Masahiro Tanaka displayed a very important trait tonight. He kept the Yankees in the game when he didn’t have his best stuff. He didn’t have the best command of his pitches, but still managed to get the job done and struck out 11 in 6.1 innings. The Yankees offense weren’t at their best either, only getting three hits, but it was enough, as the Yankees beat the Angels 3-2.
Garrett Richards and Tanaka matched zeroes until the fourth. Erick Aybar doubled. A hit by pitch and a walk would load the bases for J.B. Shuck. He would ground into a fielder’s choice at second base, but a run would score.
The Yanks would tie it in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Teixeira led off with a walk, and two batters later, Brian Roberts would double down the left field line. Ichiro Suzuki drove in Teixeira with a groundout.
A slumping David Freese would give the Halos the lead with his second homer of the season to lead off the top of the sixth. Teixeira would lead off the seventh with his second homer of the year to tie it.
Michael Kohn came in for the Angels in the eighth and walked Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Nick Maronde came in with Brian McCann up. A wild pitch, and a passed ball would give the Yankees the lead for good.
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