‘2G, 3H’ Ohtani hits a home run…but walks two, strikes out three, LAA loses 2-5

Shohei Ohtani’s (LA Angels) home run streak came to a halt. He extended his hitting streak to three games, but he was unable to capitalize on the most important opportunities to lead his team to victory.

Ohtani went 1-for-5 with a walk in three plate appearances and a designated hitter in the Angels’ two-game series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Ohtani has been on a hot streak lately, as he hit his 13th arch of the season on May 31 and followed it up with his 14th and 15th home runs of the season the day before against the Chicago White Sox to move into sole possession of second place in the American League home run lead. He closed the gap to three games on Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), with whom he competed for the American League MVP title last year.

Ohtani didn’t add another home run on the day, but he did extend his hitting streak to three games. Ohtani got off to a good start in the top of the first inning, lining a first-pitch, high slider from Houston starter Ronel Blanco into the right-field seats. However, he was unable to follow it up with a run-scoring hit. 스포츠토토

After his first at-bat, Ohtani was silent. In the top of the second inning with two outs and a 1-0 lead, he struck out swinging on a changeup from Blanco, and in his third at-bat of the fifth inning, he was silenced by a fielder’s choice. He then grounded out to second base in his fourth at-bat of the seventh inning and struck out in his final at-bat of the ninth, finishing the game 1-for-5.

With Ohtani silenced, the Angels also took a knee to Houston. The Angels struck first in the top of the second inning when Taylor Ward led off with a double. Houston responded in the bottom of the second when Jose Abreu hit a tying sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1.

The Angels regained the lead in the fifth inning when Brandon Drury hit a solo home run, but in the bottom of the fifth, Houston took control of the game when Yoenis Diaz tied the game and Alex Bregman hit a two-run double. In the bottom of the eighth, Jose Abreu hit a game-winning RBI single, but the Angels were unable to turn the tide and fell 2-5.

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