Ohtani hit a home run in 5 games… Silence at the End Chance

Shohei Otani (LA Angels) hit a home run in 5 games and held a ‘kabuto (helmet of traditional Japanese armor)’ ceremony for the first time, but regretted not being able to take advantage of the opportunity to end the 10th overtime. left

On the 10th (Korean time), Ohtani started as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League (MLB) home game against the Toronto Blue Jays held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, and went 2 hits (1 home run) and 1 walk in 5 at-bats. He played an active part with 3 runs scored.메이저놀이터

It is the first time Ohtani has hit a home run in five games since the match against the Seattle Mariners on the 4th. Ohtani, who drew the 3rd arch of the season, caught up with Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) and Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox), who tied for the American League home run lead (4) by one car.

However, the Angels were unable to maintain a six-point lead and lost 11-12 in overtime.

On this day, Ohtani played against Toronto fifth starter Yusei Kikuchi with a pitching match.

At the end of the first inning, Ohtani, who had the first chance to hit first base safely, hit the first baseman grounder and Mike Trout, the first base runner, was forced out from second base. As Toronto left fielder Dolton Barshaw missed the spot when Anthony Rendon hit a fly ball from second out and first base, Ohtani, who was on first base, quickly dug into the home and scored the first run.

Ohtani’s home run hit in the second at-bat. In the bottom of the third inning, when the team was leading 3-0, Ohtani, who met Kikuchi again with one out and first base, hit the slider on the fourth pitch and hit a two-run homer that went over the middle left wall.

Ohtani, who hit a home run and entered the dugout, wore a kabuto and received congratulations from his teammates. The Angels have been holding a home run ceremony since the home opener on the 8th, using a kabuto airlifted from Japan.

In addition, Ohtani, who had two out of four hits against Kikuchi until last year, was a home run, showed a strong performance against Kikuchi by arching again.

Ohtani went out as the lead batter in the bottom of the 5th inning and had a final confrontation with Kikuchi, and this time he hit a heavy hit. However, Ohtani was unable to advance due to the silence of the follow-up hitter.

The Angels took a 6-0 lead thanks to Ohtani’s performance, but in the top of the 6th inning, starter Reed Detmus shook sharply and allowed the score to be tied 6-6.

Toronto showed the potential to catch up with a 6-point gap with Matt Chapman’s grand home run and Kevin Kiermeier’s two-run triple.

Toronto, which increased its momentum, succeeded in turning 10-6 with timely hits from Chapman, Whit Merrifield, and Kiermeyer in the top of the 7th inning.

The Angels did not back down easily either. After recovering 1 run in the bottom of the 8th, the Angels made a dramatic 10-10 tie in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and bases loaded by Rendon and Hunter Renfro’s 2 RBI double. Ohtani, who had walked earlier, scored the tying run.

However, the team that had the last laugh was Toronto. Toronto scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning with Kiermeier and George Springer’s timely hits, and scored a new victory by blocking the Angels’ counterattack with one run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Ohtani had a chance to end the game with two outs loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, but bowed his head after a ground ball to the second baseman.

Toronto won a winning series (2 wins and 1 loss) in 3 consecutive away matches against the Angels, and rose to 3rd place (6 wins and 4 losses) in the American League East Division. On the other hand, the Angels allowed the Texas Rangers a tie for the lead in the American League West with 5 wins and 4 losses.

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