The Yankees were fired up on Monday night, but it didn’t turn into runs as New York lost to the Angels 4-1.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had one of his most heated moments in his tenure with New York. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the eighth, Jeff Weaver threw a ball that seemed low to everyone except home plate umpire Laz Diaz.
Girardi didn’t hesitate. He flew out of the dugout and got in Diaz’s face shouting, veins popping from his neck and throwing his hat on the ground.
A moment like that occurs and you hope it motivates a team. But Brett Gardner’s at-bat only got worse and he struck out. Then Jeter hit into an inning-ending double play.
Yankees had their chances and blew it.
In the eighth, the Angels worked the bases loaded by being patient. Shawn Kelley couldn’t find the strike zone … and walked Howie Kendrick to force the go-ahead. Then, Matt Thornton came on … and walked in a run. Preston Claiborne walked in another run, and I wasn’t allowed to turn the game off.
The Angels walked six times (one intentional) in the inning.
New York’s lone run came in the seventh. Mark Teixeira singled in Derek Jeter who doubled that inning.
David Phelps pitched well for New York, giving them exactly what they needed from him. He threw 87 pitches and lasted 5 1/3 innings, and gave up one run on three hits and a walk.
– Derek Jeter had two hits, including a well-struck double
– Adam Warren had another good outing out of the bullpen, allowing one runner in 1 2/3 innings.
– Ichiro chase of a ball into the right field corner. It hit the right-field wall, caromed away from him, and Howie Kendrick got an easy triple to lead off the fifth inning.
– Mark Teixeira has four errors this season
– Laz Diaz
– The eighth inning
The second game of the three-game series starts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Hiroki Kuroda will face lefty C.J. Wilson.