Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani was lit up in his first start of the season against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, giving up five runs without recording a single out.
Back at it from the plate on Wednesday, the Japanese sensation more than made up for his struggles from the bump.
With Los Angeles down 1-0 to the Seattle Mariners in the bottom of the fourth, Ohtani stepped to the plate. Somehow, he hit a Justin Dunn curve ball over the right-field fence for a homer.
Ohtani almost literally hit that ball off the infield dirt, driving it 402 feet with an exit velocity of 101 miles-per-hour for his first homer of the season.
The former AL Rookie of the Year was hitting .143 with a single RBI in three games heading into Wednesday’s action. Maybe this will act as a wake-up call for him and the Angels.