New York Yankees Finally End 7-Game Losing Streak In Win vs. Angels (Highlights) 2
Jun 21, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Gary Sanchez (24) reacts after hitting a single against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees finally break out of their slump in a group effort vs. the Angels and regain first place in the AL East.

The New York  Yankees were in the midst of a 7-game losing, and it took a group effort to get them out of it. All players contributed in this one and Jordan Montgomery delivered a much-needed strong outing.

The Yankees were determined to end this streak early in this one when Didi Gregorius launched a two-run no-doubter to right field scoring Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the second inning. Didi‘s shot was his 8th homer of the year, the Yankees would take a 2-0 lead, and it was almost like a giant exhale came from the Bronx crowd as it seemed like the Yankees were about to get rolling.

Two more innings went by before the Yanks had to hold their breath just one more time in the top of the fourth inning. Martin Maldonado launched a two-run homer to left field off of a hanging changeup to tie the game at two.

Suddenly, everyone was reminded that this team had dropped seven in a row.

But the Bombers wouldn’t let us worry longer as Matt Holliday answered our prayers and crushed a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning giving the Yankees the lead at 3-2. Holliday’s homer was his 15th of the season.

The Angles went down quietly in the sixth, but the Bronx Bombers did not. Gary Sanchez and Chase Headley set the table, and Austin Romine wouldn’t leave the Ducks on the pond driving them both in on a two-run double extending the Yankees lead to 5-2. Aaron Hicks also joined the party on a little scribbler past the shortstop scoring Romine, which added one more to the run total and it would now be a 6-2 game.

More Crickets came from Angels as they were held scoreless in the seventh, but the Yankees did not feel safe with just a four-run lead. The Yankees added two more runs in the seventh thanks to a pair of RBI singles by Starlin Castro and Chase Headley, and suddenly a huge sigh of relief struck Yankees fans as the losing streak appeared to be coming to an end with the score being 8-2.

It seemed pretty safe for Joe Girardi to go to Tyler Clippard in the bottom of the ninth with a six-run lead. However, he was dead wrong. Clippard gave the Yankees no signs of hope as he came in very briefly, but definitely left his mark. Martin Maldonado launched his second homer of the night to right field, and the Yankees lead would be cut to 8-4.

Aroldis Chapman would come in, shutting the door down and the Yanks would end their seven-game streak with a score of 8-4.

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TYLER CLIPPARD’S STRUGGLES CONTINUE:

Tyler Clippard seems to be clawing his way out of the seventh inning role as he delivered another putrid performance tonight. Clippard came in for two batters, surrendering a double and the very next batter a two-run homer. Clippard better figure it out soon.

GREG BIRD GETS CORTISONE SHOT:

Bird received a cortisone shot, and apparently, he will be resuming baseball activities in 3-5 days. I’ll believe it when I see it, but the Yanks certainly need Bird back.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The Yankees will be back at it again against the Angels for a rubber match tomorrow night. Luis Severino will take the mound for the Yanks.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET, will be telecasted on the YES Network and broadcasted on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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