Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Yankees Offense Breaks Out Against Angels
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 13th, 2013

Los Angeles Angels vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Angels 7 Yankees 14

The New York Yankees were able to win their third straight game on Tuesday night, which was their second straight win over the Los Angeles Angels, and the Yankees continue to gain ground in the Wild Card race. The win moves the Yankees to (61-57), and they are now 5.5 games behind the Rays and Athletics for the two Wild Card spots.

Yankees Starter C.C. Sabathia once again didn’t look like an ace, but with plenty of run support it made up for some poor Yankees defense. Nonetheless he was able to earn his 10th win of the season, and it was his first win since July 3rd. Things started out tough for Sabathia though, as in the first inning Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run, which scored Mike Trout and was his 26th home run of the season. The final run Sabathia would allow came in the third inning with the bases loaded, as he walked Chris Nelson which scored J.B. Shuck. Sabathia finished going six innings allowing three runs, only two of which were earned on three hits and six walks, while striking out seven. Tuesday was definitely better for Sabathia compared to almost all of his starts in the past month, which is a great sign for the Yankees.

Angels Starter Jason Vargas struggled in this game, as he picked up his fifth loss of the season, and was taken out of the game pretty early. In the second inning Vernon Wells hit a solo-home run, which was his 11th home run of the season, and his first since May 15th. In the fourth inning the Yankees would get another run, as Jayson Nix ground out allowed Wells to score his second run of the game. In the fifth inning Alfonso Soriano would hits a two-run home run scoring Eduardo Nunez, and then a walk to Robinson Cano would lead to Vargas getting pulled from the game.

Against the Angels bullpen is when the Yankees would really break this game open, as in the sixth run the Yankees put up four runs. With runners on second and third Eduardo Nunez had a ground out to Second Base, which scored Jayson Nix. Soriano then had a base-hit to score Overbay, and then a walk to Cano would give Alex Rodriguez a nice opportunity to break it open, which he did doubling home Soriano and Cano. Former Angels Starter Joe Blanton would get rocked in his new mop up role in the bullpen, as in the seventh inning the Yankees would get four more runs, as Nunez grounded in a fielders choice, and then Soriano hit a three-run home run, which was his second of the game to make it a 12-3 Yankees lead. In the eighth inning the Yankees would tack on two more runs to Blanton's stat line, as Nunez had a two-run RBI single, which capped off a four RBI day for him.

Pitching prospect Dellin Betances made his season debut, but it did not go to well for him, as he gave up four runs on five hits, which included giving up a three-run home run to Trout. Girardi did pull Betances for Joba Chamberlain to get the final two outs of the game.

Next up the Yankees will have a chance to win the four-game series, as Ivan Nova (5-4, 2.93) will be facing Angels ace Jered Weaver (7-5, 2.87).

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