Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pineda, Yanks Win Second Straight Over Angels, 6-3

      Looking to build off of a game one win, the Yankees took on the Angels in game two of the four-game set. Seemingly pitching to keep his spot in the rotation, Michael Pineda and his 6.41 EERA took the ball for New York. Pineda was strong in his last outing in Detroit, striking out eight in 6+ innings of work. Former Yankee David Huff got called up from Triple-A to pitch in a spot start for the Angels. Another strong outing by Pineda with an early and often Yankee offensive attack made it a quick appearance for the call-up tonight in the Bronx.
     Afte a quick top of the first, the Yankees quickly gave Michael Pineda an early lead. Brett Gardner  singled to lead off the ballgame and scored when Carlos Beltran notched his 15th homerun of the season, a deep blast to left field, 2-0 Yankees. Alex Rodriguez and Starlin Castro would follow with back to back singles. Then, the third baseman for LA, Yunel Escobar, fielded a ground ball off the bat of Chase Headley and casually stepped on third-base, forgetting how many outs there were and failing to turn the double-play. The mental error proved costly when the next batter Austin Romine lined a single to left, scoring Castro and extending the Yankee lead to three.
     The only Yankee starter to not see an at bat in the first was Aaron Hicks, who led off the second inning with a double. Brett Gardner then laid a sacrifice bunt down and reached when Albert Pujols could not field the throw from Huff, puting two on with no outs. Rob Redsnyder put the fourth Yankee run on the board when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field. And then Starlin Castro tied the bow on a rough first three frames for Huff when he gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead by smacking a solo shot to right field in the bottom of the third. Huff was pulled in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and two on, The parting with a messy final line of 3.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs on eight hits while walking and striking out one.
     The early lead allowed Pineda to pitch with confidence, carrying a one hitter into the top of the fifth. However, Rafael Ortega ripped a double into centerfield and scored when Gregorio Petit stayed hot by lining a single into right, 5-1 Yankees. After getting Escobar to line out, Pineda served up a two run shot off the bat of Kole Calhoun, making it a 5-3 ballgame. Pineda would settle down though, pitching scoreless sixth and seventh innings. The Bombers gave him some insurance in the bottom of the seventh when Alex Rodriguez singled in Brett Gardner, pushing the Yankee lead back up to three. Pineda left with a solid final line of seven innings pitched, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.
     Since Chapman has pitched in the previous three games, a combination of Betances and Miller shut the door on the angels with the final score of 6-3. The Cuban Missile will be available tomorrow night, however, as the Yankees try to win the series and their third straight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.
   

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