Hendriks 11-8, D. Coulombe 18-12, Y. Petit 10-6, S. Casilla 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Graveman 5-2, L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Coulombe 1-1, Y. Petit 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Graveman 20, L. Hendriks 2, D. Coulombe 5, Y. Petit 3, S. Casilla 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 91-59, B. Wood 17-7, F. Pena 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 4-5, B. Wood 2-0, F. Pena 1-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 23, B. Wood 3, F. Pena 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Joyce LF41111010.235.372.471.8435.5
      M. Semien SS40100020.255.308.362.6690.0
      J. Lowrie 2B30100110.341.408.545.9541.5
      K. Davis DH40000013.179.298.308.606-0.5
      M. Olson 1B30000032.256.356.410.766-1.5
      M. Chapman 3B30000010.375.444.6751.119-0.5
      J. Lucroy C20000100.250.323.321.6441.0
      S. Piscotty RF30000011.194.250.222.472-0.5
      J. Smolinski CF30000020.077.200.077.277-1.0
      Total2913112126-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        Z. Cozart 2B41100012.250.313.500.8131.5
        M. Trout CF32221110.220.319.512.83111.5
        J. Upton LF30010011.282.333.590.9230.5
        C. Young LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        A. Pujols DH41110011.262.295.381.6763.5
        K. Calhoun RF30110100.195.233.317.5503.0
        A. Simmons SS40100003.357.372.405.7771.0
        L. Valbuena 1B40000013.229.270.429.699-0.5
        M. Maldonado C30000021.217.333.261.5940.0
        R. Schimpf 3B22111210.333.6001.3331.9338.5
        Total3067624811-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Joyce (2)
          • RBI - M. Joyce (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Pujols (2)
          • HR - M. Trout (3), R. Schimpf
          • SF - J. Upton (2)
          • RBI - M. Trout 2 (7), J. Upton (9), A. Pujols (4), K. Calhoun (4), R. Schimpf
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (2), K. Calhoun (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Trout (2)
          FIELDING
          • PB - J. Lucroy
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Graveman (L, 0-2)3.15554319.451.88-8.5
          L. Hendriks0.20000003.001.670.0
          D. Coulombe1.02110111.801.000.5
          Y. Petit1.00000104.261.263.5
          S. Casilla2.00000301.800.207.5
          Total8.0766482---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Graveman (L, 0-2)3.1
          L. Hendriks0.2
          D. Coulombe1.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          S. Casilla2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Ohtani (W, 2-0)7.010011202.080.4635.0
          B. Wood1.00001000.000.752.0
          F. Pena1.02110019.002.000.0
          Total9.03112121---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Ohtani (W, 2-0)7.0
          B. Wood1.0
          F. Pena1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Graveman
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Graveman 84-51, L. Hendriks 11-8, D. Coulombe 18-12, Y. Petit 10-6, S. Casilla 24-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Graveman 5-2, L. Hendriks 1-1, D. Coulombe 1-1, Y. Petit 2-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Graveman 20, L. Hendriks 2, D. Coulombe 5, Y. Petit 3, S. Casilla 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 91-59, B. Wood 17-7, F. Pena 20-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 4-5, B. Wood 2-0, F. Pena 1-2
          • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 23, B. Wood 3, F. Pena 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Joyce homered to right16
          • 6TH INNING
            Schimpf homered to right center06
          • 4TH INNING
            Upton hit sacrifice fly to center, Cozart scored, Trout to third05
            Trout singled to right, Schimpf scored, Cozart to third04
          • 3RD INNING
            Trout homered to center03
          • 1ST INNING
            Calhoun singled to center, Pujols scored02
            Pujols doubled to left, Trout scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Felix Pena relieved Blake Wood
            • Chris Young in left
            • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smolinski flied out to left
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce homered to right
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Semien flied out to deep center
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie singled to left center
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blake Wood relieved Shohei Ohtani
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded into double play third to second to first, Lucroy out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Casilla Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Joyce lined out to shortstop
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien singled to left
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked, Semien to second
            • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to pitcher, Semien to third, Lowrie to second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Santiago Casilla relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols flied out to center
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun lined out to center
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy flied out to right
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to second
            • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smolinski struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Coulombe Pitching:
            • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schimpf homered to right center
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Danny Coulombe
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart grounded out to second
            • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
            • J. Upton: Upton grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Danny Coulombe relieved Liam Hendriks
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to second
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons singled to left
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Valbuena flied out to deep right
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Joyce grounded out to first
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Graveman Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • R. Schimpf: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schimpf walked
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart singled to center, Schimpf to second
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Trout singled to right, Schimpf scored, Cozart to third
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Kendall Graveman
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Trout stole second, Foul, Ball, Upton hit sacrifice fly to center, Cozart scored, Trout to third
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy fouled out to first
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • J. Smolinski: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smolinski struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Graveman Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Trout homered to center
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pujols struck out, reached on passed ball
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked, Pujols to second
            • A. Simmons: Simmons reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pujols out at third, Calhoun to second
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis lined out to center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman lined out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Graveman Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena popped out to second
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Maldonado hit by pitch
            • R. Schimpf: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schimpf walked, Maldonado to second
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Schimpf out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Graveman Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
            • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pujols doubled to left, Trout scored
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun singled to center, Pujols scored
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Strike looking, Simmons flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)