Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Japanese-Born Player to Hit For the Cycle

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani

Ohtani recorded his first triple of the season in the fifth inning.

On Thursday, it was the 24-year-old becoming the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle. In the third, Ohtani doubled to lead off the inning but was stranded at third base to close the frame.

A seventh-inning single against a Tampa Bay Rays reliever clinched the feat.

Ohtani is the seventh different Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout in 2013.

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He's the first Angels player since Mike Trout in 2013 to hit for the cycle, and second in Major League Baseball this season (Jorge Polanco, Twins). Ohtani had already hit home runs off of two of his fellow countrymen on Saturday and Tuesday when Ohtani connected off of Yusei Kikuchi and Kenta Maeda.

Ohtani struck early, parking a Ryan Yarbrough two-seamer over the wall in left-center field for a three-run dinger in the first, putting the Angels ahead 3-0.

More importantly it draws the Angels to one game under.500 winning four of their last five games.

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