Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Yanks take series over Angels
The New York Yankees did the unthinkable this afternoon, they beat the Angels by the score of 3-2. You may ask why is that unthinkable, well because they actually took a series in Anaheim for the first time since May of 2004. A.J. Burnett got the start and had filthy stuff striking out 11 in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits with 3 walks. Damaso Marte pitched an inning giving up a hit, Phil Coke struck out the only batter he faced, Ian Kennedy gave up 2 walks but pitched a scoreless inning and Mariano gave up a single but got another save his second straight since blowing one on friday night. The offense wasn't too good but they were without A-rod, Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher. Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher were banged up after getting hit the night before but X-rays were negative on Posada which was good news and he is day to day and Nick Swisher is the same. Robinson Cano had a big 2 run single, Shelly Duncan had a hit getting the start in right field. Derek Jeter had a hit and a walk and Mark Teixeira also had a hit and a walk. Melky Cabrera had a couple of hits and Brett Gardner had a hit. Melky Cabrera had a rbi also, the Yankees scored all of their runs in the fourth inning and held on. The Yankees can now clinch the division on their homestand and render the last 3 games of the year in Tampa completely meaningless. The Red Sox are playing tonight and winning and will also play tomorrow before taking on the Yankees on Friday with Jon Lester going up against Joba Chamberlain. The Yankees have now won 3 of the last 4 against the Angels and proved they can win in Anaheim which is huge considering they may face off in the ALCS.