‘Amazing conversion 112km→188km’ Grinke’s ultra-low-speed curve with bullet-like 24 guns
with a bullet-like 24-gun. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hit a cannonball that traveled the fastest of any of his home runs this season.
Ohtani went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and two RBIs in a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19.
Ohtani’s home run came in the top of the fifth inning with the Royals trailing 1-2. With leadoff hitter Taylor Ward on second, he worked a full count against starter Zack Greinke before pulling a slow curveball that traveled 69.7 mph (112 km/h) on a seven-pitch at-bat over the right-center field fence.
Statcast measured a 22-degree launch angle, 117.1 mph (188 km/h) bat speed, and 422 feet of travel, meaning he turned Gronkie’s ultra-low-speed curveball into a high-speed bullet. It was the fastest home run Ohtani has hit this season. The previous record was 116.7 mph for a two-run shot to right-center field off Clark Schmidt in the first inning against the New York Yankees on April 19.
Zack Greinke took the loss after giving up back-to-back home runs to Ohtani and Mike Trout. AP
It was a home run that underscored how well Ohtani has been hitting and feeling lately. “I see the ball so well,” Ohtani often says after his recent home runs.먹튀검증
The home run turned the tide for the Angels, who went on to win the game. The home run also extended Ohtani’s hitting streak to 15 games. It’s the longest active hitting streak in baseball.
It seems like every day is a home run day for Ohtani these days. After homering for the second straight day against Kansas City the day before, Ohtani now has eight homers in his last 10 games and 12 in his last 19.
Ohtani, the combined home run leader in both leagues, extended his lead over second-place New York Mets Pete Alonso (22) to two, and in the AL, moved five away from second-place New York Yankees Aaron Judge (19). Alonso and Judge are on the disabled list with palm and toe injuries, respectively. Both are questionable to return this month, let alone in the first half. That leaves Ohtani to lead the home run race.
With 24 homers in the team’s 74 games, Ohtani is on pace to hit 53 homers this season if he keeps up his current pace. But when it comes to June momentum, it’s hard not to mention the AL single-season record of 62 homers set by Judge last year. In the 74 games the team played last year, Judge hit 28 homers. He was at his best during the hottest stretch of the season, from July 22 to August 2, when he hit 10 homers in 11 games.
On the season, Ohtani is batting .300 (83-for-277) with 24 home runs, 58 RBIs, 49 runs scored, a .384 on-base percentage, a .632 slugging percentage, and a 1.016 OPS, and leads both leagues in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, and OPS. If you had to pick an MVP right now, it’s unanimously Ohtani.
Greinke looks devastated after giving up a home run to Trout in the fifth inning. USATODAYYouth Korea
Meanwhile, Mike Trout, who has been in an extended June slump, came up to bat after Ohtani’s homer in the fifth and hit a solo shot to left-center field for his 15th arch of the season. It was the first time in 11 days that Trout had homered since Aug. 8 against the Chicago Cubs.
Ohtani and Trout’s back-to-back home runs were their sixth of the season and 28th of their careers. With the win, the Angels improved to 6-0 this season and 20-8 overall.
Angels starter Tyler Anderson improved to 4-1 on the season with five innings of six-hit, two-run ball. Kansas City starter Zack Greinke fell to 7-1 on the season after giving up four runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in five innings.