ANAHEIM — The New York Yankees easily won their eighth game in a row after defeating the Los Angeles Angels, 11-1, at Angels Stadium.
It was an all-around effort the Bombers as their offense came out swinging in the first two innings in support of Masahiro Tanaka, who was excellent tonight.
The Yankee starter gave up just a single run, on a home run by Zack Cozart, but allowed just one more hit in a six innings, nine-strikeout performance.
For New York, what made this offensive outburst even more impressive is that the team did not hit a homer. They relied on relentlessness up-and-down the order to chase Angels starter Garrett Richards after just an inning and a third of work.
Brett Gardner struck out to start the game but the rest of the team picked him up with five runs in both the first and second inning. The team batted around in both.
A turning point in the game was a Neil Walker strikeout that got past Anaheim catcher Martin Maldonado. While Walker was initially called out at first, a Yankee challenge allowed the run to score and extend the inning.
In the second, Aaron Judge, who had three hits, immediately drove in Gardner for a big 6-0 lead.
Though Richards was able to get both Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton out, the Yankees had some two-out magic in them. Aaron Hicks first tripled in two more New York runs to extend the lead to eight. Walker and Gleyber Torres would then each drive in another run in the inning.
Overall, it was a great performance for the men in grey. It’s been a great start to a huge road trip as the Yankees continue to work their way up the standings.
Current Yankees Record: 17-9