MLB: Yankees Take Three-Game Series, Maronde With Wild Pitch
In a close matchup between the Angels and Yankees on Sunday night, the Yanks managed to clinch the series in game three with a 3-2 win.
Twice the Angels would take the lead, and twice the Yankees would tie it up, but once the Yanks grabbed its lead in the bottom of the eighth the Angels would not bounce back.
Masahiro Tanaka pitched his least effective game of the season thus far, allowing more walks than those combined in his previous four starts. His command was not as accurate as it has been but he did manage to strike out 11 before being replaced by Adam Warren.
The game would remain scoreless until the fourth inning. Erick Aybar started the inning with a double, followed by Ian Stewart getting hit by a pitch and a walk for Chris Iannetta. J.B. Shuck would capitalize with a force out to Brian Roberts, managing to score Aybar.
In the bottom of the fifth the Yankees would tie up the game for the first time. After a Mark Teixeira walk, Roberts doubled to left placing two runners in scoring position. Ichiro Suzuki then scored Teixeira with a ground out to shortstop tying the game at one.
The Halos quickly bounced back at the start of the sixth inning as David Freese hit his second homer of the season to give the Angels a 2-1 lead. The game would see its second home run in the bottom of the seventh by Teixeira, also with his second home run of the season, putting the game at 2-2.
After a fairly clean performance by both sides, the Angels would soon see a messy performance in the eighth. Replacing Garrett Richards on the mound was Michael Kohn, entering the game with a 1.38 ERA. Kohn only saw three batters before being replaced by Nick Maronde.
Walks were the least of the Angels’ worries as the inability to handle the ball soon caught up to the Halos. A passed ball by Iannetta moved Ellsbury to third, and a wild pitch by Maronde helped Ellsbury cross the plate, propelling the Yankees to a 3-2 lead.
David Robertson earned his second save at Yankee Stadium this season, closing out the game with a strikeout. The Yankees are now 15-10 on the season, and the Angels fall to 11-13.