This game started off with so much promise, but got away from the Yankees in a hurry. The offense gave Gray a 4-1 lead to work with, and it just wasn’t enough. He had another awful outing, surrendering five earned runs through three and two-thirds innings. The Yankees had to turn to the bullpen early, demonstrating just why they opted to send Ronald Torreyes down in favor of keeping 13 pitchers.
The Angels wasted no time getting on the board. Zack Cozart led off with a single that deflected off of Miguel Andujar’s glove, then Mike Trout followed with an RBI double off the left field wall. With a runner in scoring position and zero outs, Gray escaped without any further trouble with a pair of strikeouts and a fly out.
Their lead lasted all of two minutes. Brett Gardner deposited a home run into the second deck in right field to tie up the game. Aaron Judge followed by hitting a solo shot of his own over the bullpen. They tacked on two more runs in the second inning after Andujar singled and Austin Romine homered off the foul pole in right.
After a clean second inning, Gray let the Angels back into the game in the third. Cozart and Trout singled and doubled, respectively, then Justin Upton worked a walk to load the bases. Shohei Ohtani walked to force in a run, and a sac fly made it a 4-3 game. Unfortunately, Gray wasn’t able to settle down. He started the fourth by issuing a walk to Kole Calhoun, who is having a terrible season. With two outs, Trout hit a two-run bomb to left to give the Angels the lead. Gray was given another chance to get the final out, but plunked Upton in the arm. Jonathan Holder got the last out, then came back out for a scoreless fifth inning.
Things didn’t go so well for Tommy Kahnle in his first game back. He got ahead of Jose Briceno 0-2, then walked him on eight pitches. Cozart followed with a ground ball to Andujar, who turned and fired to second base. However, Gleyber Torres missed the catch, and everyone was safe. Pesky Mike Trout followed with his fourth extra-base hit of the game (!), yet another RBI double. With zero outs, Chris Young worked a walk to load the bases, and Albert Pujols knocked in two more runs. The Angels took a 9-4 lead after Ohtani grounded into a double play.
The Angels just kept pulling further away. They added two more runs in the seventh after Chasen Shreve walked Calhoun, and Briceno hit his first career home run. Not a great day for Yankees pitching. A.J. Cole was able to shut them down, however. He notched two strikeouts through two scoreless innings of work to finish up the game.
The Yankees threatened in the seventh, but weren’t able to do more than load the bases with two outs. Didi Gregorius flew out to end the inning. If you’re wondering about Greg Bird, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his season debut. It will likely take some time for him to get going.
This series wraps up tomorrow at 1:05 ET. Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound opposite of Garrett Richards, who is starting in place of Ohtani. This was a bad one, but they still have the chance to shake it off and win the series.