The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by a score of 5-3 this afternoon. With the win, the Yankees win the series 2-1 and turn in a great 6-3 record on this West Coast swing.
Bartolo Colon only went 5.1 innings, but still gave the Yankees a shot to win:
Mark Teixeira has been on an absolute tear recently (more on that later). He clobbered two home runs to deep right field, one in the third and another in the fifth with Curtis Granderson on base. The Yankees would add an insurance run in the eighth inning with a towering drive off the right foul pole by Nick Swisher, who is really starting to swing the bat much better left-handed.
The three relievers who finished off the game were the usual suspects – David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera. Although none of them were perfect, they did not allow any runs over the final 3.2 innings.
After the Yankees lost their first two games on the road trip to Seattle, I would not have believed that the Yankees could have finished 6-3. My only grip were that the three losses were all to premium pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, and Jered Weaver). The Yankees will be seeing this quality of pitchers in October so they need to start hitting the good ones.
3,000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 1-5 to get to 2,986 career hits.
9: In his last sixteen games, Mark Teixeira has hit nine home runs. The combination of Granderson and Teixeira batting second and third has proven to be deadly.
The Yankees will take Monday off to travel home to face the hot Boston Red Sox.
7:05, YES. Jon Lester (7-2, 3.94 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (4-4, 3.34 ERA)