One of the most talked about scenes in the major leagues this week is the winning home run by Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.
Ohtani started the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on the 16th and gave up 4 hits and 2 walks, including 3 homers, in 7 innings and gave up 5 runs, but the team won 9-5 and finished the season. 5 wins (1 loss).
He struck the final blow himself. At the beginning of the 4th inning, when the score was tied 4-4, with 1 company, 1st and 2nd base, he hit the curve in the middle of the 80.3 mile first pitch of opponent starter Grayson Rodriguez and connected it with a three-run gun that went over the middle right fence.
This home run had a batting speed of 114.6 miles and a distance of 456 feet (139.0 m). It is the second longest home run by a pitcher measured by Statcast, introduced in 2015. The first place was a 467-foot (142.3m) mid-month two-run home run by John Gray (Texas Rangers) against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 6, 2017, when he was a Colorado Rockies.
In the bottom of the second inning, which was 0-0 at the time, Gray hit a 90-mile fastball in the middle of the second pitch from Cincinnati starter Scott Feldman with two out and second base, and exploded a large cannon that landed in the middle of the outfield over the fence in the middle of Coors Field. It had a launch angle of 26 degrees and an exit velocity of 104.9 mph. This home run was the final blow, and Gray, who was the starting pitcher at the time, became the winning pitcher with 8 hits and 3 runs in 5⅔ innings. Like Ohtani, it was like playing drums and playing drums.
Coors Field is located at an altitude of more than 1,600m above sea level, and is known as the ‘graveyard of pitchers’ because of its low air resistance and many home runs. It was the longest home run ever by a pitcher.
Ohtani’s home run flew only 11 feet less.
Also, Ohtani’s home run was the third fastest among pitcher home runs. 1st and 2nd places were also played by Ohtani. On April 5, 2021, against the Chicago White Sox, on September 11 of the same year, against the Houston Astros, they fired cannons with a batting speed of 115.2 miles and 114.7 miles, respectively.
Interestingly, Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees also hit a large home run with a batting speed of 114.9 miles and a distance of 492 feet in the top of the 8th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays. It is a day that clearly proves that Judge and Ohtani are indistinguishable when it comes to power.
Including the match against Baltimore that day, Ohtani recorded three or more hits on three occasions on the day he took the mound as a pitcher this year. Previously, in the Oakland Athletics match on April 28 (3 hits in 5 at-bats) and the St. Louis Cardinals on May 4 (3 hits in 5 at-bats), he pitched as a starter and hit 3 hits each at bat.먹튀검증
Since 1961, a pitcher’s ‘most 3 hits + games’ in a season is 3 games. If Ohtani writes one more time, he will be the protagonist of the record for the most in this category.
On the other hand, Ohtani showed off his presence again by hitting a solo home run in the first inning and an infield hit in the final in the 8th inning against Baltimore on the 19th. With 2 hits in 5 at-bats, 2 RBIs and 1 run, Ohtani marked the season with a batting average of 0.292, 10 homers, 31 RBIs, 26 runs scored, and an OPS of 0.904. His bWAR is 2.6, which is 4th in the AL.