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Shohei Ohtani demolishes baseball in pinch-hit appearance, hitting the go-ahead home run for Angels in 4-3 victory over Dodgers

The Angels take the series against the boys in blue.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Shohei Ohtani. Shohei Ohtani! SHOHEI OHTANI.

Say it louder with me.


Shohei Ohtani did bad things to this baseball, lining a 96 mph pitch from Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois onto the rocks to straightaway center. The ball flew well past the Fox Sports West camera team:

There would be a few other positive plays that the Angels executed in this game, but for an Angels team struggling to score, Ohtani’s pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning proved to be the difference this evening. And it was especially impressive, taking a well-placed mid-90s two-seamer at the knees a Statcast-estimated 443 feet.

Angels starters continued the trend of making good starts, with Andrew Heaney going 7 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on just 3 hits (!), 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts. The damage came in the first inning, when he mislocated a pitch that was punished for a Yasiel Puig 3-run shot (he would later leave the game with a right oblique strain).

One of the most important plays of the game came in the sixth inning when the Dodgers had the bases loaded, and Cody Bellinger pulled a softly-hit grounder to the right side. Jefry Marte tossed it to Andrew Heaney just in time, but his changeup was slightly off-target; both Heaney’s and Bellinger’s foot hit the bag at the same time and after replay review, the out call was upheld.

Justin Upton drove in two runs in the third and Albert Pujols added a home run off Dodgers starter Alex Wood in the sixth to even the score at 3 apiece, and the Angels mustered enough might for a victory over their crosstown rivals. Both Hansel Robles and Justin Anderson turned in a scoreless inning of relief in the victory, with Anderson recording the fourth save of his fledgling career.