Otomo Hits 300th Home Run

Otomo hit HR #300 tonight against Denver

Takeo Otomo, the 37-year-old first baseman for the Anchorage Aces, has hit his milestone 300th and 301st home runs tonight in a 5-1 win over the Denver Danger.

The 1-time MVP and 10-time All-Star went 2-for-4 on the game. He remains 4th on the all-time Home Run leaderboard, 31 home runs behind Hall of Famer Always Rosy. The only active player ahead of Otomo is Narushi Ohata, of Boston, who sits at second, with 344 home runs.

The all-time HR record holder is the famous Carl Simms, Hall of Famer and original Bull League player whose career dates back to 1991, and who retired in 2013.

In the top of the second inning, with the game still scoreless and Marcus Cook on the mound for Denver, Takeo lead off with a solo shot on a 1-0 pitch, driving the ball 425 feet to right-center field, opening the scoring in the game.

Then, in his next at-bat against Cook, Otomo was up again in the 3rd, this time with two out and one on, and Anchorage still leading by one run. After fouling off the first pitch, then watching a trio of balls sail wide, Otomo took a called strike to fill the count to 3-2, before sending the next pitch 379 feet over the fence in the left field corner, for a two-run homer.

Denver did not answer with a run until the bottom of the ninth, and by the Aces were already leading 5-0. Otomo was certainly in the running for player of the game with his two home runs, and 3 RBIs, but rookie starter Jose Soto was on the mound for Anchorage and pitched his second gem of a start, allowing just 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 8 and walking 1.

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