After blowing up in the first inning and then cruising to a victory on Saturday, it looked like the Angels would turn the table on us in the first inning. After a terrible pitch selection where Murphy and CC somehow thought it would make sense to throw a 3-2 fastball on the inside part of the plate to Trout (right after throwing a fastball further inside for a ball on the previous pitch), CC followed up with a hanging breaking ball to Pujols for back to back jacks. To clarify my statement on terrible pitch/location selection, I will offer the following. On 2-2 they decided to try and throw a fastball inside to Trout. I have no issue with this; in fact, it was a good pitch that was just off the plate inside. The issue I had was now on 3-2 they called the same pitch, just easier to hit, for a strike and CC would have hit Murphy’s glove if that pesky bat didn’t crush the ball first. I do not like having to make the same pitch better, the best way to work is making the pitches just a little worse. In this case, the pitch should have been the slider that looked like it was over the middle of the plate, but dropped down and in. All the Yankees did was get Trout aware of the pitch inside and then gave him an easier one. When I saw them lining up inside I made a comment to my brother (we watched the game together) as I assumed it would be a slider…bad decision that cost us a run.
CC made a lot of bad pitches in the 1st inning, but got away with only 2 runs.
The Yankees went to work after playing small ball for a run (double by Pirela, and 2 productive outs), but getting a HR by Young (about time) and a huge 3 run HR by Gardner right after I proclaimed to my brother, this is a huge pitch in the game. It was a 2-0 pitch that Wilson wanted outside, but he got it inside and Gardner just jumped on it getting the barrel out and lined a huge 3 run HR.
Wilson bridged the gap for us in the 7th and Betances and Miller K’d 5 of the last 6 batters for victory. (BMW – Betances Miller Win)
Back to back sweeps, 1.5 game lead over Tampa and 4.5 over Toronto (who I felt would be the biggest hurdle at the start of the year)