Shohei Ohtani hits first career grand slam

ANAHEIM — After striking a game-tying, 2-run double off the left-center-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning of the Angels’ not likely come-from-behind win over the Nationals on Sunday, Shohei Ohtani stated he thought his swing was lastly getting near to where he desired it to be after a fairly sluggish start to the year offensively.

Ohtani’s premonition ended up being real, as the 2-way star smacked two homers, including his very first profession grand slam, to lead the Angels to an 11-3 win over the Rays in Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium. It was the 8th multihomer video game of Ohtani’s profession and his 2nd this season. Surprisingly, he likewise never ever struck a grand slam throughout his 5 seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan, so this significant his very first as an expert.

Ohtani, the ruling American League MVP, had actually been striving to strike the ball the other method current video games in an effort to leave a current funk, and it’s beginning to pay dividends. Both of his homers went to the opposite field and assisted him connect a profession high with 5 RBIs.

With his 3-for-4 efficiency versus Tampa Bay, Ohtani is now striking .252/.315/.445 with 6 homers, 5 doubles, 4 taken bases and 21 RBIs in 30 video games. He batted .257/.372/.592 in 2015 throughout his MVP season, however it’s likewise worth keeping in mind the league typical OPS was .728 in 2015 however has actually dropped to .676 this year.

His very first blast can be found in the 6th inning off lefty Jalen Beeks and on a first-pitch cutter, right after a two-run blast from fellow super star Mike Trout, marking the very first time the Angels struck back-to-back homers in a video game this season. It was likewise the 4th time they’ve struck successive homers and the very first time considering that June 8, 2019, versus the Mariners.

The grand slam can be found in the seventh versus right-hander Calvin Faucher, who was making his Major League launching. Faucher strolled Trout with the bases filled to bring house a run and Ohtani got ahead with a 3-1 count. Faucher tossed a cutter right over the middle and Ohtani definitely squashed it to left-center to put the Angels up 11-3.

His homers had comparable profiles, as his one in the 6th left the bat at 109.4 miles per hour and went a predicted 407 feet and his grand slam in the seventh had an exit speed of 109.8 and went a predicted 413 feet.

Ohtani is likewise set to be honored in a pregame event on Tuesday with numerous of the awards he won throughout the 2021 season, consisting of the AL MVP Award, the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award, the Silver Slugger Award, the Edgar Martinez Award as the leading designated player and All-MLB First and Second Team plaques.

And he’s slated to make his 6th start of the season on the mound on Wednesday and is coming off among the very best starts of his profession, starting out 11 over 7 innings versus the Red Sox on Thursday. He’s published a 3.08 period with 41 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings as a pitcher.

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