Shohei Ohtani continues to make his case for ROY and continues to beg the question - why didn’t Mike Scioscia let him hit more often?? This home run was yet again off a left handed pitcher and was his 19th home run of the season.
With that smash, Ohtani set a new record for Japanese rookies - previously held by Kenji Johjima of the 2006 Mariners.
It wasn’t just the Ohtani show with every single starter notching a hit, aside from Kole Calhoun, who walked twice. David Fletcher knocked his 16th double - just 5 shy of Mike Trout in 150 less at bats and Andrelton Simmons had a 2 hit night, adding a home run of his own.
Felix Pena had it working and allowed just 2 runs over his 7 innings while Jose Alvarez and Ty Buttrey held it down on the back end. Buttrey earned his first major league save and lowered his ERA to 0.96.
Ohtani said today that he plans on finishing out the season as a hitter and that’s a damn good thing because he is very fun to watch at the plate. Other ROY of the year candidates have certainly been put on notice over the past week.