Ohtani tagged again in Bronx, Yanks give Angels 7th straight L

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Carpenter ended 11 at-bats with a first home run against Shohei Ohtani, Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge added two-way star solo shots, and the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Thursday to open a doubleheader.

Nestor Cortes delivered a clean seven innings, DJ LeMahieu also homered, and the major league-leading Yankees secured a series victory over plummeting Los Angeles.

The Angels lost their seventh in a row, their worst slip since an eight-game slide in 2019.

The match was played under the threat of thunderstorms which held out until the start of the ninth. The skies opened up as Wandy Peralta completed his warm-up throws, the tarp was rolled out and a one hour and 28 minute delay followed.

Peralta returned after the break and completed their first stoppage, pulling Ohtani to end it.

Ohtani (3-4) had another disappointing day at Yankee Stadium after getting two outs and allowing seven runs in his debut on the Bronx rubber last June.

The Japanese right-hander was only marginally better off in an uncrowded make-up of Wednesday’s rain, laden with four runs over three innings. He had a hit on Cortes, but it was quickly picked up by the southpaw.

The reborn carpenter put Ohtani behind with his third homer in six games since joining the Yankees as a free agent, a rising fly that narrowly stayed inside the right-field foul post. It’s the second straight game Ohtani has allowed a first home run after Toronto’s George Springer led him to end eight at-bats last Thursday.

Torres connected three batters later to make it 2-0, his 10th homer of the season to top his 2021 total. left for its 19th major league leader. Homer.

Ohtani’s speed was up half a tick from his season average, but he didn’t swing and miss until his 54th pitch, a fastball that knocked out Anthony Rizzo for end 10 pitches at bat in the third. He finished with three puffs on 45 swings, a 6.7% rate that is the second-lowest of his career, better only than his first outing after Tommy John surgery in 2020, according to Statcast.

Ohtani allowed two hit singles to start the fourth inning, and that was enough for manager Joe Maddon. Ohtani flipped the ball over in his hand and mumbled to himself as Maddon emerged from the dugout.

Ohtani allowed eight hits, including three under 80 mph. He had pitched at least five innings in his previous six starts.

In the fifth, Ohtani made a single against Cortes (5-1). But Ohtani was fooled when Cortes lifted his right leg and walked to the plate before throwing first for the pickoff. Cortes smiled at his infielders as Ohtani ran to the dugout.

Ohtani hit Clarke Schmidt in the eighth after taking a fastball that appeared to be just wide of the outside corner. Schmidt then hit Mike Trout, who struck three times Thursday to extend a 0-for-12 slide.

Schmidt allowed a run and charged in before passing the baton to southpaw Peralta, who got a two-out fly ball from Jared Walsh to hold a five-point lead.

Cortes threw just 11 pitches over his last two innings, providing the sixth consecutive start by a Yankees pitcher of at least six innings, the best for the franchise since 2018.

The shrewd southpaw scatter five hits, walk two and strike out seven of 96 pitches. He dropped his ERA to 1.50, trailing only Martin Perez of Texas at 1.42 for the major league lead.

Carpenter, released by the Rangers this month and picked up by New York, is the third Yankee to hit his first three hits with the franchise, joining Kyle Higashioka in 2018 and Alfonso Soriano in 1999-2000, according to Elias. Sports office.

Maddon had a lengthy discussion with the referees before round six regarding an issue with the electronic pitch-calling system.


Yankees right-hander Jameson Taillon (5-1, 2.49 ERA) was scheduled to face left-hander Reid Detmers (2-2, 4.65) on the last drink.

Ohtani could match Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for some history if Game 2 happens. Foxx is the only player to start both ends of a doubleheader, one of them on the mound, when he pitched the Philadelphia Phillies’ opener against the Boston Braves on Sept. 2, 1945, according to Elias. Foxx, who hit 534 career homers, made nine appearances as a pitcher in 1945, his last major league season.

Maddon said Ohtani would be a game decision as the late game designated hitter.


Second base umpire Chris Guccione was drilled in the back by Jose Trevino’s runner in the fifth, but he bounced back quickly and gave the cheering fans a thumbs up.


Angels: LHP Jhonathan Diaz was added as Los Angeles’ 27th man for the doubleheader and pitched four innings in Game 1.

Yankees: OF Estevan Florial was called up as New York’s 27th man.


Angels: New Jersey native Mike Trout plays close to home as Los Anglees open a three-game series in Philadelphia. RHP Chase Silseth (1-1, 3.07 ERA) is scheduled for Friday’s opener against Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.60).

Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.12) is set to face Tigers RHP Elvin Rodriguez (0-0, 6.17) in Game 1 of a three-game set in the Bronx.


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