Saturday, July 14, 2012
Yankees Greatly Reduce Odds of Getting Swept At Home This Weekend
From Yankees.com’s recap of the game
The Yankees proved Saturday that they are everything the Angels are not.
Los Angeles’ youth movement, backed by the prodigious Mike Trout, drew five hits and worked five walks off New York starter Freddy Garcia, wearing down the 35-year-old right hander after just five innings by consistently forcing him to labor while the Angels occupied the basepaths.
But the Yankees needed just four at-bats to back Garcia in their 5-3 win at Yankee Stadium. A leadoff single by Derek Jeter in the bottom of the first was followed by Robinson Cano’s 21st home run of the season, and Curtis Granderson added another two-run shot in the third after Chris Stewart singled to lead off the inning.
Although the Angels forced the veteran Garcia to battle through tough situations for much of his afternoon, the Yankees’ offense—as it has all season—backed the pitching staff with its wealth of power.
Cano now has a 17-game hitting streak. What a great win. Garcia pitched well and the bullpen was excellent. Eppley, Robertson and Soriano really did an awesome job.
By the way, it is not like Cano is ancient. Yes, the Angels have two exciting young players in Trout and Trumbo, but the Angels also have plenty of veterans. So this whole “vet team versus young team” tact that the article takes is kind of odd.