Like Tuesdays game, but in the other direction, the third inning proved to be a big one in the Yankees/Angels matchup. Down 1-0 thanks to a first inning sac fly, and having twice failed to drive runners home, the Yankees broke out for five runs in the inning thanks to a three run homer by Curtis Granderson and a two run homer by Robinson Cano. This put the Yankees up 5-1, though the lead was relatively short-lived.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ivan Nova started the inning off by walking Kendrys Morales and then surrendering an opposite field blast to, shockingly enough, Mark Trumbo. After a Howie Kendrick groundout and an Erick Aybar single, Peter Bourjos flew out to center and things looked under control…until Bobby Wilson executed a perfect bunt single to keep the inning alive. Mike Trout, the other bane of the Yankees’ existence in this series, then doubled, scoring two runs (with a little help from a missed cut-off man) and tying the game. The Angels threatened against Nova again in the fifth with two singles by Albert Pujols and Trumbo, but Nova induced a double play ball off the bat of Kendrick and the inning was over. That failure to score cost the Angels dearly as in the next half inning, the Yankees took the lead.
To start the sixth, the Angels called on lefty Hisanori Takahashi. He got Mark Teixeira to fly out to right to leadoff the inning, but then something funny happened. Raul Ibanez tripled. Off a lefty. Over the head of Peter Borjous. If there was something I didn’t think would happen this year…Anyway, Ibanez wasn’t on third long thanks to a sac fly from Nick Swisher that put the Yankees up 6-5, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, despite more threats by the Angels.
The seventh inning started like it should as Ivan Nova retired two righty batters, Alberto Callaspo and Albert Pujols. Boone Logan then entered the game to face Kendrys Morales (.237 wOBA/45 wRC+ vs. LHP this year) and things stopped going to plan. Morales singled (and was pinch run for by Torii Hunter) and so did Mark Trumbo, allowing the runner to go to third. Enter Cory Wade to get a big strikeout and disaster was averted. Rafael Soriano came in for the save in the 9th inning and put two runners on (Callaspo walk and Pujols single), but he worked his way out of it with a force-out and a fly out. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the job done. The Yanks have the day off before squaring off against the Tigers for three games.
Four of the Yankees’ seven hits went for extra bases.
Despite 11 runs in the game, only three players recorded RBIs.
With three strikeouts in 1.1 innings, Cory Wade now has an 11.0 K/9 and a 31.1 K%.
Nick Swisher hasn’t walked since May 23. His OBP is now .299 and his BB% is 6.95. Yikes.
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