(Originally posted for Baseball Digest)
When the Yankees began their series in Anaheim on Friday, they were tied for first place in the AL East. Now as they head into the All-Star break, they are three games behind the Boston Red Sox after getting swept at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. The Yankees lost Sunday’s game by the score of 5-4.
The Yankees had the bases loaded with no outs in the seventh and eighth innings, but they failed to get clutch hits to put them on top.
Down 4-2 in the seventh, Mark Teixeira struck out and Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play to end the threat. And in the next inning, after CC Sabathia allowed the Angels to score another run to make it a 5-2 ballgame, the Yankees came within one run, but Nick Swisher lined back to the pitcher for a double play.
For the third straight game, the Yankees had a lead only to lose it soon after. Derek Jeter drove in a run on the fielder’s choice in the third inning. But Sabathia gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth, including RBI doubles from Bobby Abreu and Howie Kendrick, as well as an RBI from Robb Quinlan and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Brandon Wood.
John Lackey only allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked three. On the other hand, Sabathia gave up five earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, bringing his season ERA to 3.86.
Jeter and Melky Cabrera had two hits apiece, but the nine combined runners left on base by Teixeira and Rodriguez effectively sealed the Yankees’ fate.
After the All-Star break, the Yankees will begin a 10-game homestand with three-games against the Detroit Tigers on July 17th.