Ran Out Bullets. LA Angels 8 NY 7

Grand Slams will always get you.

Cory Kluber pitched for the first time since May, when he went on the DL just after pitching a no hitter — and he had a no hitter going again in the 4th inning!

But he ran out of gas — single, single, single, walk, 2-out Grand Slam to Jack Mayfield that put LA ahead 5-2.

The Yanks:

  • battled back to tie, then
  • fell behind 7-5, then
  • battled back to tie on a Ballistic Missile to center by Giancarlo Stanton, then
  • lost.

The Yanks ran out of bullets.

The loss dropped NY to 7 games back of the red hot Rays. NY stays 2 ahead of Boston, which also lost.

1. Kluber No Hitter for 3 Innings; Out of Gas in 4th

NY jumped on Angels starter Mike Mayers in the top of the 1st — DJ LeMahieu led off with a double and Anthony Rizzo singled him home and just like that after 2 batters, the Yanks had a 1-0 lead.

Aaron Judge singled to put 1st and 3rd, but Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play. It scored a run to make it 2-0 NY, but killed the rally.

Cory Kluber took that 2-0 lead and started retiring batters 1-2-3 with strikeouts and fly outs. He walked a batter in the 2nd, but heading into the 4th had a no hitter and 2-0 lead.

Kluber pitched the no hitter on May 19. In his next start, on May 25, he lasted only 3 innings, allowing 2 runs — 2 hits and 3 walks — before leaving with shoulder tightness.

And so here he was again, nursing a no hitter approaching the middle of the game. He struck out Shohei Ohtani to begin the 4th — but then Phil Gosselin singled to center to break up the no hitter. Two more singles and a fly out loaded the bases with 2 outs. Kluber walked catcher Max Stassi to force in a run, and Mayfield hit the Grand Slam.

Kluber allowed another single before getting the final out. His line: 4 innings, 5 runs.

2. Yanks Tie It

The Yanks immediately tied it with a 2-out rally in the top of the 5th. Brett Gardner walked, moved to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scored on a 2-out single by LeMahieu to make it 5-3.

Anthony Rizzo singled, Aaron Judge beat out an infield single for an RBI, and Giancarlo Stanton tied the game 5-5 with a single to center.

3. Heaney Coughs It Up

Andrew Heaney started the 5th for NY and immediately coughed up a homer to Shohei Ohtani to make it 6-5 Angels.

Heaney got the next 3 batters in the 5th but ran into some more bullets in the 6th — a 1-out double by Stassi and a 2-out triple by Juan Lagares and LA was up 7-5.

4. Yanks Tie It on Stanton Ballistic Missile

Which set the stage for Giancarlo Stanton in the 7th — top of the very next inning — Rizzo walked and with 1 out Stanton hit a Ballistic Missile to centerfield for a 7-7 tie.

5. Angels Win It

Wandy Peralta pitched a shutout 7th but allowed a leadoff single in the 8th and was gone for Chad Holmes, who got 2 groundouts but then a single by Lagares for the go-ahead run.

Angels relievers Junior Guerra and Raisel Iglesias shutout the Yanks in the 8th and 9th, respectively. Iglesias struck out 2 of the 3 he faced, including Aaron Judge swinging for the Old Ballgame.


  • After going 0-4 the previous game against Oakland — his first game in a while with no hits — Aaron Judge went 2-5 to raise his average back to .294 (.383 OBP). He struck out 3 times otherwise. He is slashing 29-73-.294 (.383 OBP, .920 OPS) — 2nd in the AL in OBP, 8th in batting average (Michael Brantley leads with .315), and 4th in OPS.
  • Giancarlo Stanton went 2-4 to raise his slash line to 25-70-.271 (.366 OBP).
  • The 4 Yanks at the top of the lineup — LeMahieu, Rizzo, Judge, and Stanton — got 2 hits apiece.

The Boxscore


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