Los Angeles– The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1, and once again the Yankees used their new found young talent to take down the Angels. Luis Cessa was absolutely brilliant. Making his first start for the Yankees, he was sharp from the start. He used a great mix of four pitches, and he worked them to both sides of the plate. He attacked hitters inside with a hard fastball that touched as high as 98 MPH. The fastball had remarkable movement on it leaving hitters baffled all night. In the bottom of the third, Cessa ran into a little jam with two outs and two runners on and up came Mike Trout. Cessa threw a great sequence of pitches to Trout and got a soft ground ball to shortstop to escape the danger. With a secure lead and Cessa barely over 80 pitches they let him start the seventh. He allowed a base runner to start the inning and Girardi pulled him for Tyler Clippard. Cessa left the game having given up three hits and allowing no runs while striking out five. If Cessa and Sunday’s started Chad Green can be reliable pieces in the rotation, the Yankees have a really good chance at the playoffs this year.
Cessa was only part of the story. In the top of the first Scary Gary struck again. He stepped to the plate with no one on and two outs. After swinging at a curveball in the dirt, which is something that we have rarely seen him do, he got another curveball that hung up in the zone and he deposited it into the seats in left field to put the Yankees on top 1-0. The Yankees weren’t done though. Followed by a Didi Gregorius base hit and a Starlin Castro double, Brian McCann stepped to the plate and laced a base hit into right field to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Aaron Judge gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead with a base hit to right center, scoring Castro and McCann. The defensive highlight of the game belonged to Brett Gardner. In the seventh inning after Andrelton Simmons popped up, Tyler Clippard gave up a long fly ball that looked sure to be a home run but Gardner made one of the most unbelievable plays you will ever see and robbed Kole Calhoun of a two-run homer and kept the Angels off the board.
From that point on the game was smooth sailing. Tommy Layne worked a scoreless eighth and since Betances needed work he was brought into the ninth and gave up a solo home run to Albert Pujols but escaped with no other damage. With the win, the Yankees have now moved to within four games of the second wild card. The Yankees are setting themselves up in a great spot to make a serious run at the postseason even though most of baseball refuses to acknowledge that they’re knocking on the door since their trade deadline sell-off.
Today will be game three of the three game set and will feature the youngster Chad Green (2-2 4.05 ERA) against Jhoulys Chacin (3-8 5.92ERA). Green looks to follow up his last outing where he was absolutely brilliant over 6 frames, striking out eleven.
Edited by Joey Santanello