SEATTLE – Shohei Ohtani’s league-leading 33rd home game of the season Friday night put him in rare company in the history of the Seattle Mariners’ home ball park.
Ohtani’s solo shot in the third inning from Marco Gonzales rose in the upper deck on the right field at T-Mobile Park. The Angels’ two-way phenomenon is the sixth player to reach the top deck of right-hand field pitches since the stadium opened in 1999, according to the Mariners.
MLB’s Statcast projected the homer at 463 feet.
Ohtani’s explosion left a buzz through the ballpark and caused a couple of fans sitting alone in that part of the stadium to duck as the ball approached. It landed over the fifth row of seats before hitting a concrete wall and ricocheting back down into the lower levels.
Angels dugout broke out of excitement and disbelief after Ohtani’s left-handed turn. Justin Upton put his hands on his head in shock as it landed on the top deck.
The homer is Ohtani’s 16th in the last 21 games, making him the seventh player in MLB history to hit so many in a 21-game span within a single season. He joins Barry Bonds, Giancarlo Stanton, JD Martinez, Kyle Schwarber, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Ohtani is also the first player since Albert Pujols in 2006 to hit 33 or more homers in his first 82 games in a season. He is on pace at 61 this season.
The others who have reached the top deck at T-Mobile Park are Joey Gallo (2020), Daniel Vogelbach (2019), Nomar Mazara (2019), Carlos Delgado (2001) and Mo Vaughn (1999).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.