July 18, 2023; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Patrick Sandoval (43) bowled against the New York Yankees in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium. Image: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mickey Moniak went 3-for-4 and cruised in three rounds, and left-hander Patrick Sandoval bowled 7 1/3 innings of two-shots to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory over the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday in Anaheim, California.
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Yankees right hander Domingo German hit the pitch with fresh memory to bowl just the 24th perfect game in MLB history on June 28. But this time, Germany’s perfect game bid lasted just two shots until Angels lead man Zach Neto punched a broken single into right field.
Germany’s shutout only lasted two more batters. Moniak — the first overall pick from the 2016 draft who has been the breakout star for the Angels this season — smashed a fastball 413 feet to the right bench for his 11th home run and a 2-0 lead for the Angels
Sandoval has been a losing pitcher in six of his last eight starts, with opponents teeing off with his imprecise pace, which he bowls 70 percent of the time.
The Yankees were running back in the third when Gleyber Torres lit Sandoval’s elevated breaker for a 404-foot homer inside the left field foul post.
But German lost control in the third as he walked at full base and the Angels took a 3-1 lead when Michael Stefanic ran home to score in Germany’s wild field to a backstop.
Sandoval settled after Torres’ homer and retired the Yankees’ next nine. He hit the side in fifth
The Angels added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth quarter when Shohei Ohtani slotted a 110 mph liner into the right corner of the field for the MLB’s best seventh triple of the year, driving on Neto. Moniak then ripped a touchdown through the right side of Yankees infield which was pulled to score Ohtani for a 5-1 lead
Sandoval (5-7) threw 99 shots, made seven to threes, and had 13 ground-ball outs before turning the ball over to relievers Jacob Webb and Carlos Estevez to finish.
Germany (5-6) charged with five hits earned by four hits and three hits despite nine hits.
The Angels guaranteed their first series win since early June, when they took four straight, and climbed back up to . 500 after leading 3-11 since June 27.
–Field Level Media