It didn't look promising early, but the Yankees found their power stroke late and rallied past the Angels to take the first game of this 3-game set.
Once again Masahiro Tanaka went out and did his thing to give his team a chance. Tanaka gave up a couple early runs on some dinky singles and a sac fly, but he locked it down after the 3rd inning. All in all he threw 7 innings of 2-run ball.
The offense was still in hibernation for much of the first two-thirds of the game. Two singles in the bottom of the 1st amounted to nothing after Jacoby Ellsbury was caught stealing second and A-Rod struck out, and the Yankee bats didn't get a ball out of the infield from the 3rd through the 5th. Give Anaheim starter Matt Shoemaker a small bit of credit, but it was another dismal performance by the Yankee lineup through 6 innings.
Shoemaker, good as he was, tired as he pitched into the 7th and that's when the Yankees struck. The game was tied in a flash when Brian McCann and Starlin Castro hit back-to-back solo home runs with 2 outs in the 7th in a span of 3 pitches. McCann just missed a homer on the pitch before. Shoemaker got out of the inning, but for some reason Mike Scioscia let him come back out for the 8th. A pair of 1-out singles ended his night and Carlos Beltran greeted reliever Jose Alvarez with a game-sealing 3-run dinger.
No Betances last night, so it was up to red hot trade targets Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman to hold down the lead. They did so with no issues, as Miller struck out the side on 13 pitches in the 8th and Chapman went 1-2-3 in the 9th.
- The Yankees have now alternated wins and losses in their last 6 games.
- Tanaka has allowed 2 earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 12 starts. I think it's safe to say he's officially back and over the problems that plagued him last year.
- Multi-hit nights for Ellsbury (3), Beltran (2), and Castro (2). Castro has been ass for a while after a hot April. Good job by Dom giving him the business yesterday.
- Cherry on top of Miller's 8th inning sundae- the 3 hitters he fanned were Kole Calhoun (looking), Mike Trout (looking), and Albert Pujols (swinging). It's going to suck to see him go, but if the Yankees don't trade him before the deadline everybody in the front office should be tarred and feathered in Monument Park.
- A-Rod went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. He's got the average back over .200 but he still isn't out of the slump woods.