Ohtani homers 3rd game in a row, Angels rally past A’s 13-9

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is making himself at home in the Big A.

Ohtani hit a home run for the third straight game and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 13-9 on Friday night.

The two-way star from Japan connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 449 feet and was measured with a 112.3 mph exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani’s three major league homers.

”Smoked that ball, huh?” Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons said. ”The center fielder ran after it like he had a chance for a second, scared everybody. Wasn’t even close.”

Ohtani, who is batting .462 (6 for 13) at home, drew a walk on four pitches with the bases loaded to pull the Angels within 8-7 in the fifth.

All seven of his RBIs through his first four games have come in home games.

”It’s very impressive, yeah. You don’t see too many guys do that on the mound and at the plate. Any,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch Sunday – the 23-year-old won his first big league start last weekend against the A’s.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia does

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/ohtani-homers-3rd-game-in-a-row-angels-rally-past-a-s-13-9-040718

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