The Losing Continues. LA Angels 4 NY 3 in 10

The Yankees can’t win for losing. In this one, Luis Severino finally had a good start — although he rope-a-doped the Angels lineup for the majority of his 6 innings of 1-run ball.

The Yanks were up 3-1 when they opted to pitch to Shohei Ohtani with a runner on in the 7th, after having intentionally walked him to load the bases in the 5th. Given the chance, Ohtani hit a game-tying homer to center off Michael King.

The Yanks lost in the 10th after Nick Ramirez, who had gotten the first 2 outs looking to strand the inherited runner on 2nd, allowed a 2-out walkoff single to Michael Stefanic.

The Yankee offense came from Oswaldo Cabrera and Oswald Peraza. Cabrera had a HUGE 2-out, 2-strike, 2-RBI double in the 6th to put NY up 2-0. Peraza batted leadoff and went 1-1 with 4 walks, a stolen base, and manufactured their 3rd run on a walk and speed.

“Maybe if he had gotten to 2nd base, and fallen behind in the count,” said Aaron Boone afterwards if he thought about intentionally walking Ohtani with a runner on 1st in the 7th. “But no, not there.”

NY falls to 50-45, in sole possession of last place in the AL East, 9 behind Tampa, 8 behind Baltimore, 3.5 behind Toronto, and 1 behind Boston. The Angels improve to 47-48, 9 back of Texas in their division

1. Severino Rope-a-Dopes LA for Good Start

Luis Severino finally pitched well after being Pelted in his last 2 starts, and hit Hard in 6 of his last 7 starts. He still got hit hard in this one — but this time managed to rope-a-dope damage. He had a shutout going into the 6th — matching Griffin Canning in a pitchers’ duel.


  1. Rope-a-doped the 1st inning, allowing 2 singles but getting out of it.
  2. Severino allowed a leadoff walk in the 2nd but got a double play.
  3. Rope-a-doped the 3rd inning, allowing a single to Zach Neto and a double to Shohei Ohtani but Neto was thrown out at the plate.
  4. Pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 4th.
  5. Houdinied the 5th inning — a leadoff walk and grounds-rule double put 2nd and 3rd nobody out. But Severino got strikeout, fielder’s choice (runner out at home), intentional walk to Ohtani — and then with bases loaded, 2 outs — struck out Mickey Moniak on a 3-2 pitch — a 98-MPH heater.

NY broke on top with 2 runs off the Angels bullpen in the top of the 6th; Severino gave a run back allowing a 2-out solo homer to Matt Thaiss in the bottom of the 6th.

But the Yanks got an insurance run in the top of the 7th and Severino left with a 3-1 lead.

2. Canning Strikes Out Everyone

Meanwhile Griffin Canning was striking out everyone. He had 12 strikeouts of the 17 batters he retired.

Canning had a shut out going through 5 innings, and struck out the first 2 batters of the 6th when the Yankees finally got to him.

A 2-out single by Harrison Bader, single by Anthony Volpe, and walk by Isiah Kiner-Falefa loaded the bases and send Canning to the showers.

3. Oswaldo HUGE 2-RBI Double

Jimmy Herget relieved Canning with bases loaded, 2 outs in the 6th and went 0-2 on Oswaldo Cabrera. But Cabrera ripped an 86-MPH changeup for a HUGE 2-RBI double.

4. Peraza Gets a Run on Speed

Oswald Peraza — playing 3rd and batting leadoff — walked 4 times on the day and went 1-1 at the plate. He led off the top of the 7th with a walk, stole 2nd, went to 3rd on a wild pitch, and scored on a sac fly by Gleyber Torres.

5. Ohtani HR Ties It

But in the bottom of the 7th, with 2 outs and a runner on 1st and Michael King pitching — the Yankees opted to pitch to Shohei Ohtani. A mistake as he tied the game with a homer to center.



6. Marinaccio Bounce Back

Unnerved, King then walked the next 2 batters and hit a batter to load the bases. Ron Marinaccio came in and got the final out of the 7th.

Marinaccio then pitched a shutout 8th.Β He had just allowed the walkoff homer to lose the prior game in the 11th against Colorado on Sunday — so this was an important bounce-back performance for him.

7. Ramirez Good But Not Good Enough

Nick Ramirez pitched a shutout 9th, and in the 10th got a strikeout and fly out and was an out away from moving the game to the 11th — when Michael Stefanic singled for the old ballgame.

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