Swift Recap: Yankees 4, Angels 3

There were a couple of firsts in today’s Yankees 4-3 victory over the Angels.

The first “first” was catcher John Ryan Murphy‘s first Major League home run! Murphy had a nice day at the plate finishing 2-3 with the home run, a single and three RBI – two of those RBI came on that single with two outs in the second inning and it gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead. View now the latest news and lines for the Yankees at Sportbet.com

Another first to occur in today’s game was Dellin Betances‘ first Major League win. Betances came into the game to relieve starter Vidal Nuno in the fifth and pitched two innings. He gave up one hit and struck out three.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a sensational diving grab to end the fourth inning:

This was a huge play because the Angels had scored two runs to tie the score at three and they were looking for more but Ellsbury saved the day and the game because that was all the Angels could muster.

David Robertson picked up his third save of the season in an eventful ninth inning in which we saw Mark Teixeira attempt to catch a foul ball hit by Albert Pujols but two dudes in the Legends Seats were having none of it and they blocked Tex from making the play. Needless to say, those two gentlemen are lucky the Yankees ended up winning otherwise it would have been an adventure for them leaving the Stadium this afternoon.

Robertson’s only blemish was a single to Mike Trout. Trout hit a homerun in the first inning to put the Angels on top 1-0 almost right away. It felt like the game could go in the same direction as last night’s debacle but luckily Nuno recovered.

The rubber game of the series is tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.