Ohtani pitches first MLB shutout in Angels’ 6-0 win over Tigers

Shohei Ohtani allowed one hit and struck out eight in the first complete game of his Major League Baseball career, Taylor Ward homered twice and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Thursday in Game 1 of a double shift.

Ohtani (9-5) didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, when Kerry Carpenter led off with a single, but didn’t give up much more the same day the Angels confirmed they won’t trade the superstar double.

The right-hander with mischievous and off-speed pitches had previously gone eight innings five times, most recently on Sept. 29, 2022. He walked three in a 111-pitch, 71-strike performance.

Michael Lorenzen (5-7) allowed three runs and five hits while walking one and striking out seven in five innings in what might have been his last start for the franchise.

Lorenzen, 31, signed a one-year contract with the rebuilding Tigers, who likely hope they can acquire assets for a pitcher with experience as a starter and reliever before the trade deadline on Tuesday.

The Angels, seeking their first playoff appearance since 2014, sent a message to their players and fans that they are in winning mode now with a significant trade that essentially confirmed Ohtani will stay for at least the season. The Ohtani-led pitching staff was bolstered Wednesday night in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, acquiring right-handers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.

Ohtani, who will be a free agent after the season, went 0 for 5 at the plate and struck out twice.

His teammates offered a lot of offense.

Trey Cabbage’s sacrifice fly in the second inning was the first of three RBIs. Ward hit a home run in the sixth and eighth innings.

Ohtani kept Detroit off balance at the plate, throwing the ball past them with fastballs that approached 100 mph and leaving them waving sliders and splitters.

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The Angels designated 2021 All-Star slugger Jared Walsh for assignment. Walsh has hit .119 with one home run and five RBIs in 28 games this season as he has struggled with headaches and insomnia this year following an injury-plagued 2022.

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