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Game 145: Yankees at Angels

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (87-57)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Jesus Montero C
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.50)
Garcia vs. Angels

ANGELS (80-65)
Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Peter Bourjos CF
Mike Trout LF
Bobby Wilson C

RHP Ervin Santana (11-10, 3.18)
Santana vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Little bit cloudy, but it’s L.A. Not much reason to be worried about rain.

UMPIRES: HP Larry Vanover, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Dan Bellino, 3B Tony Randazzo

THREE, NOT FOUR: The Yankees have lost three straight road games, matching their season high. They are one of only two teams — the White Sox are the other — that have not lost more than three straight road games this season.

MISSING BATS: In their past 25 innings, the Yankees have been held to just one run and eight hits. They have been held to one run or less in consecutive games by the same team for the first time since Detroit shut out the Yankees on back-to-back days last May.

BOUNCING BACK: The Yankees are 20-7 in games immediately following shutout losses since the start of the 2008 season, winning each of their last three such contests.

UPDATE, 3:56 p.m.: Another big hit from Howie Kendrick, who just hit a two-run homer for a 2-0 Angels lead in the first.

UPDATE, 4:12 p.m.: RBI single by Chavez has pulled the Yankees within 2-1 heading into the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 4:19 p.m.: Montero has plenty of arm, it’s about getting his huge frame out of the crouch and ready to throw. He just sent a bullet to second base to get Callaspo trying to steal. The caught stealing ended the second inning.

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m.: The ball never left the infield, but the Angels got a run in the third inning with an infield single, a couple of bunts and a ball in the dirt that got past Montero. It’s now 3-1.

UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Cano just got one just over the tall wall in right field, a solo shot in the fourth to pull the Yankees within 3-2.

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.: Bases loaded, two outs for Gardner. A chance to do something big here, something the Yankees haven’t done since the first inning on Thursday.

UPDATE, 4:52 p.m.: Looping line drive to center. Inning over.

UPDATE, 4:59 p.m.: Two-run homer by Bourjos.

UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Granderson has been in a real funk lately, but he just went deep — Jeter didn’t even watch it go, just put his head down and ran from first — for a two-run shot that’s pulled the Yankees within 5-4 in the fifth.

UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: This game could have been lost any number of ways that inning, but Garcia got through the fifth with the bases left loaded. he got a popup to second and a grounder to second, and the Angels lead is still 5-4.

UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Nunez bounces into an inning-ending double play, and now Cory Wade is in to pitch the bottom of the sixth.

UPDATE, 5:59 p.m.: Sac fly would have been enough to tie the game, but when Bourjos dropped the ball and made a bad throw, the Yankees were able to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh.

UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: By the way, Romine is catching this inning, and it looked like Hunter was in his way for that throw to second. I’m not sure he was actually planning to throw — looked like he was going to fake the throw and hold the runner at third — but it doesn’t really matter because Soriano was able to strand the runners.

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