Athletics-Angels Perfect Game Alert,1st Ld-Writethru

  • Athletics-Angels Perfect Game Alert,1st Ld-Writethru

Athletics-Angels Perfect Game Alert,1st Ld-Writethru

Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani on Friday continued his assault on the record books, becoming the first Los Angeles Angels rookie to homer in each of his first three home games.

After homering against Daniel Gossett as the designated hitter Friday night, it was the second time Ohtani has stifled the A's on the mound in the span of a week. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 449 feet and was measured with a 112.3 miles per hour exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani's three major league homers.

The homer lifted Ohtani to 6 for 11 (.545) with six RBIs at home.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch Sunday - the 23-year-old won his first big league start last weekend against the A's. Joyce's two-run shot to right was his first of the season, and Semien followed it up with a solo homer to center for his first to put the Athletics ahead 6-0.

"It's a rare kind of talent to do it both ways, and it's great to watch", Angels second baseman Zack Cozart said. All the damage came on Matt Chapman's three-run homers. Martin Maldonado drove in one run. Kole Calhoun then singled home Pujols.

His second-inning blast reduced Oakland's lead to 6-1.

Although he isn't hitting against the A's, Ohtani also homered in three consecutive games earlier in the Angels' homestand.

The red-hot Matt Chapman, who enters today's game on a nine-game hitting streak, blasted a three-run homer off Ohtani last time up.

Athletics: OF Trayce Thompson will join the team on Saturday.

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. The younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Thursday.

Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien hits a two-run single against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning in Anaheim Saturday. Marcus Semien's clean one-out single broke up Ohtani's bid for a flawless game, but the two-way Japanese sensation finished with 12 strikeouts. He is 6 for 13 at the plate over the past week.