Los Angeles Angels, 3 consecutive hitters ‘home run show’… Ohtani completes
On the 24th, Ohtani started as the designated hitter in the home game against the Kansas City Royals (Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California안전놀이터) and played an active role with 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 1 run in 3 at-bats, including his 5th home run of the season. Ohtani, who made multiple hits (two or more hits in one game), raised his season batting average from 0.250 to 0.266 (21 hits in 79 at-bats).
Ohtani showed off his presence from his first at-bat. At the end of the first inning, which was trailing 0-1, he pulled out a left-handed sacrifice fly from opposing starter Jordan Lyles (33) on second and third base, turning the game around.
In the top of the 6th, the Los Angeles Angels gave up a solo shot to the Royals’ Vinnie Pasquantino (26), and the Los Angeles Angels responded with three home runs in the bottom of the 6th, turning the tide of the game at once.
Leading batter Taylor Ward (30) tied the game with his 3rd home run of the season (distance 114m) against Lyles, and Mike Trout (32), the next hitter, turned the game around with his 5th home run (distance 118m) of the season.
When two of his teammates showed off their firepower, Ohtani, who came to the plate next, responded. Ohtani hit the 128km/h curve on Lyles’ 5th pitch with all his might, turning the bat over the wall in the middle. It was the moment when three consecutive home runs were completed. He was the hottest among his teammates with a cannon with a distance of 126m. It was the first time in about four years since June 2019 that the Los Angeles Angels hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. Coincidentally, Ohtani was responsible for the last home run at this time as well.
The Los Angeles Angels hold a ceremony in which a hitter who hits a home run is given a samurai warrior hat in the sense of ‘fighting well’. Trout said, “The process of Ward giving it to me and me delivering it to Ohtani was cool.”
The Los Angeles Angels were chased by allowing one run in the top of the 7th inning, but kept the victory 4-3 and maintained 3rd place in the American League West (11-11, 0.500 win rate). The Royals stayed at the bottom of the American League Central Division (5 wins, 17 losses, 0.227 win rate).