José Soriano’s first-pitch curveball dipped down and struck Alonso near the back of his head, on the neck, in a spot where his helmet didn't completely protect him.
As if his 2023 wasn't impressive enough already, Shohei Ohtani has a chance to do something that has only been accomplished once in the past 56 seasons.
As the culmination of the 2023 season approaches, Ohtani finds himself within reach of numerous individual accolades, alongside the prospect of guiding the Angels to their initial playoff participation since 2014. His second American League MVP Award in three years appears almost assured given his exceptional performance. The pursuit of Aaron Judge's recently established AL record of 62 home runs from the previous year lies within Ohtani's grasp. However, the pinnacle aspiration remains the Triple Crown.
Ohtani aims to emulate a feat achieved by only one other player in the last 56 seasons: clinching the highest batting average, most home runs, and most RBIs in a single season across either the AL or NL.
Julio Rodriguez set a new record for the most hits in a four-game stretch in either the AL or NL, amassing a total of 17 hits during this time. His streak of going 17-for-22 at the plate surpassed the previous record held by Milt Stock of the Brooklyn Robins back in 1925, who managed 16 hits. Notably, in those 22 at-bats, Rodríguez also managed to hit two home runs.
J-Rod's past four games:
Wednesday: 4-for-6, double, 2 RBIs, two stolen bases
Thursday: 5-for-5, home run, double, 5 RBIs
Friday: 4-for-5, home run, RBI, two stolen bases
Saturday: 4-for-6, stolen base