Los Angeles Angels 13 — New York Yankees 1
With rain in the forecast, it’s fair to say, when it rains it pours in Yankees defeats.
The usually dependable Hiroki Kuroda was anything but dependable in tonight’s start to open the series with the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Third baseman Ian Stewart started the second inning with a single. Erick Aybar would single and catcher Hank Conger would hit a double to plate the first run of the game. A squeeze play brought in the next run. Outfielder J.B. Shuck would productively ground out to bring home one more run and the Angels were up by three after two innings.
Ian Stewart would hit a two-run home run in the third inning and after a 1-2-3 fourth inning, Albert Pujols showed that inning was just a fluke, hitting career home run number 501. An error in right field by Carlos Beltran would bring in the seventh run of the game and that was Kuroda’s difficult night.
In 4.2 innings, Hiroki Kuroda allowed eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits while striking out two and walking none.
On the other side, Angels starter C.J. Wilson was on his game. Brett Gardner had two of the four hits against Wilson, including an infield single. The only Yankees run came in Wilson’s last inning of work. With one out in the sixth inning, Derek Jeter would single to right field and Beltran would hit a double to left field to put two in scoring position. Alfonso Soriano would hit a deep fly ball to center and that scored Jeter.
Bruce Billings would make his Yankees debut in mop-up duty. In four innings, Billings allowed four runs on four hits, two of which were home runs, and one walk while striking out seven. This was the fourth game that the Yankees allowed double-digit runs this season and to no surprise, they are all losing efforts.
Win – C.J. Wilson (3-2)
Loss – Hiroki Kuroda (2-2)
*Erick Aybar – 4 for 5, 4 R, 2B, 3-Run Home Run (1) in the 7th, 3 RBI (11)
*Hank Conger – 3 for 5, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI (6)
*Brett Gardner – 2 for 4
*Derek Jeter – 1 for 2, R
Current Yankees Record: 13-10