Yankees sputter in loss to Angels; AL East lead down to six

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With one swing of the bat, Shohei Ohtani made the Yankees and Gerrit Cole pay for his or her errors in a 3-2 loss at Angel Stadium.

It not solely led to their fourth loss in 5 video games, the defeat additionally dropped the Yankees’ lead over the second-place Rays to simply six video games — the bottom it’s been since June 3 — as they prepare for a three-game sequence in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning Friday.

The Yankees seemingly had the Angels simply the place they needed them heading into the underside of the sixth.

They’d simply scored the sport’s first runs to provide Cole a two-run lead, on the lookout for their second straight win.

But it surely went sideways rapidly, beginning with a delay to the beginning of the inning resulting from a fan operating onto the sphere.

Josh Donaldson made a throwing error on a tough grounder by David Fletcher, sending Fletcher to second with one out within the inning.

Shohei Ohtani belts the game-winning homer off of Gerrit Cole in the course of the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 3-2 loss to the Angels.

Cole then acquired Mike Trout to hit a routine grounder to shortstop that Isiah Kiner-Falefa booted to carry up Ohtani with two on and one out.

The designated hitter — after showing to argue he was hit by a pitch — took Cole deep for a three-run shot, his thirtieth of the season, to provide the Angels a 3-2 lead.

And the Yankees lineup, which scored twice within the fifth, couldn’t get the rest going — held to simply three hits — after they snapped a three-game shedding streak on Tuesday.

Aaron Decide led off the ninth towards Jimmy Herget with a stroll. Herget then fell behind Giancarlo Stanton, 2-0.

Decide then stole second on a 2-2 pitch earlier than Stanton walked.

Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole

Donaldson struck out, and Gleyber Torres, who doubled in a run earlier, additionally whiffed.

Oswaldo Cabrera, pinch-hitting for Jose Trevino, grounded out to finish it.

Consequently, they dropped the sequence to the fourth-place Angels after splitting a four-game set with the last-place A’s in Oakland.

The Yankees have been principally shut down by left-hander Patrick Sandoval, who’d allowed simply three earned runs in 25 ¹/₃ innings in his earlier 4 begins.

On Wednesday, he held the Yankees to 1 hit over the primary 4 innings and allowed simply three hits in seven innings.

Stanton walked to guide off the second, however Donaldson adopted with a double play.

Gleyber Torres belts an RBI double in the fifth inning of the Yankees' loss.
Gleyber Torres belts an RBI double within the fifth inning of the Yankees’ loss.
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Aaron Hicks acquired the Yankees first hit with one out within the third, a tough grounder by the left facet of the infield. He was stranded at first.

Sandoval struck out the facet so as within the fourth — with Andrew Benintendi, Decide and Stanton all happening swinging, giving Sandoval six strikeouts by 4 innings.

Donaldson led off the fourth with a double down the left-field line and moved to 3rd on a wild pitch with Torres on the plate.

Torres, slumping badly within the second half, got here by with a double to the hole in right-center to attain Donaldson and provides the Yankees their first lead.

A fly ball to proper despatched Torres to 3rd and Hicks drove him in with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 2-0.

Cole, who’d given up multiple run simply as soon as in his earlier 4 begins, acquired some assist from the Yankees’ protection early on.

Hicks made a pleasant catch on the monitor in middle discipline on a deep fly ball by Ohtani with one on and one out within the backside of the primary.

Kiner-Falefa then made a great play on a tough grounder by Luis Rengifo to finish the inning.

The Yankees additionally turned a pair of double performs behind Cole within the first 5 innings.

However that stellar protection failed them within the sixth, and the Yankees might now discover themselves in a race for the division title.

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