Los Angeles Angels appointed hitter Shohei Ohtani hit for the cycle Thursday night in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Louis. Petersburg, Florida.
Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit the cycle in MLB. He did it with a single in the seventh inning off Tampa Bay reliever Hunter Wood. That was followed by a three-run home run in the first, a double in the third and a triple in the fifth.
"I was not necessarily trying to hit a single," he said through a translator. just trying to get on the base, whether it was a base on balls or any other way because it was still a close game. ''
After the triple in his third at-bat, Ohtani's cycle quest became the focus of the game
"People were talking about it." It's not like a no-hitter when no one mentions it, "said Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who was most impressed that left-handed Ohtani got his first three hits off and left-handed pitcher. "We forget how young he is. He's in a new country, his second year here. He's 24 years old. He has a lot on his shoulders, but he still stands pretty tall. ''
Ohtani joins Jorge Polanco as the only players to hit this season. He is the seventh different angels player to hit the cycle and the first since Mike Trout in 201
Ohtani is just the sixth player in MLB history to hit the cycle as a DH, and first since Jeff DaVanon the Angels in 2004.
"You need some power to hit the home run, some speed to accomplish a triple," "Ohtani said." To be able to do that at the major league level is going to lead to a lot of confidence.
"There's been so many other great Japanese players before me."
Ohtani said he was the first Japanese player to do it was extra special.
Information from The Associated Press was used in the report