Angels bats quiet in loss to Yankees

Brandon Sloter-The Sporting Tribune
Yankees starter Luis Gil allowed just two hits and struck out 9 in the Angels 2-1 loss Wednesday.

ANAHEIM — A solo home run from Logan O’Hoppe was the lone highlight for the Angels in a 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees Wednesday.

Two hits were all the Angels offense could muster against Yankees starter Luis Gil, who has allowed one or zero runs in eight of his 11 starts this season.

“That Gil kid is pretty legit,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “He has a pretty good fastball he moved around. He can get his changeup over, can get his breaking ball over. He’s real and we hung in the game.”

The only blemish for Gil was the home run by O’Hoppe in the seventh inning to cut the Yankees lead to 2-1. O’Hoppe’s home run was his sixth of the season and his second of the home stand.

Gil was otherwise outstanding, allowing two hits over eight innings with 9 strikeouts. The eight innings were a career-high for Gil.

Angels starter Tyler Anderson was wild on the mound but was able to limit the damage to just one run. Anderson pitched five innings, allowed one run on four hits with a season-high six walks.

“I thought he was outstanding,” Washington said. “To go through that lineup three and a half times and just give up one run, that was pretty good.”

The six walks for the most for Anderson since April 15, 2018 when he walked six for the Colorado Rockies.

“Just disappointed. Obviously you want to get more than five innings out of that,” Anderson said. “The walks, it’s like banging your head against the wall. But to be able to not give in, keep making pitches and try to execute when your back’s against the wall, I’ll take that I’d just like to be in the zone more.

Yankees left fielder Alex Verdugo hit a solo home run 394 feet to left field against Anderson in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

The Yankees scored again in the seventh inning when Anthony Volpe hit a triple and scored on an errant pick off throw from Luis Rengifo.

The Angels bullpen pitchers: Adam Cimber, Hunter Strickland, Roansy Contreras and Luis Garcia allowed zero earned runs in four innings of work.

Yankees closer Clay Holmes got himself intro trouble, but was able to redeem himself after blowing the save Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Luis Rengifo singled and Taylor Ward drew a walk to give the Angels the game-winning run on base with no outs.

Willie Calhoun grounded into a double play and O’Hoppe grounded out to end the game.

Washington was asked whether he considered bunting Calhoun in that situation.

“Not with the guys that were coming up, that was the middle of my order,” Washington said. “I wasn’t going to make them bunt because they don’t bunt. We barreled the ball it just was at them.”

There was a controversial play in the first inning which resulted in Yankees manager Aaron Boone being ejected from the game. With the bases loaded and no outs, Giancarlo Stanton hit a pop fly in the field and the infield fly rule was called. Angels shortstop Zach Neto bumped into Juan Soto at second base when trying to catch the ball.

The umpire called interference on Soto and Anderson was gifted a double play.

“I was just trying to catch the ball. I know he (Soto) wasn’t trying to do it on purpose,” Neto said. “No intention for me to get in his way or him to get in my way.”

Yankees bench coach Brad Ausmus took over after Boone was ejected. Ausmus managed the Angels in 2019.

Wednesday was the first win for the Yankees in Angels Stadium since 2022. Patrick Sandoval will start for the Angels Thursday against Carlos Rodon of the Yankees.