The home run match between former MVP Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) and Aaron Judge (New York Yankees) ended in a ‘draw’.
The New York Yankees won 9-3 메이저놀이터against the Los Angeles Angels in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) held at Yankee Stadium in New York, USA on the 21st (Korean time). The Yankees took the winning series in a 3-game home game.
The confrontation between the two teams also attracted attention with the home run matchup between Ohtani and Judge, the’special star’ who were selected as MVPs in the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
Judge and Ohtani fought for MVP last season as well. Jersey, who hit 62 home runs and broke the record for the most in an AL single season in 61 years, and Ohtani, who won 15 wins as a pitcher and hit 34 home runs as a hitter, were among the ingredients that heated up the MLB until the end of the season.
The first home run matchup in the new season ended in a draw.
The first game was Ohtani’s victory. Ohtani hit a two-run home run in the top of the first in front of the judge, leading to a 5-2 victory. On the other hand, Judge bowed his head with no hits in 3 at-bats. The second confrontation held a day later yielded the opposite result. Not only did Judge hit a home run, but he also showed off a super catch to stop Ohtani’s home run. Ohtani, who withdrew after his home run hit was caught in the rain of the jersey, swallowed the regret with only one walk and no hits in 4 at-bats.
In the third game, they were silent side by side. Judge only got one hit in the first inning, but after that, he struck out and grounded in the infield. Ohtani withdrew due to a foul fly in the first at-bat, and in the 3rd inning 2nd out 1st and 3rd base chance, it was only an infield grounder. Even in the 5th inning, with 2 out and 1 base, he turned to an infield ground ball and could not revive the pursuit.
The home run matchup ended in a draw, but Ohtani’s hitting feeling was lower than Judge’s. After hitting a two-run home run in his first at-bat on the 19th, he has been hitless for 12 consecutive at-bats. In Game 3, there was no batted ball to the outfield.