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Shohei Ohtani blast helps Angels beat Yankees and Aaron Judge

The showdown between baseball titans Shohei Ohtani and aaron judge drew the fans who packed Angel Stadium for Monday night’s game between the Angels and new york yankees.

Ohtani had the first big moment and it turned out to be the winner.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, with Mike Trout on base after hitting a single, Ohtani took advantage of Frankie Montas’ split 1-2 over the right-center field wall for his 29th home run of the season.

The shot propelled the Angels to a two-run lead over the AL East-leading Yankees en route to a 4-3 win to open the three-game series and a nine-game homestand. . It was the Angels’ fourth straight victory.

“I can see the ball pretty well, and it’s doing relatively well,” Ohtani said through a team representative.

Judge, who had been intentionally walked twice, showed his talent in the eighth inning.

With one out and none on, Judge took Ryan Tepera’s 1-and-1 curveball to the waterfall in center field for a home run. It was homer no. 50 this season for the star slugger who is chasing Roger Maris’ Yankees single-season record of 61 home runs.

When asked what he would think about the home run ball, Judge said, “I’ll be thinking about a 4-3 loss. I wish it would have been a little sweeter with a win.”

On Monday, Ohtani and Judge were greeted with chants of “MVP” from an Angel Stadium crowd sporting many pinstripes. The announced attendance was 44,537.

“Of course it’s important that a player can have a season like this,” Ohtani said when asked how much he was paying attention to the AL MVP race between himself and Judge. “I want to be able to keep this pace and keep playing.”

His first at-bats were uneventful. In the first inning, Judge grounded and Ohtani ground for a double play.

The Yankees caused enough of a stir in the third inning (two men on, 1-1 score) and fifth (one on, two out, 2-2 score) that Angels starter José Suárez , will deliberately walk as a judge both times. Rated Boos in response. But the moves proved smart for Suarez, who got the final out both times against Andrew Benintendi.

“You try not to think about it because it’s a team game,” Judge said of the walks, “and I’ve got one of the best hitters behind me in Benintendi.

“I know I have to block it from the first pitch I see because it might be the best pitch I see. It’s fun. You like to have that, I wouldn’t say pressure, but that expectation. That’s what it’s all about, trying to lead the team and help them win.”

Ohtani, meanwhile, completed his second at-bat with a strikeout in Montas’ 1-2 split. His third at-bat added to the tradition of the reigning American League MVP as a two-way talent as a hitter and pitcher.

When asked about his thoughts on the AL MVP race, Suarez said, “Judge has a lot of real home runs, but I’m going for Ohtani, I’m going to cheer for my teammate.”

Luis Rengifo and Mike Ford each hit a solo home run for the Angels, with Rengifo’s homer putting the Angels up 1-0 in the second inning and Ford tying the score at 2 in the fourth. A run-scoring sacrifice bunt by DJ LeMahieu in the third inning and a home run by Anthony Rizzo in the fourth gave New York its first two runs.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a solo home run as Angels catcher Matt Thaiss looks on during the eighth inning. It was Judge’s 50th home run of the season.

(Mark J Terrill/Associated Press)

Ohtani and Judge will not meet as pitcher and hitter in the remaining two games of this series in Anaheim.

The Angels have already said who their pick for MVP would be: Ohtani. On Monday, the Yankees weighed in with thoughts of him.

Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres didn’t mince words when he declared Judge the rightful winner. Nestor Cortes, an injured starting pitcher from New York, deliberated some more.

“I think what Judge is doing now is pretty incredible and how he’s leading this team in the first place,” Cortes said. “Ohtani, he is doing a lot of good things, but [the Angels are] not in the first place.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, responding to a question about what he thinks of Judge’s season, compared it to the ones Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire had in 1998, when the NL MVP talk focused on those. players. Boone also described Judge as a great all-around player because of his contributions in the outfield, his power bat and his speed on base.

Those kinds of descriptions are also used by the Angels about Ohtani.

Said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin before Monday’s game: “I told them, as much as I love the guy across the street, I mean, what our guy does, until someone comes in to do those things offensively and then throw on the mound. the way he does it, as far as the value of this game and this league, I think he’s Shohei.”

The move of Arte Moreno

Nevin was asked if the news last week about Angels owner Arte Moreno exploring a sale of the team was affecting his players. He replied: “It certainly doesn’t affect the players. … [A possible sale is] It’s not going to be over by the time we’re done here this year.”

He also reiterated his support for Moreno.

“Arte has been a great owner. He has been great to me,” Nevin continued. “He has brought superstar players here. They’ve had so many to put a name to this organization, whether it’s Shohei and Trout, [Albert] Pujols and the guys who have been here before.”

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