Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves) has passed Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) into sole possession of first place in home runs.
Olson went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBIs, three runs scored, one walk and one strikeout in the first game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets at Citi Field in the New York City borough of Queens, New York, USA, on 13 September.메이저놀이터
Olson led off his first at-bat with a walk. In his second and third at-bats, he flied out to centre field and struck out, respectively.
But in his fourth at-bat, Olson’s bat came alive. With runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning and a 5-0 lead, he took a 91.1 mph (about 146 km/h) slider from Reed Garrett that was coming towards him and smashed it over the centre field fence. It was his 41st home run of the season.
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He followed that up with a back-to-back homer in the top of the eighth to make it 11-0. He led off and battled reliever Josh Walker for seven pitches before crushing a 95.2 mph (153 km/h) fastball to left field. In the ninth, he doubled off shortstop Danny Mendick, who was on the mound as a pitcher. He later scored on Sean Murphy’s RBI single. Atlanta scored eight more runs in the ninth inning to take a commanding 21-3 victory.
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Olson’s home run in his second straight at-bat moved him into sole possession of first place in the major leagues. He moved into a tie for first place with Ohtani with a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on 11 November. He followed that up with a two-homer game on the same day to pass Ohtani.
This season, Olson has been steadily building his home run total. He started with eight homers in April, followed by nine in May, 11 in June, and eight in July. In August, he hit six home runs in 12 games. He finished with 119 hits, 42 home runs, 105 RBIs, 92 runs scored, a .270 batting average and a .993 OPS.
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Meanwhile, Ohtani has lost the home run lead to Olson as his home run pace has dropped. In June alone, he hit a whopping 15 home run arches. He followed that up with nine homers in July, and it looked like his momentum was not slowing down, but in August, he went cold. In 11 games, he hit just one home run.
After hitting one in a home game against the Seattle Mariners on the 4th, he went eight games without a home run. He still leads the American League in home runs, but has lost the top spot overall to Olson.