Ohtani's 3-run triple lifts Halos to 5th straight W

April 13th, 2018

KANSAS CITY -- Two-way phenom collected another first on Thursday night, driving in three runs with a bases-loaded triple to cap a five-run seventh inning for the Angels in their 7-1 win over the Royals in the series opener at Kauffman Stadium. The Halos ran their winning streak to five games and have an MLB-high 11 wins on the season. Their 11-3 record matches the 1979 team for the best start in franchise history.
It was Ohtani's first extra-base hit that didn't wind up as a home run. The left-handed slugger has homered three times this year and is now batting .364 (9-for-26) with 11 RBIs in six starts as the Angels' designated hitter.

The pitch from Royals reliever was a 96.7-mph inside fastball on a 1-2 count, which Ohtani rocketed to right-center with a 106-mph exit velocity. His home-to-third time was 11.49 seconds, per Statcast™.
"The outfielder was playing in, so I figured once the ball went through I could make it to third," Ohtani said via interpreter Ippei Mizuhara.
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The Angels entered the inning with a slim 1-0 lead before gave them some breathing room with a two-out, two-run single off Royals reliever . then walked and singled to load the bases, prompting Kansas City manager Ned Yost to bring in Maurer to face Ohtani. He responded by extending the Angels' lead to 6-0.

"He broke the game open," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think Shohei is comfortable in the box. He's handling a lot of the zone. He's using all the fields. He's hitting the ball hard to all fields. You can see why he was such a force when he was hitting over in Japan. He's got a great swing and a great feel for hitting."
Ohtani also drew his first intentional walk in the ninth to finish 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Scioscia hinted that he will be back in the Angels' lineup on Friday against Royals right-hander before making his third start on the mound on Sunday.