Friday, August 16, 2013

Yankees Unable to Sweep Angels
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

August 15th, 2013

Los Angeles Angels vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Angels 8 Yankees 4

The New York Yankees were unable to complete the four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon, as poor hitting with runners in scoring position hurt the Yankees in this one. The loss moves the Yankees to (62-58), and they slide back to six games behind the two Wild Card spots.

Phil Hughes was on the mound for the Yankees in this game, which usually means a loss, and even though he pitched better than he has most of the season it wasn’t good enough to keep him from getting his 12th loss of the season. It looked like things were going to be ugly for Hughes in this one, as in the first inning Josh Hamilton had a RBI single that scored J.B. Shuck. Hughes would however settle down until the fourth inning when the Angels would get two more runs on a sac-fly by Hank Conger, which was followed up by a solo-home run from Chris Nelson. Hughes ended up going six innings allowing three runs on six hits, one walk, while striking out five, but it was a much better version of Hughes on Thursday afternoon.

Angels Starter C.J. Wilson was in and out of jams all day long, but he never broke which allowed him to pick up his 13th win of the season. The Yankees only got one run off Wilson, and it was none other than Alfonso Soriano, who singled home Brett Gardner in the third inning. Wilson finished the game going 6.2 innings allowing just the one run on 11 hits, and one walk. The biggest jam Wilson got out of was probably later in the the third inning after allowing the run, as he got Vernon Wells to ground-out into a inning ending double play with the bases loaded.

Things got ugly in the eighth inning for the Yankees, as that’s when the Angels broke the game open against Boone Logan. With the bases loaded and the right-handed Nelson at the plate Girardi would stick with Logan instead of going to Joba Chamberlain, but Nelson got the best of Logan for a Grand Slam making it a 7-1 game. Girardi would then go to Chamberlain, who came in and allowed the final Angels run on a base-hit by J.B. Shuck, which scored Grant Green.

The Yankees offense would finally get some hits with runners in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Angels bullpen. Cano would knock in the second Yankees run on a base-hit, and then Wells would redeem himself a bit doubling home Soriano and Cano. It wasn’t the best way to end the series for the Yankees, as they head into a big series in Boston, but they won the series which is the most important thing as they look to make the playoffs.

Next up for the Yankees will be the previously mentioned huge series in Boston against the Red Sox, as Andy Pettitte (7-9, 4.62) will be facing Felix Doubront (8-5, 3.66) to open up the series.

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