Ohtani’s ‘Great Challenge’, restarting NL milestone hunt for the first time in 87 years… reclaiming the top spot in the batting order, RBI in 8 chase

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who has continued to hit the highest level since June, has regained the top position in batting average. He seems to have resumed his move to the Triple Crown in the NL. 토토사이트 순위

Ohtani started as a leadoff designated hitter in a home game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on the 22nd (Korea time) and showed a strong performance of two hits, two RBIs, one run and two walks in two at-bats.

This is the first time that Ohtani, who signed a 10-year, $700 million FA contract and wore a Dodgers uniform last winter, faced off against the “friendly” Angels. The Dodgers will play the second game of two consecutive home games against the Angels on the 23rd, and the second game of an away game will be held at the Angel Stadium on September 4-5. Therefore, Ohtani’s visit to his old home stadium, Angel Stadium, will take 74 days from now.

Ohtani was harsh even against his old teammates. Ohtani hit a home run that broke the 0-0 balance in his third at-bat. Entering the batter’s box with two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ohtani hit a two-run homer over the middle of left-hander Matt Moore. With the ball count of 1B1S, he hit a fastball in the middle of 91.1 miles, sending the ball well over the fence.

Ohtani hit his 22nd home run of the season with a 27 degree angle, 113.1 miles (182 kilometers) and a flying distance of 455 feet (138.7 meters). Ohtani accelerated his bid to become the home run king for the second consecutive year, widening his gap with Atlanta Braves’ Marcel Ozuna (20) in the NL home run category to two. He has already hit eight home runs in June.

In both previous at-bats, he drew walks. As the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the first inning, Ohtani drew a walk from Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval. He also drew a walk the second at-bat with one out and a runner on the second base in the third inning when the game was 0-0. In the full count, Sandoval’s seventh pitch, 89.3 miles from his body, became a high ball. Immediately after, however, Sandoval shook his left arm and sent a signal to the dugout. It was because of pain in his left hand. After the trainer rushed to the mound to check his condition, the pitcher was replaced.

The Dodgers took the lead in the fifth inning with Ohtani’s first two-run shot, but the Angels recovered two runs in the top of the sixth inning with one out and a bases-loaded walk by Jack Neto and Mickey Moniac’s grounder to the second base to tie the game 2-2.

Ohtani had an infield hit at the fourth batter’s box, with one out and one out, in the eighth inning when the game was tying 2-2. His powerful hitting of a splitter in the middle of the second pitch by Luis Garcia hit the pitcher’s glove and passed back, living at the first base. However, Ohtani failed in his attempt to steal second base at Freeman’s at-bat with two outs, and the inning was over as it was.

The game was decided in the 10th inning of overtime. The Angels took a 3-2 lead with Taylor Ward’s left-handed hit at the top of the 10th inning with two outs and a third base runner, and the Dodgers knelt down with Kikke Hernandez and Gavin Lux striking out swinging at the third base with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Ohtani overwhelmed his former pitchers, but the Dodgers’ lineup was overwhelmed by the Angels’ mound. Ohtani, who took the lead in NL home runs against the Colorado Rockies on the 21st, regained his batting lead by hitting multiple hits on the day. Ohtani, who had been second with a batting average of 0.318 up until the previous day, became the leading hitter in the NL with a batting average of 0.322 (96 hits in 298 at-bats), beating over the San Diego Padres’ Jurickson Profar (0.320).

He ranks first in seven NL categories including home runs and batting average, scoring (60), slugging percentage (0.628), OPS (1.026), slugging (45) and Ruta (187). Combining these, bWAR (4.3) and fWAR (4.1) were also No. 1.

Now, if he secures an RBI single, the triple crown will remain solid. The RBI single is ranking third in the NL. It is possible to overturn Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves, who is ranking first, anytime. It was 87 years ago that a triple crown came from the NL. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Joe Medwick was named the NL MVP in 1937 when he achieved the triple crown with a batting average of 0.374, 31 homers and 154 RBIs.

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