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About Last Night: Yankees Crush Angels 9-1

by Paul Semendinger

June 1. 2022

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About Last Night:

The Yankees offense, which over the previous three games scored a combined five runs, woke out of its slumber last night in a big fashion as they put up nine runs to crush the Angels.

As the saying goes, the Yankees scored early and often putting four runs on the board in the first inning, one in the second, two in the sixth, and two in the eighth. The only run the Angels scored came in their half of the seventh inning, and by then the Yankees' win seemed all but secured.


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People say games are not won in the first inning, but maybe, just maybe, sometimes they are. The Angels, who are having a solid year, have hit a rough patch. Heading into last night, they had lost five consecutive games. In the first inning, Shohei Ohtani hit a deep would-be homer to centerfield. Aaron Judge went back to the wall, leaped, and took the homer away, seemingly effortlessly. The next batter, Mike Trout, struck out to end the inning.

Following that letdown, the Yankees pounded the Angels' starting pitcher, Noah Syndergaard for four runs in their half of the first. The big hits there were Anthony Rizzo's RBI double, Gleyber Torres' RBI double, and Matt Carpenter's two-run home run.


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The Yankees don't seem to score much when Jordan Montgomery pitches, and the bullpen seems to blow a bunch of wins for him as well, but neither thing happened last night. Monty allowed just one run over seven innings. It took until the last day of May, but he won his first game of the year.

Quick Stats:

  • Matt Carpenter has two hits as a Yankee. They're both home runs.

  • D.J. LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, and Joey Gallo had two hits each.

  • Jose Trevino had three hits (a career high). He also drove home two runs and scored two.

  • Jordan Montgomery allowed just four hits over seven innings. HIs ERA for the season is 3.04.

  • The nine Yankees runs were the most they scored in a game since scoring ten runs on May 13 at Chicago.

  • The nine runs, were the most the Yankees scored at home since April 28 against the Orioles.

  • Noah Syndergaard has allowed 20 runs this year. 12 have come in the first inning.

  • Shohei Ohtani's first five hits against the Yankees were home runs. Last night he doubled.

Player(s) of the Game:

Jose Trevino had a huge day. He hit his third homer of the year. He picked off Matt Duffy at first base to end the first inning. He had an acrobatic avoidance of a tag at home to score a run. And he called a great game. Trevino is batting .263 on the season. He's not an automatic out and seems to be the Yankees' best choice at catcher.

Better to Forget:

Kyle Higashioka is batting only .164 with no homers. His days as the starting catcher might be over. More, his days as a big leaguer are also in jeopardy. My Take:

It is always great to win the first game of a series. The Yankees are in a tougher stretch of the season now playing higher quality teams (for the most part). Many big name players are still injured and out of the lineup, but they still put up nine runs. If messages can be sent in baseball, the Yankees sent one last night with this decisive victory.

Next Up:

Nifty Nestor Cortes takes the mound tonight for the Yankees against Reid Detmers. Game time is 7:05 p.m.


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ldegraphics
01 jun 2022

No Hicks in the lineup was a major plus. Give Miggy a real shot!!!

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Andy Singer
Andy Singer
01 jun 2022
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Agree with the exception of Hicks; I'd continue to sit him. Gallo had a couple of good ABs last night, so I'd let him try to build on it. Getting Gallo hot like he was prior to the trade to the Yankees from May through early July would be huge, even if it only lasts for a stretch.

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
01 jun 2022

Thor pulled a Loki on the Angels.


My fear, of course, is that it's another of those one-game run explosions, and tonight they'll score one run, until maybe the 8th or 9th when they score another, but of course only if the game is out of hand by then due to bullpen implosion.

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fuster
01 jun 2022

The Yankees offense, which over the previous three games scored a combined five runs,

is also the offense that scored 7 runs in the game before those three

for a total of 12 runs for the four games played in Tampa


and, BTW, the Yankee pitching allowed Tampa a total of 9 runs over the course of the four games.


Tampa is a team to worry about.


what I saw of the Angels last night convinced me that they are a team far less to be feared.

the Angels showed little heart and rather incomplete competence, they showed themselves to have too many holes.


perhaps they'll show more tonight

but perhaps not

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fuster
02 jun 2022
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fair enough, but what I saw from the Angels wasn't a failure of offense as much as an absence of sound defense and mediocre pitching.

let's bear in mind that the Angels' shortstop is a guy that a Yankee team desperate for a shortstop could not trade away and simply DFA'ed.


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