Home runs, home runs, and more home runs. 토토사이트 Ohtani’s recent surge has been nothing short of insane. He finally hit a home run in three straight games, and for the first time since the World Baseball Classic (WBC), he unleashed a massive roar that sent the Los Angeles Angels home fans into a frenzy.
Ohtani started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and went 4-for-5 with three doubles (one home run), two RBIs, one run scored and one walk in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series against the New York Yankees at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, on 18 June.
Ohtani’s three-hit performance was one hit shy of a hit for the cycle. He hit the game-winning two-run shot that sent the Angels to extra innings, and he had a big smile on his face as the Angels won in 10 innings.
In his first at-bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, Ohtani got up to speed. He got things off to a good start with a single to right, but was unable to follow up with a run-scoring hit.
In the third inning, with runners on first and second, Ohtani hit a double to centre field, but was thrown out at first base as Zack Neto dived for home. Once again, Ohtani was unable to score on the follow-up hit.
With runners on second and third in the fifth inning, Ohtani reached first base on an automatic intentional walk. But again, he was unable to score as Mickey Moniak was thrown out at the plate.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, with the team still trailing 1-3. With two on and one out, Ohtani stepped to the plate. The opposing pitcher was Michael King. The first pitch was a low sinker, a 93.7 mph (150.7 km/h) ball. The second pitch was a 94 mph (151.2 km/h) sinker that was low in the strike zone and was fouled off. The third pitch is a foul-tipped strike. A 96.1 mph (154.6 km/h) four-seam fastball. Ohtani’s bat was pushed away. King’s delivery was getting faster and faster. And four pitches. A 96.9-mph (155.9-kilometre) four-seam fastball was delivered full and outside the strike zone. Ohtani swung hard at it, sending the ball sailing straight for the centre-field fence. Ohtani watched the pitch for a moment, then, as if he knew it was a home run, he shifted his bat with one hand and flicked it with a snap of his wrist. It was a fantastic bat flip.
As the ball cleared the fence, Ohtani strode to first base, high-fived the first base coach, pumped his fist and roared. But it wasn’t just any roar. It was almost identical to the roar he gave after striking out Mike Trout in the WBC final in March. It felt like he was releasing a lot of pent-up emotion.
Shohei Ohtani throws his bat as if he knows it’s a home run during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in New York on Monday. /AFPBBNews=News1
Shohei Ohtani runs to first base after hitting the ball that led to his two-run homer in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in New York on Monday. /AFPBBNews=News1
Shohei Ohtani celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in New York, Monday, Aug. 18, 2018/AFPBBNews=News1.
It was Ohtani’s 35th home run of the season. He leads the majors in home runs. Ohtani extended his lead over second-place Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves-30 homers) to five. Ohtani also homered in three consecutive games, having homered on the 16th and 17th in Houston. According to MLB.com Gameday, the official website of Major League Baseball, the shot was 403 feet (about 122.8 metres). The bat speed was 106.5 mph (171.3 km/h). The launch angle was measured at 31 degrees. The team eventually won 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning in extra innings. Ohtani’s season batting average rose to .306.
After the game, Japanese media also took note of Ohtani’s emotional display, with Sports Hochi writing, “Ohtani showed his emotions for the first time in a long time. He happily threw the bat away at the moment of impact, then circled first base and struck a pose full of energy while screaming.” The manager said it was the first time he had ever seen him like this.
According to ESPN, Los Angeles Angels manager Phil Nevin said, “I’ve never seen him more emotional on the field. It was awesome, it was amazing. Superstars always do, and then they step it up a notch. You can see what an impact he has on us, on the league, on baseball around the world. And he has a tremendous impact in the dugout. I’m glad (Ohtani’s home run) didn’t go in vain as we got the win in the end.” Nevin added: “I’m sure he’s been disappointed in himself the last couple of weeks, just like any other player. I think he wanted to win here,” Nevin said, adding his thoughts on why Ohtani roared.
“Maybe if you’re a Yankees fan, you don’t like the bat flips and the gimmicks that Ohtani did. I understand that. But as a baseball fan, I hope you enjoyed it. It’s something he’s never done before,” he said, adding, “Ohtani is not a player who usually does bat flips, but this time he threw the bat and showed his emotions after taking first base.” King, who allowed the home run, said after the game, according to Japanese media outlet Sportichi Annex, “I was unfortunate to have two strikes and got greedy. I tried to throw a better ball than I needed to. Ohtani is an incredible hitter,” he said in tribute.
Michael King of the New York Yankees on 3 June. /AFPBBNews=News1
Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run double in the third inning against the New York Yankees on Monday (18 June). /AFPBBNews=News1
Shohei Ohtani runs to first base after hitting a ball that led to a double in the third inning against the New York Yankees on Monday.