Troutani Strikes Again: Ohtani, Trout Both Launch Homers As Angels Beat Royals

Troutani Strikes Again: Ohtani, Trout Both Launch Homers As Angels Beat Royals

Joel Reyes
June 19, 2023 at 10:46 AM
  • Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers in the Angels’ win on Sunday
  • Jared Walsh also homered for LA who won the three-game series against Kansas City
  • These helped Angels starting pitcher Tyler Anderson notch his fourth win this season

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani homered in the same game for the 28th time since they became teammates, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Ohtani hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. The Japanese star displayed his power, hitting the ball to the right field for his MLB-leading 24th homer of the season.

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Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Taylor Ward after hitting a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 18, 2023. Image: Kyle Rivas
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Ohtani destroy Greinke's pitch

Ohtani obliterated Zack Greinke’s 69.7 mph pitch, hitting the 3-2 curveball 117.1 mph off the bat and sending the ball 422 feet.

The towering blast extended the 2021 AL MVP’s hit streak to 15 games. That is currently the longest hit streak in the Majors. According to Sarah Langs, that is Ohtani’s fourth career home run with a 117+ mph exit velocity.

Only Yankees sluggers, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have more homers with an exit velocity of at least 117 mph since Statcast began tracking these numbers in 2015.

Trout matches Ohtani's homer

Trout was not to be outdone, launching a ball to left-center field for his first home run since June 7. He clobbered the first pitch of the at-bat, sending the ball to the stands 408 feet away, per

He entered the series hitting just .111 but is now starting to heat up. After collecting two hits on Saturday for the first time since May 29, he followed that up with a homer, double, and a walk in the series finale against the Royals.

It was the third time this campaign that both Ohtani and Trout blasted back-to-back homers in a game. The first came on April 2 against the Oakland Athletics, and the most recent one happened on April 23 against the Royals as well.

Ohtani makes history vs. Rangers

Sports Brief also reported on Ohtani making history against Texas with his 21st homer of the season.

The exit velocity of his two-run blast in the ninth inning was measured at 116.1 mph.

According to Statcast, that was the hardest-hit home run by a left-handed hitter to the opposite field.

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