The stars are out for this Memorial Day weekend matchup as the los angeles angels traveled to New York to face off against the Yankees. Jamie Barria (3-1 2.13 ERA) took the mound for the Los Angeles Angels and was facing Sonny Gray (5.48 ERA) of the new york yankees. The story of the game wasn't on the pitchers, but the addition of first baseman Greg Bird to the Yankees lineup for the first time in the 2018 season. Sonny Gray became a talking point as after another shaky start, and short outing plagued him.

Game recap

The game did not stay scoreless for long as Zack Cozart worked a terrific at-bat to get on base and baseball's best player Mike Trout hit a line drive off the left-field wall for an RBI double to make it 1-0 Angels in the top of the first inning.

That was Trout's 600th career RBI. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the inning with his second homer of the season to right field on the second pitch Barria threw to even the score at one. Aaron Judge hit his 14th longball of the season with a solo homer to the seats above the bullpen in right-center field to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the second, rookie Miguel Andujar hit a single, and backup catcher Austin Romine hit a bullet off the right-field foul pole for his third homer of the year to make it a 4-1 lead. The top half of the third saw the bases loaded for the Angels, and two-way player Shohei Ohtani walked to cut the deficit to 4-2. Andrelton Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Trout to score and made it 4-3 Yankees.

With Kole Calhoun on base in the top of the fourth inning, Mike Trout continued his dominance with his 17th homer of the season to left center field to give the Angels a 5-4 lead. After a hit by a pitch to the next batter, Sonny Gray's evening was finished and replaced with Johnathan Holder. In the top of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle was throwing, and Mike Trout continued his tear with an RBI double to make it 6-4 Angels.

Albert Pujols came up with the bases loaded for the second time in the game and this time hit a line drive single to left field that scored two to extend the Angels' lead to 8-4. Shoehi Ohtani hit into a double play but another run scored to make it 9-4 in the top of the sixth inning.

The top of the seventh inning saw Kole Calhoun work a walk and Jose Briceno hit his first career home run off of Chasen Shreve to left center field to extend their lead to 11-4.

It's not Sonny in New York

Sonny Gray has been the most disappointing player for the Yankees as we are over a quarter of the way through the season. Gray has a career-high in BB/9 so far this season and already has given up more earned runs this season than he did in his few months as a Yankee in 2017 after being traded in 15.2 fewer innings. Are the lights too bright in New York? The Yankees are trying to figure out the issue as they need Gray to step up if they want to chase the pennant this season. Will the Yankees make a trade soon for a starting pitcher or will they wait it out and hope Gray figures out what is wrong this season and correct it?