NEW YORK – – Shohei Ohtani scored his hardest hit home run of the season in another dismal Michael King first inning, sending the New York Yankees to another agonizing loss in a season overflowing with them.
“It definitely sent the message,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said after Los Angeles beat the struggling Yankees 5-3 on Monday night. “It was just the right way for him to start his trip to New York.”
Left handed José Suarez pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-point relief against the strongly right-handed Yankees after Dylan Bundy threw up on the mound from heat exhaustion.
Ohtani was 0 of 9 in his previous Yankee Stadium appearances three years ago. The two-way feeling logged in for a 117.2 mph trip right on a suspended King curve (0-4) in a first of two points which also included Jared Walsh’s double RBI.
The home run was the ninth in 12 games and the 26th this season for Ohtani, who is due to pitch Wednesday night. He tied Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto for the major league lead, one ahead of Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Diego.
New York, meanwhile, leads the league when it comes to regrouping.
“We just didn’t come every night. Lots of spurts, but this game, these seasons, this uniform is not about the spurts. It’s about showing up every night, ”said Giancarlo Stanton, who hit their 14th home run in the sixth. “We’re just collectively as a group and not performing the way we should. “
Suarez (3-1) entered the second after Bundy allowed Gio Urshela’s equal home run and Miguel Andújar’s single. With sweat dripping from the beak of his cap, Bundy backed off the mound, bent down, and vomited through the night at 90 degrees.
“He told me that even after the first run he wasn’t feeling very well but he came out in the second and he knew he might get sick and he did. I mean, this guy is as tough as they come, ”Maddon said. “He’s doing fine right now. Everything is groovy.
Suarez allowed two hits, struck out five and scored one goal in his longest big-league outing in two years. He knocked the Yankees off balance with 22 fast balls, 22 changes, nine curve balls and three pellets.
“He looks like a major league starting pitcher,” Maddon said.
Steve Cishek threw an eighth hit, and Raisel Iglesias pulled the side out for his 14th save on 17 occasions, helping Los Angeles win their second straight game after a five-game slippage.
New York lost three games to Boston last weekend, being swept away for the third time in four weekends, and is in its fourth four-game losing streak this season.
“Our season is on the line,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said ahead of the game. “Too many ups and downs, and we’re in too good a division to have these ups and downs. We can’t afford to play well for two weeks and struggle for a week – not if we want to regain some ground. We dug a little hole in the division. Obviously the good news is that we are still in full control of the script. “
New York is in danger of falling out of favor before the All-Star break.
“We can throw away all the sayings. Talking is not expensive. We have to do it, ”Boone said after the game.
King has a 15.00 ERA in the first inning of his six starts and a 1.88 ERA for the remainder of his outings.
“I think I’m getting a little too cute in the first run,” King said. “I try to be a bit finer against these guys, and I think I just need to attack them like I do once I get settled in.”
Anthony Rendon doubled up with an out in the fifth, Lucas Luetge relieved and Walsh hit a Grounder who bounced off second baseman DJ LeMahieu’s knee for a mistake. Max Stassi had a run with potential for a double play on the floor that took off a tough chest jump from LeMahieu, who pitched first for an out.
Juan Lagares, playing in New York for the first time since leaving the Mets and signing with the Angels as a free agent, scored for a 4-2 lead in the sixth, and José Iglesias scored an RBI double in eighth against Chad Green.
Gary Sánchez hit an RBI Grounde r in the first to the Yankees went 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.
King said Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Gerrit Cole, Zack Britton, Luke Voit and Darren O’Day were leading the clubhouse conversations aimed at triggering a turnaround.
“It’s going to be tough,” said Boone, “but the history of the game is littered with teams that have overcome much bigger deficits than we have.”
Jasson Dominguez, signed in July 2019 for $ 5.1 million, made his professional debut for the Florida Complex League Yankees against the FCL Tigers. The 18-year-old took the lead and played in the middle of the field, going 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a third foul against LHP Australian Jack O’Loughlin, 21, and marching against RHP Dominican Wilmer Fenelon, 20 years old.
Angels: OF Mike Trout (right calf outstretched) has been transferred to the 60-day IL, ruling out his return until July 17, when the Angels host Seattle in their second game after the break. Los Angeles opted for INF Kean Wong at Triple-A Salt Lake and selected OF contract Scott Schebler from Triple-A Salt Lake.
Yankees: RHP Darren O’Day (out since April 29 with tight left rotator cuff) and LHP Justin Wilson (out since May 28 with tight right hamstrings) are likely to be activated on Tuesday. … LHP Zack Britton (left hamstring strain) had an MRI.
RHP Jameson Taillon (2-4, 5.18) starts Tuesday night against LHP Angels Andrew Heaney (4-5, 4.72 ERA).