Japanese Major League Baseball (MLB) star Shohei Ohtani (29-Los Angeles Angels) has activated his home run gun for the second time in three days. Ohtani hit a mid-month solo home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on 17 July. Batting second and with the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Ohtani took a two-pitch, 154-kilometre fastball from Texas starter John Gray on a 1-0 pitch count over the centre field fence .Grey’s pitch was higher than the strike zone, but Ohtani scooped it up enough to knock his helmet off for a home run .With his 42nd home run of the season, Ohtani moved to within one of Matt Olson (43 for the Atlanta Braves) for the major league lead .In the American League (AL), he leads the division by 10 games over second-place Luis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox), who has 32 home runs.The Angels took a precarious 1-0 lead on Ohtani’s solo shot before Matt Tice hit another solo homer in the top of the ninth for a 2-0 victory .Ohtani added infield hits in the third and eighth innings to finish 3-for-4, raising his season average from .302 to .306. Angels starter Reed Detmers earned the win, allowing just one hit and four walks while striking out five in seven and a third 스포츠토토존 innings.

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