Garrett Richards Gem Wasted as Angels lose 2-1

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Nelson might not ever forget this moment.

Final Score in NY: Angels: 1 Yankees: 2

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In what turned out to be Garrett Richards' best pitching performance this season at Yankee Stadium, he ends up going the distance(!) for the loss as the Angels fail to support their starter. Hiroki Kuroda was equally masterful on the mound as he had the Angels hitters guessing and swinging at junk out of the zone.

In the 9th inning, J.B. Shuck got the rally started with a line shot down the RF line but, as fate would have it, the ball took a weird bounce off the 1B bag and caromed towards RF, limiting Shuck to a single. Josh Hamilton's 2nd double of the evening would bring the Angels within one run and for awhile things finally became interesting.

After an intentional walk to Erick Aybar, third baseman Chris Nelson could have worked a game-tying walk but end up swinging at ball four with the bases loaded to end the game.

On the bright side, SP Jason Vargas is scheduled to come off the DL and take the mound Tuesday evening. He is opposed by a leaner (think an In-N-Out double cheeseburger served vegetarian style) C.C. Sabathia. So there's that. Protected pick here we come!

***UPDATE: SP Tommy Hanson has been sent down to AAA to make room for Jason Vargas***

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