April 20, 2024 3:49 am
Shohei Ohtani Smacks First Dodgers Home Run After Early Struggles

In a highly anticipated game against the San Francisco Giants, Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run of the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two-way player took reliever Taylor Rogers deep at Dodger Stadium, with the ball traveling 430 feet and exiting the bat at an impressive 105.6 mph. As is often the case with Ohtani’s home runs, the contact sounded different and the fans were excited.

The lucky fan who caught Ohtani’s homer was escorted from the stands after exchanging the ball for two caps, a bat, and a meeting with the player. This rare left-handed home run off Rogers, a sidearm left-hander, is only the eighth he has allowed in his long MLB career and the first since 2021. The homer helped the Dodgers take the lead over their rival Giants, but they had to hold on as San Francisco’s Jorge Soler hit a solo shot in the next inning.

Despite a scoreless eighth inning, Ohtani’s home run was a relief for him as he has immense expectations on his shoulders since signing a massive contract with the Dodgers in free agency. The pressure has been high since he joined team but expressed relief at hitting his first homer.

Ohtani’s home run puts him one step closer to making history as he is now just six homers behind Dave Roberts, current Dodgers manager, for most home runs by Japanese-born player in Dodgers history. With this milestone within reach for Ohtani who continues to impress with his talents on both sides of play.

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