Weekend Recap: Yankees vs. Angels

Friday (NYY 7 LAA 0)- The difference between starters couldn't have been greater in Friday night's series opener.  Masahiro Tanaka was absolutely on point in all respects, twirling 7.2 scoreless innings and striking out 9 Angels without walking a single one.  Jered Weaver was basically throwing BP, and the Yankee hitters tuned him up for 5 runs on 10 hits (4 dingers) in less than 5 innings. Ronald Torreyes was the big boss on the night, going 4-4 with 3 runs scored and falling a triple short of the cycle.  But the Yankees also got a strong performance from the top of the new top of the order (Ellsbury, Didi, Sanchez: 8 hits, 4 RBI).

Saturday (NYY 5 LAA 1)- The good starting pitching continued for the Yankees on Saturday, as Luis Cessa worked 6 shutout to keep the scoreless streak going.  He did walk 1 batter though, so it's not like his day was completely perfect.  The lineup put up a 3-spot in the 1st inning, all with 2 outs, on a solo homer by Gary Sanchez and a 2-run single by Brian McCann.  Aaron Judge came through with a big 2-run single in the 6th to tack on some insurance, and with the exception of a homer off Dellin in the 9th, the bullpen made the lead stand up.

Sunday (LAA 2 NYY 0)- Again more good starting pitching from the new look Yankee rotation.  Chad Green gave up a cheap run in the 1st and then shut the Angels down over the next 5, giving him 1 total run allowed with 16 strikeouts in his last 2 starts.  But on this day the offense was nowhere to be found, and the Yankees would waste the few good opportunities they did get on their way to getting shut out.  1-7 with RISP, 8 men left on base, and they failed to even hit the ball past the pitcher's mound with 2 on and 1 out in the 8th.  They didn't deserve to win and they didn't.  Still waiting for that day when they remember how to close out a sweep.