Matt Olson of the Atlanta Braves has finally passed Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels as the major league home run leader.
Olson, batting fourth and starting at first base, went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in game one of the Braves’ 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) doubleheader against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, USA, on 13 July. Both hits were home runs.토토사이트
After drawing a walk and a strikeout in his first and second at-bats, respectively, Olson took a four-pitch slider from Reed Garrett over the right-centre field fence with runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning to give his team a 5-0 lead. It was Olson’s 41st home run of the season, giving him sole possession of the major league lead in home runs.
It wasn’t the end of the story for Olson. Leading off the eighth inning, Olson battled Josh Walker for seven pitches before driving a 95.2 mph (153 km/h) fastball over the left field fence for a solo arch. It was Olson’s 42nd home run of the season.
Olson, who had already surpassed 2021 (39) for the most home runs in a single season, continued his steady pace with 11 in June after eight in April and nine in May. He added six more this month to finally surpass Ohtani.
Behind Olson’s performance, Atlanta swept the Mets 21-3 in the first game of the doubleheader and followed it up with a 6-0 shutout in the second game of the doubleheader to complete a three-game sweep. They are now 75-41 (.647) on the season.
On the other hand, Ohtani’s bat has been relatively quiet, as he’s been eyeing 50 homers or more. Ohtani seemed to book his home run title early on, blasting 15 in June alone, but he lost the home run lead to Olson after hitting just one home run in 11 games in August.
Ohtani had to settle for one hit in four at-bats, batting second in the lineup against the Houston Astros. His season batting average remained unchanged from the previous day at .305. The team fell to 3-11, their second straight loss. His season record is now 58-60 (.492).