Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Yanks Double Up Angels, 12-6

     On a beautiful night in the Bronx, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took the field to battle in game three of the four game series. Amidst trade rumors circulating, and if you ask me, would be the dumbest move the Yanks could make, Nathan Eovaldi(6-2, 4.09 ERA) took the ball for New York. A combination of the second fastest average fastball in baseball behind the Mets Noah Syndergaard at 98.2 mph and an excellent splitter have vaulted Nasty Nate to the top of the rotation. The Angels countered with the struggling right-handed Jared Weaver, who owns a 5+ ERA mostly because he has allowed a team high 14 home runs. Both Eovaldi and Weaver would  serve up the long ball tonight in this back-and-forth contest.
     The Angels made Eovaldi work hard to get out of the first inning. After allowing a one out ground rule double to Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout ripped a single that scored Calhoun and gave the Angels an early 1-0 lead. Eovaldi would get out of that inning but would have to throw 21 pitches to do it. But, the Bombers were quick to respond against the lousy Weaver. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with a double and tied the game when Brett Gardner followed up with a double of his own, Alex Rodriguez then gave the Yankees the lead when he smoked a single into centerfield that scored Gardner, 2-1 Yankees.
    The Halos would keep the pressure on as they took the lead back in the top of the second. Rafael Ortega started the frame by doubling to left. Then, the former Yankee who is having a hell of a series, Gregorio Petit launched a two run homerun over the fence in left field, 3-2 Angels. Eovaldi was again bitten by the homerun ball in the top of the third when he allowed a solo shot to first baseman Jeffrey Marte, 4-2. New York would get one back in the bottom of the inning when Jacoby Ellsbury hit the 15th homerun off of Jered Weaver this season, an upper deck shot to right that pulled the Yankees to within one.
    The Yanks would come back to tie the game and would do so in rather peculiar fashion. In the bottom of the fourth, after Chris Parmalee is recorded his first hit as a Yankee, Jacoby Ellsbury reached with two outs on a catcher's interference call. Ellsbury has reached base on catcher's interference calls six times this season, three more would be a Major League record. And because the Yankees were able to keep the inning alive due to the error, Brett Gardner lined a single between the third baseman and shortstop that scored Parmalee from second. The Angels would again take the lead in the top of the fifth when Albert Pujols singled in Mike Trout, who had doubled to lead off the frame.
     Nathan Eovaldi's rough night would come to an end when he was lifted in the top of the sixth inning. He did not have command of his stuff tonight and left with a final line of 5.1 innings pitched, allowing five runs on ten hits while striking out four. Nate's early exit opened the door for Anthony Swarzak to make his Yankee debut. And the rookie delivered by getting superstar mike Trout to ground out to end the inning.
     The Yankees would get Eovaldi off the hook for the loss when they tied the game in the bottom of the sixth as Chris Parmalee launched a solo homerun off of Weaver, tying the game at five. Weaver would be lifted from the game when he walked Ellsbury with one out. Jose Alvarez, weavers replacement, would give the lead back to New York as he allowed back to back hits to Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran, with the latter being a double that scored Ellsbury and put the Pinstripers ahead by one. Alvarez would be lifted for Aaron Bedrosian, who promptly allowed a single to Brian McCann that scored both Gardner and Beltran, making it an 8-5 ballgame. Greg Mahle replaced Bedrosian in the bottom of the seventh and served up another homerun to Parmalee, this a two run shot with Gregorius on base, 10-5. And then, after allowing Gardner to get on base for the fourth time in the game, Mahle gave up his second two run shot of the frame to Carlos Beltran that put New York up 12-5.
     The Angels would add one more in the top of the ninth, leading to a final score of 12-6 New York. Look for the Yankees to lock down the four-game series sweep tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM ET.

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