Monday, April 16, 2012

Yankees win rubber game over Angels as offense explodes

The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by the score of 11-5 on Sunday night. Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and pitched ok for six innings. It was revealed after the game that he was sick. The Yankees have a bug going through their clubhouse right now as Robinson Cano also was sick and Brett Gardner had been the other day. The Yankees knocked out Jerome Williams early and then added on against the Angels bullpen late as well. 
Nova pitched six innings giving up four runs on eight hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Rafael Soriano had a rough night pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up two hits and a run with two walks, Dave Robertson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless giving up a hit. Boone Logan pitched one inning striking out the side with a walk. Williams took the loss pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up five hits and five runs with three walks and a strikeout. The Angels used three other pitchers to finish off the game. They didn’t fare too much better as they all gave up runs.

Derek Jeter had two hits and three RBI, Curtis Granderson had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Alex Rodriguez had a hit and an RBI. Robinson Cano had two hits and drew two walks, Mark Teixeira had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and Nick Swisher had a hit and two RBI. Raul Ibanez had two hits and three RBI, Russell Martin drew two walks and Brett Gardner had a hit and drew a walk. Jeter, Teixeira and Cano each had a double. Jeter and Ibanez each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 5-13 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Teixeira and Cano each had a stolen base and Granderson was caught stealing. Martin had a passed ball.

Howie Kendrick had three hits for the Angels, Albert Pujols had a hit and an RBI and Vernon Wells had a hit. Mark Trumbo had a hit and an RBI, Maiztur Izturis had three hits and an RBI and Chris Iannetta had two hits and two RBI. Kendrick and Izturis each had a double. Kendrick had a triple and Trumbo and Ianetta each hit a homerun. The Angels were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Izturis had a stolen base.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the game on a solo homerun by Mark Trumbo in the second inning. In the bottom of the second the Yankees answered back with an RBI single from Ibanez. In the third inning the Yankees offense erupted. Curtis Granderson grounded out scoring a run. Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single, Teixeira had an RBI double and Swisher had a sacrifice fly. It was 5-1 Yankees through two. In the fourth inning they extended their lead on a three run homerun by Jeter and it was 8-1 Yankees. The Angels tried to get back in the game. Chris Ianetta hit his second two run homerun in as many days in the fifth inning. In the sixth Maicer Izturis hit an RBI double to make it an 8-4 game. The Angels would get one run closer and threaten with the bases loaded in the seventh before Robertson shut them down. In the bottom of the seventh Swisher hit an RBI single and Ibanez hit a two run homerun to make it 11-5 and that would be the final score.

The Yankees won two out of three in the series. The Yankees are now 5-4 on the season and will play the Minnesota Twins at home for four games. The Angels are 3-6 and will return home to take on the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees have been having a bug go through their clubhouse. Nova was victim to it on Sunday night as well as Cano. Gardner had it a few days ago, the Yankees will hope it doesn’t spread around the rest of the clubhouse and really limit them.

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