Sayville’s O’Hoppe wears the kabuto again, catches Angels’ one-hitter


It’s reaching the point where Mets fans are thanking their lucky stars that the Phillies traded Sayville native Logan O’Hoppe to the American League last August.

The Los Angeles Angels’ rookie catcher slugged another home run Tuesday night, helping secure the Halos 2-0 win over Washington and another victory for two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani. He also caught the Angels’ combined one-hitter, in which starter Ohtani tossed seven shutout innings.

O’Hoppe’s team-leading fourth home run of the season came in the sixth inning. His laser beam shot was 104 mph off the bat, zooming over the wall in left-center.

Following his smash, O’Hoppe was vigorously celebrated in the Angels’ dugout and donned the team’s kabuto — a home run hat inspired by the headpiece that samurai in feudal Japan once wore.

O’Hoppe leads Los Angeles in home runs. He also has the team’s most RBIs with 10. Even at this early stage in the season, those distinctions are significant, given that Ohtani and future Hall of Famer Mike Trout are also in the lineup.

O’Hoppe was one-for-three at the plate to raise his batting average to .258. Ohtani is now 2-0 with a minuscule 0.47 era.

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Top photo: Logan O’Hoppe enters Angels’ dugout after hitting a home run in the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 2-0 over Washington on Tuesday. (Source: Instagram/LosAngeles Angels)