Shohei Ohtani’s First Home Base Steal

Jake Cooper - 05 Sep 2021

At Anaheim on Tuesday the Angels played the Yankees. The stadium was filled with a diverse mix of both Angels and Yankees fans. The Angels had a few pivotal moments that added to their win. They had a total of five double plays, a few skilful turns by Fletcher at second base, some legendary batting by Walsh, two strike outs by Jake Petricka and an epic home steal by Shohei. The Angels went on to win 6-4 at their home ground, Angel’s stadium. In the fifth inning during a three-run rally, Shohei Ohtani stole home for the first time in his four year career.

There were runners at first and third base leaving second base open which Phil Gosselin stole. Shohei then went on to steal home as part of a clearly successful double steal. Ohtani’s slide into home was a moment to remember. He slid straight past Gary Sánchez, just in time to conquer the throw home.

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More about Ohtani

Ohtani is the current leading choice for the American League MVP award. He has twenty-two stolen bases and forty two home runs, all of which have been accomplished in only one season. Shohei is 8-1 with a 3.00 earned run average. He has had over nineteen starts on the mound with one hundred and twenty-seven strikeouts in one hundred and five innings.

After his success in this game, he quickly became the first Angels player to steal home since Francisco Arcia in 2018.

What Maddon and Walsh Had To Say

Maddon’s game plan had intended to be an aggressive one, he felt confident that they would be able to see their plan through and they did. He said that he and the team discussed it prior to the game and had hoped the players would be able to keep their wits about them. He was very happy with how the game play unfolded and stated that there were some very aware players on the field. Maddon added that the double steal made by two of his most aware players was a perfect combination.

Another key player for this game was first baseman Jared Walsh who said that watching Shohei every day is a treat and witnessing his stealing of home was amazing. Walsh has been batting really well of late. He has 25 home runs for the year, he said he has been trying to use the entire field a bit more than in the past. He feels that his newfound sharp swing can be brought down to his pregame work out which consists of hitting the balls more to the left.

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