Yankees lose nerve in extra inning, go down 4-3 to Angels

John Allen
Tuesday July 18, 2023

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New York Yankees 3, Los Angeles Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. — On Monday night, Shohei Ohtani showcased his exceptional talent by hitting his 35th home run of the season, leading the major leagues. This remarkable feat enabled him to tie the score in the seventh inning. Ultimately, it was pinch-hitter Michael Stefanic who stole the spotlight, delivering a game-ending single in the 10th inning. As a result of Stefanic’s clutch hit, the Los Angeles Angels emerged victorious with a thrilling 4-3 win over the New York Yankees at Angel Stadium.

Overcoming a 3-1 deficit, the Los Angeles team witnessed a pivotal moment when Shohei Ohtani launched a two-run home run off Michael King. In an exuberant display, Ohtani emphatically flipped his bat, showcasing his prowess and confidence. This impressive feat marked the third consecutive game in which Ohtani has hit a home run, a remarkable achievement in itself. Furthermore, his home run tally this year has already surpassed his total from the previous season, further solidifying his status as a force to be reckoned with.

Displaying his remarkable hitting prowess, Shohei Ohtani recorded three hits in the game, elevating his batting average to an impressive .306. However, in the ninth inning, Ohtani faced Nick Ramirez and unfortunately struck out, visibly expressing discomfort as he winced and reached for his back.

Moving into the tenth inning, with Chad Wallace positioned as the automatic runner on second base, it was Michael Stefanic who rose to the occasion. Connecting with a changeup delivered by Ramirez, Stefanic drove the ball into left field. This pivotal hit resulted in the Los Angeles Angels securing their fourth walk-off victory, providing an exhilarating conclusion to the game.

The New York Yankees’ struggles continue as they have now suffered defeat in seven of their last nine games, including three out of four since the All-Star break. As a result, they have fallen into sole possession of last place in the AL East. Notably, their overall record stands at 50-45, but their performance has been particularly impacted since the injury to Aaron Judge on June 3, with a record of 15-20 during that period.

In a remarkable turnaround, Aaron Loup showcased his pitching prowess for the Los Angeles Angels. After enduring seven consecutive losses, Loup finally secured his first win in a season and a half with the Angels. During the 10th inning, Loup displayed his skill by striking out two batters while not allowing a single hit, earning a well-deserved victory.

Adding to the offensive firepower of the Angels, Matt Thaiss contributed with a home run of his own. However, his eventful night took a turn when plate umpire John Tumpane ejected him from the game. This ejection came after Thaiss expressed his frustration with a called third strike in the ninth inning, resulting in him vehemently throwing his helmet and bat.

In the sixth inning, the Yankees managed to gain an advantage with Oswaldo Cabrera‘s clutch performance. Cabrera delivered a pivotal two-run double, propelling the Yankees to a 3-1 lead.

Despite reaching 101 pitches by the end of the fifth inning, Griffin Canning, the starting pitcher for the Angels, received the green light from manager Phil Nevin to take the mound for one more inning. Canning displayed his skill and determination by striking out Gleyber Torres and Anthony Rizzo consecutively. However, the momentum shifted when Harrison Bader and Anthony Volpe managed to connect for hits, followed by Isiah Kiner-Falefa drawing a walk. This sequence loaded the bases and marked the conclusion of Canning’s night on the mound.

Providing a pivotal moment for the Yankees, Cabrera delivered a ground-rule double off Jimmy Herget, propelling his team to a 2-0 lead. The hit took a bounce on the warning track and cleared the wall in left-center field.

In the sixth inning, Matt Thaiss provided a glimmer of hope for the Angels with a solo home run. However, in the following inning, Oswald Peraza crossed the plate for the Yankees, courtesy of Gleyber Torres’ sacrifice fly.

Anthony Volpe, unfortunately, faced a challenging performance as he endured four strikeouts in the game. Currently, Volpe finds himself in a slump, going 2-for-31 in his recent at-bats.


Taking the mound for the Yankees is right-handed pitcher Domingo Germán, who holds a record of 5-5 and a 4.32 ERA. In his past two starts, Germán has surrendered a total of five runs, with three of them being earned. It is worth noting that these outings follow his impressive feat of throwing a perfect game against Oakland on June 28. Today, he will face off against the Angels’ left-handed pitcher Patrick Sandoval, who holds a record of 4-7 and a 4.41 ERA.

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