Double Played to Death. LA Angels 6 Yankees 4

The Yankees hit into double plays in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th innings — an incredible 5 double plays — in losing 6-4 to the Angels on a Monday night in LA.

1. Taillon Didn’t Have It

Meanwhile Yankee starter Jameson Taillon started off well — with a shutout going into the 4th — but got hurt by the homerun ball — coughing up a 3-run homer to power hitting 1st baseman Jarred Walsh in the 4th to give the Angels a 3-1 lead.

Taillon got chased in the 5th — a 2-out, bases loaded single by Phil Gosselin scored 2 to make it 5-2 Angels. Joely Rodriguez came in to get the last out but before he did, Shohei Ohtani stole home on a delayed double steal on the lefty Rodriguez, where Gary Sanchez needlessly threw to 2nd while Ohtani came home to make it 6-2 Angels.

2. Barria Induces ‘Off Barrel’ Hitting

To be fair, the first 3 Yankee double plays were hit against¬†Jaime Barria, who is known for getting soft contact. In 2020, Barria was leading the league in “Barrels” with 1.2 percent (the lower the number the better). Barrels is a new Statcast era stat that measures “balls hit 98+ mph between a 28-32-degree launch angle” — in other words pitches that hitters get the barrel of the bat on.

3. Yankee Comeback Falls Short

The Yanks took a 1-0 lead in the game on an Anthony Rizzo homerun in the 4th inning.

Down 3-1, Gary Sanchez got the Yanks right back to 3-2 with a homer in the top of the 5th.

Down 6-2, the Yanks got 2 in the 8th on an Aaron Judge RBI single and Giancarlo Stanton sac fly to make it 6-4 with runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out.

But Gio Urshela and Luke Voit struck out and that was it for the Yanks. So many rallies were killed during the day by the double plays.

Etcetera

  • Aaron Judge went 3-3 with a walk to raise his average to .298.

The Boxscore

https://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore/_/gameId/401229037

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