It was Deju Vu all over again for the Yanks — another day another loss; this time to the Angels at Yankee Stadium on a warm, humid, June Monday night. The Yanks got only 6 hits again; 3 runs. This time they got to the starter Dylan Bundy — who left with heat stroke after throwing up on the mound. The Angels had to rush Jose Suarez into the game — and He shut the Yanks down for over 5 innings.
Boston won so the Yanks fall to 7.5 behind them, 6.5 behind Tampa and a full game back of Toronto now. The 40-38 Yanks are buried in 4th and sinking.
1. King 1st Inning Troubles Again, then Pitched OK
Michael King got into trouble in the 1st again, then settled down and pitched pretty well again. Deja Vu.
King got behind in the count to batters in the 1st and got burned. He retired the first batter, 2nd baseman David Fletcher, but then went 3-2 on Shohei Ohtani and he hit a bomb to right for a 1-0 lead; his league-leading 26th homer of the year.
An entertaining off-Broadway Sho 🎭 pic.twitter.com/GyVZoYzfr7
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 28, 2021
Then King settled down. He got the last 2 outs of the 1st, got a 1-2-3 second inning, and pitched shut out ball into the 5th. In the 4th he allowed consecutive 2-out singles to put runners on 1st and 3rd but got 2nd baseman David Fletcher again on a fly out with Ohtani on deck.
In the 5th, he struck out Ohtani leading off, on 3 pitches. By that time it was a 2-2 tie. He then allowed a one-out double to Rendon and was gone after 77 pitches. The runner came across to score against Lucas Luetge so King got the loss to go 0-4 4.06 on the year. (See more below.)
King Explains His 1st Inning Troubles
“I think I get a little too cute in the 1st inning, ’cause I see the way the lineup is constructed, where the 1-2-3 in the lineup are supposed to work well together,” said Michael King afterwards, ” so I try to be a little more finesse against those guys, and I think I just need to attack them like I do once I settle in.”
King explained more: “A lot of times I like setting guys up for their 2nd and 3rd at bats, so it’s either playing into their strengths early because I know it will expose a hole late, or throwing pitches that I wouldn’t necessarily want to throw because I want to throw a certain pitch later; I want to save a pitch for them — Ohtani was the inside fastball — and I had to wait til I got to a 3-1 count to throw it in the 1st inning, but that’s one of those where in his 3rd at bat I just went fastball-fastball-fastball and just wanted to pound it — I should have done that in the 1st inning. I think it sets the tone a little bit better. So instead of being cute and trying to open up holes for their 2nd and 3rd at bat, I’d rather just have a clean 1st inning.”
2. Urshela Ties It; Bundy Vomits
New York tied the game 2-2 on a homer by Gio Urshela in the bottom of the 2nd.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 28, 2021
Miguel Andujar then reached on an infield single and starter Dylan Bundy started to not look well. The 100-degree field temperature apparently caused him to get heat stroke and he threw up on the mound.
Dylan Bundy pukes on the mound, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/HfAzpsdXoq
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) June 29, 2021
3. Suarez Shut Yanks Down; LA Takes Lead
The Angels brought in Jose Suarez and he proceeded to shut the Yanks out into the 6th.
Meanwhile in the 5th, after Michael King had struck out Ohtani and allowed a one-out double to Rendon, Lucas Luetge came in, and induced a groundball to 2nd that DJ LeMahieu booted to put Rendon on 3rd as the go-ahead run. Luetge got another hot grounder to 2nd that LeMahieu knocked down and made a play on — but Rendon scored and the Angels had a 3-2 lead. An unearned run charged to King.
Centerfielder Juan Lagares put the Angels up 4-2 with an opposite-field homer off Luetge in the 6th.
Going, going, g̶o̶n̶e̶ Juan 👋 pic.twitter.com/Y51PsyZUW7
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 29, 2021
4. Stanton Bomb
Giancarlo Stanton hit a nuclear missile to left for a 4-3 game in the bottom of the 6th.
Going, going, GONE-carlo. pic.twitter.com/MsyleoqFpK
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 29, 2021
5. Angels Got Insurance Off Green
The Yanks did not get a runner on base in the 8th or 9th — they made out 1-2-3 in both innings — so never brought the tying run to the plate.
After the game, Manager Aaron Boone said “we can throw out all the sayings; talk is cheap. We gotta go play tomorrow and dig ourselves out of this.” Boone added, “We have to find a way to put it all together and we have to do it with the people in that room.”
- DJ LeMahieu went 1-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .273 (.345 OBP).
- Aaron Judge went 1-3 with a walk and is at .285 (.382 OBP).
- Gio Urshela went 2-3 with the Homer and is at .272
- Miguel Andujar went 1-3 and is at .250.
- Giancarlo Stanton was 1-4 with the homer and is at .268 (.357 OBP)