Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits first career grand slam in game with two homers against Rays


Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani recorded his first Grand Slam either in his Major League Baseball career or in Nippon Professional Baseball and his second multi-homer game of the season Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays as the Los Angeles Angels earned their fifth win in their last six attempts with an 11-3 final (box score).

Ohtani, who started the night with four homers at .235/.302/.383 (104 OPS+), had previously started a pair of long balls against the Texas Rangers on April 15.

Ohtani’s first home run Monday night was part of a sixth-inning duel with Mike Trout. Solo homers from Trout and Ohtani combined to give the Angels a 6-1 lead. Ohtani’s second home run, the Grand Slam, gave the Angels an impenetrable 11-3 lead.

According to Statcast data, Ohtani’s first home run had an exit speed of 109.4 mph and carried 407 feet. If you keep something like that in mind, his second home run had a starting speed of 109.8 mph and covered an estimated distance of 413 feet.

Ohtani’s two home runs and five runs hit were just part of the Angels’ offensive breakout. The aforementioned Trout took three spots himself, as did Jared Walsh, who hit a triple home run for the Angels to give them an early lead.

The Angels are now 20-11 on the season. They went into the night with a half-game lead over the Houston Astros, who were eliminated Monday. As a result, the Angels will come into play with a full game on Tuesday. The Angels will continue their three-game streak against the Rays. For their part, the Astros will start a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins.

Incidentally, Ohtani is scheduled to start Wednesday’s game on the mound. He’ll take on Tampa Bay’s promising young lefty Shane McClanahan in what should be a fun pitching matchup. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits first career grand slam in game with two homers against Rays

Justin Scacco

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