“I hope there will be more players like Michael Lorenzen (31).”
Shohei Ohtani (29,토토사이트 LA Angels) said this after being selected as the 2021 American Professional Baseball Major League (MLB) American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP). If Ohtani was the “two swordsman” representing the AL, Lorenzen, who played in Cincinnati, was a two-time pitcher representing the National League (NL).
Coincidentally, however, Lorenzon stopped batting and focused on pitching as he shared a meal with Ohtani in the Angels last year. This year, when he started in Detroit and became a Philadelphia player on the trade deadline (2nd), he only played as a pitcher. And in the home game on the 10th, when Philadelphia defeated Washington 7-0, Ohtani succeeded in a no-hit, no-run, giving up only four walks and no hits in nine innings.
Philadelphia is also the opposing team that gave Lorenzen an unforgettable experience. In a home game against Philadelphia on September 5, 2019, when he was in Cincinnati, Lorenzen made a relief mound in the top of the 7th inning and played 2 innings, then hit a 2-run home run at the end of the 8th to lead 8-5. And in the beginning of the ninth inning, he changed his defensive position to center fielder. In the end, Cincinnati won 8-5, and Lorenzen became the first player in 98 years since Babe Ruth (1895-1948) on June 14, 1921, to record a win, home run, and fielder defense in one game. Ohtani has never left such a record.
Lorenzen also came out as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 7th inning against Milwaukee on July 1, 2018 and hit a home run, and on May 17, 1953, Tommy Byrne (1919-2007) as the first pitcher to hit a pinch hit home run in 65 years, MLB It even went down in history. After all, it is a record that Ohtani does not yet have.
Ohtani also set a record on the 10th that no one, including Lorenzen, had ever done. Ohtani started the home game that day and blocked the San Francisco lineup with 3 hits, 3 walks and 1 run (without an earned run) in 6 innings, leading the team to a 4-1 victory, winning his 10th victory of the season. Ohtani, who is recording 40 home runs as a hitter, left a double-digit multiplier-double-digit home run record following last year when he recorded 15 wins and 34 home runs with this victory. Ohtani is the first in MLB history to record such a record for two consecutive years.