Otani started as the second designated hitter in the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Anaheim Angel Stadium in California on the 먹튀검증 24th (Korea Standard Time) and played with one hit, one home run, two RBIs, and one walk in three at-bats. The Angels won 7-5 thanks to Otani’s performance.
Otani, who entered his first at-bat with one out in the bottom of the first inning when the Angels were losing 0-1, hit a 92.2 mph (148.4 km) cutter from Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller to hit a tie-breaking solo home run. It was the 36th edition of the season. The batting speed was 112.9 miles (181.7 km) and the distance was 410 feet (125 m). The batting angle was only 19 degrees.
Major League Baseball official MLB.com said, “The Angels were frustrated with their fourth scoreless loss this season. “Putting and hitting star Otani moved quickly so that it wouldn’t happen for two consecutive games,” he said, highlighting Otani’s performance.
Coach Phil Nevin, who watched Otani’s amazing home run, said, “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a home run flying like that. Maybe the golf ball will fly like that. I thought he’d be out on a straight hit to center field. I really thought so. Or it was likely to go over the center fielder’s head or hit the fence directly. But Otani’s ball disappeared over the tree. He gives you surprises in new ways every day.”
Otani, who will qualify for the FA after the end of this season, is constantly producing trade rumors. Nevertheless, the Angels maintain a winning rate of more than 50% with 51 wins and 49 losses, keeping their hopes of advancing to the postseason. It is eight games away from Texas (59 wins and 41 losses), the No. 1 player in the American League West, and four games away from Toronto (55 wins and 45 losses), the No. 3 wild card player. Most local media believe that Otani is more likely to be traded as the Angels’ chances of advancing to the postseason become slimmer.
Coach Nevin said, “I had a really great game at home. The players responded well to the fans’ support. “Everyone understands that everything is still ahead of us,” he said, stressing that he will continue his challenge to advance to the postseason until the end.