Yankees Collect Crucial Win Against Angels 6-5
The New York Yankees won one of their best games on Sunday as they finally solved the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and defeated them 6-5. Mariano Rivera collected his 599th career save and more importantly the Yankees now have a 4 game lead in the loss column against the Red Sox in the AL East division.
Find out the injury update as well as a surprise MLB debut in this game by the Yankees.
The Yankees were able to win 6-5 with help from a different catcher. While Jesus Montero made his first MLB start behind the plate, yet another young prospect made his MLB debut. Austin Romine stepped in behind the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning. He did not make it to the batter's box in this game so his hitting debut is still on hold.
The Yanks got some big hits from Curtis Granderson, who hit his 39th home run, a 2-run shot, and also from Robinson Cano, with a solo shot in the the 4th inning. The Yankees took the lead on a SAC fly by Mark Teixeira combined with a fielding error by Peter Bourjos, which led to a second run scoring to give the Yankees the 6-5 lead.
Freddy Garcia made the start for the Yanks and had to work hard through his 5 innings of work. He allowed 7 hits and 5 runs in his outing and didn't get the decision. The Yankees' bullpen pitched the remaining 4 innings not allowing a run. In the 4 innings they allowed just 3 hits, didn't walk a single batter, and struck out two, with Mariano Rivera collecting his 40th save of the season and the 599th of his career.
The Yankees travel up to Seattle for a mid-week series. However, the starting pitching doesn't get any easier as they will be facing Felix Hernandez on Monday night. The Yankees in the series will pitch AJ Burnett, Phil Hughes, and Ivan Nova.