Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani made history on Sunday evening. The two-way player made his first start of 2021 and became the first AL starting pitcher to homer in an a game vs. another AL team since Roric Harrison did it for the Orioles at the Indians on the final day of the 1972 season, per Sarah Longs. As Longs noted, that was the last season without the designated hitter.
And whoooo boy it was an absolute bomb.
SHOHEI OHTANI JUST WENT YARD pic.twitter.com/qmlDXy151G— Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) April 5, 2021
This was Ohtani’s second home run of the season, coming two days after a shot on Friday. Of course, this came in a game in which he was also the starting pitcher, so check out his filthy pitching skills while you’re at it. He had one walk and one strikeout in an otherwise clean first inning.
Shohei Ohtani, 101mph Fastball and 92mph Splitter. pic.twitter.com/M6WDbJgljI— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 5, 2021
UPDATE: This is crazy.
Angels' hardest home runs hit since Statcast's intro in 2015— David Adler (@_dadler) April 5, 2021
1. Shohei Ohtani: 115.2 mph tonight
2. Mike Trout: 115.0 mph, 6/11/18