Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani capped off his spectacular month June with a bang.
Ohtani hit his 30th home run of the season in the sixth inning of LA’s 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. arizona diamondbacks Friday night.
The 493-foot bomb was the longest of ohtani’s race and the longest of the 2023 MLB season.
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Ohtani finished the month of June with 15 home runs, 29 RBIs and a .394 batting average.
«I’ve heard about all those 500-foot shots from guys in the past, but I don’t think I’m going to see one,» Angels manager Phil Nevin said, according to MLB.com. «Because I [don’t think it’s possible] to see a blow further than the one I saw.
«The calculations then and now are a bit different, but I don’t think there’s a ball that can be hit further than that. Just amazing.»
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Ohtani hit his 14th home run during the month of June against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon, setting a franchise record for the most home runs in a single month.
The ninth-inning two-run bomb broke up the previous franchise record of 13 home runs set by Ohtani, Albert Pujols and Tim Salmon.
Ohtani is now only the ninth player to hit 30 home runs in a season before July 1, and the first since Chris Davis of the baltimore orioles in 2013.
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«He’s in a really good place,» Nevin said. «It’s fun to watch. If we’ve got a couple of guys around him, we’ve seen Mike [Trout] do that the last two days with five hits. When those guys leave, they can take us.
«Obviously, he’s going to need everyone. But when those two guys play as well as they do, they can run this club.»
Despite Ohtani’s moonshot, the Angels lost their third straight game, falling to 44-40 on the season.