Now that’s a bat to be excited about.
Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts in his first at-bat as the No. 2 designated hitter in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series home opener against the Chicago Cubs at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Monday (Sept. 9).
In his first at-bat, Ohtani struck out swinging on a five-pitch knuckle curveball from Cubs starter Drew Smyly.
In his second at-bat, he made it count. With two outs and one on, Ohtani took a knuckleball from Smiley, who had struck out the previous at-bat, and lined it up to center field.
However, he was unable to score as Mike Trout followed with a line drive to center field.
With runners on first and second in the fourth, he was stranded on a pop fly to third.
With runners on second and third in the sixth, he was hit by Smiley’s five-pitch high sinker and grounded out to second.먹튀검증
In his final at-bat with two outs in the eighth, he struck out swinging.
Ohtani’s season batting average dropped slightly from .275 to .274 (66-for-241).
However, he has a five-game hitting streak dating back to April 4 against the Houston Astros.
On that day, the Angels completed a 3-1 series sweep of the Cubs and improved to 34-30 on the season.