The Yankees defied the idea that they could not beat the Angels today by hitting some homers against starter Jerome Williams to take the game by a score of 5-3. They ensured a series victory against the Halos and look to begin the second half with a sweep tomorrow. The Angels jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against "Sweaty" Freddy Garcia after Mike Trout and Erick Aybar singed to begin the game, then came around to score on a two-out, two-run single by Alberto Callaspo. Garcia did not appear to have his best stuff today, but he made his way through five innings, allowing just one more run despite five walks. He forced the Angels to strand Trout in scoring position two more times, most notably by inducing a groundout from Albert Pujols with runners on second and third in the fourth inning.
The Yankees did their job against Williams, as Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson slugged two-run homers off the righthander in the first and third inning, respectively, to give the Yankees a 4-2 lead that they would not relinquish. Both dingers were deep fly balls (Cano's to left-center and Granderson's to right) and landed a long away from home plate, so no one can say that they were classic Yankee Stadium homers to right. Cano's drive bounced off the top of the wall over the fence, but this was at the 399-foot sign (keep in mind that only Minute Maid Park is deeper in left-center). Cano notched another RBI in the sixth with a single to drive in Alex Rodriguez, who doubled to left-center to begin the inning. A-Rod had two hits today, so hopefully that should help quiet the restless home fans who appear determined to boo him relentlessly every single time he doesn't get a hit.
Cody Eppley turned in a stellar relief effort after taking over for Garcia in the sixth inning. He retired six of the seven Angels he faced, with the only blip coming on a single by catcher Bobby Wilson. Eppley was able to get groundouts from Trout, Pujols, Kendrys Morales, and Mark Trumbo, which is certainly an accomplishment. I'll admit that I was as skeptical as any Yankees fan of Eppley finding success in the 'pen this year, but he lowered his ERA to 2.49 with another good performance today. Good for him. David Robertson and Rafael Soriano pitched good, stress-free innings to end the game. 1-2-3 innings are becoming less unusual for Soriano, something he should do more of going forward.
Ivan Nova looks to bring the brooms tomorrow against the Angels as the Yankees hitters will try to solve the mystery of hitting Jered Weaver. It can be done!