Shohei Ohtani (LA Angels) is on fire again. He’s now the leader in triples, too.
Ohtani went 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI, one walk, and two strikeouts in two starts at designated hitter in the Angels’ 2023 Major League Baseball home opener against the New York Yankees at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, on April 19 (ET). His batting average for the season was .307.토토사이트
Recently, the major leagues have been buzzing about Ohtani, who is set to become a free agent. Midway through the season, the Angels made it clear that they were not going to trade him, no matter what. However, the Angels have recently changed their stance, saying they will listen to trade offers for Ohtani, whose fall baseball hopes are fading as injuries pile up.
While the trade rumors have been making noise every day, Ohtani has been focused on the field.
The day before, he hit his 35th home run of the season. Archida for three consecutive games. On this day, he continued his good form with a long ball.
After striking out on three pitches in his first at-bat against Yankees starter Domingo Herrmann in the first inning, Ohtani struck out in his second at-bat. In the bottom of the third, with his team leading 2-1, he drew a full-count walk with runners on first and second on six pitches. He then advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was unable to score as no one else followed.
Ohtani would not go down without a fight. In his third at-bat, he hit a long ball. With his team leading 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, Ohtani stepped to the plate with one out. He took Hermann’s second pitch, an 84.7-mph changeup, right down the middle. It sailed down the right-field line and landed in the deepest part of the ballpark. Ohtani sprinted to third base. A timely triple. The ball traveled a whopping 110.5 miles per hour (177.8 kilometers per hour). With the triple, Ohtani moved into sole possession of the major league lead in triples, passing Kansas City’s Bobby Witt (six) for second place.
There were no more hits after that. Ohtani worked a full count against Abreu in the bottom of the seventh, but was struck out on a 98.2-mph sinker on the sixth pitch.
Ohtani’s performance gave the Angels a 5-1 victory. The Angels evened their record at 49-48 on the season and remained in fourth place in the American League West. The Yankees, who have lost three straight, are now 50-46.