Nothing is coming easy for the New York Yankees right now. Even when they win, it’s by the skin of their teeth. The Yankees needed CC Sabathia to step up and pitch well and he did, right until the ninth inning. The Yankees had just enough runs in the bank to escape with a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Yankees offense exploded for five runs in the third inning. Chris Stewart led off with a walk. Brett Gardner singled and stole second to give the Yankees second and third. Three batters later, Travis Hafner hit his 11th homer of the year off Jered Weaver. Vernon Wells singled and Lyle Overbay brought him home with a double. Jayson Nix capped off the rally with a single.
The Yankees tacked on a very important insurance run in the eighth when Wells hit a sac fly to drive in Robinson Cano, who had doubled.
Then came the ninth. Mike Trout led it off with a double and Albert Pujols walked. David Robertson took over for CC. Mark Trumbo followed with a single off Robertson to bring home a run. After a strikeout, J.B. Shuck walked.
In came Mariano Rivera. Erick Aybar grounded out to Lyle Overbay which brought home a run and moved runners to second and third. Alberto Callaspo followed with a single to make it 6-4. Pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe singled. Peter Bourjos followed with a single of his own to make it 6-5. Trout drew a walk to load the bases and up came Pujols. The great Rivera stepped up again and got Pujols for the strikeout to end the game.
YGY Player Of The Game: Sabathia
After an off day tomorrow, the Yankees return home for a quick two game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Phil Hughes will oppose Hyun-Jin Ryu at 7:05.
Notes: Mark Teixeira has inflammation in his wrist an MRI revealed. He received a cortisone shot and the earliest he will play is Wednesday.