Sliding Yankees fall to Angels after Aaron Boone’s urgent plea

On a sweltering evening during which the opposing beginning pitcher received sick on the mound, the Yankees discovered yet one more approach to make their followers really feel sick.

Two-way celebrity Shohei Ohtani homered in his first at-bat — and DJ LeMahieu’s error led to the go-ahead run within the fifth inning — because the sliding Yanks dropped their fourth straight sport Monday, 5-3 to the Angels, earlier than an introduced crowd of 25,054 on the Stadium.

Aaron Boone didn’t mince phrases earlier than the sport as his fourth-place staff (40-38) returned dwelling following an alarming three-game sweep in Boston. He bluntly said a number of occasions that the Yankees’ “season is on the line” getting into the four-game collection in opposition to the Mike Trout-less Halos.

“We’ve had too many ups and downs, we’re in too good of a division to have those ups and downs obviously continue,” Boone said via Zoom. “We can’t afford to play nice for 2 weeks and battle for every week. Not if we’re going to make up floor.

“We’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole in the division, obviously. The good news is we are still in complete control of the script. But I don’t think there’s any question moving forward that night in and night out, our season is on the line.”

Boone put the Yankees by way of infield apply and spring-training model PFP drills (pitchers’ fielding apply) forward of batting apply, following a sloppy weekend at Fenway that was culminated by a 9-2 loss Sunday with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound.

The Yankees are 7 ¹/₂ video games behind Boston within the AL East. Boone mentioned the group continues to talk about potential adjustments, but it surely has remained affected person with the hope the staff will rediscover the consistency that led to a 13-5 run in mid-May

Clint Frazier reacts after striking out.
Clint Frazier reacts after placing out.
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“I think there is a level of patience that we all have because of the faith we have in our group and each other. But also we’re a team that expects to be really good,” Boone mentioned. “We’re a staff that expects to compete for a championship.

“We’re getting to the middle of the season. There’s a lot of calendar that’s gone off the clock already. I don’t think we’ll ever really be accused of not being patient enough. We’re trying to make solid evaluations, make honest evaluations, coupled with the patience that I think we’ve shown and the belief that we have in the guys in that room to do something special. I certainly believe that’s absolutely still in there.”

Ohtani, who’s slated to pitch Wednesday evening’s sport, put Yankees starter Mike King in an early gap as the sport’s second batter. He drilled a full-count curveball into the right-field bleachers — with an exit velocity of 117 mph — for his twenty sixth homer of the season to tie Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the main league lead.

King, who had known as Ohtani “an absolute freak of nature” on Sunday, additionally walked Anthony Rendon and gave up a second run on Jared Walsh’s double to left-center.

King didn’t permit one other run till the fifth, after the Yankees had tied the rating in opposition to ailing Angels starter Dylan Bundy. They plated single runs in every of the primary two innings on an RBI groundout by Gary Sanchez and a solo homer by Gio Urshela.

Bundy departed with what the Angels later described as warmth exhaustion, after vomiting behind the mound with LeMahieu batting with two outs within the second inning.

Bundy’s substitute, Jose Suarez, silenced the Yankees’ bats till the sixth, one inning after the Angels had regained the lead. LeMahieu booted Walsh’s grounder following Rendon’s one-out double to put runners on the corners. He then received handcuffed on Max Stassi’s sharp grounder and solely was ready to report one out at second base as Rendon scored.

Former Met Juan Lagares added a solo homer in opposition to lefty Lucas Luetge one inning later for a 4-2 lead.

Giancarlo Stanton recouped one run along with his first homer in 10 video games on Suarez’s full-count fastball within the sixth.

The Yanks’ current spell of sloppiness continued within the eighth, nonetheless, regardless that LeMahieu wasn’t charged with a second error. His relay throw sailed over Gary Sanchez’s head on Jose Iglesias’ RBI double in opposition to Chad Green for a 5-3 sport.

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