NY Yankees @ LA Angels of Anaheim Series Recap: Yanks Drop 1st Series of Season.

Game One

LAA: Morales

Yankees 4 Angels 6

W: Rodney L: Chamberlain Sv: Fuentes

The first game of the season was plagued by bad moves made by Joe Girardi, covered in an article by Rob: \”Girardi’s Moves Cost Yankees the Game\”. In the end there were more inconsistencies shown by Joba Chamberlain and a game winning home run by Kendry Morales, who we will see later in the series recap.

Game Two

Andrew Eugene Pettitte

Yankees 7 Angels 1

W: Pettitte L: Pineiro

Game two was,  in his second straight start, the Andy Pettitte show. Andrew Eugene once again gave the Yankees 8 IP and shut down the Angels hitters. Andy didn’t need them, but the hitting looked sharp also Saturday afternoon. Robinson Cano had another great game with a 4-5 day and Brett “The Hitman” Gardner was 3-5 and added his 9th SB of the season. Francisco Cervelli who started at catcher for the 2nd straight game also added 2 RBI also the Yanks made game two look easy.

Game Three

Javier Vazquez

Yankees 4 Angels 8

W: Kazmir L: Vazquez

Well let the Javier Vazquez bashing begin, for the 4th consecutive start. I am not going to justify any of Javy’s starts but I’m also not ready to throw the guy under the bus. He has in two starts been bitten by the Thames bug, that guy really can’t field, and it is still early. I’d like to give him to his 11th start which we be about 1/3 into the season. Javier is still a horse and if he can give us 13 wins I’d take it (our number 4 last season was 9-6 with a 4.75 ERA lets not get greedy people). In my opinion more importantly game three showed some more brain lapse moves by Girardi as he over used the bull pen once again. Alfredo Aceves had only been used once in 8 days, having 15 pitches, but Girardi impatient as always pulled Aceves in favor of Marte who gave up a 3-Run HR to Morales on a 3-0 pitch. Girardi noted from the duggout that Morales would be aggressive, but didn’t decide to walk him. Girardi even said himself after the game it was his mistake. All I ask is for Yankee fans to relax and have a little more patience as the world is not over if Javy isn’t dominant, and now its time to trample Baltimore.

Yankees record through 1st 18 games (2000-2010):

2010: 12-6
**2009: 9-9
2008: 9-9
2007: 8-10
2006: 10-8
2005: 7-11
2004: 8-10
*2003: 15-3
2002: 11-7
*2001: 10-8
**2000: 12-6

Bold = Winning Record

** = Won WS

* = Lost WS

Series Stats/Notes (By: Dan Reiner)
  • Jeter: 4-14, 3 RBI  SB
  • Johnson: 1-4, K (1 for last 23) *Back injury did not play games 2 or 3*
  • Teixeira: 1-11, RBI (.119 season average)
  • Rodriguez: 3-14, RBI
  • Cano: 6-11, HR  3 RBI  5 R
  • Posada: 1-8, HR  2 RBI
  • Granderson: 0-8, 3 BB  2 K
  • Swisher: 3-10, HR  3 RBI
  • Gardner: 4-10, 3 R  SB
  • Cervelli: 1-5, 2 RBI  2 BB
  • Peña: 0-4, K
  • Thames: 1-2, BB  R
  • Burnett (Friday): 6.1 IP  9 H  4 ER  3 K  2 BB
  • Pettitte (Saturday): 8 IP  6 H  1 ER  8 K  0 BB (114 pitches, 75 strikes)
  • Vazquez (Sunday): 3.2 IP  5 H  5 ER  3 K  3 BB 1 HR  (78 pitches) *9.00 season ERA*
  • Chamberlain: 1 IP  3 H  2 ER  1 HR, Loss
  • Marte: 1.2 IP  2 H  3 ER  BB  HR
  • Logan: 1 IP  H  K

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