ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani has been getting a lot of attention for his home runs, but the Los Angeles Angels have also been gaining power from a very unlikely source lately.
While Ohtani hit his 42nd home run in the Major League on Monday-evening, Jack Mayfield made his first Grand Slam of his career when the Angels defeated the New York Yankees 8-7.
Ohtani and Mayfield are on par 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 attack up and down in the lineup did well.”
Despite Ohtani and Mayfield’s longballs, the difference in the game eventually became a two-out single by Juan Lagares off of Clay Holmes in the eighth inning who drove in Brandon Marsh with the go-ahead run.
Marsh led off the eighth with a single against Wandy Peralta (4-3) before Lagares delivered his third hit of the evening.
The Yankees have lost three in a row for the first time since the beginning of July after a 13-game winning streak.
Junior Guerra (5-2), who gave up a wonderful two-run shot off Giancarlo Stanton in the seventh inning to make it 7-all, won. Raisel Iglesias, the seventh pitcher for the Angels in what was a typical bullpen game, struckout DJ LeMahieu, caused Anthony Rizzo to ground out and then eliminated Aaron Judge in the ninth for his 28th save.
After the Yankees rallied for 5 in the fifth inning, Ohtani took former teammate Andrew Heaney deep and led from the bottom half. frame. Ohtani launched Heaney’s curveball 432 feet into the second level of the right field stances.
“I’ve never seen a ball hit at that level. My goodness, it seemed beyond that,” Maddon said.
Ohtani has five hits in 30 at bats against the Yankees, with all of his hits leaving the park.
Mayfield’s grand slam off Corey Kluber was part of a five-run fourth for the Angels. Mayfield bats only .227 since being recalled in early July, but 14 of his 27 hits went for extra bases.
“After I hit him, I blacked out a bit around the bases. It was definitely an exciting moment in my career. The best thing is we won the game and then celebrated,” Mayfield said.
Stanton had two hits and three runs for the Yankees. He had an RBI single in the fifth inning to make the game 5.
ANOTHER STANTON SHOT
Stanton made it to 7 in the seventh with a two-run drive into midfield that pumped off the rocks. The 457-foot homer is the fifth longest by an opponent at Angel Stadium since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
The homer also had an exit speed of 115.2 miles. It’s only the third time at The Big A that a player has hit a home run over 450 feet with an exit velocity over 115.0. The others are Ohtani and Joey Gallo.
“That was impressive. He went there with his plan, got a pitch and smashed it into the rocks. It was a really big blow to us and we just couldn’t finish it tonight,” said manager Aaron Boone.
MIXED COMEBACK FOR KLUBER
Yankees-starter Corey Kluber was off the 60-day injured list before the game and made his first start since May 25. only allowed one walk before things unraveled in the fourth.
Kluber struckout Ohtani to start the inning, but then gave up three consecutive basehits, including an RBI single by Jo Adell. Max Stassi walked with two outs to load the bases for Mayfield’s grand slam.
“The last line doesn’t look very good, but I think there’s a lot of good to be had tonight if you break it,” said Kluber, who gave up five runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in four innings. “There were a lot of good pitches and not a lot of hard contact. But clearly made a bad pitch in a big spot that ultimately counts for four points.”
Mike Mayers – who is seventh in the majors with 60 appearances – started only for the second time in his career, giving up two runs in the first, including an RBI double to Rizzo.
The Angels righthander, whose other start in 2016 came with St. Louis, gave up two runs and three hits in two innings.
Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (left elbow strain) moved to 60-day injured list, effectively ending his season. Boone said Britton met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles to determine if surgery is needed.
Angels: RHP Alex Cobb (right wrist inflammation) pitched a pre-match 30-pitch bullpen session with the next move yet to be determined.
The Yankees acquired RHP Jason Parker as the nominee player in the July 27 trade in which the Yankees sent pitchers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds. The 23-year old Parker was 4-3 this season with a 4.05 ERA with Class A Daytona.
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) is called after Ohtani was scratched due to a pain in his right hand after being hit by a pitch on Saturday.
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