On Thursday night, the New York Yankees will take on the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim in the final game of the 4-game series. The Yankees have won the first 3 games of the series and are 14-10 on the season. The Angels are 9-16.
The Yankees trailed 5-0 after 5 innings on Wednesday night but rallied to score 2 in the 6th, 3 in the 7th, and 1 in the 9th to seal the victory. CC Sabathia started the game for the Yankees and went 5 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits and no walks while striking out 3.
The bullpen was huge in this one and kept them in the game. Jonathan Loisiga went 3 scoreless innings and gave way to Aroldis Chapman who shut the door in the 9th. DJ LeMahieu led the offense and was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and a run and had the go-ahead hit in the 9th. Luke Voit was 1 for 4 with an RBI and Tyler Wade went 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Masahira Tanaka will start for the Yankees in this one. He is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 5 starts this season. He has a WHIP of 1.23 and has 28 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. Last season he went 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA. The Yankees have been okay against Cahill in his career and are hitting .267 in 75 at-bats as a team. Brett Gardner is 4 for 14 with a double. DJ Lemahieu is just 3 for 16 with 3 strikeouts. Gary Sanchez and Luke Voit are both 1 for 2 with a home run each.
Angels Struggles Continue
The Angels were looking good through 5 innings and then the wheels fell off. Reliever Cam Bedrosian started the game and went 1 scoreless inning. Then Felix Pena came in and went 5 innings allowing just 2 runs, 1 earned, and struck out 8. Luis Garcia entered in the 7th and failed to get an out. He gave up 3 runs on 1 hit and 3 walks. Ty Buttrey went 2 2/3 innings and gave up the winning run. Andrelton Simmons had a good night at the plate and went 2 for 4 with 2 solo home runs. Kole Calhoun accounted for the other 3 runs with a 3-run homer which was his only hit. Albert Pujols went 2 for 4 and Mike Trout was 0 for 3.
Trevor Cahill will get the ball for the Angels tonight. He is 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA in 5 starts this season with a 1.18 WHIP and 23 strikeouts over 26 1/3 innings. Last season he went 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA. The Angels have hit .266 off Tanaka in his career over 79 at bats. Mike Trout is 4 for 13 with no extra-base hits. Albert Pujols is 3 for 12 and Jonathan Lucroy is 3 for 6. Andrelton Simmons is 4 for 12 with a double and a home run.
Yankees Smack Angels
The Angels are -115. Masahiro Tanaka is a better pitcher than Trevor Cahill and has been good so far this season. The Yankees are missing a ton of huge pieces but are finding ways to get it done and are playing good baseball right now while the Angels are reeling. The Yankees will blast Cahill and get to the bullpen that has already been shaky this season. Tanaka will shut down the Angels as Mike Trout can’ do everything for them. Take the Yankees -105.
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