‘Doubleheader + no muscle cramp aftereffects’ Ohtani explodes for three home runs in three straight at-bats…one away from 40 homers
There was no doubleheader fatigue. Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels) activated the home run machine for the second straight day.
Ohtani hit a home run in his first at-bat as the No. 2 designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday (Sept. 29).
With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Ohtani took a thunderous swing at a 93.4 mph (150.3 km/h) fastball from Toronto starter Kevin Gausman. The ball traveled 103.5 miles per hour (166.6 kilometers per hour) and went over the right field fence for a leadoff solo shot that traveled 397 feet (121 meters).
Ohtani, who homered in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers the previous day (Aug. 28), homered in his first at-bat of the day to complete a three-game homer streak. With his 39th home run of the season, Ohtani is on pace to reach the 40-homer plateau for the second time in two years, first in 2021 (46). His arithmetic home run pace is about 60.8, which still puts him on pace to reach 60.
Ohtani followed up his nine-inning, one-hit shutout in game one of the doubleheader the previous day with a cartoonish home run in game two. However, after his 38th home run, he raised some concerns by holding his back while running the bases. In the seventh inning, before his fourth at-bat, Ohtani was removed from the game with back spasms. But there were no lingering effects. He returned to the starting lineup without any rest, and in his first at-bat, he allayed concerns about his fitness with a grand slam.온라인바카라
After his first-inning homer, Ohtani struck out swinging on a splitter in a six-pitch battle with Gaussman in the third inning. In his third at-bat with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Ohtani was not fooled twice by Gaussman’s splitter as he drove in a run to complete the multi-hit game. The Angels were down 1-2 in the sixth inning.