It’s safe to say YES won’t be making a Yankeeography of Chris Nelson. Nelson played 10 games for the Yankees this season and hit .222. Nelson was DFA’d when the Yankees started to get a little bit healthier. The Angels claimed him and he’s done a bit better for them. Today he stopped his ex team’s winning streak with a couple of homers as the Angels beat the Yankees 8-4.
Phil Hughes got the ball for the Yankees, and to say he’s been struggling of late would be putting mildly. The Angels struck first. J.B. Shuck led off the game with a single. He stole second two batters later when Mike Trout struck out and came around to score on Josh Hamilton‘s single. The Yankees tied it in the third when Brett Gardner tripled with one out and scored on Alfonso Soriano‘s single.
The Angels came back to take the lead in the fourth. Erick Aybar led off the frame with a double and went to third on a passed ball. Hank Conger drove him in with a sac fly. Nelson then followed with his first homer of the year.
The Yankees would get runners on against C.J. Wilson but just couldn’t push anyone home. The Angels put the game out of reach in the seventh off the Yankee bullpen. Trout led off with a double off Shawn Kelley. In came Boone Logan. After two outs, Mark Trumbo was intentionally walked. Trumbo and Trout completed a double steal and Conger walked to load the bases. Nelson followed with a grand slam. Joba Chamberlain came in a couldn’t stop the bleeding. Grant Green doubled and scored on Shuck’s single.
The Yankees made it a little interesting in the ninth. With one out, Gardner and Soriano reached. Robinson Cano singled home a run. After a strikeout, Vernon Wells drove in two with a double. Eduardo Nunez would ground out to end the game.
YGY Player Of The Game: Nelson