Ohtani hits 162-foot high home run, Angels beat Brewers 3-0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a third-inning home run off Colin Rea that reached 162 feet above the field, the highest since Statcast started tracking in 2015, and helped the Los Angeles Angels beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Ohtani hit his seventh home run of the season on an 85.9 mph cutter from Rea (0-2). The ball left the bat with 114.3 exit velocity and a launch angle of 39 degrees, and after a hang time of 6.98 seconds it landed 413 feet away in deep center.
Milwaukee centerfielder Joey Wiemer and rightfielder Brian Anderson could only look up and watch.
Ohtani is batting .394 (13 for 33) in his last eight games with two doubles, one triple, three homers, seven RBIs and four stolen bases. He is hitting .294 with 18 RBIs this season, and the two-way star is 4-0 with a 1.85 ERA in the mound.
He also was picked off first base in the sixth.
José Suarez (1-1) allowed two hits in five innings with six strikeouts and three walks, rebounding from an April 24 outing against Oakland in which he gave up five home runs before getting his seventh out.
Chris Devenski, Chase Silseth, Matt Moore and Carlos Estévez completed a three-hitter for the Angels' fourth shutout this season. Estévez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
Jake Lamb homered in the second inning, his first since last Aug, 27, and Luis Rengifo had an RBI single in the seventh against Hoby Milner.
Rea struck out a career-high nine in five innings, allowing three hits and a walk.
Milwaukee was blanked for the fourth time.
Angels: SS Zach Neto went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a walk, a day after taking a 95 mph sinker from Corbin Burnes in the right forearm.
Brewers: LF Christian Yelich got the day off. He hit .192 (5 for 26) with no home runs and four RBIs during the nine-game homestand.
Milwaukee acquired RHP Trevor Megill from Minnesota for cash and a player to be named.
Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (2-1, 3.16 ERA) faces LHP Steven Matz (0-3, 6.23 ERA) on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series that completes a six-game trip.
Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (3-2, 3.77 ERA) starts at Colorado on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series. RHP Ryan Feltner (2-2. 4.88 ERA) starts for the Rockies.
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Joe Totoraitis, The Associated Press