Bronx, NY—The Yankees tuned up Shohei Ohtani (3-4) pretty good in the first game of Thursday’s twinbill.
Angels’ Manager Joe Maddon mentioned that Ohtani was tipping his pitches to the Yankees hitters during Los Angeles’ 6-1 loss after the flame thrower gave up home runs to Matt Carpenter, Gleyber Torres, and Aaron Judge.
“They’re really good at reading pitchers,” Maddon said of the Yankees. “They’re very good at it.”
Ohtani made history in the nightcap, joining Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx as the only players to start at both ends of a doubleheader, one of them as a pitcher, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Foxx did it with the Phillies in 1945 during the final month of his career.
Carpenter started off the party in the first inning with a homer that capped an 11-pitch at-bat, and Ohtani didn’t get his first swing-and-miss until his 54th pitch. He gave up four runs in three-plus innings before Maddon yanked him after 75 pitches.
Asked if he was tipping off pitches, Ohtani said with a laugh: “I’m not sure, you should probably ask the other side.”
Nasty Nestor Cortes (5-1) pitched seven stellar innings and kept the Angels hitters at bay. DJ LeMahieu also homered and put the game away for the Bronx Bombers.
The tarp was rolled out in the ninth inning with the sky opening up and pouring on Wandy Peralta. It was a 1-hour, 28-minute delay that followed.
Peralta came back after the long delayed and finished his first save, striking out Ohtani to close it.
“I think our guys just capitalized on some mistakes against him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
In the twinbill Yankees Jameson Taillon (5-1, 2.49 ERA) took a no-no into the eighth inning until Jared Walsh led off the inning with a grounder up the middle. The ball skipped off Kiner-Falefa’s glove into shallow left field, allowing Walsh to reach second. He scored on Kurt Suzuki’s single for a 1-0 lead.
Taillon mixed all of his pitches well for seven innings, showcasing the finesse and control that’s led him to his excellent start this season. Coming off right ankle surgery in the offseason, he’s 6-1 with a 2.30 ERA and five walks in 58 2/3 innings.
Taillon allowed two hits, with 5K’s without a walk on a season-high 101 pitches.
Taillon’s opponent on the hill, Reid Detmers (2-2, 4.65), threw one of two no-hitters in the majors this season. Detmers had no-hit game over the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10. The other was a combined effort by five New York Mets pitchers April 29th against Philadelphia.
Detmers skirted around trouble to get through 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Jimmy Herget, Aaron Loup, and Ryan Tepera got Los Angeles through the seventh with a shutout ball.
Jameson Taillon retired Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in the seventh inning and sensed the perfect game.
“There was a certain point I was sitting in the tunnel and I was kind of thinking, like, my buddies on other teams are probably starting to be aware of it,” Taillon said. “I definitely thought there’s a small chance we could do it.”
He was disappointed about blowing a shot at history and giving up the game’s first run.
“I was pretty sick about that,” Taillon said.
The Yankees countered by loading the bases with one out in the bottom half against Oliver Ortega (1-2). Archie Bradley relieved and struck out Joey Gallo, then got two strikes on Rizzo—he got a pitched he liked and drove it back up the middle scoring Miguel Andújar and Kiner-Falefa easily.
Reliever Clay Holmes replaced Taillon in the ninth and earned his seventh save. He walked Ohtani with two outs, drilled Mike Trout in the left arm with a pitch and also hit Walsh on the knee before Luis Rengifo grounded out.
Trout appeared to be in significant pain but remained in the game and trouted to first base.
The Bronx Bombers swept the doubleheader while handing the LA Angels their eighth straight loss — the team’s worst skid since 2019.
The Yankees countered by loading the bases with one out in the bottom half against Oliver Ortega (1-2). Archie Bradley relieved and struck out Joey Gallo, then got two strikes on Rizzo —got a pitched he liked a drove it back up the middle.
“There’s no panic or riding the roller coaster, if you will,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the topsy-turvy ending. “It’s like, ‘We’ve got to find a way right here.’”
Angels: Will travel down route 95 and play the Philadelphia Phillies. RHP Chase Silseth (1-1, 3.07 ERA) is matched Friday’s opener against Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.60).
Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.12) is set to face Tigers RHP Elvin Rodriguez (0-0, 6.17) in the opener of a three-game set in the Bronx.