The New York Yankees suffered one of their most demoralizing losses in recent memory, and certainly their worst of the season when they fell to the Los Angeles Angels 11-8 in Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees got to the ninth inning leading 8-4, but closer Aroldis Chapman walked three batters and allowed a game-tying grand slam, the first of his career, to Jared Walsh. The bullpen allowed three additional runs and the offense couldnâ€™t get anything going in the bottom of the ninth against closer Raisel Iglesias.
â€œThatâ€™s about as bad as it gets right there,â€ Giancarlo Stanton told Betelhem Ashame of MLB.com. â€œWe got about six hours to sleep, and then dust this off and itâ€™s a brand new game tomorrow. As crushing as this is, it canâ€™t linger into tomorrow. We got a quick turnaround and we can flip the script also, and thatâ€™s what we need to do.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ offense, so criticized this season (and deservedly so), has started to come around as of late. They scored eight runs yesterday and 11 the night before after putting only three on the scoreboard on Monday and failing to do anything against the Boston Red Sox on the weekend.
The Angels took the life out of Yankeesâ€™ players and fans
But two rain delays, a late rally by the Angels and Walshâ€™s unexpected blast took the life out of the Yankees, as well as their fans, on Wednesday night.
â€œFeel terrible for them,â€ Boone said. â€œThey deserve better than this, especially staying late. Weâ€™re past 1 in the morning, hanging in there to want to see us finish that off. Obviously, we certainly share in their frustration.
â€œWeâ€™ve spoken a ton. Everyoneâ€™s said everything they need to. The guys have spoken to one another. As Iâ€™ve said here several times, talk is cheap right now. We need to go out and play full games and start hammering some people.â€
Stanton has been a little banged up this season, but has produced when healthy, with a .269 batting average, a .366 on-base percentage, and a .859 OPS. He, like the rest of his teammates, recognizes that the Yankees have to be better.
â€œYou gotta erase what just happened and be ready to go for a brand new game,â€ Stanton said. â€œThereâ€™s really no other option. The other option is failure, which is letting this drag on, saying youâ€™re tired from yesterdayâ€™s game, all this crap — no … letâ€™s go tomorrow.
â€œWeâ€™re all just as frustrated. We gotta pick this [expletive] up. Thatâ€™s it.â€