Angels 4 Yankees 8
The Yankees headed into tonight’s game against the visiting Angels with one goal in mind: Stop the losing streak. They had lost seven in a row, including last night’s series opener shellacking, and were going to fight tooth and nail to stop that skid, if need be. Well, fortunately for them, Ricky Nolasco was starting for the Angels, so they wouldn’t have to fight tooth and nail. It’s Ricky Nolasco we’re talking about here...when your team NEEDS a win, he’s the guy you want on the bump.
He definitely didn’t disappoint, at least if you root for the Yanks (ewww). He did what you expect Nolasco to do, especially when he gave up TWO homers to New York. He walked FIVE batters. He would give up five runs total in his 5.1 innings pitched, off of seven hits, and the Angels were going to have to do some work to overcome the liability known as Nolasco.
Well, if we’re talking Andrelton Simmons or Martin Maldonado, then those guys did indeed do some work. They both had three hits a piece, including Maldonado’s 7th dinger of the season. Those two dudes had six hits combined. The Angels had SEVEN hits total in this game (Danny Espinosa is the other Halo that managed to get a hit), so that should give you a good idea of just how thoroughly they got trounced.
Not much you can do when you have that combination of Nolasco pitching and Angels not hitting. We’ve seen it before, and we’ll see it again. Turn the page.