The lead did not last long, however, as Bartolo Colon got into some trouble in the bottom of the inning. Mark Trumbo lead off with a solo homer, getting the Angels on the board. Hank Conger followed with a double and moved to third on a single by Peter Bourjos. With runners on the corners and no outs, Maicer Izturis hit a sac fly to right. Colon got the next hitter out before intentionally walking Bobby Abreu. Abreu stole second, but Cano made an incredible play on a grounder up the middle by Torii Hunter, barehanding it and slinging it to first to end the inning. Meanwhile, the Pinstripes’ lead was lost as the score sat tied 2-2.
The Yankees put together a two out rally in the fifth. Curtis Granderson worked a walk and Teixeira crushed another ball over Hunter’s head for his second homer of the game. Izturis doubled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a line drive single by Erick Aybar, as the Yankees held a 4-3 edge.
The Halos threatened in the sixth, when Alberto Callaspo led off with a double. Kendrick grounded out and Colon’s night was over. Trumbo hit the ball to short, where Derek Jeter made the play to third, getting Callaspo out. David Robertson walked Conger and Bourjos to load the bases, but came back and struck out Izturis to end the inning.
A solo homer by Swisher in the eighth gave the Yankees some insurance. Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and made things a little exciting. He gave up a leadoff single to Izturis before striking out Aybar. Abreu singled, putting runners on the corners. Hunter grounded a ball to Alex Rodriguez, who started a game ending double play; as the Yankees took a 5-3 victory and Rivera picked up his sixteenth save of the season.
Defensive Play of the Game: Cano’s barehanded grab of Hunter’s grounder up the middle in the bottom of the second was a thing of beauty in my opinion. Cano has been more error prone this season, more often than not botching some rather routine plays, but plays like this one remind me why I am so glad he’s the Yankees second baseman.
Bonehead Play of the Game: With one out in the fourth, Posada doubled to left. Howie Kendrick misplayed the ball, but was able to get it in quickly, easily catching the slow-footed veteran trying to get to third. Posada was slowing down as he headed into second and seemed to just be rounding the base when Kendrick was already throwing the ball behind the Yankees’ DH. There was absolutely no reason for Posada to think he was going to make it to third at that point.
Bronx Cheers: Francisco Cervelli: Cervelli went 0-4 with three strikeouts. He got a late start to the season due to injury, but his batting average is what is hurting now. It’s down to .167. The Angels also stole three bases on the Yankees backup backstop.
Alex Rodriguez: The Yankees’ cleanup hitter went 0-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Nick Swisher: Swish went 1-3 with a solo homer that gave the Yankees some insurance in the final innings. He had a pretty decent road trip, picking up a hit in every game except one.
Brett Gardner: Gardner went 2-4 with a RBI.
In The On Deck Circle: The Yankees get a day off before starting up a series against the Red Sox. Freddy Garcia has been a solid arm for the Yankees, but he is looking to redeem himself against the Red Sox, who he gave up five runs to in 5.1 innings last time he started against the AL East rival. Meanwhile, Boston will send a well-rested Jon Lester to the hill, as he will be throwing on seven days rest. The young southpaw has struggled lately, as he gave up at least four runs in four out of his last five starts. First pitch is in the Bronx at 7:05pm.