Yanks Crush Ohtani, Again. Nestor Cortes Shines. NY 6 LA Angels 1

The Yanks knocked out Shohei Ohtani in the 4th inning, taking a 4-0 lead en route to an easy 6-1 victory behind 7 shutout innings by Nestor Cortes Jr. It was the first game of a day-night doubleheader at the Stadium on a Thursday afternoon, due to a rain out the night before.

Matt Carpenter, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Judge hit homeruns off Ohtani, and in the 4th, two leadoff singles and an RBI double by Marwin Gonzalez knocked Ohtani out.

It was the first time the Yanks faced Ohtani since July 1st of last year, when they also crushed him, scoring 7 runs in the 1st inning (but eventually losing the game when the Angels scored 7 in the 9th, one of NY’s worst losses ever).

At the plate, Ohtani was 1-5 and was picked off 1st base by Cortes in the 5th. This was the night after Aaron Judge robbed Ohtani of a homerun by snaring his high fly over the centerfield wall.

1. Cortes the Conquerer

While Ohtani was getting beat up, Nestor Cortes Jr sailed through the Angels lineup for the 7 shutout innings on 5 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2.

Cortes got into some trouble in the top of the 2nd — the Angels loaded the bases with 2 outs — but former Yank Andrew Velazquez hit a shot down 1st that current Yank Anthony Rizzo made a diving play on and then beat Velazquez to the bag for the inning-ending out.

Cortes improves to 5-1 1.50.

2. Yanks Pound Ohtani

Matt Carpenter led off the game with an 11-pitch at bat against Ohtani — fouling off 4 pitches until he got one in his wheel house — an 87-MPH cutter down the middle of the plate that he crushed to right for a 1-0 lead.

Two batters later Gleyber Torres hit a 380-foot, opposite field homer to right.

Aaron Judge led off the 3rd wiht a 405-foot blast to left off Ohtani.

In the 4th, Aaron Hicks led off with a single, Jose Trevino reached on an infield single, and Marwin Gonzalez doubled home Hicks to send Ohtani to the showers.

DJ LeMahieu added a homer to left in the 5th off reliever Diaz and it was 5-0 NY. Later in the inning, the Yanks loaded the bases on a single by Hicks (again), infield single by Trevino (again) and single to deep right by Marin Gonzalez (sound familier?) — and Miguel Andujar plated a run with a sac fly and it was 6-0 NY.

3. The Angels Run

The Angels got their run in the 8th off Clarke Schmidt on a 2-out, 2-on single by Luis Rengifo.

Wandy Peralta came on to end the 8th and pitch a scoreless 9th, striking out… none other than Shohei Ohtani for the old ballgame.


Aaron Hicks got 3 hits, rasiing his average to .218 (.338 OBP).

Shohei Ohtani went 1-5 at the plate, was picked off 1st by Cortes, and got ripped as a pitcher to go 3-4 3.99 on the year. At the plate he slashes 11-32-.247 (.321 OBP).

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