Earlier this season the Yankees were a horribly boring team that seemed to be going nowhere. They might still be going nowhere, but at least now they’re fun and exciting with a bunch of energetic young players in the lineup. The Yankees beat the Angels 7-0 in Friday night’s series opener. West Coast night games get bullet point recaps, so let’s get to it:
- Bronx Bombers: It was ugly from the get-go for Jered Weaver. He served up a leadoff homer to Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning, then, two innings later, Ellsbury dunked a single into shallow right to score another run. The wheels came off in the fifth. Ronald Torreyes (!), Didi Gregorius, and Brian McCann all took Weaver deep and gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead. Weaver allowed five runs on ten hits (four homers) in 4.2 innings. Oof.
- Hit Parade: The Yankees kept piling on after Weaver was out of the game. Three singles (Aaron Hicks, Torreyes, Ellsbury) and a ground-rule double (Gregorius) plated another two runs in the sixth inning. Eight of 12 Yankees had hits at one point spanning the fifth and sixth innings, and five of the eight went for extra bases (two doubles, three homers). That led to a comfy 7-0 lead.
- Master Tanaka: The box score says Masahiro Tanaka allowed five singles in 7.2 innings, and he seemed to be even better than that. The Angels didn’t have a runner reach third base until Gregorio Petit, the last batter Tanaka faced, blooped a single into shallow left to put runners on the corners. Tanaka fanned a season high nine, and nine of his other 14 outs were recorded on the infield. Total domination by the staff ace.
- Leftovers: Torreyes went 4-for-4 and hit his first homer of
the seasonhis career … Ellsbury had three hits, and his leadoff homer was his first homer of the second half … Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk … Aaron Judge went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, though he hit a fly ball to right that would have been a homer in Yankee Stadium … Adam Warren struck out Mike Trout with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning … the Yankees have hit 3+ homers in three straight games for the first time since last June and only the second time since 2012.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The Yankees and Angels continue this three-game series Saturday night. That’s a 9:35pm ET start. Blah. West Coast night game on a Saturday? The worst. Luis Cessa will make his first big league start in that one. Ricky Nolasco will be on the bump for the Halos.