Ohtani’s Monster Home Run Sparks Dodgers to Rout of Giants

Ohtani’s Monster Home Run Sparks Dodgers to Rout of Giants
Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers is all smiles after hitting a mammoth home run against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco on May 14, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO—Shohei Ohtani hit a tape-measure home run and had an RBI double among his three hits as the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the rival San Francisco Giants 10–2 on Tuesday night, May 14.

Ohtani’s 12th homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning that Gavin Lux capped with an RBI triple.

Teoscar Hernández doubled home a run, and Max Muncy hit a sacrifice fly in the inning, backing Gavin Stone (4–1). Hernández later contributed a two-run triple.

Ohtani’s 446-foot drive landed above the brick facade in right-center field for the longest home run at Oracle Park in nearly two years—since Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks connected for a 461-foot drive against Alex Cobb on Aug. 15, 2022.

“You don’t see many guys hitting the ball [to] that part of the ballpark that far. Fortunately, I played with one here,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said of home run king Barry Bonds. “That was pretty impressive. ... That’s Barry territory.”

Ohtani thought he might reach the water of McCovey Cove like he watched Mr. Bonds do all those years.

“I thought I hit one today,” Ohtani said, “but I was disappointed it didn’t go over.”

Will Smith hit an RBI single in the fifth as the Dodgers posted a sixth straight victory in the series, dating to last year. Los Angeles has won 14 of its past 17 games in San Francisco and 10 of 12 overall against the Giants since being swept at home from June 16–18.

Heliot Ramos hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Giants, but the Dodgers added on in the seventh when Mookie Betts tripled and scored on Ohtani’s double.

Ohtani’s new teammates are loving his fast start at the plate.

“This is the first year where he’s really got to focus on hitting, so it’ll be a lot of fun to watch,” Stone said.

Miguel Rojas added an RBI double in the ninth for the Dodgers.

Stone allowed one run and five hits over six innings to win his second consecutive start and fourth straight decision. The Dodgers extended a franchise record by allowing four runs or fewer in 21 straight games, winning 17 of them.

Giants starter Keaton Winn (3–6) allowed five runs and five hits in four-plus innings. The right-hander gave way to Randy Rodriguez with two aboard and no outs in the fifth.

Manager Bob Melvin and Dave Groeschner, the team’s athletic trainer, visited the mound to check on the rookie right-hander, who lost his third straight start. Winn left with forearm tightness, the Giants said.

Gavin Lux of the Dodgers smacks an RBI triple against the Giants in San Francisco on May 14, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)
Gavin Lux of the Dodgers smacks an RBI triple against the Giants in San Francisco on May 14, 2024. (Godofredo A. Vásquez/AP Photo)

Trainer’s Room

Dodgers: Outfielder Jason Heyward (back) had three at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Okla., at Sacramento, Calif., and got through it healthy, according to Mr. Roberts. ... Right-hander Bobby Miller will throw two simulated innings in Arizona on Wednesday. He was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday with shoulder inflammation.
Giants: An MRI exam of center fielder Jung Hoo Lee’s dislocated left shoulder showed he has structural damage after crashing into the outfield wall Sunday. He met with team doctors Monday night and now will seek a second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... Left-hander Blake Snell (strained left inner thigh) will pitch Friday for Sacramento, and the plan is for him to then rejoin the Giants. ... Designated hitter Jorge Soler (strained right shoulder) hit live pitching and if he is fine afterward, will join Sacramento for a rehab game. ... Catcher Patrick Bailey was placed back on the seven-day concussion list retroactive to Sunday. He came off the concussion list Saturday but was scratched the past two days with symptoms of a cold that the Giants suspected might be related to the concussion.

Up Next

The Dodgers will have a bullpen game as the Giants start right-hander Logan Webb (3–4, 3.38 earned-run average) in Wednesday’s series finale as San Francisco concludes a 16-day stretch without a day off.
By Janie McCauley