Pirates rookie Henry Davis makes history against Shohei Ohtani, hitting two home runs in 8-5 loss to the surging Angels
Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Henry Davis made “Shohei Ohtani History” last night to the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 win over the Buccos.
For those unfamiliar, Henry Davis was selected No. 1 overall in the 2021 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made his MLB debut on June 19th and was slashing .275/.377/.385 entering last night’s game against the Angels.
Now, the 23-year old who has played in only 27 games at the major league level is batting .295 with four home runs and a .854 OPS after hitting two home runs in a three-hit night against Ohtani. Davis went 3-for-4 from the dish with two solo home runs despite the Pirates losing to the Angels.
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His two home runs against Shohei Ohtani last night marked the first time in Ohtani’s MLB career that a single player homered twice off of him in the same game.
Davis is now the seventh player in Major League Baseball with multiple home runs against Ohtani. Only six other players have hit multiple home runs against Ohtani.
MLB Players with Multiple Home Runs against Shohei Ohtani
- Matt Chapman
- Jarred Kelenic
- Nathaniel Lowe
- Cedric Mullins
- Anthony Santander
- George Springer
Henry first struck in the top of the fourth inning, crushing a high off-speed pitch into the Angels’ bullpen to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.
Henry Davis Solo Home Run off Shohei Ohtani
Two innings later, the Pirates No. 2 ranked prospect took Ohtani’s first pitch of the at-bat, a 97mph fastball opposite field for his second home run in as many at-bats.
Henry Davis Home Run No. 2 against Shohei Ohtani
The Pirates hit four home runs last night against Ohtani which is the most home runs he’s coughed up in a single game. He has allowed two home runs in a game 15 times and never three home runs in a game.
Last night, Ohtani allowed five total runs in 6.1 innings pitched. It was Ohtani’s third straight start in which he’s coughed up five runs, boosting his ERA to 3.71 on the season.
Ohtani, still obviously one of the league’s best pitchers, is 8-5 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 19 games this season. He has 148 strikeouts in 111.2 innings pitched. However, in the month of July this season, he’s given up 14 earned runs and holds a 8.10 ERA.
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Definitely uncharacteristic for the superstar, but luckily the Angels managed to outscore the Pirates and won last night 8-5 to improve to two games over the .500 mark at 50-48.
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Los Angeles Angels: Buyers or Sellers at the MLB Trade Deadline?
The Angels recent surge could affect what the organization decides to do at the MLB Trade Deadline on August 1st. Los Angeles has now won four straight games. They’re now 50-48 and four games back of the Blue Jays for the third and final AL Wild Card spot and right in the mix with the Red Sox and Yankees.
American League Wild Card Standings
With one week left until the trade deadline, if the Angels keep winning baseball games, it’s likely that they will become buyers instead of sellers at the trade deadline.