If you have watched any of this series against the Angels, you shouldn't be the least bit surprised that the game was in Mark Trumbo's hands. The illustrious 1-2-3 inning continued to elude Rafael Soriano, but he pitched out of trouble to give the Yankees a win, and most importantly, to get them out of Anaheim.
Ivan Nova was not sharp by any means tonight, but he managed to get the win despite allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in 6.2 innings. He loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, but escaped the jam allowing only a sac-fly to Yankee Killer #1 Mark Trumbo to score Yankee Killer #2 Mike Trout, who Nova hit with a pitch to start off the game.
The fourth inning is where things really got messy for Nova, as he allowed a two-run home run to Trumbo and a two-run double to Trout (yeah, these guys again) to tie the game. The home run was the 13th of the year allowed by Nova, matching last year's total. Our pitchers have to stop giving up so many home runs at some point, right? It's not funny anymore.
Boone Logan relieved Nova, but failed to record an out, thanks in part to some...interesting Derek Jeter defense. Cory Wade came on to complete the 7th and stayed in for the 8th, recording three strikeouts in 1.1 innings. The save was not an easy one to earn for Soriano after walking Alberto Callaspo and giving up an infield hit to Albert Pujols, which forced him to face the red-hot Trumbo with the game on the line. Luckily, this time the result was a fly ball to left field instead of a repeat performance of Monday night.
Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano each had a home run off of Ervin Santana to lead the offense. Grandy's three-run shot was his 16th of the year, and he now leads the majors with the most home runs since the beginning of 2011 with 57. Both dingers came in a five-run 3rd inning for the Yankees in which Santana threw 39 pitches without recording an out. Nick Swisher broke the 5-5 tie with a sac-fly in the 6th inning that scored Raul Ibanez, who managed to hit a stand up triple to deep center. Swish continues to hit the ball hard with little to show for it, but a lot of that has to do with repeated ridiculously impressive catches on the part of the Angels' outfielders throughout the series.
While probably not as important as what they did offensively, both Cano and Alex Rodriguez had impressive defensive plays that robbed the speedy Callaspo and Erick Aybar of hits. In a close game where it seemed like the Angels continually had people on base, keeping pesky guys who can steal and create problems for the pitcher off the base paths was a pretty big deal. With the win, the Yankees avoid the sweep, and manage to get far away from Angel Stadium and Laz Diaz's strike zone.
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