Yankees vs. Angels – Match Recap – August 31, 2021
ANAHEIM, Calif .– Manager Aaron Boone had no issues with the way his New York Yankees executed the Angels’ double robbery that ended with Shohei Ohtani sliding safely into the house.
In fact, Boone and the Yankees still seem confident in just about anything they do despite a losing streak that threatens to end their hopes in AL East before September even kicks off.
Ohtani stole the house, Jared Walsh hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Angels hung on late to send the Yankees to their fourth straight loss, 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Anthony Rizzo and Gary Sánchez scored for the Yankees, whose slippage after their 13-game winning streak continued despite 10 hits at Angel Stadium. The Yankees couldn’t catch up after the Angels led 6-2 in executing their second double steal of the night involving Ohtani, who slipped home after Phil Gosselin stole second place.
“I felt good with (Sánchez) pitch,” said Boone. “If we’re playing really well in this situation, it’s probably boom-boom.”
Aaron Judge had an RBI single and Giancarlo Stanton added a fly sacrifice in the eighth, but New York (76-56) lost eight games behind Tampa Bay (84-48) in the AL East standings. New York’s four losses ended in a total of six points, suggesting the Yankees aren’t too far removed from their previous form – but that’s hardly comforting with the Rays moving away.
“Losing four times in a row is obviously very frustrating and just plain unacceptable,” said Brett Gardner. “We’ve obviously been playing really good baseball for a while now. We went into the games and had the opportunity to change the outcome, and we just weren’t able to. Even though we lost four in a row, we won 13 of 17. That’s how I choose to look at it.
New York has also scored five double games, the Angels’ most shot since April 25, 2013 and the most at home since July 18, 2006. The Yankees have only managed four double games in their 13-game winning streak. .
“We lost very thin games,” said Boone. “Tonight was a story of five double plays that really hurt us. I thought we had a lot of good drummers all night long. It’s a game we probably think we should have opened it up, and we didn’t.
Jameson Taillon (8-5) suffered his first loss in 16 starts since May 31 for the Yankees, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks.
The Angels won the series and their third straight game overall with relief throw and defense – two facets of their game that have been recognized as weaknesses this season. Second baseman David Fletcher was recognized by both teams for his excellent work on the pitch.
“It was a virtuoso performance on second base,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m here to tell you it’s the Golden Glove winner right there. If you have any doubts about it, anyone, just watch the video tonight.
Gosselin had a two-run single for the Angels before their embarrassing enclosure arrived. Jake Petricka got two big strikeouts to block two Yankees in the eighth, and Raisel Iglesias threw a perfect ninth for his 29th save, disappointing thousands of vocal Yankees fans at Big A.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Walsh, who hit his third home run in six games after a month-long blackout. “Pretty intense atmosphere. These games are really on the edge against a very good team. We have a ton of fans in the stands. I really enjoy performing in front of such crowds like this. Hope this continues.
Jimmy Herget (1-1) took the win in his Angels debut with 1 2/3 relief from a hit.
Rizzo’s home run at the start of the fourth inning was only his fourth for the Yankees, but he ended a 13-game drought since Aug.4 in which he hit .167. Sánchez’s solo shot in the fifth was the first homer in 21 games since July 20.
Ohtani is tied for sixth in majors with 22 interceptions, and he has 51 in his four-year career. Only four Japanese-born major leagues – Ichiro Suzuki, Dave Roberts, Kazuo Matsui and Nori Aoki – have ever stolen more sacks than the 6-foot-4-inch Ohtani.
Yankees: SS Gleyber Torres (sprained thumb) has joined Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre to continue his rehabilitation. He should be back in New York after this road trip.
Angels: RHP Alex Cobb (wrist) felt great after his second bullpen session on Monday. The team has yet to decide how quickly his rehabilitation will proceed.
Gerrit Cole (13-6, 2.80 ERA) launches in his native Orange County for the first time since picking the Yankees and their lavish $ 324 million contract against his hometown Angels in free agency he almost two years ago. He’s 3-0 in four career starts at Big A, where his family had season tickets. He faces Packy Naughton (0-0, 1.69), who will make his first start in the league.