Outside of the beatdown they laid on Brett Oberholtzer the other day, the Yankees’ offense has been dormant during the current road trip. They were held to one lonely run in Monday night’s 4-1 loss to the Angels, their sixth loss in their last nine games. It’s a West Coast night game, so this one gets a bullet point recap:
- Beat by Trout: Mike Trout is the best player in the world and it was obvious on Monday night. Not only did he hit the go-ahead solo home run, he also robbed Chris Young of two extra-base hits with men on base. Young crushed both balls to center and Trout was able to reach out and run both down. He legitimately saved three runs with those catches. The man is a game-changer. What can you do?
- Sad-bathia: For the sixth time in his last eight starts, CC Sabathia failed to give the Yankees a quality start. A quality start isn’t even good! It’s a 4.50 ERA. Sabathia allowed four runs in 7.1 innings to the Angels on Monday night, with two runs coming on solo homers by Trout and C.J. Cron. Trout? Fine, whatever, he’ll do that. But Cron? Yuck. It certainly wasn’t a disaster start, we’ve seen plenty of those this year, but Sabathia couldn’t contain a below average offense while working with a pretty big strike zone.
- NOffense: Yes, Trout robbed some hits, but the Yankees also went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and had all sorts of opportunities to score. Runner at second with no outs in the first, runner at first with no outs in the second, bases loaded with two outs in the third, runner at second with one out in the fifth, runner at first with no outs in the sixth, runners at first and second with no outs in the seventh, runner at first with one out in the eighth … nada. Zero runs scored from those opportunities.
- Leftovers: Sabathia now leads the league with 19 home runs allowed … Brett Gardner went 3-for-5 with two doubles and is up to .305/.377/.502 (144 wRC+) on the season … the rest of the offense went 5-for-27 (.185). Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius each had two hits … and finally, home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez had a huge strike zone. Look at this mess. Good grief.
Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, Bullpen Workload, and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Angels continue this series Tuesday night, when Ivan Nova and Andrew Heaney toe the slab. Hopefully the bats show up.