MLB: Murphy’s Game-Winning Offensive Performance, Split Series
With a game-winning performance from catcher John Ryan Murphy, the Yankees split the first two games of the series with a 4-3 victory against the Angels.
The 22-year-old came up big offensively to break a 1-1 tie in the second inning, and a 3-3 tie in the fifth. It would be the young player’s first multi-hit game of his career, as well as his first career home run.
The Halos would be the first team to put a run on the board with a home run from Mike Trout, earning his sixth home run of the season. However, the one-run lead did not last long. Vidal Nuno pitched a quick second inning, allowing the Yanks to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the second.
After the Yankees managed to load the bases, pitcher Hector Santiago gave away the Yankees first run due to a balk. Murphy would then come up big with a line drive single to right, scoring Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts to give his team a 3-1 lead.
The next big inning for the Angels would come in the fourth. With Albert Pujols on second and Howie Kendrick on first, Erick Aybar’s grounder to third resulted in a throwing error from Roberts allowing Pujols to score.
Momentum would continue for the Halos with a double to center by Chris Iannetta, scoring Erick Aybar.
During the fifth the Yankees made a pitching change, turning to Dellin Betances. He allowed runners to advance with the game’s second balk, but managed to prevent the Angels from scoring.
Murphy would begin the bottom of the fifth with his second hit of the night, a homer to left center field, placing the Yankees in the lead at 4-3. The Angels fought for the lead the remainder of the game, but could not manage to get anything going offensively.
David Robertson succeeded in the closer position to earn his first save at Yankee Stadium as the new closer.
This win advances the Yankees to a 14-10 record, keeping itself ranked first in the AL East. The Angels drop below .500 for the 11th time this season, ranked third in the AL West with an 11-12 record.
Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound for the Yanks and Garrett Richards will pitch for the Halos Sunday night to close out the three-game series.