Shohei Ohtani allows one run in Angels’ season-ending loss

OAKLAND — Shohei Ohtani finished off another amazing season as the Angels ended another disappointing one.

Ohtani gave up one hit in five innings in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s in the final game of the season on Wednesday.

The Angels lost all three games in Oakland, finishing with a 73-89 record, their seventh consecutive losing season and their eighth straight year missing the playoffs.

Ohtani, though, followed up his American League MVP season in 2021 with another season for the ages.

On the mound, Ohtani was 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA, which ranked fourth in the AL. Ohtani pitched 166 innings, with 219 strikeouts and 44 walks. He started 28 games.

At the plate, Ohtani hit .273 with 34 home runs, 95 RBIs and an .875 OPS, which ranked fifth in the league.

Mike Trout chipped in by hitting his 40th homer, a 452-foot blast into the seats in the upper deck in center field.

Trout has won three MVPs, and Ohtani did all he could to convince the 30 AL MVP voters that he’s worthy of his second, although New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is expected to win.

Ohtani took the mound on the final day of the season needing to pitch one inning to add yet another accomplishment to his laundry list of accomplishments. By reaching 162 innings, Ohtani became the first player in major league history to qualify for the ERA title and the batting title.

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Ohtani, who lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning in his previous start against the A’s, began this game by retiring the first 13 hitters. He then walked Stephen Vogt and gave up a double to Chad Pinder.

Conner Capel, who broke up the no-hitter last week, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Ohtani was visited by head athletic trainer Mike Frostad during the inning, and he finished on the mound after striking out Dermis Garcia to retire the side. Ohtani threw 69 pitches in his final outing.

The Angels’ Zack Weiss gave up two more runs in the seventh.

Kurt Suzuki, who played the final game of his 16-year major league career on Tuesday night, managed the Angels over the final few innings.

More to come on this story.

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