Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Andy Pettitte pinned his hands to his hips, glaring at the rock pile in left-center field as fireworks exploded above him. This wasn’t how the veteran expected his first road assignment of the year to go.
Albert Pujols crushed a two-run homer and Mark Trumbo added a tape-measure solo blast off Pettitte, leading the Angels to a 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday at Angel Stadium for the Halos’ eighth consecutive win.
“You pride yourself on keeping the ball in the yard and I keep giving up home runs,” said Pettitte, who has served up six long balls in four starts. “That’s frustrating. Even in the wins I’ve had, when you give up the long ball, those are usually all mistakes.”
The Yankees managed one run in seven-plus innings against Dan Haren; the only damage they produced as Robinson Cano struck out twice with the bases loaded and defensive standouts Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos committed grand larceny in the Angels outfield.
Well, that was certainly unpleasant.
A fascinating subplot of this season is the fact that no one is pulling away in the AL East. The Yankees have lost two straight, but of the two teams ahead of the Yankees, Tampa Bay has also lost two straight and Baltimore has lost four in a row. Of course, the two teams behind the Yankees, Toronto and Boston, have both won two in a row.
At least my brand-new book came out yesterday from Penguin, so I had something to distract myself. Go buy it! It doesn’t matter if you like comic books or not, there are Doug Mientkiewicz and Tom Gordon references in the book, also. It’s fun for the whole family.
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