The Yankees lost a frustrating one against the Angels today. Anytime the offense puts eight on the board you should win the game. Unfortunately, the Yankee pitching didn’t agree in this one, giving up ten.
The Bombers did their damage with the long ball. The Yankees roughed up Jered Weaver, tagging him for five runs on three homers. Alex Rodriguez hit a two run shot to tie the game at two runs apiece in the first inning. Weaver also gave up solo shots to Curtis Granderson and Eric Chavez.
One would think that the five runs on three bombs would have been enough to give the Yankees a lead in this one, but Ivan Nova was just as bad as Weaver. Nova allowed six runs in six innings of work, giving up homers to Erick Aybar, Albert Pujols and Maicer Izturis. In total, the ball was flying out of the yard against both starters.
The score was six to five Angels after seven innings when both starters had been pulled, leaving the game in the hands of the bullpens. Neither bullpen was good. Chad Qualls was the Yankee reliever who imploded the most. He gave up three runs in the eighth inning, giving the Angels a nine to five lead heading into the ninth. Mark Trumbo knocked in another homer to make it ten to five.
Normally this is the kind of game where just about any team in baseball walks up there to get three quick outs before going home. Five runs is almost impossible to make up in the ninth. Despite that the Yankees made it interesting. Angel closer Ernesto Frieri walked Robinson Cano and gave up a two run shot to Mark Teixeira. Just like that, with no outs, it was a ten to seven ball game. Things got more interesting when the Yankees kept themselves alive and managed to load the bases for Curtis Granderson. Granderson battled with Scott Downs. At one point it looked like he’d picked up the game winning hit but it hooked foul. Eventually Curtis won the battle, picking up an RBI on a bases loaded walk. That brought A-Rod up with the bases still loaded and an opportunity to play the hero. Alex took some good cuts against Kevin Jepsen but ultimately popped up to end the game.
A lot will be made about the colossal brain fart the Yankees suffered on the base paths in the bottom of the third inning. With one out and Robinson Cano on first and A-Rod on third, not one, but both players fell for the fake-to-third-throw-to-first pick-off. The move caught Robbie sleeping (something he’s been guilty of more than once this season). Alex was then thrown out trying to score while Cano was in the run-down. Hands down it was ugly base running that may have cost the Yankees the game.
The Blue Jays come into town on Monday. Henderson Alvarez toes the rubber for Toronto. The Yankees will counter with Phil Hughes. While the Yankees will enter that series having just lost a close one, nothing changes the fact that taking two of three coming out of the All-Star break is how you want to get things going in the second half.
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