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Shohei Ohtani live stats: Dodgers vs. Padres score, updates, highlights from 2024 MLB Seoul Game 2

The Dodgers made a splash by signing Shohei Ohtani this past offseason. The team wasn’t done, as Yoshinobu Yamamoto also committed to play in Los Angeles. Yamamoto and Ohtani will look to prove the signings were worth the long-term investments. 

Los Angeles will be facing the San Diego Padres in Seoul, South Korea, in the second game of the season-opening set at Gocheok Sky Dome. The teams kicked off their regular seasons on Wednesday, with the Dodgers winning 5-2.

Yamamoto gets the nod for the Dodgers in Game 2, while Joe Musgrave starts for San Diego.

Ohtani signed with the Dodgers for $700 million, while Yamamoto inked a $325 million deal. The duo, worth over $1 billion, joined by Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, will look to impress against a young and powerful Padres lineup that includes Xander Bogaerts, Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and more.

MORE: Watch Shohei Ohtani and the Dodgers play in the Seoul Series live with Fubo (free trial)

Recovering from offseason elbow surgery, Ohtani will not take the mound for the Dodgers this season. While starting at DH and hitting second in L.A.’s lineup on Wednesday, he went 2-for-5 with an RBI and stolen base. He’ll likely DH and hit second again on Thursday.

The Sporting News will be tracking all of Ohtani’s plate appearances, Yamamoto’s time on the mound, and other updates from Thursday’s game in Seoul. Follow for updates, highlights, and scores from the early-morning clash.

Shohei Ohtani stats


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Dodgers vs. Padres live score, results, updates from 2024 Seoul game

(All times Eastern)


6:12 a.m. ET: Cronenworth ripped a two-run RBI triple to right field, and Yamamoto is in trouble early.

6:11 a.m. ET: Yamamoto hit Fernando Tatis Jr. by the elbow. Two men now on base with Jake Cronenworth up next.  

6:08 a.m. ET: We are underway in Seoul, as a Yamamoto’s first pitch is a 97 MPH fastball. Xander Bogaerts hit it past Mookie Betts for a single.

6:05 a.m. ET:  Yoshinobu Yamamoto has taken the mound for his major league debut. 

6:01 a.m. ET: On the Dodgers broadcast, there was no discussion of the recent scandal surrounding Ohtani and interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.  

6 a.m. ET: Good morning baseball fans, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Dodgers vs. Padres. 

How to watch Shohei Ohtani’s Dodgers debut

  • Date: Thursday, March 21
  • Start time: 6:05 a.m. ET | 3:05 a.m. PT
  • TV channel: ESPN | SportsNet LA (Los Angeles) | Padres.TV (San Diego)
  • Live stream: ESPN+ | MLB.TV | Fubo

Baseball fans are going to have to get up bright and early to catch the Seoul Series. Unless you live on the West Coast, in which case it might just be easier to pull an all-nighter. The game will begin at 6:05 a.m. ET, or 3:05 a.m. PT.

The game will be carried nationally on ESPN with broadcasts locally on SportsNet LA and Padres.TV.

Those hoping to live stream the clash can find the game on ESPN+, MLB.TV, or on Fubo, which offers a free trial.

Why isn’t Shohei Ohtani pitching?

Ohtani left a start on the mound on Aug. 23, 2023, with arm fatigue. An evaluation of his right elbow discovered a UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) tear, ending his campaign on the mound. He had elbow surgery on Sept. 19.

Due to the surgery, he will not pitch at all in 2024. It’s his second time undergoing an elbow procedure, with the first taking place in 2018 after he damaged his UCL on the mound.

Shohei Ohtani stats

Ohtani’s career is off to a historic start. Through the first six seasons of his MLB career, he has won a pair of MVPs, two Silver Sluggers, a Rookie of the Year, and been named to three All-Star teams.

Last season, he accumulated 10 Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement (bWAR), giving him 34.7 bWAR for his career. That places him 26th among batters through their first six years, per Stathead, and 38th among pitchers.

Here’s a look at his batting stats through the first six seasons of his career:

2018 23 104 367 59 22 61 10-14 10.1% 27.8% .285/.361/.564
2019 24 106 425 51 18 62 12-15 7.8% 25.9% .286/.343/.505
2020 25 44 175 23 7 24 7-8 12.6% 28.6% .190/.291/.366
2021 26 155 639 103 46 100 26-36 15.0% 29.6% .257/.372/.592
2022 27 157 666 90 34 95 11-20 10.8% 24.2% .273/.356/.519
2023 28 135 599 102 44 95 20-26 15.2% 23.9% .304/.412/.654
Career 701 2871 428 171 437 86-119 12.2% 26.3% .274/.366/.556
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