Shohei Ohtani (Angels) hit a home run in 9 games. With his 41st home run of the season, he caught up with Matt Olson (Atlanta), who ranked first in the major leagues, by one difference, rekindling the competition for the home run king.스포츠토토
On the 14th (Korean time), Ohtani hit a home run with a distance of 136.6m as the second designated hitter in the game against the Houston Astros in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA. It was the 41st home run that hit 10 days to 9 games after the 40th home run against Seattle on August 4. In addition to this home run, Ohtani reached base once more with a walk, finishing the game with 1 hit in 3 at-bats (home run), 1 walk, 1 RBI, 1 run, and 1 strikeout. The Angels broke their two-game losing streak by winning 2-1
The home run came in the third at bat in the sixth inning. Ohtani singled out a cutter that came in high pitched against Parker Musinski. When the second pitch slider came in at a similar height, he did not miss it. Ohtani’s batted ball flew 448 feet (about 136.6 m) at 110.2 miles per hour (about 177.3 km).
Ahead of this game, Ohtani asked the club to postpone his start once. Coach Phil Nevin explained in a briefing before the game, “Ohtani complained of arm fatigue. It was not pain or an injury. The fatigue built up and he only missed one start.” The club drew a line about the injury, but it was an issue that could not help but remain concerned. Ohtani hit a home run even in this situation. MLB.com reported that “Ohtani hit his 41st home run despite arm fatigue.”
The Angels had a 1-0 lead, but in the sixth inning, lead batter Chad Wallach’s left-handed hit went on base, but the next batter, Mickey Moniak, hit a double hit to second baseman, and the flow was interrupted. Here, Ohtani hit an important home run that energized the team. The Angels gave up 1 run in vain with a wild pitch in the bottom of the 6th inning, but kept the remaining 1-run lead until the end.
In the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead, he came out as the lead batter and walked. Against Rafael Montero, he hit only 3 fouls and played an 8-pitch game, eventually picking out a ball that came high into his body and walking away. The next hitter, Brandon Drury, stole second base and recorded his 17th stolen base in the season. As he overlapped with an opponent’s error, he advanced to third base. However, he didn’t hit the follow-up, so he couldn’t score.
He did not get on base in the first two at-bats. In the first inning, against Houston starter Jose Urquidi, he hit a ground ball to second baseman on a full count. Second baseman Mauricio Dubon stole Ohtani’s hit with a diving catch. In the 3rd inning, he struck out a foul tip from a chance to score with 2 out and 2 base. On a ball count of 2-2, I was hit by a 5-pitch changeup.
The Angels won 2-1 thanks to Moniak’s final double with 2 out on 2nd base in the 3rd inning and Ohtani’s runaway home run. Starter Chase Silces got off to a good start with 4 hits, 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings, and Jose Soriano (1 run), Reinaldo Lopez, Matt Moore and Carlos Esteves each took charge of one inning, keeping a close lead.