Shohei Ohtani Smacks First Dodgers Home Run After Early Struggles

Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run of the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, bringing much anticipation to an end. As a two-way player, Ohtani took reliever Taylor Rogers deep at Dodger Stadium with the ball traveling 430 feet and exiting the bat at an impressive 105.6 mph. The contact was different and fans were excited.

The lucky fan who caught Ohtani’s homer was escorted from the stands after exchanging the ball for two caps, a bat, and a meeting with the player. This rare left-handed home run off Rogers, a sidearm left-hander, is only the eighth he has allowed in his long MLB career and the first since 2021. The homer helped the Dodgers take the lead over their rival Giants, but they had to hold on as San Francisco’s Jorge Soler hit a solo shot in the next inning.

After a scoreless eighth inning, reliever Dinelson Lamet secured his first career save with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. Despite a slow start to the season, Ohtani’s home run was a relief for

By Sophia Gonzalez

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