Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off homer off Yankees reliever Cory Wade, giving the Angels a 9-8 victory that extended their winning streak to seven games, snapped the Yankees’ streak at five and capped a crazy Monday night at Angel Stadium.
With the win, the Angels remained 6 1/2 games behind the Rangers in the American League West, where they sit in second place, and reached .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season.
Trumbo got a first-pitch fastball from Wade and drilled it out to left field, giving him his eighth homer of the year and giving the Angels their first walk-off win.
Monday’s game saw Angels ace Jered Weaver leave with a lower back injury after just 12 pitches, Yankees starter Phil Hughes get scorched for the second straight time against the Angels—and a whole lot of back-and-forth by both clubs.
Boy, that was a disappointing loss. I don’t believe I am the only one who skipped the bottom of the ninth inning because of the certainty of what was bound to follow. You really have to wonder how much worse David Phelps could possibly be as a starter instead of Hughes right now.
At least the offense performed well. Even there, though, in a game where they scored eight runs, the Yankees managed to only get two hits with runners in scoring position and only one of those hits actually scored a run! They really have to improve on hitting with RISP.
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