Shohei Ohtani hits the 150th home run of his combined MLB and NPB career


Shohei Ohtani hit the 150th home run of his combined major league and Japanese pro baseball career in Sunday’s Los Angeles Angels 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The two-way superstar led the first inning with a high fly ball from left Cole Irvin (2-2) that flew 135 yards over center field at Angel Stadium.

He finished 2-on-5 while Mike Trout added a solo shot in a 3-on-4 night with two RBI to help Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-1) win.

The southpaw struck seven and allowed four hits over 7-1/3 innings for the Angels, who won the last two games of the series after a four-game sled.

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits a home run, the 150th home run of his career in both Japan and United States, in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Anaheim, California. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Ohtani’s long bombshell was his ninth of the year and 102nd since his Major League Baseball debut in 2018, in addition to the 48 he hit in Nippon Professional Baseball as a member of the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters.

He became only the third Japanese player, after Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki, to hit 100 MLB homers and hit the milestone on May 14 against the A’s.

Elsewhere in the majors, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a solo home run in the ninth inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who suffered their third straight 18-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Yusei Kikuchi (2-1) made his eighth start for the Toronto Blue Jays and didn’t score as his team lost 3-2 to the Cincinnati Reds. The former Seibu Lions ace struck out seven and allowed two runs with two hits and three walks over 4-1/3 innings.

Seiya Suzuki went 1-for-4 for the Chicago Cubs, who stopped a four-game slip by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4.

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