Six walks in the eighth sends Yanks to 4-1 loss against Angels

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David Phelps pitched a very good game and Adam Warren kept the train going–but SIX walks in the eighth inning by Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton and Preston Claiborne sent the Yankees to a 4-1 loss against the L.A. Angels at Angels Stadium of Anaheim in California.

David Phelps started the game for the Yankees, going 5.1 innings, giving up one run on three strikeouts and one walk. Adam Warren followed Phelps with 1.2 innings of no run ball and only allowing one hit. In the eighth inning that was when the game got ugly. Shawn Kelley started the inning, but he walked four batters, allowing three runs. Kelley was later ejected—after he was out of the game—we’ll get to that later. Anyway, Matt Thornton gave up a walk and Preston Claiborne gave up a walk, but he was able to end the inning.

The Yankees big inning didn’t turn out so big when Brett Gardner struck out with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, but one of the pitches that was called a strike was at Gardner’s ankles. Girardi came out to argue the call, but he was ejected for doing so by home plate umpire Laz Diaz, and Giardi surely gave Diaz his money’s worth. One batter later, Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, effectively ending the inning.

This is the first time this season the Yankees had two ejections in one game, and this is the first time both Kelley and Girardi have been ejected in 2014. This wasn’t the way the Yankees wanted to begin their road trip, that’s for sure.

What’s Next?

— The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound as the Yankees attempt to bounce back and get the victory. C.J. Wilson will take the mound for the Angels with hope of sending the Angels to a series win. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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