Shohei Ohtani has received a lot of attention for his home runs, but the Los Angeles Angels have also been receiving power lately from a most unlikely source.
As Ohtani hit his 42nd home run at the top of the major leagues on Monday night, Jack Mayfield logged in for his first career grand slam as the Angels managed to defeat the New York Yankees 8-7.
Ohtani and Mayfield are tied for the team lead with nine home runs since the all-star break.
“It was an interesting and good baseball game,” said manager Joe Maddon. “The pitchers did well and the up and down attacking roster did a good job.”
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Despite the long balls from Ohtani and Mayfield, the difference in the game ended with a two-strikeout single by Juan Lagares against Clay Holmes in the eighth inning that led Brandon Marsh on the go.
Marsh started the eighth with a single against Wandy Peralta (4-3) before Lagares delivered his third hit of the night.
The Yankees have lost three straight games for the first time since early July after a 13-game winning streak.
Junior Guerra (5-2), who gave Giancarlo Stanton a stupendous two-point shot in the seventh inning that brought the total to 7, took the win. Raisel Iglesias, the Angels’ seventh pitcher in what was a most successful game, struck out DJ LeMahieu, knocked out Anthony Rizzo on the ground, then put out Aaron Judge in the ninth for his 28th save.
After the Yankees rallied to tie a 5 in the fifth inning, Ohtani took former teammate Andrew Heaney deep to lead the bottom half. Framework. Ohtani threw Heaney’s curve ball 432 feet into the second level of the right field stands.
“I’ve never seen a ball hit at this level. My God, it seemed beyond that,” Maddon said.
Ohtani has five hits in 30 career batting appearances against the Yankees, all of his hits having left the park.
Mayfield’s grand slam over Corey Kluber was part of a five-point fourth for the Angels. Mayfield has only hit .227 since he was called up in early July, but 14 of his 27 hits have gone for extra goals.
“After I touched it I fainted a bit going around the goal. It was definitely an exciting time in my career. The best thing is we won the game and celebrated afterwards,” said Mayfield.
Stanton had two hits and produced three runs for the Yankees. He had an RBI single in the fifth inning that tied the game at 5.
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Stanton tied at 7 in the seventh with a two-point drive down midfield that lifted off the rocks. The 457-foot circuit is an opponent’s fifth longest at Angel Stadium since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
The homer also had an exit speed of 115.2 miles. This is only the third time in Big A that a player has hit a home run over 450 feet with an exit speed of over 115.0. The others are Ohtani and Joey Gallo.
“It was awesome. He went over there with his plan, got a throw and hit it in the rocks. It was a really big blow for us and we just couldn’t finish it tonight,” manager Aaron Boone said.
MIXED RETURN FOR KLUBER
Yankees starter Corey Kluber was dropped from the injured list after 60 days before the game and made his first start since May 25. only allowed one step before things collapsed in the fourth.
Kluber struck out Ohtani to start the inning, but then allowed three straight hits, including an RBI single to Jo Adell. Max Stassi took a two-man walk to charge the goals ahead of Mayfield’s grand slam.
“The final line doesn’t look very good, but I think breaking it down there’s a lot of good to take tonight,” said Kluber, who allowed five runs on five hits with six. strikeouts and two walks in four innings. “There were a lot of good throws and not a lot of hard contact. But obviously I made a bad throw in a big spot that ultimately counts for four points.”
Mike Mayers – who is tied for seventh in majors with 60 appearances – only started for the second time in his career and allowed two runs in the first, including an RBI brace by Rizzo.
The Angels right-hander, whose other start was in 2016 with St. Louis, allowed two runs and three hits in two innings.
Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (sprained left elbow) has been moved to the 60-day injury list, effectively ending his season. Boone said Britton met with Dr Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Monday to determine if surgery was necessary.
Angels: RHP Alex Cobb (inflamed right wrist) started a 30-length lifter box session ahead of the game, with next step to be determined.
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The Yankees acquired RHP Jason Parker as a player to be named in the July 27 trade in which the Yankees sent pitchers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds. Parker, 23, was 4-3 with a 4.05 ERA with Class A Daytona this season.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (8-4, 4.18 ERA) has allowed three earned runs or less in 11 of his last 13 starts dating back to June 18.
Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (2-2, 5.56 ERA) receives the call after Ohtani was scratched with a pain in his right hand after being hit by a pitch on Saturday.