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Shohei Ohtani shot a leadoff home run to encourage the Angels. Ohtani started the game as the designated leadoff hitter against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on May 22. He crashed Cole Irvin's second pitch in the first and launched it into a deep center beyond a fence. His 9th homer of the season reached 150 home runs in his combined professional career in America and Japan.
The 27-year-old player hit 48 homers in Nippon Professional Baseball and 102 in the big league. Today Ohtani had an infield hit in his fifth at-bat and went 2-for-5 with an RBI. He became the third Japan-born Major Leaguer to hit 100 homers after Hideki Matsui (175) and Ichiro Suzuki (117).
The Angels beat the Athletics, 4-1, to keep the second place behind the Astros in the American League West.
(MLB No.177 KAISPO No.1187)