MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 5100
NY Yankees1 4 0 5 0 1 0 0 x 11111
  W: J. Taillon (3-4)   L: A. Heaney (4-6)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, June 29, 2021
Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York  Attendance: 23,152

Yankees turn to Jameson Taillon to end losing streak vs. Angels

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Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

  1. These teams have not faced off since 2019, when New York won five of seven games including two of three at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees outscored the Angels 19-4 in the three games in the Bronx that season.
  2. The Angels won at Tampa Bay yesterday to snap a season-high-tying five-game losing streak. Los Angeles averages 1.65 HR per game at home this season compared to 0.97 per game on the road, the largest such differential in the majors (0.68).
  3. The Yankees were swept by Boston for the second time this month (also June 4-6 at home) and have fallen to fourth place in the AL East. They have finished the season in fourth or worse in the division just once since MLB went to six divisions in 1994 (fourth in 2016).
  4. The 43 combined home runs by Shohei Ohtani (25) and Jared Walsh (18) are the second most by any MLB teammate duo this year (44 by Toronto's Guerrero Jr./Semien). Ohtani has eight homers in his last 11 games, trailing only the Nats' Kyle Schwarber (9) since June 15.
  5. Aaron Judge hit his 17th HR of the season yesterday, but just his fourth this month. He has a.222 career batting average in 16 games against the Angels, his second-lowest average versus any AL opponent (.213 vs. Astros).
  6. Dylan Bundy is 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA this season compared to 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA last season. He has failed to reach 5.0 innings in five of his last seven starts. Michael King is looking for his first win this season (0-3 in 12 games, five starts). This is the first time he has ever faced the Angels.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/28/2021 thru 7/1/2021

About three hours before the New York Yankees threw a pitch to Shohei Ohtani on Monday, manager Aaron Boone offered a blunt assessment of his inconsistent team situation.

"Our season's on the line," Boone said. "Too many ups and downs. We're in too good a division to have those ups and downs obviously continue."

Then Ohtani hit his latest homer, and the Yankees were on their way to another loss, 5-3 to the visiting Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees will attempt to halt a four-game skid Tuesday night in the second game of the four-game series.

The Yankees reached nine games over .500 on May 23 when they completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox, but since then they are 12-19, a stretch that has mirrored their 6-11 start at times.

Monday's loss came after the Yankees were swept by the Boston Red Sox. Ohtani hit his 26th homer, tying him with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead.

"We gotta go out and do it," Boone said after the Yankees were held to six hits against the Angels. "We can throw out all the sayings. Talk is cheap. We gotta go do it, and as disappointing as it is and as frustrating as we are to not grab this first one -- especially coming off the weekend we had -- we gotta go play tomorrow and try and dig ourselves out of this."

Gio Urshela and Giancarlo Stanton homered Monday, but the Yankees were held to three runs or fewer for the 41st time through their first 78 games.

"We just haven't showed up every night," Stanton said. "We'll have spurts of it. This game, these seasons, this uniform isn't about spurts. It's about showing up every night. So we just gotta pick it up."

The Angels will be trying to get a third straight win after dropping five straight, and Ohtani's latest homer gave him 11 this month. He is two shy of the team record for homers in June held by Tim Salmon (1996) and Albert Pujols (2015).

"That was just the right way for him to start his trip to New York, with him hitting a home run," Angels manager Joe Maddon said of Ohtani, whose home run was hit first hit in Yankee Stadium. He is now 1-for-14 in four games at the stadium.

Ohtani, who will pitch Wednesday, enters Tuesday's game having reached base safely in 19 of his past 21 games.

New York's Jameson Taillon (2-4, 5.18 ERA), who is coming off his best start of the season, seeks to win consecutive starts for the first time since winning four straight starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates from Aug. 25-Sept. 12, 2018.

Taillon ended an eight-start winless streak Thursday when he allowed one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings during an 8-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Before that start, he was 0-2 with a 5.80 ERA since his other win on May 1 against the Detroit Tigers.

Taillon is facing the Angels for the first time and hopes to have better success against Ohtani than did Michael King, who allowed a homer on an 80 mph curveball.

Los Angeles left-hander Andrew Heaney (4-5, 4.72) looks to avoid a third straight loss. After going 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA from May 25-June 8, Heaney has allowed eight runs on 15 hits spanning 11 innings against the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, respectively.

Heaney is 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees. He last opposed the Yankees on Sept. 19, 2019, in New York when he allowed six runs on five hits in five innings and took the loss.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 29, 2021

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