Shohei Ohtani got his first pinch-hit in the majors Wednesday, a single up the middle in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-0 win against the Colorado Rockies.
Ohtani went up to bat in the eighth inning for reliever Justin Anderson. With one out, a runner on first and the Angels comfortably up 7-0, Ohtani laced the seventh pitch he saw from Brooks Pounders into center.
Playing in a National League ballpark for the first time at Coors Field, Ohtani threw 19 pitches in the bullpen before the game to prepare for his scheduled start on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
Ohtani is set to resume designated hitting duties Thursday, when the Angels start a four-game homestand versus the Twins. The Angels do not plan to use Ohtani in the field at NL stadiums where the DH rule does not apply.
Manager Mike Scioscia was pleased to see the two-way Japanese star find his comfort zone as pinch-hitter.
"It's good," Scioscia said. "Shohei has to get acclimated to that part of when he's available and when he can pinch-hit. It's good to see him get comfortable."