Yankees Down Nolasco, as Angels will try to avoid sweep tomorrow

Updated: August 20, 2016

A sunny Anaheim Saturday night was the setting for this match up between the Angels and New York Yankees. Ricky Nolasco would get the start for the Angels while Luis Cessa would get the nod for the Yankees(Cessa’s first career start).

Nolasco has not impressed thus far into his Angels tenure struggling through the vast majority of his starts. The Bronx Bombers have typically dominated the Angels in their history of match ups whether in the regular season or post season. Another special event in tonights’ game would be the return of CJ Cron who missed time while on the disabled list.

The first inning would be a little rocky for the Halos with the rookie catcher for the Yankees, Gary Sanchez  hitting a home run on a HANGING curveball. A few batters later the Yankees veteran Brian McCann knocked in the middle infielders Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro which put the Yankees ahead 3-0.

The Angels remained hitless into the third inning until Gregorio Petit and Kole Calhoun earned back to back two out singles but would fail to be score. Nolasco would go into shutdown mode after the first inning and held the Yanks’ at three runs into the sixth inning. The Halos offense continued to falter and failed to score throughout the first five innings.

The Yankees threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning with Starlin Castro and McCann both picking up their second hits of the game with two outs. The Yankees added two more runs courtesy of a two run RBI by Aaron Judge. Somewhat surprisingly Ricky Nolasco would come out to face the first batter of the seventh inning before being lifted for Jose Alvarez Alvarez retired Gardner and Ellsbury without a problem. 5-0 Yankees through 7 1/2.

Jefry Marte lead off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to left field.Brett Gardner made one of the best plays ever made in the history of left field in Anaheim. He robbed Cron of an absolute bomb! The Angels were still scoreless heading into the eighth inning. JC Ramirez came into the game to start off the eighth inning for Mike Scioscia’s club. Ramirez would retire the side in order picking up two strikeouts keeping the Yankees in check.

The Angels went down scoreless in the eighth inning also even with Kole Calhoun picking up a two out walk. Off to the ninth!Jose Valdez from the Angels’ ‘penn would come in to pitch the ninth inning. Valdez retired the side without any runs crossing the plate. To close out the game, the Yankees called on the six-foot eight inch closer Dellin Betances who is arguable the best reliever in baseball. Albert Pujols crushed a baseball to left field good for a home run! 5-1 Halos. The Angels were unable to make a comeback in the ninth just like the night before. The Yankees defeated the Angels for the second day in a row.

Other Notes- 2002 World Series champion Garret Anderson was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame before the game. Anderson will be the subject of the next installment of player profiles by Halo Headquarters.

Tomorrow the Angels will try to salvage at least one win in this three game set between the Halos and Yankees. 12:35 start.

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