The Yankees beat the Angels to win the series finale as Tanaka recorded 11 strikeouts

Tanaka pitching during his first start of the season.

Tanaka pitching during his first start of the season.

The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 3-2, on Sunday Night Baseball for their second win of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium. David Robertson walked one and struck out two in the ninth on his way to his fourth save of the season. This was his second save in as many days.

Masahiro Tanaka only allowed two earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. However, his control was worse than in his previous four starts and his wildness led him to be taken out before the seventh inning for the first time this season. He allowed four walks and hit his first batter of his career, but he was able to make big pitches when he needed to and his splitter was working to perfection. Tanaka was due to have some control issues since in his first four starts he only had two walks.

This is what Joe Girardi had to say about Tanaka after the game: “The guy really competes. I think he is really tough minded and wants to compete at the highest level. I think you learn a lot about a pitcher when they are struggling. Him (Tanaka) and Mac (Brian McCann did a good job tonight.”

Tanaka had a 31-0 record in the regular season coming into the game and the offense was able to help him keep that streak alive. He was able to get the majority of his strikeouts off of batters swinging at strike three. Tanaka, who had 11 strikeouts, now has an impressive 46 strikeouts over 35.2 innings in five starts.

The Yankees were able to win the game even though they only tallied three hits to the six that the Angels had. The Yankees ended up winning the game as a result of scoring a run in the eighth inning after not recording a hit.

After Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran walked, Nick Maronde’s passed ball that went straight to the backstop after Chris Ianetta flat out missed it, caused Ellsbury to advance to third and Beltran to second. Then, with Brian McCann still batting, Maronde’s wild pitch that bounced a few feet before it reached the plate sent Ellsbury home to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Yankees.

Mark Teixeira, who had one hit in his last 10 at-bats coming into the game, blasted a home run to the second deck in right to lead off the seventh to tie the score at two. That was his second homer of the season. The solo round tripper tied him with Hideki Matsui and Tom Tresh for 31st in Yankee franchise history with 140.

David Freese hit a homer to right center to lead off the sixth inning to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. The Angels lead the league in home runs.

In the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran got on base after Richards could not catch Pujols’s toss to him at first, after Pujols made a great play to prevent the grounder from going into the outfield.

The Angels and Yankees both scored their first runs off of ground outs with runners on third. J.B. Shuck grounder into a fielders choice for the Angels and Ichiro Suzuki grounder to Erick Aybar at short allowed Teixeira to score. Teixeira scored his 384th run as a Yankee, which puts him eight behind Lou Piniella for 55th place.

Adam Warren, who has been a much better pitcher out of the bullpen than he was as a starter, allowed one hit and struck out two in 1.2 innings pitched after Tanaka was taken out of the game.

The Yankees, who have won five of their past seven games, have a 15-10 record and a 2.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. They will have an off day on Monday before Robinson Cano makes his highly anticipated return to Yankee Stadium as a member of the Seattle Mariners.


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