’31-32′ Olson’s multi-gun blast threatens Ohtani’s dominance
- on Jul 21, 2023
Matt Olson (29, Atlanta Braves), who had been quiet since the first game of the second half of the season, unleashed his cannon. With his multi-hit performance, he closed the gap on Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels).
Atlanta hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks at Truiste Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 21 (ET).
Olson, who started in the Atlanta lineup at fourth and first base, went 2-for-4 with a double, two home runs, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Atlanta to a 7-5 comeback victory.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Atlanta. Olson, along with Ronald Acuña Jr. (26), led the team’s batting order in snapping the losing streak.스포츠토토
In the first game of the second half, Olson fired up the cannon for the first time in five games since April 15 against the Chicago White Sox. It was also his first multi-homer game of the month.
The home run came at a very difficult time for the team. Olson hit a two-run shot over the left-center field fence off Arizona starter Zack Gallen in the seventh inning, trailing 1-4. Trailing 3-4.
After Riley’s homer in the eighth made it 6-5, Olson hit a back-to-back homer off Kyle Nelson to extend the lead to 7-5.
That gave Olson a .258 batting average with 32 home runs, 80 RBI, 74 runs scored, 94 runs batted in, a .363 slugging percentage and a .944 OPS in 95 games.
He is now just seven home runs shy of his career-high 39 in the 2021 season. It’s only a matter of time before Olson surpasses his career high.
Matt Olson. Photo by Getty Images
Olson also moved to within three of major league home run leader Ohtani (35) and five of National League runner-up Mookie Betts (27).
Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak after starter Spencer Strider was tagged for four runs in the seventh inning, but Olson and Austin Riley’s homers helped the A’s pull away.