American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at New York|
(Thursday, August 15th)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 8, New York 4
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Nelson hit a pair of home runs, including a
game-breaking grand slam in the eighth inning, and drove in a career-high
five as Los Angeles topped New York, 8-4, in the finale of a four-game set.
Hank Conger, J.B. Shuck and Josh Hamilton knocked in a run apiece for
the Angels, who avoided their first four-game sweep against their
foes since 1994.
C.J. Wilson (13-6) worked 6 2/3 innings thanks to a season-high 124 pitches,
allowing 11 hits but only one run for the win, his fifth straight positive
"We'll take any wins we can get right now," Wilson said. "I was lucky to give
up mostly singles and that prevented them from having the big innings."
Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hand, going 4-for-5 with an RBI for the
Yankees, whose four-game win streak came to a halt. Vernon Wells added a late
two-run double, and Robinson Cano totaled three hits and a run-scoring single
"When you're a competitor and you win the first three, you'd love to take the
whole series, but C.J. threw the ball well and they swung the bats well,"
Wells said of the Yankees failing to finish off the sweep.
Phil Hughes (4-12) lasted six full frames, charged with six hits and three
The visitors broke open the game in their second-to-last turn at the plate.
Mike Trout began with a double and Shawn Kelley was spelled by Boone Logan,
who retired the next two batters. Trumbo was given a free pass, then stole
second ahead of a walk to Conger which loaded the bases.
Nelson cleared the wall in left center with his second blast of the game and
first career grand slam to give the Angels a 7-1 edge. Joba Chamberlain then
gave up a double to Grant Green and Shuck's run-scoring hit for a seven-run
Los Angeles spread.
The hosts prolonged the inevitable in the bottom of the ninth, sending home
three thanks to Cano's RBI hit and Wells' two-run double which cut their final
margin of defeat to four.
The Halos picked up a run in the first as Shuck singled, stole second and
scored on Josh Hamilton's two-out base hit.
New York hit the scoreboard in the third, when Brett Gardner stroked a one-out
triple and came in when Soriano followed with a base hit.
Erick Aybar began the fourth with a double, advanced on a passed ball and
scored when Conger lifted a fly to left. Nelson then cleared the wall in right
for a 3-1 game.
The Yanks stranded two in the home half, then left Cano on third in the fifth,
and paid for it later in the contest.
Nelson spent 10 games earlier in the season with New York, hitting .222 with
two doubles and two RBI. His previous single-game RBI mark was three, last
accomplished on Sept. 9, 2012 against Philadelphia for Colorado ... Los
Angeles completed its seven-game road swing with a 3-4 record, while New York
concluded its seven-game homestand at 5-2 ... Last time the Angels were swept
in a four-game series against the Yanks was from July 21-24, 1994 in
Anaheim... Prior to the game, the Yankees transferred pitcher David Phelps
from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, selected the contract of
pitcher David Huff from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned pitcher Dellin
Betances to Scranton.
08/15 23:48:39 ET