The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday afternoon, 6-2, at a mostly full Yankee Stadium. It was their third win in a row against the Angels and their sixth consecutive win overall. Going back to the series in Oakland, the Yankees have won seven of their previous eight games to give them a 32-25 record.
CC Sabathia rebounded from allowing homers to Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the first inning to pitch six innings and only allow two runs. He allowed five hits, one walk and his seven strikeouts were the most he had in a game since May 11.
One of the strikeouts that he had was his 2,500th of his career. He is the 31st Major League pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts. When he caught Angels second baseman Giavotella looking with a changeup in the fifth inning Sabathia became just the ninth left-hander to accomplish the milestone. He is also the Major Leagues’ active strikeout leader.
This was Sabathia’s second straight start that he allowed two earned runs, and he got Kole Calhoun to ground into a double play to end the sixth inning, but Sabathia got thrown out of the game after the top of the sixth ended.
He started shouting at the home plate umpire after the double play was completed. The shouting caused Sabathia to be ejected, which lead Sabathia to get in Dan Bellino’s face, which also led to Joe Girardi being ejected.
Sabathia disagreed with a called a ball that was called during Kalhoun’s at-bat. “I just asked him where the pitch was,” Sabathia said after the game. “He said it was down. I said, ‘It’s not down, you just called it on [Chase] Headley.’ That’s when he threw me out.”
The crowd at the stadium got loud for each of the three homers that the Yankees hit off of Angels veteran starter C.J. Wilson. Chris Young, who only had one hit in his previous 13 at-bats coming into the game, hit a homer over the State Farm scoreboard in left field in the fifth to tie the score at two.
Later in the fifth inning, Brett Gardner hit a line drive homer to the back of the first level in right field to drive in John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius. When the ball came off Gardner’s bat it appeared that his line drive would stay in the field. Gardner now has 26 RBIs after driving in 58 all of last season.
In the seventh inning, Jose Pirela his his first homer of the season (and his career) and the team’s third of the afternoon. Pirela’s homer to left center was 418 feet, and it was further than the homers that Young or Gardner hit, as their homers were both less than 400 feet.
Chase Headley, who hit a single in the first inning, is now on an eight-game hitting streak. Didi Gregorius, who drove in the first run of the game for the Yankees in the first inning with a ground out to second, was involved in turning two double plays and has one or more hits in four of his last five games.
Betances pitched a perfect eighth inning while recording two more strikeouts to give him 53 in 31.1 innings pitched. Betances got out of the eighth inning on an emphatic called third strike on a 3-2 count to Trout. Andrew Miller closed out the game with three straight strikeouts in the ninth leading to a drama free afternoon by the bullpen.
Miller lowered his ERA to 1.04 and Betances lowered his to 0.29. They are likely the best eighth and ninth inning combo in baseball.
The game which was played during a picture perfect afternoon with no humidity and without a cloud in the sky was finished in a very manageable 2:10. The Yankees will have an off day on Monday before starting a brief two-game series against the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.