Well, the Yankees put together a heck of a streak for a team cursed by injury, but their winning run came to an end tonight. Things looked promising after the team jumped out to an early lead, but 11 unanswered runs by the Angels ultimately buried the Yankees. Still, three out of four in Anaheim ain’t bad.
Winner of the Game
The Yankees’ performance in the running game. Not typically mistaken for a running team, the Yankees stole five bases tonight, including one thrilling sequence in which Tyler Wade reached on an infield hit, stole both second and third, then scored on a groundout. Plus, on the other side of the ball, Gary Sanchez threw out Mike Trout attempting to steal to cement a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play. For a game that ended miserably, the Yankees did have a few scintillating moments.
Loser of the Game
Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka seemed ticketed for the first category tonight when he shut out the Angels through the first four innings, but he imploded mid-game. Tanaka yielded a pair of two-run homers in the fifth to give away the Yankees’ 4-0 lead, then allowed a couple more runs to cross in the sixth. He finished with six runs allowed (five earned) across 5.2 innings, striking out two and walking three.
Honorable mention: The Scranton Shuttle. Joe Harvey and Stephen Tarpley both received rude welcomes back in the bigs, each allowing multiple runs in less than an inning.