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Shohei Ohtani and former Giants star Pablo Sandoval now are perpetually linked.
The Angels’ two-way celebrity joined Sandoval in an unique statistical group Thursday night time when he homered, stole a base and had a scoreless pitching outing in the identical sport.
Per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, the one different two gamers to do this are Sandoval (2019) and Christy Mathewson (1905).
Ohtani began the sport on the mound for the Angels and pitched 4 scoreless innings earlier than being eliminated resulting from proper hand cramping. However he remained within the sport because the designated hitter, and within the sixth inning, he stole his 14th base of the season.
Within the backside of the eighth, Ohtani crushed his MLB-leading fortieth homer of the season, attaining a feat completed simply 3 times within the historical past of the game.
Sandoval’s spectacular day got here in a Giants’ blowout loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Could 6, 2019. He stole third base within the second inning, hit a two-run homer within the sixth inning and pitched a scoreless ninth inning in San Francisco’s 12-4 loss.
Ohtani very seemingly will win AL MVP this season and is about to change into a free agent this winter, with the Giants anticipated to closely pursue him.
If Ohtani joins the Giants, he would have loads of alternatives to perform the uncommon feat once more, this time whereas carrying Orange and Black and presumably with Sandoval in attendance.