On another day, this recap would be about how the Yankees held it together after CC Sabathia had to go out after four innings due to injury. For a while, it looked like that may be the story.
The Yankees held a 2-1 lead late, and the Angels only run came in part due to a pretty big assist from Chris Carter. Then Tyler Clippard gave up a home run to Eric Young Jr. After that, nothing went right for the Yankees, and eventually the Angels squeezed out a 3-2 win in 11 innings.
The Angels struck first, scoring after the inning should have been over. Sabathia got two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth, and looked to have gotten an inning-ending ground ball. Didi Gregorius fielded an Andrelton Simmons ground ball easily and threw it to first to end the fourth. Only, the fourth did not end. Carter did not make the catch on the throw, allowing Simmons not only to reach, but to move to second. C.J. Cron then singled, bringing home Simmons.
The Yankees got that run right back in the top of the fifth. With two outs and Chase Headley on second after a ground-rule double, Brett Gardner added a single. That scored Headley and tied the game.
Sabathia would not come back out for the bottom of the fifth inning. During the fourth he was seen grabbing his leg. It would later be confirmed that it was his hamstring.
In the seventh, the Yankees took the lead. Headley hit a solo homer to center, giving the Yankees a slim lead.
Giovanny Gallegos had arguably the best outing of his major league career, going two scoreless innings in relief of Sabathia. He allowed just one hit while striking out two.
Adam Warren came in for Gallegos to start the seventh and threw a scoreless inning himself. Clippard was brought in to pitch the eighth and immediately gave up a home run to Young. Turns out, only scoring two runs against J.C. Ramirez and company can be slightly problematic.
After leaving a runner in scoring position in the top of the ninth, Jonathan Holder came in for the bottom half of the inning. The Angels then put the winning run 90 feet away, requiring Chasen Shreve to come in and get out of the inning and send the game to extras.
In extra innings, the Yankees had a chance to take a lead. They loaded the bases with one out in the 11th. Both of the next two at bats ended in pop ups to end the innings. Not pushing a cross a run would mean bad things the next time Young came to the plate.
After Shreve walked one batter and got another out, he was removed the game. Ben Heller then got the second out of the inning before walking a batter himself. With runners on the corners, a liner from Young deflected off Heller and into an awkward area of the field. The Yankees had no play and the winning run scored.
There’s plenty of blame to go around for this game. Carter, Clippard, Tuesdays apparently:
The Angels are 11-0 on Tuesdays and 23-34 on the other days of the week.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) June 14, 2017
All of those are valid and could have prevented this being a loss. (Okay, maybe not the Tuesday thing.) All that being said, scoring more than two runs would have been nice.