Sunday, June 16, 2013

Yankees Lose Fifth Straight Game on West Coast
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 15th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Angels 6

The back end of the New York Yankees West Coast trip continues to give them a lot of problems, as they lost again to the Angels on Saturday night 6-2. The loss moves the Yankees to (37-31) on the season, and are now four games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

Yankees Starter David Phelps had a tough start on Saturday night against a very good Angels lineup, and picked up his fourth loss of the season. Eric Aybar got the Angels offense started in the second inning with a solo home run of Phelps, which was his second home run of the season. Albert Pujols would knock in the Angels second run of the game with a base hit scoring Mike Trout in the third inning. Aybar would get the best of Phelps again in the sixth inning with a RBI base hit to score Mark Trumbo. The last run charged to Phelps was given up by Shawn Kelley after a single from Peter Bourjos led to the end of the day for Phelps.

Kelley would struggle in the seventh inning for the Yankees, as he would walk Trout, allow a RBI double to Josh Hamilton which scored Bourjos, then intentionally walk Pujols, and then with the bases loaded he walked Howie Kendrick, which scored Trout for the Angels fifth run. Joba Chamberlain would also struggle out of the bullpen for the Yankees, as he allowed the sixth Angel run of the game in the eighth inning, as Pujols had a RBI base hit to score Bourjos.

The offense was once again was pretty much non-existent for the Yankees, as Angels Starter Tommy Hanson pitched very well, and earned his fourth win of the season. The third inning was the only inning the Yankees were able to score runs off an Angels pitcher, as a triple by Brett Gardner scored Chris Stewart, and then a base hit by Jayson Nix would score Gardner. Hanson would go 6.1 innings allowing just two runs on five hits, with one walk, and eight strikeouts. The bullpen was sensational for the Angels after Hanson left, as they pitched 2.2 innings not allowing a hit and combined for six strikeouts led by Ernesto Frieri with three.

Mark Teixeira was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning with an apparent wrist injury, which was the reason he missed 53 games this season. Teixeira will definitely be out for at least a few days, which means Lyle Overbay will be getting starts at First Base.

The Yankees will be looking to avoid yet another sweep on Sunday, and they will be sending their ace C.C. Sabathia (6-5, 4.07) to the mound against Angels ace Jered Weaver (1-2, 3.77).

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