Thursday, June 15, 2017
Andrelton Simmons smashed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to gift the Angels a 7-5 win and capture a series victory over the Yankees in front of a sellout crowd at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.
“I’m happy for me and my team that we came back from that early deficit,” Simmons said. “The bullpen kept us in the game, and we put up good at-bats. I’m just glad I got to get the team a go-ahead home run.”
The Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a 3-run home run by Gary Sanchez. Basically, so long as Michael Pineda did not pitch like shit, the Yankees were likely going to win the game. Sadly, Michael Pineda pitched like shit, so the Yankees lost a brutal series to the Angels. Due to the Red Sox sweeping the Phillies, the Yankees’ lead in the division is now down to just two games over Boston. I’ve been saying for quite a while now that this is an evil, evil division and recently I saw an article on Ringer that suggested that this year’s AL East is, in fact, one of the four most difficult divisions in divisional history (the other three were all AL East divisions, as well, namely the 2001 AL East, the 2002 AL East and the 2008 AL East, where the Yankees won 89 games and finished third). With CC Sabathia likely out for a couple of months, this is a tenuous point in the season for the Yankees, so hopefully Jordan Montgomery can right the ship and get the good times going again in Oakland. It will be fascinating to see who gets the start on Sunday - do they go with a stopgap fill-in like Chad Green, or do they go for a regular fill-in like calling Chance Adams up and giving him a 40-man spot? We shall see!