Murphy has three RBI’s as Yankees beat Angels 4-3

John Ryan Murphy

Although Vidal Nuno seemed to struggle a bit navigating the Los Angeles Angels lineup, John Ryan Murphy was able to keep the Yankees afloat, bringing in three of the four runs as the Yankees beat the Angels 4-3 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Nuno wasn’t as dominant on the mound as he was in his last outing against the Rays but he did a good job keeping the Yankees in the game as he gave up three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings. Dellin Betances came in the game to relieve Nuno, going two scoreless innings (and notching the victory since he was the pitcher of record) while striking out three. Shawn Kelley went an inning and a third on his 30th birthday and although he struggled he was able to retire Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick in a situation where Kelley had almost no command. Matt Thornton relieved Kelley and retired two batters, handing the ball over to closer David Robertson. In Robertson’s first save opportunity in about three weeks, he tightroped in and out of danger, but he was able to strike out Kendrick to end the game.

John Ryan Murphy was the Yankees offense, hitting a two run single off Hector Santiago in the second, scoring Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts. Murphy added the final blow in the fifth inning, hitting his first Major League home run to left center, putting the Yankees ahead 4-3.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound as the Bronx Bombers attempt to take the series from the Angels. Garret Richards will take the mound for the Angels. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m, and the game will air on ESPN.

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2 Responses to Murphy has three RBI’s as Yankees beat Angels 4-3

  1. David K. says:

    Kendrick striking out to end the game was the biggest surprise. The man is the best Yankee killer I've ever seen. Even better against the Yankees than David Ortiz or Evan Longoria. Seems Kendrick goes either 3 for 4 or 4 for 5 in every game against the Yankees. Then he doesn't hit anyone else for two weeks, otherwise how can he only be a .300 hitter? If he hit against everyone else like he hits us, then he'd hit at least .700.

    • For what it's worth, Kendrick doesn't hit the Yankees especially well. In his career he is a .292/.330/.429 hitter, but against the Yankees those numbers drop to .280/.333/.386. Recently he's been on a bit of a hot streak against them, but to call him a Yankee killer is ignoring too much time where he didn't play well against them.

      It's funny how our perception can be colored so heavily be recent events.