New York Yankees Recap: Yankees Lose Series Opener to Angels


After splitting a four game set with the Houston Astros, the New York Yankees headed west to take on Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The pitching matchup was a veteran duel between C.J. Wilson and C.C. Sabathia, both of whom clashed many times when Wilson was a member of the Texas Rangers during their playoff run.

C.C. Sabathia tossed 7.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five. The Angels took advantage of the struggling southpaw, and literally put up an earned run every other inning with Sabathia on the hill.

In the first inning, Albert Pujols doubled in Johnny Giavotella, who, by the way, sounds as if  he should have been a main character on the Sopranos with that name. In the third inning Mike Trout hit a solo shot that put the Halos up 2-1. It was Trout’s 20th homer of the season. In the fifth inning, Kole Calhoun doubled in Daniel Robertson, extending their lead to 3-1 and in the seventh C.J. Cron all but sealed the deal with another solo home run off Sabathia, which was the 25-year olds second long ball of the season.

Aside from a rocky third inning, one in which the Yankees managed to score their only run of the ballgame thanks to an RBI single from Mr. Alex Rodriguez, C.J. Wilson looked flawless. He tossed 6.0 innings of one run baseball, scattering five hits while striking out five and walking three. Trevor Gott, Joe Smith and Huston Street combined for just two hits and a goose egg in the runs column, preserving the 4-1 lead and netting the win for C.J. Wilson.

The Yankees fell to 41-36 on the year, and missed a great opportunity to gain some ground atop the A.L. East as both the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays lost their respective games tonight as well.

The Yankees will look to get back in the win column tomorrow as they hand the ball over to Ivan Nova for his second straight start since returning from Tommy John surgery. He’ll square off against rookie sensation Andrew Heaney.

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