Saturday, April 26, 2014

Betances, rest of bullpen slip Yankees past Angels, 4-3

Dellin Betances threw 2 innings of shutout relief and fellow bullpen-dwellers Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton, and David Robertson combined to get the last eight outs today as the Yankees beat the Angels in stressful fashion, 4-3. That two-frame performance, interestingly, gave Betances the win in this one, the first decision of his Major League career. 

Anyway, the Bombers offense went down without a fight in most of their at-bats this afternoon, but in the end, they still were able to cross home plate four times thanks to Angels starter Hector Santiago balking with a runner on third and backup Catcher John Ryan Murphy singling home a pair in the second before hitting his first career home run in the fifth. Going in this contest, Murphy actually had just one career RBI, so this sort of game should definitely turn out to be a memorable event in his life.

Besides those guys, starter Vidal Nuno and LF Brett Gardner also contributed to this W, throwing 4.1 innings of three-run ball and going 2-for-3 with a run respectively. Nothing too amazing, as Nuno didn't even get half of the team's outs, but still, he did keep the Pinstripes in the game, something I consider acknowledgeable. 

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