September 27, 2022
Boston Red Sox's Michael Wacha 'went for the punch-out' vs. Shohei Ohtani and threw his fastest pitch (96.6 mph) of ...

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, greets starting pitcher Michael Wacha after a 1-0 win over the Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)AP

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Michael Wacha threw his fastest pitch of the 2022 season to strike out superstar Shohei Ohtani to end the sixth inning with a runner at second base.

“Obviously Ohtani is one of the greats in this game right now,” Wacha said. “I had a guy in scoring position and just gotta try to strand that runner out there as best as I can and went for the punch-out and was able to get a swing-and-miss. He didn’t miss (many) other pitches tonight. Hit the ball pretty hard but that was a big strikeout there in the sixth.”

Ohtani stroked a single with a 93.7 mph exit velocity against Wacha in the first inning. Wacha retired Ohtani on an 86.3 mph lineout in the fourth inning and a 92 mph groundout to second base to end the game.

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