Yankees 5, Angels 7: Mental Errors Too Costly

Michael Pineda continues to struggle on the road, and the Yankees left seven men on base in a deflating 7-5 to the Angels in the series finale.

The Yankees staked Pineda to a 4-0 lead before he stepped foot on the mound. With runners on second and third, Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track to score Brett Gardner. Two batters later, Gary Sánchez belted his 11th homer to drive in three more runs.

Luis Valbuena almost got it all back in the next half inning, but Aaron Hicks saved the day. The center fielder robbed Valbuena of a grand slam with an impressive leaping grab to only allow one run to come in.

Next inning, though, Eric Young Jr. singled, then Danny Espinosa ripped one into the right field seats to make it 4-3. In the third, a wild pitch by Pineda allowed Albert Pujols to score, then Young Jr. singled in Andrelton Simmons to give them the lead.

In the fourth, the Yankees caught horrible luck. Sánchez and Didi Gregorius led off with consecutive singles. Chase Headley ripped one towards the right side that hit Gregorius on the leg, rendering him out and requiring Sánchez to retreat to second. Rob Refsnyder then hit a bullet hauled in by Espinosa who doubled Sánchez off second base.

Poor baserunning led to a rally-killing outfield assist by Young Jr. in the 5th. Aaron Judge reached on an error, Holliday singled, then Castro singled. Judge tried to score on the Castro hit, following a terrible read by third base coach Joe Espada. Judge was cooked at the plate.

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The Bombers tied it in the sixth when Sánchez singled and moved to second on a throwing error by Halos pitcher Parker Bridwell. Chase Headley singled him in, but then made his own baserunning blunder as he was tagged out in a rundown.

Pineda was lifted for the MLB debut of Ronald Herrera. Pineda did pitch well enough to keep the team in the game, and received a no-decision. After two quick outs on two pitches, a walk to Valbuena set up a monster home run by Simmons to give the Angels their 7-5 advantage.

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The Yankees had a glimmer of hope in the ninth when Hicks hit a ball originally ruled a fly out. Joe Girardi challenged that the ball hit the wall first, and Hicks was given a double. But, Judge got jammed on the following pitch and David Hernández got out of the ninth for his first save of the season.


Jordan Montgomery gets the start tomorrow as the Yankees open a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

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