Shohei Ohtani Breaks Silence With First Dodgers Home Run Amidst Early Season Struggle


Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way phenom, shattered the silence of his relatively slow start with the Los Angeles Dodgers by smashing his first home run against the San Francisco Giants after nine games of anticipation.

The remarkable feat unfolded during Wednesday's clash against the Giants, as Ohtani's bat connected with reliever Taylor Rogers' pitch, sending the ball soaring 430 feet at a blistering 105.6 mph off the bat, according to Statcast.

Ohtani's left-handed homer against the sidearm left-hander Rogers marked a rare occurrence, as it was only the eighth home run allowed by Rogers in his nine-year MLB career, with Ohtani's being the first since 2021.

Photo: Instagram/Shohei Ohtani

The electrifying moment not only propelleAs Ohtani's bat roared to life, journeyman reliever Dinelson Lamet sealed the victory with his first career save, securing a 1-2-3 top of the ninth inning, solidifying the Dodgers' triumph over their rivals.

d the Dodgers to a 5-4 lead but also fueled speculation about the fan who caught the historic ball, likely sparking negotiations for its return to Ohtani.


Amidst the buzz surrounding Ohtani's slow start, highlighted by a .242/.297/.333 batting average, the homer served as a reminder of his unparalleled talent and the immense pressure accompanying his record-breaking 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers.


With this milestone, Ohtani inches closer to etching his name in Dodgers history, trailing only six homers behind current manager Dave Roberts for the most by a Japanese-born player in the team's annals, as highlighted by MLB.com's Sarah Langs.



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