No WBC fatigue, Ohtani bombing exhibition games… .455 Explosion

Ohtani Shohei (29, LA Angels), who led Japan to win the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), is also bombing major league demonstration games. WBC Fatigue is not felt. 

On the 28th (hereinafter Korean time), Ohtani started as the designated hitter No. 3 in the 2023 Major League Baseball demonstration game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA. 

Ohtani, who played an active role in the WBC as a hitter with a batting average of 4.35 li (10 hits in 23 at-bats), 1 home run, 8 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.345 in 7 games as a hitter in the WBC, recorded 1 hit in 3 at bats against the Dodgers on the 27th, before returning to the exhibition game, and got 2 hits that day. to maintain a hot hitting feeling. His batting average was 4.55 in 4 exhibition games (5 hits in 11 at-bats). 

Dodgers right-hander starter Noah Syndergaard hit center fielder Ohtani in the first at-bat in the first inning, and Ohtani hit Syndergaard’s first pitch in the third inning and connected it with a clean right-handed hit. Ohtani, who advanced to second base on Anthony Rendon’s follow-up hit, stepped on the home base when Brandon Drurre’s heavy hit and scored안전놀이터

In the 5th inning, he also pushed Syndergaard’s slider on the 3rd pitch and decorated it with a left-handed hit. He finished the game after being replaced by pitcher Jeremiah Jackson after reaching first base. 

The game was won by the Angels 5-4. Mike Trout, who returned from playing the WBC with the U.S. national team, hit a two-run home run in the first inning. The first home run in the exhibition game. Tyler Anderson, a left-handed starter recruited as a free agent, won with 4 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and 2 runs in 5⅓ innings. 

The Dodgers lost by one run even though Mookie Betts, Miguel Rojas, Chris Taylor, and Luke Williams combined for four solo home runs. Starter Syndergaard gave up 9 hits (2 homers), 1 walk, 2 strikeouts and 5 runs in 5 innings. 

The two teams will have their final demonstration game at Angel Stadium on the 29th. On the 31st, the Angels play an away game against the Oakland Athletics, and the Dodgers play their season opener at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.