Bill de Blasio might not be the only one who can’t handle New York.
Sonny Gray had yet another brutal outing on Saturday — with an assist from Aaron Boone — as the Yankees lost to the Angels, 11-4 in the Bronx.
Gray, acquired at last year’s trade deadline to improve a shaky rotation, is on his way to helping force general manager Brian Cashman into picking up another starter, because Gray has mostly been a disaster.
He allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in just 3 ²/₃ innings in his worst outing in a month — not long after Cashman said the Yankees were not getting enough length out of their starters.
And this was with Austin Romine behind the plate for a sixth straight Gray start, so Gary Sanchez isn’t to blame.
Gray was staked to a 4-1 lead in the second inning behind three Yankees home runs, but responded by giving up two runs in a 28-pitch third inning.
An inning later, Gray walked Kole Calhoun, but caught a break when Jose Briceno singled to left and was thrown out by Giancarlo Stanton when he unwisely tried to go to second. Calhoun moved to third, but Gray struck out Zack Cozart for the second out to bring up Mike Trout, who had doubled twice already against Gray.
Inexplicably, the Yankees didn’t walk Trout intentionally and the center fielder hit a two-run blast to left to put the Angels up, 5-4.
It proved to be the decisive — but not final — blow of the night.
Gray followed by hitting Justin Upton, mercifully putting an end to his evening. By then, Gray’s ERA was 5.98. Heading into Saturday, just three qualifying starting pitchers had a worse ERA.
The numbers are even worse at home, where he’s 2-2 with a 7.24 ERA in six starts this season.
Gray had been good in three of his previous four starts, including an eight-inning gem in his last start in Kansas City, when he gave up just one run to the light-hitting Royals.
It was a rough night from the beginning, as Gray started by allowing a single to Cozart after a nine-pitch at-bat to start the game. Trout then ripped a double to left over Stanton that scored Cozart from first for a quick 1-0 lead.
He avoided further damage by striking out Upton, getting Albert Pujols to fly to the track in right — moving Trout to third — and fanning Shohei Ohtani.
The Yankees offense got off to a fast start, with Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hitting back-to-back homers off Jaime Barria to lead off the bottom of the first.
The Yankees used the long ball to pad their lead in the second, as Romine hit one off the right field foul pole for a two-run shot to make it 4-1.
That was as good as it got for the Yankees, who dropped to two games back of Boston in the AL East for the first time since May 2.
Tommy Kahnle, pitching for the Yankees for the first time since April 12, having been sidelined with shoulder tendinitis, was dreadful in his return.
The right-hander gave up four runs — two earned — in just ²/₃ of an inning. He was hurt, as well, by a Gleyber Torres error on what should have been an easy force play at second.
Trout’s third double of the game made it 6-4 before Pujols added a two-run single.
Chasen Shreve surrendered a two-run homer to Briceno in the seventh as the Angels continued to pour it on. Later in the inning, Trout reached on an infield single for the first five-hit game of his career.
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but didn’t score, as Didi Gregorius’ slump continued. He flied to right and went 0-for-4.
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