Shohei Ohtani hits home run in third straight game for Angels

VIDEO: Shohei Ohtani hits home run in third straight game for Angels

VIDEO: Shohei Ohtani hits home run in third straight game for Angels

With Angels' fans on their feet cheering, Ohtani drew a walk and forced in a run. He performed poorly in spring training but has exceeded expectations so far this season.

Shohei Ohtani continued his hot streak by hitting a third home run in as many games during the second inning of the Los Angeles Angels' series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

Ohtani was signed by the Angels after resisting overtures from several leading Major League Baseball franchises including the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants.

Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run leave the yard in the second inning.

. Then he smacked a 3-run shot in a blowout win over Cleveland, and he delivered a 2-run home run off Corey Kluber in the following game. Ohtani was batting 8th as the designated-hitter.


After a poor performance all around by A's pitchers the night before, it looked like Triggs could have been headed down that same path in the fourth when he surrendered a two-run homer to Justin Upton.

Blake Treinen (0-1) took the loss. His first at-bat came in the 2nd inning with 2 outs and no runners on base.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow inflammation) gave up one run and two hits while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings in a rehab assignment at Single-A Inland Empire. The right-hander beat them in Oakland on Sunday, giving up three runs and three hits in six innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.

Seth Manea is the only starter to make it through six innings for the A's this season. "Eliminate those and we'll get deeper into the ballgame".

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