Ohtani ties Matsui’s Japan single-season MLB home run record
Written by tokyoclub on July 5, 2021
Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 31st homer of the season for the Los Angeles Angels in the team’s 6-5 walk-off victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
With his third-inning solo shot off Baltimore’s Thomas Eshelman, Ohtani tied the record for the most homers in a Major League Baseball season by a Japanese-born player, set by former New York Yankees player Hideki Matsui in 2004.
After blowing a four-run lead, the Angels rallied in the ninth to complete a sweep of the Orioles. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Juan Lagares smacked a double into right-center field to score two runs and win the game.
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits his 31st home run of the season in the third inning of the team’s 6-5 walkoff win against the Baltimore Orioles in Anaheim, California in July 4, 2021. (Kyodo)