American League Game Summary - New York at LA Angels of Anaheim|
(Monday, May 5th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 4, New York 1
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The LA Angels of Anaheim capitalized on New
York's bullpen meltdown to post a 4-1 victory over the visiting Yankees in the
opener of a three-game series.
The Angels scored three runs in the eighth inning without a hit to break a 1-1
Three New York relievers combined to issue six walks (one intentional). Howie
Kendrick, pinch-hitter John McDonald and Chris Iannetta all drew free passes
with the bases loaded.
The bullpen's wildness came after Angels starter Jered Weaver (3-2) escaped a
bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the eighth.
With Brett Gardner batting, New York manager Joe Girardi was ejected by home
plate umpire Laz Diaz for arguing a called strike. Gardner wound up striking
out and Derek Jeter, who had two hits and scored the Yankees' lone run,
grounded into an inning-ending double play.
"Laz wiggled his finger at me as to scold me. I'm not a kid," Girardi said.
"There was a lot of inconsistencies tonight."
Shawn Kelley (0-2) retired the next two batters after walking Collin Cowgill
to start the bottom of the eighth, but Kelley then walked three more --
beginning with an intentional free pass to Albert Pujols -- before Matt
Thornton and Preston Claiborne each walked a batter.
Ernesto Frieri struck out two in a flawless ninth to earn his third save.
Weaver gave up a run on six hits, walked one and struck out seven.
"It's the strongest I felt this year," Weaver said. "My fastball location was
the best it's been this year. I showed a little emotion getting out of that
David Phelps made his first start of the season for New York and pitched well.
He retired the first 10 batters he faced and allowed just a run on three hits
and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.
The Angels opened the scoring when Kendrick led off the fifth with a triple to
right field and scored on an Ian Stewart groundout.
Jeter doubled down the left-field line to lead off the seventh and Mark
Teixeira tied the game with a one-out single to right.
The Angels improved to 5-2 on their nine-game homestand ... New York has lost
five of its last six games ... Pujols had two of the Angels' four hits ...
Kelley was also ejected by Diaz.
05/06 03:26:27 ET