ANAHEIM – Derek Jeter believed Angel Stadium was a house of horror and advised teammates to ignore the frantic turns of the Rally Monkey on the left scoreboard. The current roster doesn’t have the same hostile relationship with the building, but this series has flashbacks to those bad old days.
Jameson Taillon gave up six runs and missed the fifth inning, Shohei Ohtani stole home plate at the back of a double steal, and the Yankees made five double plays in their fourth straight loss, a 6-4 loss against the Angels, weathered Tuesday in Anaheim.
“It’s never easy to get to the west, especially this late in the year,” said defeat first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “Our pitching was pretty solid; We just didn’t get enough runs. I think we’ll just stay on course and continue to rely on the fact that we’re not out of the game. “
Now eight games behind the leading Rays, the Yankees are the first team since 1982’s Joe Torres Braves to follow a winning streak of 13 or more games on a four-game skid. All four of the Yankees’ losses were two runs or less.
“Losing four in a row is very frustrating; simply unacceptable, ”said outfielder Brett Gardner. “We’ve been playing really good baseball for a while. Every time you win that many games in a row, you play well and have some things along the way. We have been in the games for the past few days and had the opportunity to change the result. We just didn’t make it. “
New York had 10 hits in the contest and reduced the halo advantage in the eighth when DJ LeMahieu, Rizzo and Aaron Judge opened the inning with punches at right-handed Junior Guerra.
Giancarlo Stanton lifted a low sacrificial fly that took New York in two runs, but Gio Urshela and pub brawler Luke Voit struck Jake Petricka. New York went down in ninth place against the closer Raisel Iglesias.
Gary Sánchez also homered for the Yankees, snapping a career-long 20-game drought without a homer by launching his first long ball since July 20, a solo shot in fifth Off Angels starter Jaime Barria – he started in place of Ohtani, who was hit over the weekend by a blow to his right wrist.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone pointed out the five twin murders – one more than the club achieved in its 13-game winning streak.
“I thought we had a lot of really good bats all night,” Boone said. “We had our chances. Tonight was a night we thought, man, we really should have broken it up. “
Fizzled in the fourth
Taillon navigated goalless to fourth, but the right-hander hung up a 0-2 curveball, which Jared Walsh hit for a triple homer.
In the fifth, Taillon was just a beat away from wriggling out of a base-laden traffic jam. Phil Gosselin fastballed for a two-run single-to-center field, finishing Taillon’s 92-pitch effort.
“It’s something I’ve unfortunately done a couple of times lately where I drive the whole game and just run into a roadblock,” said Taillon. “I was really on the verge of getting away from it; I could almost taste the ending and then wasn’t able to make the big hit when I had to. “
Taillon went two to hit six, missing five innings for the second straight start. It was Taillon’s first defeat since May 31, a span of 16 starts.
“I found it actually quite electrifying; as good as he was for us in things, ”Boone said. “He was pretty on point tonight and then on that fifth… Gosselin made a pretty good attack on him. It looked like he got a pitch in the middle and that really cost him. “
Ohtani has already made his 42nd major league home run in this series. Although they didn’t see Ohtani from the hill as originally planned on Tuesday, the Yankees instead had to fight Ohtani on the base trails.
Joely Rodríguez was on the hill in the fifth inning when Gosselin broke for second base due to a delayed steal. Sánchez threw to Urshela, who shot on the first base side of home plate. Ohtani’s left hand came just before catcher’s day, his 22nd steal of the year.
“Gary read it well and threw a cannon to Gio,” Rizzo said. “With these pieces, it’s kind of a ‘do-or-die’ and you have to do perfect throws to get it out. Ohtani is quick. We know he’s quick. “