PHILS STRAHM MAKES OHTANI LOOK LIKE A MINOR LEAGUER, WATCH!

By Mike Grimm

All-Star reliever Matt Strahm mowed down two-time MVP Shohei Ohtani on an 83 mph slider in the seventh inning that saw the Dodgers slugger nearly lose his helmet and leave the tying runs on base.

“He’s one of the greatest ever to pick up a bat,” Strahm said.

“It’s cool.”

The left-handed Strahm inherited runners on the corners in the seventh and the Phillies nursing a 4-2 lead when the left-handed sensation Ohtani was introduced to the tune of nearly 42,000 boos from another packed house in South Philly — “like a playoff game,” manager Rob Thomson said — and the game on the line.

Strahm threw one slider as part of two quic/k strikes and then a ball, a 1-2 count that fans had standing and roaring on a nationally televised game.

He got Ohtani — the Dodgers’ $700 million global phenomenon — and fans erupted in a scene straight out of Philadelphia’s crazed October atmosphere.

“You’re obviously aware of who’s in the box,” Strahm said. “Again, the energy of these fans is unmatched.”

With another batter due up, Strahm had no time to exhale and completely savor the moment. He retired Teoscar Hernández on a flyball to escape the jam and pushed the Phillies toward their 60th win of the season.

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