If anyone doubted the frustration inside the Yankees clubhouse, all they had to do was look at Tommy Kahnle — and a dugout fan — to see it was palpable.
The Yankees reliever was angry with himself after he allowed a run in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Kahnle returned to the dugout and flung his glove toward the end of the visiting dugout, knocking down a cooling fan.
He continued to express his anger by stomping on the fan while it was on the ground before walking away.
Manager Aaron Boone was later captured on camera sitting down to talk with Kahnle after he had allowed the run on a hit and two walks.
“I just wanted to talk to him about the inning and making sure we were in a good spot,” Boone said of their conversation. “That was between me and him. It wasn’t anything around that.”
The visible display of frustration from Kahnle came in the third straight outing in which the 33-year-old has yielded a run.
He started the 2023 season with 16 consecutive scoreless innings after recovering from biceps tendonitis, but things have seemed to take a turn — much like the Yankees’ season.
“I don’t know. Everyone’s different,” Boone said. “I used to throw my helmet sometimes or snap or get mad. It’s not for everyone. Everyone’s different. Be authentic. I know we all care a lot. Sometimes, in this game, when you get beat up a little bit and you’re taking your lumps, it comes out in certain ways. Obviously, there’s a line, you gotta be professional. But everyone reacts a little bit different sometimes.”
The Yankees’ loss was their fourth in a row and marked the first time the Angels had swept them since July 2009.
And in the defeat, Kahnle, who saw his ERA rise to 2.50, wasn’t the only pitcher who expressed frustration.
Earlier in the game, Carlos Rodon blew a kiss to angry Yankees fans in Anaheim after he had given up home runs in each of the first two innings.
Boone noted the team’s current struggles as they sit in last place in the American League East.
“Acknowledge where we are, which is we’re not very good right now,” he said after the latest loss.
“We understand that and certainly this is a low point for us.”