Toronto Blue Jays infielder Matt Chapman ‘proves’ the power of Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani with fury.
On the 29th (Korean time), Ohtani came out as the designated hitter in the 2023 Major League Baseball match against Toronto held at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and hit a home run from the first inning. It was three home runs in a row, including the previous day (28th) against the Detroit Tigers.메이저놀이터
Ohtani started the first game of the double header against Detroit and recorded a scoreless shutout in 9 innings, then hit home runs in the second and fourth innings in the second game. Ohtani, who was replaced by a pinch hitter in the 7th inning due to back cramps, added his 39th home run of the season on the 29th, leaving only one home run to reach his 40th home run in two years.
There was an interesting scene in this match. Chapman was caught on TV after Ohtani hit a home run in the first inning and was angry with coach John Schneider. Chapman was furious with Schneider, and after his remarks, he went back coldly.
Local media interpreted Chapman’s mouth and said, “Why did you make him throw (for him to hit)? He is the only good hitter on that team.”
As the Angels lineup is lined with injuries such as Mike Trout, Brandon Drury, and Anthony Rendon, he seems to have thought that avoiding Ohtani, who is the all-time leader in home runs in the major leagues, would give him a good chance.
After two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Chapman hit a solo shot to tie the score against Lucas Giolito and erased Ohtani’s home run himself. After that, fortunately (?) Ohtani did not hit an additional home run and won 4-1 come-from-behind.
According to ‘The Athletic’ reporter Caitlyn McGrath after the game, Chapman was ashamed as if he didn’t know what he was saying was caught on screen, “I didn’t expect that moment (to be on the screen). It was a good conversation. I was just excited to win. I’ll just keep the conversation going.”
Coach Schneider also did not reveal the details, saying, “The manager and the player just had a conversation about what happened during the game. I’ll just say that.”
On the other hand, Ohtani was replaced with a pinch hitter in the ninth inning due to leg cramps, a perfect opportunity with one run and full bases. It seems that the impact of the double header performance the previous day caused convulsions all over the body.