Ohtani Shohei (LA Angels) was applauded by the head coach for his best play.
Otani played as the second designated hitter against the Texas Rangers in the 2023 Major League Baseball at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on the 17th, recording three hits (one home run) and one RBI in four at-bats. The team won 2-0 to escape its second straight loss.
Otani, who hit a home run in three games, drew his 42nd arch of the season. As a result, he chased Matt Olson (43 home runs), the leader of the Major League Baseball overall, by one.
Otani’s batting average for the season increased slightly from 0.302 to 0.306.
Otani fired a cannon from his first at-bat. In the first inning, he hit a 95.7-mile four-seam fastball by Texas starter John Gray, who came high without a runner with one out, and crossed the middle fence. He drew a solo arch by targeting the ball that was far beyond the strike zone. It was a home run with a batting speed of 109.1 miles (about 175 kilometers) and a distance of 437 feet (about 133 meters).
In the second at-bat, Ohtani’s fast feet shone. He came out as the leadoff hitter in the top of the third inning and pushed a four-seam fastball on the outside of the sixth pitch, which fell sharply out of the zone. Third baseman Duran caught it and threw it to first base, but Otani’s foot was fast. He got on base on an infield hit. As a result, Otani recorded a multi-hit in about two weeks since the match against Seattle on the 4th. However, Drury hit a double play, increasing the out count by two.
Ohtani came to bat for the third time in the top of the fifth inning without a runner with two outs. He hit Gray’s change-up in the 2B1S situation, but was out due to a fly ball to left field.
Otani completed a three-hit game in his fourth at-bat in the top of the eighth inning. Hit Adolis Chapman’s 103.1 mile (about 165 km) sinker. Otani’s missed ball headed for shortstop Seager. Otani sprinted and was faster than Seager’s throw. It became an infield hit.
The head coach also applauded Otani’s performance until the end. Coach Phil Nevin said, “Ottani is the best player. When their leader plays like this, it brings other energy in the dugout. “It’s as meaningful as scoring with a home run,” he stressed. 스포츠토토
“The team’s victory and individual title are not important. Otani, who became the world’s best player, praised him, saying, “I’m doing everything I can’t see.”