Shohei Ohtani stretches home run lead with 27th, 28th vs Yankees
Written by tokyoclub on June 30, 2021
Shohei Ohtani retook the sole lead in Major League Baseball’s home run chase on Tuesday night, hitting his 27th and 28th of the season and driving in three of the Los Angeles Angels’ five runs in an 11-5 loss to the New York Yankees.
The Japanese two-way player homered in back-to-back at-bats at Yankee Stadium, with a solo shot in the third inning trimming the Angels’ deficit to 5-3, and a two-run drive in the fifth making it 10-5. Both homers came off Jameson Taillon.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the third inning of a game against the New York Yankees on June 29, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York, his 27th of the season. (Kyodo)==Kyodo
Both starting pitchers surrendered three homers, but while Taillon (3-4) went 5-1/3 innings Andrew Heaney (4-6) lasted only three-plus innings.
Ohtani’s efforts at the plate were not enough to overcome the Angels’ poor pitching as Heaney was charged with seven runs, and then reliever James Hoyt gave up three more in the fourth.
Ohtani entered the night tied at 26 home runs with Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who has not homered since Saturday. It was the third time this season that Ohtani homered in three straight games.
Ohtani, who started as designated hitter in the No. 2 spot, finished the day 2-for-5. He flied out twice and grounded out once in his other at-bats.
The 26-year-old is set to make his long-awaited first Yankee Stadium mound appearance Wednesday when he is expected to both hit and pitch.
Fans react to Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani’s (17) second home run of the night and 28th of the season in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees on June 29, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Kyodo)==Kyodo