Game 18: Yankees 4, Angels 8

Robinson Cano continued to tear things up with a solo homer in the sixth, bringing the Yankees within a run of Los Angeles.  New York’s renewed hope was short-lived, however, when the Angels put up some insurance runs in the seventh.  Damaso Marte replaced Alfredo Aceves with one out and promptly walked Bobby Abreu and hit Torii Hunter with a pitch.  Hideki Matsui hit into a fielder’s choice, but Kendry Morales smacked a three-run homer to left center, giving the Angels the 8-4 lead.

Bronx Cheers:
Javier Vazquez: He got threw the first couple innings relatively unscathed, but completely fell apart in the fourth.  He gave up five runs on five hits in just 3.2 innings.  Vazquez gave up three walks and struck out three.

Damaso Marte: Remember during the playoffs when Marte was actually pretty awesome?  Well, that was most definitely not the pitcher who was throwing for the Yankees Sunday.  Marte gave up three runs on one hit and a walk in just .2 innings.

Jeter, Swisher, Teixeira and Rodriguez: The Yankee’s lineup did almost nothing against the Angels and this is best represented by the first four batters.  They went a combined 0-13 with three walks.  Jeter had an RBI.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano:  Robbie went 1-3 with a RBI and two runs scored.  He was hit by a pitch and also hit a homerun.

The rest of the bullpen: Boone Logan, Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre handled the Angels lineup pretty well.  In a combine 3.2 innings, Logan was the only one who gave up a hit and Mitre walked two batters.

In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees next stop: The White House.  For the Yankees who were part of the 2009 World Series team, they will spend part of their off day meeting President Obama, before heading to Baltimore for their first series this season against the Orioles.  Phil Hughes looks to continue his impressive start to the season on Tuesday when he takes the mound against Kevin Millwood.  Hughes has started the season with a 2-0 record and a 2.19 ERA.  In his last outing, he took a no hitter through seven innings, before a fluke hit started off the eighth inning.  Millwood is searching for his first win of the season with the struggling Orioles.  He is 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA.  Despite being winless, Millwood has shown some impressive stuff.  He has 24 strikeouts and only four walks so far this year.  First pitch will be thrown at 7:05pm on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

3 thoughts on “Game 18: Yankees 4, Angels 8

  1. jon

    I know,  I see more reporting than analysis here (not that I'm complaining that much,) but just out of curiousity, how long do you think it will be, before they move Phil to #4 starter, and begin skipping Javy's starts, using him as little as possible?

  2. Jason@IIATMS

    Jon,

    Tamar handles the reporting aspects of the team, for the most part.  She'll add insight and analysis when appropriate, but she's trying to simply recap and report about the game in question.

    We'll dive deeper on the other stuff in separate postings.

    Now, to answer your question: No I do not think Javy will be skipped in favor of Phil.  The team will be keeping Phil's IP under strict and close supervision, whereas Javy has made a career of pitching 200+ IP/season.  The team will give Javy every opportunity to right the ship, as they should.

  3. Tamar Chalker

    I've been shying away from adding any extra analysis at this point, mainly because it is still early in the season.  I definitely agree with Jason though, Hughes may not be under the "Joba Rules" but they are still being careful with him.  Hopefully, Javy sorts himself out soon and this all becomes moot.

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