- big Sho
- （ここでは）大活躍（big は大リーグのこと、Sho は Shohei と show を掛けている）
- earn a win
- give up ... hits
- strike out
- 三振を奪う（後出 K は三振、down a batter は打者を抑える）
- designated hitter
- Opening Day
- Babe Ruth
- smack into ～
- make it in ～
- keep one's ... on ～
- roll on
Ohtani's Big 'Sho'
Japan's two-way baseball superstar Ohtani Shohei, 23, earned his first major league win on April 1 with an impressive but imperfect start for the Los Angeles Angels against the hometown Oakland Athletics, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out six over six innings. However, he finished strong, downing 14 of the last 15 batters he faced.
With his 1-for-5 showing as the designated hitter on March 29, Ohtani also became the first major league player in 99 years to start as a non-pitcher on Opening Day and then as a pitcher within the first 10 games of the season. The last person to do so was Babe Ruth.
The former Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters star appeared unfazed, and simply told reporters after the game that the atmosphere was generally "different" from a Japanese stadium and that he "had fun."
The first major league pitch to leave Ohtani's hand was a 154-kilometer-per-hour fastball to Oakland's first batter Marcus Semien, and it smacked into the catcher's mitt for a strike. Two whiffs later and Semien was walking back to the dugout as the right-hander's first K of the season and of his major league career. And so began his mission to make it in the bigs as a two-way player.
"(Babe Ruth) is like a god to me," Ohtani commented. "I'd like to get close to him through playing baseball."
And so Ohtani keeps his eyes fixed firmly on the baseball legend ahead of him.
On April 3, he hit his first major league home run against the Cleveland Indians at home at Angel Stadium.
Commenting on his swing, he said it felt "really good."
And the good times rolled on, with dingers in the next two games; one against the Indians on April 4, and the next on April 6 versus the Athletics.
Then on April 8, Ohtani got his second win with a dominant pitching performance versus those same Athletics.
Ohtani had hoped to excel as both a pitcher and a hitter since his high school days. He expanded his ambitions to be the "best player in the world" when he decided to play in the major leagues last year.
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