Angels beat New York Yankees, 2-1
KEY MOMENT: Albert Pujols slammed Ivan Nova’s first pitch of the sixth inning over the center-field wall for his American League-leading 24th homer of the season and a 1-1 tie. Two pitches later, Erick Aybar drove his second homer of the season over the center-field wall for a 2-1 lead, and the Angels held on for their fifth win in six games.
AT THE PLATE: Pujols had 13 homers in June, tying a club record for homers in any month with Mo Vaughn (May 2000) and Tim Salmon (June 1996). The homer was also the 1,132nd extra-base hit of Pujols’ career, moving him past Tris Speaker for 13th place on baseball’s all-time list. Aybar also doubled in the eighth, Mike Trout had two hits, and Matt Joyce had two solid hits, a second-inning single to right and a sixth-inning double to right, to raise his average to .190. The Angels won despite going 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Andrew Heaney, who gave up one run in six innings of his Angels debut last Wednesday, was superb again, allowing one run and two hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two for his first big league win. His only blemish was Mark Teixeira’s solo homer to center in the second. Joe Smith and Huston Street both pitched for the fourth consecutive day, Smith throwing a hitless eighth for his AL-leading 22nd hold, and Street striking out two in the ninth for his 23rd save this season and 298th of his career.
IN THE FIELD: The Angels, according to Baseball Prospectus, are tied for second in the major leagues in defensive efficiency, the rate at which balls in play are converted into outs, and they did a good job of that again Tuesday night, turning double plays in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The seventh-inning play went 1-5-6-3, with Brian McCann’s soft liner caroming off Heaney’s glove to third baseman David Freese, who was shifted toward shortstop. Freese fielded the ball and flipped to Aybar, who threw to first.
EXTRA BASES: Mike Scioscia tied Davey Johnson for 28th place on baseball’s all-time managerial wins list with 1,371 wins. Next up, in 28th place, is Wilbert Robertson, who has 1,399 wins.
UP NEXT: Right-hander Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03 ERA) will oppose New York Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (7-2, 4.81 ERA) at Angel Stadium on Wednesday at 4 p.m. On the air: TV: FS West, ESPN; Radio: 830, 1330.
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