Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run home run.
Mike Trout put in one of his own.
The power duo spoiled the first day of the Detroit Tigers’ trip to Angel Stadium to begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani smoked his 31st home run in the third inning and started his 32nd in the seventh. Trout collected his 30th long ball in the fifth.
Ohtani, who has six multi-hit games this season, and Trout reached base six times in nine appearances as the Tigers lost, 7-0, and were dominated by left-handed starter José Suarez. The 24-year-old threw seven scoreless innings.
Overall, the Tigers (51-84) recorded four hits and two walks. They were shut out 19 times this season.
Position player Kody Clemens pitched the eighth inning, his third pitching appearance in the last seven days. He outhit Ohtani with a 68.4 mph eephus pitch for his first MLB strikeout, but also allowed the Angels’ 14th, 15th and 16th hits, as well as their 10th run.
Leadoff man Josh Lester, coming in for his MLB debut, struck out swinging on a fastball from right-handed reliever Andrew Wantz in his first career appearance. He is expected to start Tuesday’s game.
The attack begins
Two hits from the Tigers in a 1-2-3 first inning started the game and then the main act began with two of the best hitters in baseball. Trout and Ohtani had two hits, a single and a double, respectively, before scoring on Luis Rengifo’s single and Taylor Ward’s groundout.
The Angles had a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
They never looked back.
Any momentum on left-hander Tyler Alexander from the prefect’s second inning (and two hits) didn’t last long. Trout doubled with one out in the third, and Ohtani lined the next pitch — a 90.4 mph four-seam fastball over the heart of the plate — to right-center. His swing produced a high exit velocity of 111.4 mph, as well as a 4-0 two-run advantage.
Rengifo followed with a triple and scored on Ward’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.
In the fifth, Trout crushed Alexander’s changeup for a solo home run. He hit the ball with an exit velocity of 111 mph, second highest for the game. Later in the inning, Matt Duffy hit another single for an RBI double and a 7-0 lead.
Alexander allowed seven runs (six earned on Javier Báez’s throwing error) on 10 hits and zero walks with two strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches (61 strikes), relying mostly on his four-seam fastball, cutter and leg.
Wearing a Sho(hei)
With one out, the Tigers replaced Alexander with right-handed reliever Luis Castillo. He retired all five batters he faced. He finished his outing by striking out Trout on a full-count slider to end the sixth inning.
Right-hander Garrett Hill entered for the seventh and faced Ohtani. His first pitch, an 83 mph slider, was intended for the bottom corner on the outside of the plate. Instead, the slider caught too much of the plate. Ohtani, who is not playing in this series, sent the ball 416 feet and over the wall in left-center.
Ohtani’s second homer of the night put the Angels up 8-0.
The Angels scored another run in the seventh — Max Stassi tacked on an RBI single — and made several defensive changes before the eighth inning to rest their regulars, including Trout.
Ohtani finished 3-for-4 with a double, two homers and three RBIs. Along with 32 homers, Ohtani has 21 doubles in 2022. Trout, meanwhile, has 19 doubles, went 3-for-4 and hit a triple in the cycle.
Rengifo recorded three hits, while Duffy had two hits.
The Tigers came closest to scoring in the third and seventh innings.
Victor Reyes doubled with one out in the third, only for Suarez to send Riley Green and Willie Castro back to the dugout. Torkelson doubled with one out in the seventh, but Kerry Carpenter flied out and Ryan Kreidler struck out swinging at a rising fastball.
Suarez gave up three hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out seven batters. Torkelson drew a five-pitch walk in the second, Kreidler reached on a fielding error in the fifth and Castro singled in the sixth.
After Castro’s single, Báez and Eric Haase struck out on Suarez’s next six pitches.
For Suarez’s 92 pitches (67 strikes), he used 27 four-seam fastballs (29%), 27 sliders (2(%), 16 changeups (17%), 15 flyballs (16%) and seven curveballs (8%) .He produced 15 swings and misses with seven fours, two sliders and six changeups.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers shut down again as Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout lead Angels