When you score eight runs and the other team has to get a full 27 outs from their bullpen, you really need to win. The Yankees didn’t on Monday, instead losing a 9-8 game to the Angels on a walk-off homer by Mark Trumbo. Pretty gross. Let’s recap…
- Stranded: The Yankees left eleven men on-base and went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, kinda hard to believe when they still managed eight runs. Blame the Angels and some hilarious errors. The most glaring RISPFAIL came in the top of the ninth, when Derek Jeter grounded out with the bases loaded and two outs on the first pitch he saw from Jordan Walden, the right-hander’s 32nd pitch in his second inning of work. The Yankees wouldn’t bat again.
- Hughesless: Phil Hughes was just awful, giving up four runs in the bottom of the first after the offense spotted him three runs in the top half and Jered Weaver left the game with a back injury. The Angels were hitting rockets all over the field all night, including one that caused Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher to collide in right-center. They were both fine. Hughes of course gave up the obligatory homer — at least one in all ten starts this season — to go along with seven runs and a career-high eleven hits allowed in 5.1 innings. After four strong starts, you hope this is just a blip on the radar. Phil’s not getting the benefit of the doubt from me though. The sooner the Yankees come up with a better starter, the better.
- The Russ Bus: As bad as Russell Martin has been this season, he came up with a huge hit with two outs in the seventh. His two-strike, two-run double down the left field line tied the game just one inning after the Angels stretched their lead to three runs. Eight runs is supposed to be enough, especially against a bad offensive team like the Halos.
- Leftovers: Granderson hit a solo homer, his first dinger outside of Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards this season … Mark Teixeira also hit a solo homer, his fourth homer of the road trip and one of five times he reached base (single, homer, three walks) … Swisher (sac fly) and Eric Chavez (two walks) were the only starters without a hit … David Phelps was pretty shaky, but he did the job in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings with Cody Eppley and Boone Logan before Cory Wade allowed the walk-off homer to start the ninth.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the advances stats, and ESPN the updated standings. Anaheim needed nine innings and 164 pitches out of its bullpen but neither Ernesto Frieri nor Scott Downs pitched, and those two will likely be enough behind Dan Haren on Tuesday given his reputation for soaking up innings. Andy Pettitte will look to get his team back on track after their five-game winning streak came to an end.