The New York Yankees had their five game win streak snapped by a walk off to the Los Angeles Angels, 9-8.
Angels Mark Trumbo took a Corey Wade hanging curve ball deep to left field to extend Los Angeles winning streak to seven games and cap off what was a bizarre game from the start. Angels starter Jered Weaver had to leave early in the first with an apparent back injury. New York would capitalize on that staking Phil Hughes to a 3-0 lead, but left the bases loaded which would comeback to haunt them in this one.
Hughes surrendered the lead in the bottom of the inning giving up four runs on five hits. The Angels pounded Hughes overall where even the outs were loud in this 11 hit seven run attack. Phil, who didn't factor into the decision, threw 87 pitches over 5 1/3 innings striking out three with no walks.
This game went back and forth with the Yankees continually battling back into the contest with the help of three Angels errors. As usual the Yankees had their chances leaving 11 RISP with the go ahead run left at third base in the top of the ninth.
The Yankees flexed their muscles with Curtis Granderson getting his team leading 15th home run in the second and Mark Teixeira hit a solo shot in the fifth, his fourth jack in four games. Granderson, Teixeira and Russell Martin had two hits each for the Bombers. Martin had a game tying double in the seventh off of Jason Isringhausen and missed a chance in the ninth to get the go ahead run when Erick Aybar made a diving stop on his shot to short preventing Tex from scoring from third.
Granderson and Nick Swisher collided in the bottom of the third on a drive by Trumbo to right centerfield. On the replay Granderson was calling off Nick and looked like he would get to it when Swisher ran into him. Likely both players would be alright and stay in the game.
Teixeira continues his hot hitting going 2-for-2 with three walks, a home run and RBI. Except for Mark the entire Yankee lineup left at least two or more LOB in their at bats. With the Angels ace on the shelf this was an opportunity to take the first game in this three game series, but the Bombers couldn't get the big hit when needed.
After Weaver's exit the Angels would use five pitchers to with Jordan Walden getting the win. The Yankees bullpen of Cody Eppley, David Phelps, Boone Logan and Corey Wade (who would get the loss) went 2 2/3 innings giving up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Brett Gardner and David Robertson have been working out at the Yankees' Minor League Complex in Tampa, Florida. Both are making progress with Gardner having to play a couple of minor league starts before being activated. Robertson will not be activated for this road trip and a projected return date may be June 5 at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tonight Andy Pettitte will go for his third win of the season against Rich Harden in this lefty/righty matchup at 7:05 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The Yankees remain at 2 1/2 games behind division leading Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.
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