The last time the Yankees swept the Angels in Anaheim is July 29-31, 2003. And the last day of that series, they picked up a certain player who would carve his way into Yankee lore in October and now as their manager. And now, nearly 15 years later, the Yankees swept the Angels again. But no major trade. It’s a big enough series on its own as the Yankees continue their big streak so early in the season.
CC Sabathia got the start in the final game in California, throwing 97 pitches in his 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, a walk, and a run, and striking out 4 batters. He didn’t allow much in this outing and no runs at all until the 6th inning. With 1 out, he gave up 2 consecutive singles to put runners on the corners, and a wild pitch moved the runners up, scoring the Angels’ lone run of the evening.
Chad Green came on for the 8th inning and got into and out of his own jam and kept the Angels to that lone run. Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk but then powered through and got the save on a stellar strikeout.
The Yankee offense was rather quiet in comparison to last night’s big game. The Angels’ pitchers held them to a lone inning of any impact. In the 4th, with 1 out, Stanton doubled and then scored as part of Gary Sanchez’s solid 2-run home run to the left field seats. Actually, the Yankees only got 4 total hits (and 3 walks) all night.
Final score: 2-1 Yankees, Yankees sweep Angels 3-0
Next up: the Yankees hop a plane and head to Houston. They face the Astros for a 4-game series starting Monday. Yes, the Yankees are set to faced last year’s Champions, who are actually about even with the Yankees in the standings right now.
And if you’re wondering, the Yankees don’t have another West Coast week until the beginning of September, when they’ll face the Athletics and the Mariners. So no NL West Coast opponents this season. The craziness of the schedule is that you never really know how things will work out. Most of how things shake out for the postseason is due to the schedule, but every year, there’s no real way to predict when which team’s going to be hot and when they play a team is on a slump.