It wasn’t just his long bat, it was his quick feet.
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two stolen bases in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the 2023 Major League Baseball team’s home game against the Chicago Cubs at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 8 (PT).
It started with a big at-bat in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Ohtani took a five-pitch fastball from Cubs starter Jameson Taillon for a double to center field. However, he was unable to capitalize on the hit as no one followed up.
In his second at-bat of the inning, he flied out to left field on a full count.
Two batters later in the fifth, he walked. He promptly stole second base for his eighth stolen base of the season. It was the 1,000th stolen base in the Japanese major leagues.
He also stole third base, demonstrating his Sonic-like dodging instincts.
In his fourth at-bat, in the sixth inning, he struck out swinging. In his final at-bat with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, he grounded out to second base.
Ohtani’s hitting has been on fire lately. He is on a three-game hitting streak, starting with a four-hit game on April 4 and including his 16th home run the day before. However, his season batting average has dropped from .276 to .275.
Ohtani wasn’t the only Angels hitter on the day. Mike Trout ignited the home run machine, and leadoff hitter Mickey Moniak had a three-hit game 메이저사이트.
On the mound, Barria pitched five innings of two-run ball to lead the Angels to a 6-2 win over the Cubs. They improved to 33-30 on the season. They have won three in a row.