Ohtani hits MLB’s second grand slam. tied for first with 43 homers on the season
Shohei Ohtani (29-Los Angeles Angels) hit the second grand slam of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career.
With his 43rd arch of the season, Ohtani moved into a tie for first place in MLB home runs with Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves). He also leads the American League in home runs.
Ohtani started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and went 2-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored in the 2023 MLB Baseball Classic against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on Monday (Sept. 19).
In the bottom of the second inning with the score tied 1-1, he took a 145-mile-per-hour cut fastball from Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez for a grand slam over the right field wall. The ball traveled 118.5 meters at 164 miles per hour.
Ohtani, who hit his first MLB grand slam in a home game against Tampa Bay on May 10 last year, also hit his second grand slam against the Rays.
For the second straight day, Ohtani sent the ball over the fence for his 43rd home run of the season, tying him with Olson, who did not add a home run on the day.
He now has 170 career home runs in MLB, five shy of the record for most home runs by a Japanese big leaguer (175) held by Hideki Matsui.
The record for most home runs by an Asian player in MLB is 218, held by Shin-Soo Choo (now of the SSG Rangers).
Despite Ohtani’s performance, the Angels lost to Tampa Bay 6-9 in extra innings.
In the top of the ninth inning, the Angels turned a “triple play” with runners on first and third base with one out on one pitch.
Tampa Bay’s Harold Ramirez hit a grounder in front of the shortstop, and the Angels turned a shortstop-2nd baseman-1st baseman double play to get two outs. Third baseman Yandy Diaz was caught stealing home, adding one more out to the count.
The Angels hadn’t turned a triple play in 26 years, since 1997.
However, 먹튀검증 the good fortune of the top of the ninth didn’t carry over into extra innings.
The Angels gave up three runs in the top of the 10th inning to lose the heartbreaker.