The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a score of 6-4. Mariano Rivera came into the game with a tie score, but allowed a two-run homer to former Yankee Bobby Abreu. Then, with the game-winning run (Mark Teixeira) up to bat with runners on first and third in the ninth, Curtis Granderson fell for the old Jeff Nelson third-to-first play to end the game. With the terrible loss, the Yankees fall to 69-45 on the season.

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Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Haren

6.2

6

4

4

6

2

Burnett

6

7

4

4

6

3

Let’s talk about both starters tonight. First, Dan Haren. I don’t know if anyone this side of the Rocky Mountains knew it, but he really is having a solid season. In six innings, he only allowed a home run to Curtis Granderson in the bottom of the first. Fast forward to the seventh, then he ran out of steam as he allowed Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner on base, whom eventually scored off a Derek Jeter single.

And onto the Yankee starter, AJ Burnett. After watching him today, and this past month, just honestly – what on earth do we have with him? Out of all the Yankee starters (besides CC), he is clearly the most talented, as evidenced by his first five innings, where he allowed five hits, no walks, and struck out five. Then, he showed his darker side in the sixth inning. He allowed a home run to Bobby Abreu that barely cleared the wall in right, the proceeded to walk the next three Angels, one intentionally. Then, Angels’ 9-hole hitter Jeff Mathis, who came into the contest batting .185, hit a ground-rule double to dead center to put the Angels in the lead. Even worse than the loss – we have no idea as to who will be starting Game 2 of the ALCS for the Yankees – all we do know is, unfortunately, AJ will get another start.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will take on the Angels again as the Angels keep trying to sneak their names into the AL playoff race.

7:05 PM, ESPN. Hisanori Takahashi (3-2, 3.35 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (10-4, 3.81 ERA)