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‘Arching for 3 straight’ Ohtani has 3 hits, including home run, against Yankees…team wins 4-3 in extra innings

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has been hot at the plate. For the third consecutive game, Ohtani drew an arch to lead his team to victory.

Ohtani started in the No. 2 spot in the lineup and went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and a walk in the Angels’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series opener against the New York Yankees at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, USA, on April 18.

The six-game hitting streak raised his season batting average from .301 to .306. Ohtani also extended his hitting streak to three games with a home run, his 12th three-hit game of the season since April 16 against the Houston Astros.스포츠토토

Ohtani completed his early multi-hit performance with a single in his first at-bat and a double in his second. With one out in the bottom of the third, he took a two-pitch changeup from Yankees starter Luis Severino and lined it to left-center field. However, he was unable to score as Zack Neto was tagged out at first base for overthrowing.

After walking on an automatic double in his third at-bat, Ohtani sent the home fans into a frenzy in the bottom of the seventh inning when his team was down 1-3. On a 1-2 pitch, he lined a four-pitch fastball from Michael King over the center field fence for a two-run shot. Realizing it was a home run, Ohtani threw his bat and slowly circled the bases. The ball was measured at 106.5 miles per hour (171 kilometers per hour) and traveled 403 feet (123 meters).

The Angels, who were saved by Ohtani’s play, didn’t trail the Yankees until the ninth inning, but they had the last laugh in extra innings. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the 10th, Aaron Loop got two strikeouts to end the inning, and after a Hunter Renfroe walk and a Luis Renfroe single in the bottom of the 10th, Michael Stefanik singled to left to bring home pinch runner Chad Wallach for the 4-3 win.

With the win, the Angels, who improved to 47-48 (.495) in the American League West, are one win away from returning to the .500 mark and remain within one game of the third-place Seattle Mariners. The Yankees, meanwhile, dropped to 50-45 (.526) on the season, their second straight loss, and sank to the bottom of the American League East.

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