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Angels’ Noah Syndergaard pounded in return to New York

Angels’ Noah Syndergaard pounded in return to New York

  • The Yankees’ Aaron Judge catches a ball hit by the...

    The Yankees’ Aaron Judge catches a ball hit by the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for an out, robbing him if a home run during the first inning of their game on Tuesday night in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches the flight of his flyout...

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches the flight of his flyout during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery throws to the plate during...

    Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the Angels on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard checks the runner at first...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard checks the runner at first base during the first inning of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    The New York Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo hits an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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    The New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge runs past third base to score on an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres follows through on an...

    The New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres follows through on an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. After review Torres called out at third base on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the plate during the first inning of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter hits a two-run home...

    The New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter hits a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Yankees’ Matt Carpenter watches the flight of his two-run...

    The Yankees’ Matt Carpenter watches the flight of his two-run home run during the first inning of their game against the Angels on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter, left, celebrates as he...

    The New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter, left, celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard reacts as New York Yankees’...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard reacts as New York Yankees’ Matt Carpenter runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Jared Walsh hits a single during the third...

    The Angels’ Jared Walsh hits a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez watches from the dugout during the...

    The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez watches from the dugout during the third inning of a game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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    Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez chases a ball hit by the New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard hands the ball to Manager...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard hands the ball to Manager Joe Maddon during the third inning of their game against the Yankees on Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard walks off the mound after...

    Angels starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard walks off the mound after being removed during the third inning of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double during the sixth...

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through on a double during...

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through on a double during the sixth inning of their game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to second base for a...

    The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to second base for a double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout throws home in an attempt...

    Angels center fielder Mike Trout throws home in an attempt to throw out a Yankee baserunner during the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Angels catcher Max Stassi is unable to field a throw...

    Angels catcher Max Stassi is unable to field a throw from center fielder Mike Trout during the sixth inning of their game against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez hits a single during the eighth...

    The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez hits a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez slides past the New York Yankees’...

    The Angels’ Andrew Velazquez slides past the New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres (25) to steal second base during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels third baseman Matt Duffy throws to first during the...

    Angels third baseman Matt Duffy throws to first during the eighth inning of their game against the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Angels relief pitcher Kenny Rosenberg reacts after giving up a...

    Angels relief pitcher Kenny Rosenberg reacts after giving up a two-run home run to the Yankees’ Jose Trevino during the eighth inning on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • Angels relief pitcher Kenny Rosenberg reacts as the New York...

    Angels relief pitcher Kenny Rosenberg reacts as the New York Yankees’ Jose Trevino (39) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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    Angels relief pitcher Kenny Rosenberg reacts after giving up a two-run home run to the Yankees’ Jose Trevino during the eighth inning on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • The Yankees’ Joey Gallo celebrates with Aaron Judge after their...

    The Yankees’ Joey Gallo celebrates with Aaron Judge after their 9-1 victory over the Angels on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. The Yankees won 9-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez, left, and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani...

    Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez, left, and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani talk before a game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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NEW YORK — After his first three pitches, all of them balls, Noah Syndergaard knew that something wasn’t right.

“I just kind of noticed how tense my upper body was,” the Angels’ right-hander. “And that’s kind of hard to deliver a quality pitch when you’re just really tight out there.”

It didn’t get any better. Syndergaard gave up four runs in that first inning on his way to allowing five runs in the Angels’ 9-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

It stretched the Angels’ losing streak to six games. The last game they won was in Syndergaard’s last start, when he pitched brilliantly over eight innings.

“Baseball is just a funny thing,” Syndergaard said. “You can have a really good start and then six days later it’s the complete opposite. It’s pretty obvious the team is kind of on a little bit of skid right now. It would have been nice to come out and turn that around. But I dropped the ball seriously. I didn’t get the job done.”

Syndergaard rejected the notion that the return to New York had any bearing on his outing. He was a star with the New York Mets before undergoing Tommy John surgery and barely pitching for two years. Certainly, he would have liked to show New York fans – albeit in a different borough – that he could still be that pitcher.

“Not really,” Syndergaard said when asked if the emotion of returning had an impact on him. “The city is the same. An awesome place. I enjoyed my off day yesterday. I went to Central Park and played catch with Reid (Detmers). The delivery feels good. It just didn’t add up tonight.”

Syndergaard bounced back from the 3-and-0 start to leadoff hitter DJ LeMahieu, getting him on a grounder, but he didn’t retire any of the next five hitters. He issued a four-pitch walk to Aaron Judge. Syndergaard actually was ahead 1-and-2 against Anthony Rizzo, but he left a fastball over the middle of the plate and Rizzo hammered it into the gap in right-center, driving in a run.

Gleyber Torres yanked a first-pitch fastball off the left-field fence, driving in another. The Angels then caught a break because Torres came off the bag after he’d safely reached third.

That saved the Angels a run because Miguel Andujar followed with a single and then Matt Carpenter lofted a fly ball into the seats in right field, making it 4-0.

Syndergaard gave up another run in the second, and he was pulled with one out in the third.

It marked the second time in three starts that Syndergaard took the Angels out of the game quickly. Before his dominant outing in his last start he didn’t make it out of the first inning on May 16 at Texas.

Manager Joe Maddon said he’s not concerned that two out of three bad games is an ominous sign for the long-term.

“It’s one of those situations you can’t jump to conclusions, I don’t think,” Maddon said. “You just be patient you trust the guy and get him ready for his next start.”

After Syndergaard was knocked out, Kenny Rosenberg provided five innings of relief, which will help the Angels have a fresh bullpen for Wednesday’s game. He also held the Yankees without another run until the sixth, but the Angels couldn’t get back in the game against left-hander Jordan Montgomery.

Montgomery did not give up a run until a Luis Rengifo homer in the seventh, which made it 7-1. Shohei Ohtani was robbed of a first-inning home run by center fielder Aaron Judge, who needed all of his 6-foot-7 frame to reach over the fence and snag the ball.

The blowout loss dropped the Angels to 27-23 as they hit the 50-game mark. Although they’ve struggled lately, Maddon took solace in the fact that they played well enough early that they’re still in decent shape. The Angels currently hold the third of three wild-card spots in the American League.

Maddon isn’t panicking.

“You have to have one thought, I think,” Maddon said. “Either you trust your people or you don’t. Either you like your guys or you don’t. I trust my guys. I trust my guys a lot. Fortunately, we got off to a wonderful start so that you could kind of absorb a moment like this. When you get off to a really bad start moments like this could be devastating. So that’s it. Either you trust your guys or you don’t, and I trust my guys.”


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