Analyzing moves made by the Yankees in the off-season and game recaps during the season.
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Sunday, July 15, 2012
In a game where the Yankees had a lead until the second half of the game, the Angels came back to claim a lead that they would not give up. In the later innings, the Angels piled on runs against the Yankees. Nova, Qualls and Mitchell all gave runs up. Any chance the Yankees had for a comeback seemed to fade away after the Angels mounted a five run lead by the eighth inning. Nova was not great today but he pitched well enough for the Yankees to win the game. Qualls and Mitchell created their own jams and were both unsuccessful in getting out of them.
The Yankees base running was horrific today, giving away four outs on the bases which made Weaver able to get to the seventh inning. The offense had Weaver on the ropes for the majority of the game but their sloppiness on the bases were crushing blows. The mistakes did not mean much at the time but looking back those were huge plays in the game. Things got interesting in the ninth inning when Ernesto Frieri entered the game with a 0.00 ERA as an Angel. He gave up two runs in the ninth and made the manager go to his bullpen to get the final three outs. Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson both had big days for the Bombers but their efforts will go unnoticed after the Yankees lost the series finale to the Angels.
The Blue Jays enter the Bronx tomorrow night for the first time this season. Phil Hughes will look for a bounce back outing after getting toyed around with by the Red Sox last weekend. Henderson Alvarez will go for Toronto. Toronto's starting rotation has been plagued with injuries and are in last place in the division. Even then, the Yankees always seem to struggle against their hitters.