Torres Homers in 4th consecutive game as Yankees top Angels 2-1
25. May 2018
Updated: May 25, 2018 11:11
Photo: Frank Franklin II, AP
NEW YORK (AP) – Gleyber Torres took a few minutes to study Jim Johnson videos on an iPad and then introduce himself for the first time the pitcher.
One month in his big league career, the 21-year-old took the moment to stroke a low, external counter-sinker above the right-hand scoreboard for a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning and became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games.
Even Torres seemed a bit surprised.
"I'm like a contact guy," he said.
Torres showed his power bat and Aaron Judge saved a few runs With his muscular arm, he twice threw runners from the right field. The Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Friday night and opened a series with the sport's best stars, New York's 14th win in their last 16 home games.
And that was not all the drama. Two-way Japanese rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani came up with the potential tie run on base and two outs in the eighth, Aroldis Chapman sent 100.3 mph pitch just foul, then founded on a 101.9 MPH bid when the Angels dropped to 0-4 against the Yankees this year.
"His positions were really fast, very powerful," Ohtani said of a translator.
Torres drove in New York's first run with a base-loaded infield hit against Andrew Heaney in the second round Mike Trout tied the result in fifth against Luis Severino with his 16th homer.
Only 21 years, 163 days old and played his 28th game since reaching the Yankees on April 22, Torres worked the count to 3-1 against Johnson (2-2), then met his ninth big league homer and fifth in four games. He became the fourth youngest player since 1900 to homerize in four straight games, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Only Miguel Cabrera (20 years, 362 days) in 2004, Andrew Jones (21-139) in 1998 and Albert Pujols (21-147) in 2001 were younger and all were in the National League.
"When you combine intelligence and instincts and talent, you see what a very special player was for us," said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. "I do not know that many people instinctively come in. He has it 10 times."
Torres arrives with 24 RBIs .333.
"He just never looks like a moment is too big for him," Richter said.
Kole Calhoun had picked out with one in the third and advanced on Gary Sanchez's eighth-passed ball in this season. When Justin Upton lined up a single to the right with two outs, Judge threw 216 feet at 100.5 mph, the hardest in major leagues, according to MLB's statcast.
"It's time, I tried to hit 100" Judge died. "I'm glad I broke it, I think I got 99 (mph) last year, my day was done."
Sanchez caught the ball in an instant, then he reached back and marked Calhoun on the left calf
"When he let go for the first time, I think alright, he goes with the long hop because it was so deep and this thing just got through, "Boone said.
Richter also threw Martin Maldonado in the seventh game a Chad Green (3-0) to stretch. He picked up a one-hopper from the wall in the right corner and, without rushing, made a seemingly nonchalant throw shortstop Didi Gregorius, who put the day in second place. Calhoun followed with a single that had a run.
"I probably played this game 1000 times in the prelude, so it's just practice," Richter said.
David Robertson went with Upton to the Halle Achtel, Pujols spun out and the left-hander Chapman came to confront left-slashing Ohtani.
Chapman threw the 26th wild field with Sanchez behind the plate this year, when he was left in the count 2-0, then got the keys out. He got four for his first four-out round this season and finished his sixth hitter for his 10th save in 11 chances.
"They saw two guys bringing their best stuff," said Angel's manager Mike Scioscia. "Chapman turned it off and let it go and Shohei put some great punches on it."
While Ohtani makes a 4: 1 pitching shot with .309, he is only 4 for 23 (.174) at the plate against left pitchers. The 23-year-old was 0 for 3 with a walk, easily boasted in his Yankee Stadium debut after he disdained New York to sign with the Angels.
"It's not the first time it's happened," he said about the jokes.
Angels: C Rene Rivera had to undergo surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee and is likely to pause for four to six weeks. … RHP Matt Shoemaker had a slight fluid in his pitching forearm, according to an MRI on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) is expected to be activated by the DL on Saturday. … RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder tendinitis) was activated by the DL.
RHP Jaime Barria is recalled Saturday by Triple-A Salt Lake to launch for the Angels. He is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts for Los Angeles this season. RHP Sonny Gray (3-3) starts for the Yankees after winning a run of eight innings in Kansas City on Sunday.
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