For a while now, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a thorn in the side of the New York Yankees. We all remember the early playoff exits in 2002 and 2005 and we were elated when the Yankees finally beat them in 2009 to advance to the World Series. So even though it’s always seemed like the Yanks have had trouble beating Mike Scioscia’s team, they haven’t lately, especially at home. In fact, the Angels are now 5-15 in the regular season at the new Stadium.
I know, right?
Freddy Garcia, who has been stepping in for the injured Andy Pettitte, may not have had a quality start this time around but he still lasted five innings, scattered five hits, gave up three runs, walked five and struck out four. He did give up two quick runs in the first after giving up a bases loaded, two-run single to Alberto Callaspo and after a wild pitch, got Howard Kendrick to fly out to center to limit the damage.
The Yankees were able to tie the score in the bottom half of the first off Angels starter Jerome Williams on a two-run home run by Robinson Cano which extended his hitting streak to 17 games – he is batting .391 with five doubles, six home runs and 19 runs batted in during the streak.
Curtis Granderson, who is not a home run hitter, hit his 24th home run of the year in the bottom of the third, putting the Yankees on top for good.
The Angels got to within a run in the top of the fourth but Garcia and the bullpen shut them down for the remainder of the game. Cody Eppley, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined to pitch four scoreless innings – only giving up two hits and struck out four.
Soriano picked up his 22nd save of the season with a 1-2-3 inning which was capped off by a check swing strikeout of Albert Pujols to end the game.
- A-Rod stole his 10th base of the season and now has 14 seasons of 10 or more stolen bases – he also finished 2-4 on the day with a double.
- From Elias: Mike Trout is first opposing player age 20 or younger to have 3+ hits and a stolen base at Yankee Stadium
- Also from Elias: Freddy Garcia improves to 16-3 vs Angels. His .842 winning percentage is best among pitchers with 20+ starts vs LAA.
- Curtis Granderson’s third inning home run was his 12th go-ahead home run of this season, most in the majors.
- Speaking of home runs, the Yankees now have 138 in 2012. Yes, that’s a lot.
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