Andrew Heaney led the Los Angeles Angels’ 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, a game that also saw Shohei Ohtani’s hit the longest home run of his career.
Heaney has thrown his highest percentage of fastballs in six years in each of the past two games, and on both occasions, he’s pitched into the seventh inning while allowing just a single run.
He threw 75 percent fastballs on Tuesday and 73 percent in last week’s game. The last time he recorded close to those percentages was in 2015. Prior to these two games, he was throwing his fastball 56.5 percent of the time.
“I felt really good with my heater tonight,” Hearney said. “When I’m going good, that’s how it goes, and it makes my secondary pitches better.”
Meanwhile, Ohtani got his 17th homer of the season with a 470-foot shot into the outfield bleachers off Kansas City starter Kris Bubic. The home run distances surpasses Ohtani’s previous best, which was a 451-foot homer on April 4.