Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) led the team to victory with his 10th home run of the season and an RBI in the final.
Ohtani started as designated hitter No. 3 in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) away game against the Baltimore Orioles, which took place on the 19th (Korean time) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (27,778 people) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2 at 5 He played an active part with hits (1 home run), 2 RBIs and 1 run. Ohtani’s season batting average rose to 0.292. In particular, Ohtani stood at the center of the victory by hitting the final stroke using his quick feet in the 8th inning when the two teams faced each other 5-5, with two outs and bases loaded. In the end, the team won 6-5, ending a two-game losing streak.
Ohtani made a big success as a pitcher and hitter against Baltimore on the 16th. At the time, as a pitcher, he was shaken with 4 hits (3 home runs), 5 strikeouts, 2 walks and 5 runs (5 earned runs) in 7 innings, but with the help of the other line, he won his 5th win of the season. Also, at bat, he went 4 hits in 5 at-bats (1 home run), 3 RBIs, 3 runs, and 1 walk. It was the first major league starter’s cycling hit (hit for the cycle) without one double.
However, in the games on the 17th and 18th, he was silent without a hit. While Ohtani was silent, the Angels lost 3-7 and 1-3, respectively, and fell into a two-game losing streak.
And the last game of 4 consecutive matches against Baltimore on the 19th. From the first at-bat, he fired a cannon shot. A situation where there are no runners in the first inning. Ohtani attacked the second pitch changeup (137.6km) against opponent starter Tyler Wells and connected it with a solo gun that slightly crossed the right fence. His exit velocity was 161.4 km, and the distance was about 115 m. Ohtani’s 10th home run this season. With this home run, Ohtani achieved double-digit home runs for the third consecutive season.
The moment Ohtani hit a home run in the first inning on the 19th (Korean time). /AFPBBNews=News1
However, in the next three at-bats, he withdrew with a hit. In the top of the 3rd inning, when the team was leading 3-0, there was no runner. Ohtani hit the second pitch against Wells, but was fly out to left field.
Then, at the beginning of the 5th inning, when the team still took a 3-0 lead, he stepped on the third at-bat with a chance to get 1st and 2nd base. Here, Ohtani played a game that went up to a full count, but swallowed the disappointment with a floating ball from the third baseman on the 6th pitch. An infield flyout was declared. In the beginning of the 7th inning, the team continued to lead 4-3, with 1 out and 2nd base. Ohtani, who entered the fourth at-bat, bowed his head with a floating ball from center fielder.
But, after all, Ohtani was Ohtani. He proved his presence in a decisive opportunity. In the top of the 8th inning, with the two teams tied at 5-5, a chance for two outs to be loaded. Ohtani appeared at bat. Ohtani made a right-handed hit by attacking the low ball outside the first pitch against the changed opponent pitcher Danny Coulom. At this time, Baltimore first baseman Ryan Mountcastle threw his body and succeeded in the catch, but left pitcher Coulomb’s first base cover was delayed and led to an infield hit. The moment when Ohtani’s unique quick feet that he showed while running with great strides stood out. In the meantime, third base runner Jack Neto homered to make it 6-5.
Mike Trout (left) and Shohei Ohtani share먹튀검증 joy after winning against Baltimore on the 19th (Korean time). /AFPBBNews=News1
On the other hand, in this game, a fierce battle took place as the home run gun exploded in the right place. At the beginning of the first inning, Ohtani drew a preemptive solo arch, and the Angels added two points with another big one in the third inning. Mike Trout fired a two-run four that went over the left wall in the chance to first base with one out. Like Ohtani, it was the 10th home run of the season.
Baltimore did not back down easily either. At the end of the 5th inning, Ortiz, the lead batter, went on base with a right-handed hit, and then advanced to third base when Hayes hit a right-handed double. Rutchman was out with a floating ball in center field, but Mountcastle made up for one point with a sacrifice RBI by left fielder. Continuing on, the next hitter, Santander, exploded the left-handed two-run gun, turning the match to 3-3.
The Angels scored again in the 6th inning. After two outs, Renhipo walked out on a walk and succeeded in stealing second base. Then, when Neto hit right handedly, he scored. After one out, Hayes stepped on first base with an infield hit, and then Luchman fired a superior two-run gun and succeeded in reversing.
However, the ultimate winner was the Angels. After one out in the 8th inning, Renhipo’s heavy hit and Neto’s walk led to Ursela’s timely hit to tie the game at first and second base. Ward then struck out, but after Trout got to base with a hit ball, Ohtani’s infield hit led third base runner Neto home, eventually winning the game. The Angels recorded 23-22 and maintained third place in the American League West.
Ohtani is preparing to run after getting on base with a hit in the eighth inning. /AFPBBNews=News1
Los Angeles Angels vs Baltimore Orioles Starting Lineup (May 19 Korean time)
- Los Angeles Angels : Mickey Moniak (left fielder) – Mike Trout (center fielder) – Shohei Ohtani (designated hitter) – Hunter Renfro (right fielder) – Brandon Drury (1st baseman) – Chad Wallach (catcher) – Luis Renhipo (3) Base) – Jack Neto (Shortstop) – Livan Soto (2nd Base). Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson.
- Baltimore Orioles : Austin Hayes (left fielder) – Adley Luchman (designated hitter) – Ryan Mountcastle (1st baseman) – Anthony Santander (right fielder) – James McCann (catcher) – Ryan McKenna (center fielder) – George Mateo (shortstop) ) – Gunnar Henderson (third base) – Joey Ortiz (second base). Starting pitcher Tyler Wells.