The Yankees knocked out Shohei Ohtani from the game in the first inning, scoring seven points on the Angels star. It was still not enough to win them the victory.
New York fell apart in the ninth inning to give the Angels an 11-8 victory. Closest Yankees star Aroldis Chapman simply couldn’t find the sweet spot and allowed four runs in the inning, including a tying grand slam against Jared Walsh.
In total, the Angels scored seven runs in the inning, tying the Yankees’ twisted total in the first inning.
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Aaron Boone didn’t mince words when he spoke of the post-game loss, which lasted until the wee hours of Thursday morning due to two rain delays.
“Terrible loss,” Boone said, according to SNY’s Alex Smith. “Keep having good batsmen to give us chances to open the game and can’t do that, so let them hang around enough and it was obviously a fight there in ninth.”
New York’s late troubles were largely due to Chapman’s fragile leadership. He walked three of the five batters he faced and threw just 10 catches on 24 shots.
“Today, [Chapman] I just had a hard time finding the area, ”Boone said. “Credit the Angels, they worked some good batting against him, then obviously a big swing.
“Frustrating, disappointing, terrible. We have to get up.
Chapman’s poor exit was not his first in recent appearances. Since June 10, Chapman has missed two saves and suffered two losses in addition to his collapse against the Angels on Wednesday. He’s posted a 17.47 ERA in those eight games and walked eight batters in 5 2/3 innings. He has just six strikeouts in that span.
Despite this, Chapman is confident he can “get back on track” in the coming days.
“I have my confidence,” Chapman said, via a translator. “I think the job I’m going to do I should be able to get back on track.”
Chapman is not the only one who has to do this. The Yankees are only 1-5 in their last six games and seem to keep finding ways to lose, as they did against the Angels. They continue to move down the AL standings and now lag the Red Sox 8.5 games for first place in the AL East and are 5.5 games behind second place Wild Card.
“We talked a ton. Everyone said the right things, ”Boone said. “The guys talked to each other. … Talking is cheap right now. We have to go out and play full games and start hammering some people. “