New York Yankees: Takeaways from Yankees stunning loss to the Angels

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees game last night, against the Angels, was filled with three things, tremendous highs, unbelievable lows, and rain delays. First, the rain delays, one for 42 minutes and another for 91 minutes. Before the rain delay, the Yankee fans were jubilant after scoring 7 runs in the first inning against the phenom Shohei Ohtani. However, after the rain delays, the Yankees were left in shambles as they blew a 4 run lead in the ninth. As a result, the Yankees lost the game 11-8. The game ended at 1:12 am today.

Ohtani bombed out in the first.

The Los Angeles Angels put their star pitcher Shohei Ohtani on the mound last night and announced he would also be the DH. However, he never got to hit a single ball because he was out of the game in only 2/3 of an inning. Ohtani may be a great hitter, but he didn’t impress as a pitcher last night as he walked three and allowed a single to Stanton for the first Yankees run. By the time he was removed, only getting one out, he had allowed seven Yankee runs.

New York Yankee starter Domingo German was nothing to celebrate either; he had his third bad game in a row last night, giving up three runs in three innings. German had no command of his pitches. He gave up three hits for three earned runs.

At the top of the first inning, German faced the incredible Shohei Ohtani that was pitching and leading off for the Angels; he is the first pitcher to lead off against the Yankees since 1968. He flew out to Brett Gardner in left-center. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh flew out to Andujar with the extreme shift on. Phil Gosselin got a two-run homer to center for the Angels’ two-run lead. Fletcher flew out to end the inning. German gave up another run in the second, Taylor Ward walked. Juan Lagares hit a double driving in Ward. After loading the bases bearly getting out of another jam, German was removed from the game.

The biggest loss of Aaron Boone’s tenure

Last night Aaron Boone may have endured the worst loss of his management career. Many are calling for Boone to be fired and replaced by someone more competent. Last night’s loss may only add fire to those desires. No, Boone didn’t lose the game, Aroldis Chapman did, but the Yankees couldn’t hold the lead after scoring seven runs in the first inning. After the freaky first inning, the Yankees returned to the Yankees; they have been most of the season. They did not score another run until the eighth inning when Brett Gardner hit a solo home run. They returned to the team they have been, hitting into double plays and leaving men on base. They were 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position. After Chapman gave up the lead in the ninth, the Yankees went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

If there were any bright spots in the game, it was the first time in Yankee history that they had gotten seven runs in the first inning of any game. The other is the two relievers returning from the IL, Justin Wilson and Darren O’Day, who combined two scoreless innings of relief.

Chapman was a total mess in the ninth

Aroldis Chapman took to the mound in the ninth with a four-run lead to work with. Taylor Ward walked. Juan Lagares hit into a force at second. Stassi walked. Rendon also walked the bases loaded. Jered Walsh hit a grand slam against Chapman to tie the game. It was the first Grand Slam given up by Chapman in his career. Here are some disturbing facts: Chapman has allowed eight walks in his last four outings. He gave up the first grand slam of the ninth inning since 1986. It is the first time the Yankees have given up a 4 run lead in the ninth since 2000. Chapman, in his first 18 games, had an ERA of 0.00. In his last 13 games, his ERA is 6.55. If Chapman continues to pitch as he has recently, the Yankees are doomed.

Lucas Luetge was brought on to end the bleeding. Gosselin walked. Fletcher singled to center. Iglesias with men on the corners struck out. Rengifo got a line drive to left, driving in two runs. Ward doubled to left, driving in another run. Lagares struck out to finally end the half. Angels 11 Yankees 8. The New York Yankees are going backward. Just over a week ago, they had climbed to just four games out of first in the AL East; they are now 8 1/2 games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox.

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Ohtani fails, Chapman fails, Yankees have total meltdown in loss to the Angels

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Last night, the New York Yankees met up with the Los Angeles Angels for the third game of the series with the amazing Shohei Ohtani on the mound for the Angels facing the Yankee’s Domingo German. It was the third game in sweltering conditions at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx; it was a rubber game of sorts as the Angels won the first game and the Yankees the second with two games to go in the four-game set. The game-time temperature was 95 degrees, with the chance of thundershowers. The game started at 7:07 pm and ended July 1st at 1:07 pm. In stunning loss, the Angels won the game 11-8.

At the top of the first inning, German faced the incredible Shohei Ohtani that was pitching and leading off for the Angels; he is the first pitcher to lead off against the Yankees since 1968. He flew out to Brett Gardner in left-center. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh flew out to Andujar with the extreme shift on. Phil Gosselin got a two-run homer to center for the Angels’ two-run lead. Fletcher flew out to end the inning.

Ohtani on the mound DJ LeMahieu led off by walking. Luke Voit walked for two straight walks for Ohtani. The runners moved up on a passed ball. Gary Sanchez walked for the third straight walk for Ohtani. Giancarlo Stanton hit a single driving in the first Yankee run. Gleyber Torres singled, tying up the game with still no outs. Rougie Odor struck out on a splitter. Miguel Andujar ground out to third, but Sanchez scored for the Yankees’ lead. Clint Frazier, who is normally an automatic out, was hit by a pitcher reloading the bases. Brett Gardner walked on four pitches for an additional Yankee run. That was the night for Ohtani as Madon pulled him without finishing the first inning. LeMahieu facing the new Angel pitcher Aaron Sieger had a bases-clearing double. Luke Voit struck out to end the inning, but the Yankees got seven runs on three hits. New York Yankees 7 Angels 2. The first inning was 45 minutes.

The second inning led off  Iglesias by singling in the second to Brett Gardner. Suzuki went down on strikes. Taylor Ward walked. Juan Lagares hit a double driving in Ward. Schebler struck him out. Rendon flew out to Andujar as the Angels left two on base. At the bottom, Sanchez led off by Facing Alex Claudio and singled to left. Stanton singled with two on and no outs. Torres flew out to right. Odor walked to load the bases with Yankees. Andujar hit into the double play to end the inning. New York Yankees. 7 Angels 3.

The top of the third inning was led off by Walsh, who flew out to right, with Tyler Wade moving to center field. Gosselin ground to the pitcher. Fletcher walked. Iglesias reached second with an errant throw by German to Voit. Fletcher moved to third. A pitch hit Suzuki to load the bases. With the bases loaded with Angels and two outs, Ward flew out to end the half, getting German got out of a jam. Tyler Wade in for Frazier singled down the left-field line. Gardner walked. LeMahieu faced the Angel’s third pitcher in as many innings in Dylan Bundy, and he struck out. Runners moved up on a passed ball. Luke Voit at the plate, and the field was covered due to heavy rain. The game resumed after about 42 minutes. Luke Voit struck out. Sanchez ground out to third to end the inning. New York Yankees 7 Angels 3.

At the top of the fourth, Juan Lagares faced Justin Wilson in his first appearance since the IL; he ground out. Bundy pinch-hitting for Ohtani stuck out Rendon popped out to Sanchez. Stanton led off the bottom went down looking. Torres walked. Odor flew out to right. It started to rain again heavily at the Stadium. Andujar flew out to the wet warning track in center to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 3.

With Luis Cessa on the mound for the Yankees, the umpires are trying to get the fifth inning in. Walsh hit a home run just beyond Gardner’s reach. Gosselin went down looking. Fletcher ground out two Odor. Iglesias ground out to Odor. Upon review, he was safe.  Suzuki ground into the force for the final out of the half. At the bottom, Tyler Wade was at the plate as the tarp again covered the field. Going five and a half innings, it was an official game. New York Yankees 7 Los Angeles Angels 4. The game was restarted after another long 91-minute delay.

The Angels did not score in the top of the sixth. The Yankees in the bottom with Voit at the plate he ground out. Gary Sanchez walked. Stanton also walked. Torres faced the new Angels pitcher Steve Cishek, Angel’s sixth pitcher of the game, and hit into a double play to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 4. After the two rain delays, it was obvious many fans had left the stands due to the late hour.

At the top of the seventh, Rendon with the Yankee’s new pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, and the first day of July, Rendon grounded out to LeMahieu at third. Walsh grounded out to Torres. Gosselin struck out to end the half. After the stretch, Odor slapped in into left for a single. Andujar lined out to left. Wade banged into another double play to end the inning. Yankees 7 Angels 4.

The top of the eighth was led off by Fletcher, who ground out to left. Ingelias ground out on a slow roller. Suzuki struck out for two strong innings by Loaisiga. At the bottom, Gardner homered to center for his third homer of the season. LeMahieu gound out to right. Voit also ground out. Sanchez went down swinging to end the inning. Yankees 8 Angels 4.

With last licks on the line for the Angels, Ward with Aroldis Chapman on the mound walked. Lagares hit into a force at second. Stassi walked. Rendon also walked the bases loaded. Jered Walsh hit a grand slam against Chapman to tie the game. Lucas Luetge was brought on to end the bleeding. Gosselin walked. Fletcher singled to center. Lglesias with men on the corners struck out. Rengifo got a line drive to left, driving in two runs. Ward doubled to left, driving in another run. Lagares struck out to finally end the half. Angels 11 Yankees 8.

At the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton ground out. Gleyber Torres ground out. Rougie Odor struck out swinging to end the game and the loss for the New York Yankees. The winning pitcher was Mike Mayers, and the loser was Lucas Luetge.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from Yankees 4th loss in a row

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After a disastrous series with the Boston Red Sox that saw the New York Yankees get swept for the second time by their age-old rival, the Yankees were hoping to right the ship last night. They opened a four-game set with the Los Angeles Angels at the Stadium in the Bronx, but that ship kept going in the wrong direction; the Yankees lost their fourth game in a row 5-3.

Michael King still searching for his first win

Michael King has now had 12 starts but hasn’t notched up a win to his name. Last night against the Los Angeles Angels, he used 77 pitches to go 4.1 innings into the game, giving up a homer and two earned runs. The 77 pitches was season-high for King. King is now 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA.

With starter Corey Kluber on the shelf for at least another month, the Yankees called on Deivi Garcia to fill in, but he failed badly. The next option was King being that Clarke Schmidt is also on the IL. Unfortunately, the New York Yankees are out of options, so King will make at least another few starts as General Manager Brian Cashman scours the trade market. King’s primary problem is also his best pitch. King relies on his sinker to get hitters out, but he gets walloped when that sinker fails to sink. As a result, the Yankees have lost 9 of his 12 starts this season.

Hitting consistency still missing

The Yankees have been plagued all season long by not hitting or not hitting when it counts. Last night was no different. The Yankees could only get six hits on the night and never got a runner into scoring position after the second inning. They were hitless in the eighth inning, and with the game on the line at the bottom of the ninth, they struck out three times.

Two of the three runs scored came from home runs by Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton. For homers to be impactful, there have to be runners on base. This season the Yankee home runs are down, and most are solo shots causing fewer runs to be driven in and ultimately leads to fewer wins. At the beginning of the season, most industry analysts felt the Yankees could get at least 95 wins, with some projecting a 100 game winning season. If the Yankees continue to lose games at the present pace, they will probably win only 80-85 games, and that will not get them into the postseason. The Yankees, three games from the halfway mark, have only 40 wins.

Super star Shohei Ohtani

Many New York Yankee fans were at least curious to see this baseball player that has been compared to the likes of Babe Ruth. Shohei Ohtani is a Los Angeles Angel pitcher. What makes him unique, it that he is one of the team’s best hitters as well. If any fans wanted to see just how talented this young 26-year-old Japanese player was, they didn’t have to wait long. Last night in his first at-bat, he homered into the centerfield bleachers for his 26th home run of the season. He has tied for the most home runs with Vlad Guerrero Jr., a pitcher that can hit this well has caused his nickname of “Shotime.” Some call him a freak of nature.

As a pitcher, the young man has a career record of 42-15 with an ERA of 2.52. This year he is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.58. As a hitter, he has a .270 batting average. And get this, he only makes just over $4 million a year; I’d say that’s quite a bargain for the man that just may be the next Babe Ruth. Tonight he will pitch for the Angels facing Domingo German.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose their fourth straight game dropping another game in the East

New York Yankees, Michael King

After being swept by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, the New York Yankees were back at Yankee Stadium tonight to start a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Michael King was on the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. This is an important series for the Yankees as they try to right the ship and turn things around before they distance themselves further from the top of the AL East. Unfortunately, it was not to be as the Yankee lost to the Angels 5-3.

Michael King was on the mound facing the Angels David Fletcher, who struck out. Shohei Ohtani hit a monster home run to center, his 26th of the season. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh doubled driving in another run for the Angels. Max Stassi ground out. Scott Schebler went done swinging, but the Angels got two runs in the first inning. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu singled beyond short. Aaron Judge hit a double to the left-field wall moving DJ to third. Gary Sanchez ground out to short, but DJ scored. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to right, but Judge remained at second. Luke Voit flew out, and the Yankees were 3 for four with runners in scoring position. Angels 2 Yankees 1.

Jose Iglesias led off for the Angels in the second and grounded out to short. Luis Rengifo ground out, and Lagares ground out for a one-two-three inning for King. At the bottom, Gleyber Torres ground out to third. Gio Urshela hit a massive home run into the left-field stands to tie the game for the Yankees. Miguel Andujar singled to short. Brett Gardner hit into a double play. LeMahieu, with a runner on second, the trainer comes out to check on Bundy, who was removed from the game and was replaced by Jose Suarez. LeMahieu ends the inning with a ground out Angels 2 Yankees 2.

At the top of the third inning, Fletcher grounded out, and Ohiani flew out to center. Rendon walked. Walsh had an infield single. Stassi struck out, leaving two men on base. At the bottom, Judge worked a walk. Gary Sanchez flew out, and Giancarlo Stanton ground into a double play for a fast inning for both pitches. Angels two and the New York Yankees 1.

At the fourth Schebler ground out. Iglesias flew out. Rengifo singled. Lagares singled for two men on the corners. Fletcher struck out, and the game was tied at two.  At the top of the fifth, Ohtani went down swinging. Rendon doubled off the wall. Walsh hit to LeMahieu, who got an error not catching the ball. Stassi hit into the force out at second. Schebler ground out to end the half. Andujar led off the bottom. Suarez struck out Andujar. Gardner went down looking. LeMahieu lined out to short for the last out. Angels 3 Yankees 2.

Iglesias led off the sixth, singling to left. Rengifo lined out to Judge in left for the double play. Lagares hit a homer to right to lead the Yankees by two runs. Fletcher doubled to left. New Yankee pitcher Chad Green faced Ohtani; he struck out looking. Aaron Judge led off the bottom by popping out to first. Sanchez went down on strikes. Stanton hit a monster solo home run (426′) into the left-field stands. Luke Voit ground out, but the Yankees picked up a run. Angels 4 Yankees 3.

Rendon led off the seventh by flying out to center fielder Brett Gardner. Walsh struck out swinging. Stassi also struck out. To lead off the bottom, Torres was called out on strikes. Urshela singled. Andujar hit into a force out. Clint Frazier is pinch-hitting for Gardner; he was stuck out swinging.  Angels 4 New York Yankees 3.

The eighth was led off by Schebler, who singled to left. Iglesias tripled to third, and Schebler scored. Rengifo hit sharply to first for one out. Lagares popped out, and Fletcher ground out to Green to limit the damage. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the New York Yankees. LeMahieu lined out to center. Judge flew out to center. Sanchez struck out for a quick inning for Steve Ciscek as he put down the Yankees 1-2-3. Angels 5 Yankees 3.

At the top of the ninth inning, Nestor Cortes Jr. faced Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second. Rendon grounded out to Urshela at third. Walsh struck out swinging. At the bottom, with last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate; he with Raisel Iglesias on the mound stuck out. Luke Voit went down on strikes. Gleyber Torres was the Yankees’ last hope; he stuck out as Iglesias struck out the side ending the game with another Yankee loss.

The winning pitcher was Jose Suarez, and the loser was Michael King. The save went to Raisel Iglesias. The Yankees dropped to 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox as they lost their fourth game in a row.

New York Yankees to face the Angels in four-game series, here’s the preview

New York Yankees, Michael King

The New York Yankees are back at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx after being swept by the Boston Red Sox for the second time this season. Tonight they start a series with the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees are six games out from the East-leading Boston Red Sox. The Angels are also in fourth place but in the AL West. The Angels are coming off a loss to the Detroit Tigers, being swept by the San Francisco Giants and losing three out of four against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Most industry sources consider Mike Trout as one of the best players in baseball. Luckily for the Yankees and in reverse for the Angels, the Yankees won’t be seeing Trout in this series. He has been on the IL since May 17th with a right calf strain. While Angels fans would like to see Trout back in the lineup, they will have to wait a bit longer. Of the Angel’s 75 games, Trout has only been able to play in 35 of them.  But the Angels are not without talent; Shohei Ohtani is also thought to be at the top of his game. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of 2.58; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball.

Tonight, June 28th, 7:05 pm:

This is going to be on hot series, not only do the Yankees have to win games, but they will have to do it in all games at the Stadium under sweltering conditions with very high humidity. At the start of each game, the field temperature will be near or above 100 degrees. There is little chance of any inclement weather throughout the series.

Michael King will take the mound for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy for the Angels. King has been the replacement for Corey Kluber, who has been nursing a cranky shoulder. King is still looking for his first major league win this season. He is 0-3 with an ERA of 4.05 in his eleven starts. He is coming off two games that the Yankees won. King’s primary problems are not pitching deep into games and giving up too many walks. However, his last two games have shown improvement and have been his best games of the season. Only two Angel hitters have seen King pitch.

Dylan Bundy is a righty that is 1-7 with an elevated 6.68 ERA. Bundy, like King, doesn’t go deep into games. He is coming off two losses, one to the Oakland A’s and most recently a loss to the Detroit Tigers. He will come to the mound tonight on 8 games of rest. Bundy gives up an average of one home run per game. He also walks a player and a half per game. All of the New York Yankees have appeared before Bundy before. The 14-year veteran Brett Gardner has faced the 8-year veteran Bundy the most (28) and has a .286 average off of him. Gary Sanchez has been most successful, getting 4 RBIs off him. Aaron Judge also has 4 RBI’s off him. Tonight’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Tuesday, June 29th, 7:05 pm:

Tuesday night Jameson Taillon will face the Angel’s, Andrew Heaney. Taillon has been the Yankee’s least dependable pitcher.  Taillon is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.18. He had pitched inconsistently but is coming off his best game of the season, a win against the Kansas City Royals on June 24th, when he gave up just 1 run pitching into the seventh inning.

Heaney, a lefty, is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.72 with 85 strikeouts in 13 starts. He is coming off two losses, one to the Giants and one to the Athletics. Heaney gives up few home runs and has struck out 10 twice this season. He has also pitched seven shutout innings twice. Tuesday night’s game will be televised on the YES Network, Bally Sports West, and MLBN out of market.

Wednesday, June 30th, 7:05 pm:

Wednesday night’s game will feature a matchup of Domingo German against the standout pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani.  German, one of the Yankee’s best pitchers this season, is coming off three poorly pitched games against the Phillies, Oakland, and most recently against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees eventually won the game against Oakland, but he gave up 7 earned runs in the Phillies loss. In all three games, he didn’t make it past the fifth inning. On the other hand, German could be totally dominant. Fans will have to wait and see which German shows up. Geman is 4-5 with an ERA of 4.32.

Ohtani is a baseball sensation being a more than competent pitcher and hitter. The multi-talented pitcher has a .750 winning percentage with an ERA of .258; he also has the second-most home runs as a hitter (25)  in all of baseball. It is doubtful that with his talent that the Angels will use a DH in the Yankees American league park. Ohtani on the season is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and 82 strikeouts. His last loss was on May 28th against Oakland. The game will be televised only on the YES Network and Bally Sports West.

Thursday, July 1st, 1:05 pm:

The final game of the series will be a matinee on Thursday. Jordan Montgomery will be on the mound for the Yankees and Griffin Canning for the Angels. Montgomery has started more games that the Yankees have won than any other Yankee pitcher. His record is 3-2 with an ERA of 4.06 and with 80 strikeouts. He is coming off a 4-2 loss against the Red Sox, but the Yankees won his previous six games.

Griffin Canning is 5-4 with a somewhat elevated ERA of 4.95. Canning is coming off two straight losses, one to the Athletics and most recently to the Tampa Bay Rays,  going 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs per game. This will be Canning’s 14th start of the season. The New York Yankees will have to study the videos as only Rougned Odor has faced Canning. He had five at-bats resulting in two RBI’s. Thursday’s game will be on YES, Bally and MLB out of market.