Tuesday, August 9, 2011
NEW YORK—Bobby Abreu crushed his second homer of the night, a two-run blast in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera, to help the Angels rally for a 6-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday.
Abreu’s sixth shot of the year came after the Yankees had covered for a late skid by starter A.J. Burnett, mounting a three-run rally in the seventh inning that spoiled a strong start by Angels starter Dan Haren.
In the ninth, Rivera recorded the first two outs by firing to second base on a sacrifice bunt and inducing a groundout, but Abreu connected with Erick Aybar aboard for the crushing blow.
The Yankees mounted a rally against Jordan Walden in the bottom of the ninth, but Curtis Granderson was picked off first base to end the game with Eduardo Nunez on third and Mark Teixeira at the plate.
When the Yankees were down 4-1 in the 7th, it seemed like just another run of the mill loss. A bad start by A.J. Burnett and the offense not doing enough to compensate, but one that’d be easily forgotten. Instead, the Yankees rallied to tie it, then saw Mariano Rivera unable to preserve a tie after blowing a save in his last appearance, still managing to get the tying run on base with their cleanup hitter up, only to have Granderson get picked off.
If you could pin this one on Burnett, we’d have a nice easy scapegoat. Since we now have to blame Rivera and Granderson too, it’s a little harder.
It really is amazing the way this team rolls over for the Angels. It’s almost as bad as the way the Angels roll over for Boston.
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