NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Noah Syndergaard was shaken upon his return to New York, dropping Matt Carpenter’s two-run homer in a four-run first inning that propelled the Yankees to the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 on Tuesday night’s reeling.
Starting a high-profile three-game series against Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout & Co., New York improved the American League’s best record to 34–14 and defeated the Angels (27–23) for their worst sixth straight of the season. Shipped at a loss.
Jordan Montgomery (1-1) bowled a four-hit ball for seven innings, allowing Luis Rengifo’s seventh-inning homer to put on a hanging curveball.
6-foot-7 All-Star Aaron Judge helped with his glove, jumping to bring his glove above an 8-foot-5 center-field wall, denying Ohtani a potential home run in the first.
A Mets fan favorite across town at Citi Field from 2015-19, Syndergaard hardly resembled the flamethrower known as Thor. He missed 2020 following Tommy John’s surgery and returned to the pitch in two innings during the final week of last season. Syndergaard signed a $21 million, one-year deal with the Angels and rediscovered himself, his old 98 mph bolt now absent.
Syndergaard (4-3) got just one swinging strike between 45 pitches, averaging 94 mph with his fastball. He allowed five runs, seven hits and a walk, his ERA rising from 3.08 to 4.02.
“I think he’s ready to be on the soil here. He loves the area,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said before the game. “He’s excited to be back here. He loved being in the city. He is very strongly attached to this place.”
Jose Trevino also made a home run for the Yankees and tied for a career high with three hits.
The judge walked on four pitches and was dismissed in the first, and Anthony Rizzo smoked an RBI double to right-center gap, which closed the glove of a diving trout in the center.
Gleber Torres hit a drive over the glass in front of the left-field bullpen and made it 2-0 – thinking the ball was out, he jogged between first and second and out on video review to overrun third was called. Miguel Andozer hit a soft single, and Carpenter drove a slider in the right-field seats for his second home run since signing with the Yankees last week.
Syndergaard has scored 12 out of 20 runs in the first innings of this season. It was his second short outing in three starts after a six-run wipeout in Texas on May 16.
DJ LeMahieu added an RBI double in second.
“When he’s been at his best in the past, he overwhelms you with stuff,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “This is a 98,100 mph heater with a 93.94 mph wipeout slider. Not that velocity this year, but his changes have been a really good pitch for him, his slider is a really good pitch. ,
Ohtani, after doubling for his sixth hit with two outs in the sixth – and first non-homeer – in 39 at-bats against the Yankees, made a diving stop on Trout’s grounder and placed in the shortstop hole to throw first. Just in time to retire the three-time MVP.
Trevino gave the Yankees a run in the sixth inning when he came home to LeMahieu’s grounder, decked around catcher Max Stacy, fell into the dirt behind the plate and out with his left hand to slap the plate. reached up. The judge followed up with the sacrificial fly. Trevino added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Los Angeles succeeded on the video challenge for just the fourth time in 15 tries this season.
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Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson threw a ceremonial first pitch that swung toward the plate.
Left-hander Kenny Rosenberg was recalled by the Angels from Triple-A Salt Lake and threw 99 pitches in five relief innings.
Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (right calf tense) can be activated on Saturday, the first day he is eligible. … 3b Josh Donaldson (swelling of the right shoulder) could be active on Sunday. … LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles) takes the first catch since moving to the IL. …’s Tim Locastro (last played on May 4 due to a strained left lat) was 0 for 3 as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
LHP Nestor Cortes (4-1, 1.70 ERA) takes a batting average of .175 opponents against Anges and LHP Reid Detters (2-2, 4.65) early Wednesday, the lowest among qualified pitchers.
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