The Cleveland Indians fell to the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 13-2 on Tuesday night. Los Angeles’ offense was jolted by Shohei Ohtani’s three-run blast early in the game. They never looked back from there, taking Josh Tomlin out in what would be his shortest outing of his career.
Let’s look at the three takeaways from the game:
1. Tomlin Gets Torched- Josh Tomlin took the mound for the Tribe on Tuesday and had an extremely disappointing outing. The righty got blasted for eight runs in only three innings, allowing four home runs along the way. It was a start that was rocky from the jump, as Tomlin struggled to escape the first inning without any damage.
Obviously, there’s no need to panic about one start. But one thing to keep an eye on is how Tomlin’s pitch placement looks as the first few months progress, as that’s his bread and butter.
2. Ohtani Impresses- Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani continues to have success as a designated hitter early into his MLB career. Batting .444 after going 3-for-4 on Tuesday night, Ohtani showed off some power in his first home game as a member of the Angels organization.
Ohtani blasted a three-run home run early on and accounted for five runs on the night, coming across home plate twice. The most remarkable aspect of Ohtani’s game tonight was the fact that he only struck out once, showing how good of an eye he has at the dish. Moving forward, the Angels will definitely keep an eye on how Ohtani handles starting every five days along with being their designated hitter.
3. No Cleveland Bats To Be Found- The Indians offense went absolutely cold on Tuesday, only recording one hit. After scoring sixteen combined runs in their last three games, it was a big drop-off for the Tribe’s bats.
The ironic part is the only Indians batter to get a hit was Jose Ramirez, who couldn’t land a single hit in his first seventeen appearances in 2018. Ramirez went yard to get the Tribe on the board in the first inning. It was a good sign to see Ramirez not only get a hit but also show his power even in a losing effort. Going forward, let’s hope the offense can count on a productive Ramirez.