Angels go from hero to zero in a matter of hitters

Updated: June 6, 2016

Shoemaker and the Angels faced off against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees today in the house that Ruth built. Two teams thats record indicates that they have struggled thus far during the season. The Yankees are stacked with multiple players who should be enshrined in Cooperstown eventually in Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, and the  former Angel Mark Teixeira.

The Angels would get on the board in the first inning with a leadoff single by Yunel Escobar who was moved to second on a flyout by Calhoun and later scored on an Albert Pujols single. They would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Shoemaker gave up a leadoff single also to Jacoby Ellsbury who was later thrown out by rookie Jett Bandy trying to swipe second base. Girardi would challenge this play but there was not a good enough angle to overturn the call. The bombers would go down quietly. In the top of the third Gregorio Petit would start off the inning with a ground rule double into Monument Park. Escobar would than sacrifice bunt him over to third base and than score on a Kole Calhoun sacrifice fly. Mike Trout would than earn a two out walk and steal second on a play that definitely would have been reviewed…and probably overturned had the Yankees not used their challenge in the first inning on the Ellsbury stolen base. Tanaka then walked Albert with an open base but it would not matter as CJ struck looking to end the inning. The Michiganese righty would set down the Yankees in order in the third with a strikeout to the former Padres star Chase Headley.

The game would remain knotted at 2-0 into the sixth inning when CJ and Albert get back to back one out singles but this rally was squashed with a fly out from Johnny G and a groundout to Didi Gregorious to end the inning. Shoemaker did a great job pitching economically to this Angels lineup. The Yankees first runner in scoring position would reach courtesy of a two out double fro the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury. Next up Gardner would ground out to Cron to end the sixth. We have a pitchers duel here in New York between Shoemaker and Tanaka. Gregorio Petit would pick up his second hit of the game in the seventh but would get out on a double play ball put into play by Yunel Escobar. Petit was originally called safe but Girardi requested a Crew Chief review since he is out of challenges which he was granted. The result of this review is the call getting overturned. Inning over. The Yankees would tie up the game on the only two mistakes Shoemaker made the whole night giving up back to back home runs to All Stars Brian McCann and Starlin Castro. 2-2 Tie. Shoe would eventually get Gregorious to ground out to end the inning. Folks, we have got a brand new ballgame.

Tanaka’s night was over after seven innings. The lefty portion of the Yankees three headed monster Andrew Miller, the former first round pick of the Tigers would strike out the side getting Calhoun, Trout, and Pujols to grab some pine. Shoemaker would come back out in the eighth inning getting Headley to strike out swinging. Still only at eighty three pitches through with and one third. Shoe would get SoCal native native Aaron Hicks to ground out;

Shoemaker beating Hicks to the bag which is no small accomplishment. Ellsbury would than get his third hit of the game with a single in front of the right fielder Calhoun. Shoemaker was adamant about trying to pick off the Oregon State Beaver, Ellsbury at first base. But he would not pick off Ellsbury and Jacoby would advance to third on a single by Gardner. This would be the kick out the door for Shoe who has not walked a batter in his previous seven starts! Long live the maker of shoes! Jose Alvarez would come in to face Carlos Beltran with runners at the corners and two outs. This questionable pitching move by Scioscia resulted in Beltran getting a “Yankee Stadium home run” which would have been a fly out to left in Angel Stadium. A sweet play by Johnny G  ended the inning but the damage as they say, was done. 5-2 Yankees.

The Cuban missile, Aroldis Chapman would come into the game to try and close it out for the evil empire. For those of you that do not know, Chapman has the record for the fastest pitch in Major League Baseball history. Chapman blew Cron by with a deadly slider. A great play on a popup in foul ground by Chris Parmalee would retire the “G-man”. Jefry Marte would pinch hit for Rafael Ortega and proceed to popup on the first base side to end the game. The man who has the highest strike out per nine ratio in MLB history gets the save.

W-Andrew Miller 3-0 1.09 ERA

L-Matt Shoemaker 3-7 5.40 ERA

SV-Aroldis Chapman 10 Saves 2.08 ERA

Tomorrow will be the second game of the series which will feature David Huff making his season debut against Michael Pineda. 4:05 PT Game start time.


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