Ohtani didn’t just have long hits. He also had quick feet.
On the 8th (hereinafter Korean time), Ohtani started as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League Chicago Cubs home game held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, and recorded 1 hit, 1 walk, and 2 steals in 4 at-bats.
From his first at-bat in the first inning, he made a big hit. With no runners on the first out, Ohtani hit a high fastball on the 5th pitch from Cubs starter Jameson Tyyon and fired a double into center field. However, the follow-up hit did not come out, so it was not connected with the score.
Then, in the second at-bat in the third inning, after a full count game, he unfortunately withdrew with a floating ball in left field.
After two outs at the end of the fifth inning, he walked out. Afterwards, he stole second base straight away and succeeded in stealing base for the 8th time of the season. He also posted the 1000th stolen base in the career of a Japanese major leaguer.
He also succeeded in stealing third base, showing his stealing instinct like ‘Sonic’.
He returned with a swing and strikeout in the sixth inning, his fourth at-bat. In the bottom of the 8th inning, with 2 outs and bases loaded, he only hit a grounder on 2 bases in his last at-bat.
Recently, Ohtani’s sense of hitting has reached its peak. Starting with a 4-hit game on the last 4 days, he continues his streak of hits in 3 games, including a home run in No. 16 the day before. However, his season batting average fell from 0.276 to 0.275.메이저사이트
On this day, in addition to Ohtani, the Angels batting line was hot. Mike Trout fired a home run. In addition, Mickey Moniak, who started as a leadoff, decorated the game with 3 RBIs.
Barria, who started as the starting pitcher, pitched 5 innings and allowed 2 runs, and the Angels won 6-2 over the Cubs. He posted a season record of 33 wins and 30 losses. In particular, he is running on a three-game winning streak.