NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Matt Carpenter finished an 11-pitch at-bat with a leadoff home run against Shohei Ohtani, Gleber Torres and Aaron Judge, added a single shot from a two-way star, and the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels. beat 6-1 Thursday to open a double header.
Nestor Cortés delivered seven clean innings, DJ Lemahieu also hit home and the major league-leading Yankees ensured a series win on the fall in Los Angeles.
The Angels lost their seventh straight, their worst skid since an eight-game slide in 2019.
The game was played with thunderstorms which closed till the top of the ninth. As soon as Vandy Peralta completed her warmup toss, the skies opened, the tarp was rolled and there was a delay of 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Peralta came back after the break and closed his first defense, ousting Ohtani to the finish.
Ohtani (3-4) spent another disappointing day at Yankee Stadium after getting two dismissals and allowing seven runs in his debut on the Bronx rubber last June.
The Japanese right-handed batsman was only a touch better in Wednesday’s rain in the face of little-attended makeup, having four runs in more than three innings. He struck a ball off Cortés, but was promptly dismissed by the left-hander.
The resurgent Carpenter overtook Ohtani after joining the Yankees as a free agent with his third homer in six games, a flying fly that stalled narrowly inside a right-field foul pole. . This is the second straight game Ohtani has allowed a leadoff homer after Toronto’s George Springer finished an eight-pitch at-bat last Thursday.
Torres later added three batsmen and tied it 2-0, his 10th homer of the season surpassing his total from 2021. Judge tagged Ohtani to move to third, a line drive that easily cleared the wall on the left for his major league-leading 19th. homer
Ohtani’s velocity was half a tick above his season average, but he didn’t inspire a swing-and-miss until his 54th pitch, a fastball that struck Anthony Rizzo in third to finish a 10-pitch at-bat. He finished with three blows on 45 swings, a 6.7% rate that is the second lowest in his career, only better than his first outing since Tommy John surgery in 2020, per statcast.
Ohtani allowed two soft-hit singles to start the fourth inning, and that was enough for manager Joe Maddon. When Maddon came out of the dugout, Ohtani swung the ball into his hand and grumbled to himself.
Ohtani allowed eight hits, three of them under 80 mph. He had played at least five innings in his last six starts.
In the fifth, Ohtani singled out against Cortés (5–1). But Ohtani was fooled when Cortés lifted his right leg and headed for the plate before throwing first for the pickoff. Cortés smiled at his fielders as Ohtani jogged toward the dugout.
Ohtani was dismissed in the eighth against Clark Schmidt after taking a fastball, which appeared to be just from the outside corner. Schmidt then punched Mike Trout, who struck three times to extend the 0-for-12 slide on Thursday.
Schmidt allowed a run and loaded the bases before handing it to left-hander Peralta, who received a two-out fly ball from Jared Walsh to maintain a five-run lead.
Cortés threw just 11 pitches in his final two innings, providing the sixth straight start by a Yankees pitcher of at least six innings, the best for the franchise since 2018.
The cunning lefty scattered five hits, scored two runs and scored seven runs on 96 pitches. He dropped his ERA to 1.50, only trailing Texas’ Martin Perez on 1.42 for the major league lead.
Carpenter, released this month by Rangers and grabbed by New York to scrap heap, is the third Yankee for Homer for his first three hits with the franchise, joining Kyle Higashioka in 2018 and Alfonso Soriano in 1999–2000. For, according to Elias the Sports Bureau.
Madon had a lengthy discussion with the umpires prior to the sixth inning related to an issue with the electronic pitch-calling system.
Yankees right-hander Jameson Talon (5-1, 2.49 ERA) faced left-hander Reed Detmers (2-2, 4.65) in the nightcap.
If Game 2 happens then Ohtani could match Hall of Famer Jimmy Foxx for a little history. Foxx is the only player to start both ends of a doubleheader, one of them on the mound, when he pitched the opener for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Boston Braves on September 2, 1945, according to Elias. Foxx, who hit 534 career homers, made nine pitching appearances in his final big league season ’45.
Maddon said that with Ohtani as the designated hitter in the late game would be a gametime decision.
Second base umpire Chris Guccione was drilled in the back by Jose Trevino’s grounder in the fifth, but he quickly bounced back and gave a thumbs-up to enthusiastic fans.
Angels: LHP Jonathan Diaz was added as Los Angeles’ 27th man for the doubleheader and pitched four innings in the opener.
Yankees: Of Estevan Florial called New York’s 27th Man.
Angels: New Jersey native Mike Trout gets to play closer to home as Los Angeles begins a three-match series in Philadelphia. RHP Chase Silseth (1-1, 3.07 ERA) is slated for Friday’s opener against Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.60).
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.12) prepares to take on Tigers RHP Alvin Rodriguez (0-0, 6.17) in the first match of a three-game set in the Bronx.
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