Hughes hung in there for five and a third innings, but the Angels roughed him up for eleven hits and seven runs. Hughes struck out three and did not walk a batter, but could not keep his fastball out of the sweet spots in the hitting zone and he paid for every one of his mistakes. Even the outs he recorded were hit to the warning track. Those kinds of outings happen once in a while and Hughes will just have to take the ball the next time out and have a better outing.
Bobby Cassevah relieved Weaver and pitched three and a third innings and besides allowing one of Weaver’s base runners to score in the first, kept the Angels in the game. Cassevah did allow a solo homer to Curtis Granderson (his fifteenth of the season) that tied the game and he walked three, but Cassevah probably saved the Angels this ballgame.
Hughes gave up single runs in the third and fourth. The run in the third was not totally his fault. Mark Trumbo hit a deep drive to right-center. Both Nick Swisher and Curtis Granderson called for the ball and Swisher got there first. He had the ball in his glove but Granderson ran into him and jarred the ball loose. Trumbo was credited with a triple and would score on a sacrifice fly. Mike Trout, he had a great game, hit a homer to deep left off of Hughes in the fourth.
Mark Teixeira, who had another great night at the plate with two hits and three walks, hit a booming homer to left in the top of the fifth to tighten the game to 6-5. The Angels would lengthen that lead out to three runs as Cody Eppley had an ineffective relief outing and gave up a hit and a walk in the bottom of the sixth. David Phelps could not keep the runners from scoring and the Angels took an 8-5 lead.
The Yankees would roar back to tie the score in the top of the seventh as they scored three runs on a Nick Swisher sacrifice fly. While Swisher got the run home, he could not get the big hit with the bases loaded and nobody out. But Russell Martin came up big with a two-out double that plated two runs to tie up the game at eight runs each.
David Phelps pitched two solid innings after allowing Eppley’s runners to score. His outing included a nasty slider to strike out Albert Pujols in a big spot. Boone Logan did the LOOGY thing and struck out the only batter he faced to give the Yankees a chance to win the game in the top of the ninth. And they would make a run at it.
Mark Teixeira led off the top of the ninth with a single, but was still on first with two outs. Eric Chavez walked to put runners on first and second. Russell Martin came through again with a single up the middle. But Erick Aybar perhaps saved the game by ranging way behind second base to keep the Martin single from scoring Teixeira. That loaded the bases, but Derek Jeter bounced meekly to Pujols at first to end the threat.
Mark Trumbo, of course, ended the game in the bottom of the ninth and there was no doubt about his homer. People have been saying how the resurgence of Albert Pujols is the reason the Angels are playing that much better these days than they were earlier in the season. But after watching this game, the real difference is Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo playing in place of Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells. Including that homer, Trumbo went three for five with three runs scored and two RBIs. Mike Trout went two for five including a homer and made a superb play on a Raul Ibanez drive to left-center.
The loss keeps the Yankees the same distance from the division leading Orioles and Rays, who both lost today.
Mark Teixeira: The man is extremely hot right now. He had a great game.
Russell Martin: Martin came through twice tonight and both of his hits were big.
Curtis Granderson: Granderson hit a homer and made some fine running catches in the outfield.
Angels with dirty faces:
Phil Hughes: Let’s home this was a blip on what had been a nice run of games for him. He simply got beat tonight.
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano: They both left a combined eight runners on base and killed rallies.
Cody Eppley: Not a good outing for him.