However, the Japanese star’s efforts, which included throwing seven pitches measured at 99 mph, were in vain as the Los Angeles Angels lost 3-1 to the Houston Astros at the all-sold Angel Stadium.
The new “Ohtani rule”, introduced prior to the 2022 season, meant the two-way star would remain in the match as the designated hitter after he finished throwing.
“I had a chance in my last game to tie the match, but I didn’t, which is disappointing. On the bowling side, I felt the pitch count was high and didn’t allow me to stay in the game any longer.”
Despite his historic feat, he overtook Otani Framber Valdez, who threw 54 of 84 throws in the net to give the Astros their 10th consecutive win on opening day.
Valdes threw 6 innings 2/3 without goals and retired 15 hitters in a row during Thursday’s match.
“I made adjustments during spring training and the biggest thing was to attack the area, advance the sort, and attack the hitters,” he said.
Back in November, Ohtani was voted unanimously as the 2021 MLS Player of the Year.
The MVP award was a repeat of his heroics both on The Hill and on the Angels board, a feat that has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Babe Ruth.
He is the second Japanese-born player to be voted Player of the Year, after Ichiro Suzuki, who received the AL MVP award in 2001 when he played for the Seattle Mariners.