The Yankees and the Angels are likely to be seeing one another down the stretch in the post season. A place, over the years, that the Angels have surely been the dominant team.
The make-up game gave the Bombers an opportunity to send a message that the big, bad Angels were not going to scare the Yankees anymore.
The game went down to the wire. In the eighth our hero, Phil Hughes, had to get three outs was his most unsettling performance to date. Hughes is vital to the team’s future success and he remained confident.
Posada seemed to want Hughes to only throw his fastball which overall is smarter then a curve ball. Made me think that maybe would have thrown the batters to swing and miss. With a younger arm in Phil, his curve would have to be perfect or it would result in a bomb giving the Angels a lead.
The defense did their job in helping Hughes with some beneficial plays. One run did score to tie the game but overall a good outing for young Phil. He faced the best of the Angel line-up in our friend Bobby Abreau, the fastball assaulting Vladimir Guerrero together with Tori Hunter who is one of the best.
Giradi made a smart move having Gardner pinch-run for Tex in the bottom of the eighth. On a double rob to third, Gardner scored on a throwing error to secure a W.
Joba pitched well throwing 41 of 67 for strikes. Swish smashed his 27th homer and Tex went 3-4 to send the Angels back home not as tough as when they arrived.