Rarely this season have the Yankees put together an entire series' worth of good performances from the offense. After combing for 23 runs in the first three games of the series, the Yankees put up another six today, winning 6-3 to finish off a four-game sweep of the Angels.
The game's first run came in the top of the fourth inning. Mike Trout led off the inning with a double. After Albert Pujols grounded out, Trout stole third. C.J. Cron then singled him home, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees' offense started slow, but it finally got going in the fifth. Didi Gregorius picked up a lead-off walk and moved to second on a Chase Headley ground out. The Chris Parmelee show then continued when the first baseman punched a single to left, scoring Gregorius. A Jacoby Ellsbury single and a Brett Gardner walk loaded the bases for Carlos Beltran. His hot streak continued with a ground-rule double to right scoring two runs. After, Alex Rodriguez's sacrifice fly plated a run, Brian McCann added another double, scoring yet another run. By the time the inning was over, it was 5-1 Yankees.
Nova had cruised through six innings for the most part, but he wouldn't make it through the seventh. After allowing a double to Johnny Giavotella, he got Rafael Ortega to fly out. However, Jefry Marte then crushed a home run, making it 5-3. Joe Girardi immediately decided to go to the bullpen and bring in Dellin Betances. Nova went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk.
Betances got two quick outs to get out of the inning, but on the second one Parmelee was injured trying to make the play at first base. He had to come out of the game, and at time of writing, it didn't look good. If he is injured and done for a while, that leaves Nick Swisher and Tyler Austin as the most likely options at first base. Fun!
In the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees added to their lead. Gardner singled to lead off the inning, he moved to second on a balk, and then to third on a passed ball. After Beltran struck out, Rodriguez doubled, scoring Gardner. After seven innings, the Yankees led 6-3.
After Andrew Miller threw a scoreless inning in the eighth, the Yankees threatened to add to the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Aroldis Chapman then came in to pitch the ninth. Chapman threw a quick, scoreless inning, sealing a 6-3 Yankees win. Everyone grab your brooms.
Following the sweep of the Angels, the Yankees will now welcome the Tigers for a series starting tomorrow. CC Sabathia will get the start in the opener.