Saturday, June 15, 2013

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

June 14th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Angels 5

The New York Yankees West Coast trip started out nicely in Seattle, but since then has been a disaster after getting swept by the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees lost the series opener to the Los Angeles Angels 5-2. The loss moves the Yankees to (37-30), which is still three games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East, as the Baltimore Orioles have been gaining ground in the division.

Starter Andy Pettitte, coming off a great start in Seattle couldn’t carry that over to Los Angeles, as he suffered his fourth loss of the season. The Angels wasted little time getting a run off Pettitte, as Howie Kendrick doubled home Josh Hamilton for the first run of the game in the first inning. In the fourth inning Chris Iannetta would hit a sac-fly to score Mark Trumbo to tie the game at that point at two. Iannetta would knock in another run in the seventh inning to give the Angels a 3-2 lead with a RBI single scoring Trumbo. The final run off Pettitte wasn’t entirely his fault, as Reid Brignac and David Adams let a fly ball drop in between them hit by Peter Bourjos, who later scored from a Trumbo single. Overall Pettitte went seven innings allowing four runs on 11 hits, and one walk.

Angels Starter C.J. Wilson had a great start against the struggling Yankees lineup, and got his fifth win of the year. The Yankees were only able to get two runs off of Wilson, as David Adams got a base hit with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to score Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Wilson ended up going seven innings only allowing two runs on five hits, and three walks.

A golden opportunity for the Yankees was blown in the eighth inning after getting two runners on with no outs against Kevin Jepsen the Yankees bats couldn’t get them home. Three fly outs by Robinson Cano, Wells, and Ichiro Suzuki ended the threat for the Yankees, and seemed to end any chance they had of winning this game.

A few Yankees made their debuts on Friday night, as Thomas Neil got the start in Right Field, and had a nice night at the plate going one for two with a walk, but was pinch hit for by Suzuki in the eighth inning. Chris Bootcheck also made his debut out of the bullpen in the eighth inning, but unlike Neil his debut didn’t go so well, as he allowed a run on two hits, and two walks.

David Phelps (4-3, 3.90) will be on the mound for the Yankees, as he will try to end their four-game losing streak, and the Angels will be sending Tommy Hanson (3-2, 4.12) to the mound.

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