LA Anges: Ohtani home run clears batter’s eye in 6-2 win over Rangers

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hit a ball that is currently orbiting the earth in the Angels 6-2 (6 innings) win over the Rangers on Wednesday from Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Shohei Ohtani showed off his home-run power with this big fly (468 ft) in the Angels 6-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.

Now that’s a big fly right there. A healthy 468 foot home run to dead center field with an exit velocity of 107 MPH. Ohtani has impressed so far, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, and one walk through two games in spring training. The two-way phenom has also reached triple digits in his latest bullpen session. Ohtani is scheduled to make his spring pitching debut on Friday when the Halos take on the Athletics.

The Halos scored their first two runs on two-out RBI singles from catcher Kurt Suzuki and second baseman Luis Rengifo.

Opting to play a bottom of the sixth inning, the Angels scored two more runs when non-roster invitee Keinner Pina grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, and Franklin Barreto hit an RBI double to extend a 6-2 lead.

Anthony Rendon made his spring debut for the Halos, finishing his day 1-for-2 with a double and a smooth defensive play at third.

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On the mound, Dylan Bundy threw two scoreless innings while recording one walk and one strikeout without allowing a hit. Bundy walked Rangers leadoff man Leody Tavares who was thrown out on a steal attempt by Suzuki the following at-bat. The next five hitters were set down in order by Bundy.

Closer Raisel Iglesias made his spring debut in the third inning, giving up a solo home run on the second pitch of his outing. The right-hander finished his day retiring the next three batters, one via strikeout.

Mike Mayers (1 IP, 2 H, 2 K), Jake Faria (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), and Thomas Pannone (0.1 IP, 1 H) finished the ballgame for the Angels.

Some other notes from Wednesday’s win were the performances from the outfield position battle.

Dexter Fowler led off for the Angels with a walk and later doubled in his only two plate appearances. Left fielder Justin Upton also finished 1-for-2, recording his first hit of the spring.

Jo Adell and Taylor Ward each recorded a walk in their lone plate appearances later in the ballgame. Juan Lagares went 0-for-1 after subbing in for Mike Trout.

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The win improves the Angels spring record to 2-1-1. It’s still early, but so far the Halos have brought some excitement to camp with their recent play. This team will be fun to watch in the upcoming weeks as position battles continue to heat up.

Up next for the Angels is a road game against the Diamondbacks on Thursday. First pitch between the Halos and Arizona is scheduled for 2:10pm from Salt Rivers Field.