NYY 6, LA Angels 5

September 12, 2011 – 11:44 am

I for one am calling this a big win. A 5-game losing streak at this point in September would have been a disaster, and for a while that’s exactly where it looked like things were headed. Yes, Boston is playing terribly right now and so in one sense the last four losses haven’t hurt the Yankees. But at the same time they are blowing a great opportunity to put the division championship out of reach. With the last ten games of the season against Tampa Bay (7) and Boston (3), it sure would be nice to have a very comfortable lead going in to that stretch run. That four game lead in the loss column should be at six right now. Hopefully those two missed W’s aren’t going to hurt them before it’s all over.

Even if they do end up running away with the division, it’s starting to look like the internal race for post-season pitching assignments is going to go down to the wire. After Freddy Garcia’s second terrible start in a row, it’s looking like no one really wants the number three starter’s role after CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, who at this point I would think are locks on the first two positions. And Rafael Soriano is certainly doing a good job of pitching himself out of the “seventh inning guy” position.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 6 8 0 11 6
Angels 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 1 5 3
WP: C. Wade (5-0)   LP: E. Santana (11-11)   S: M. Rivera (40)
HR: NYY – C. Granderson, R. Cano, LAA – H. Kendrick, P. Bourjos
LOB: NYY 7, LAA 6   RISP: NYY 1-for-5, LAA 0-for-7

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