Verlander, the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young victor, recorded his 2,500th career strikeout against Ohtani in the ninth as he threw his first shutout in three years - a five-hitter - with a dominant 118-pitch, seven-strikeout outing that the Astros won 2-0.
The pitcher threw his first shutout in three years on Wednesday night, allowing just five hits for the Astros who snapped a modest two-game losing skid.
In 2,613.2 innings pitched, Verlander has a 3.40 ERA. In the eighth, the Angels put runners at second and third with one out before Verlander fanned Luis Valbuena and got Mike Trout to bounce back to the mound.
If this were the first time you ever saw Ohtani swing the bat, you'd think he was your normal National League pitcher in the obligatory position of doing his best to not look foolish. Two-way rookie phenom Ohtani went zero-for-four, including striking out on three pitches to begin the ninth inning to give Verlander the 2,500th strikeout of his career.
Verlander is the 33rd Major League Baseball pitcher to record 2,500 strikeouts.
"It's very hard to start the game well against a good pitcher", Ohtani said.
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