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New York Yankees Reaction: Offensive Eruption Paves Way To Series Win (Highlights)

The New York Yankees topped the Los Angeles Angels for a third straight night behind a potent and powerful offensive attack.

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  • New York Yankees: 12 (29-30)
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An early back and forth battle between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels ended in favor of the pinstripes thanks to a late eruption.

Five lead changes highlighted a game which had no shortage of offense. The Yanks picked up two in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth, four in a significant sixth, and four in the seventh.

The Bombers got five hits, six runs, and three RBIs out of their table setters in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, two long balls from recent call-up Chris Parmelee, and another monster performance from Carlos Beltran.

The hitting displays of Parmelee and Beltran ultimately distinguished the Yanks late. In the sixth inning, the first baseman tied things up with a second deck blast, Beltran catapulted the team ahead with a double, and Brian McCann added insurance with a two-run single.

Ultimate insurance, however, was provided in the seventh when Parmelee and Beltran both blasted two-run shots to put the icing on the cake.

Nathan Eovaldi struggled for a second consecutive outing, allowing the Halos to hang around and leaving the Yankees in a 5-4 hole. He surrendered 10 hits and five earned runs over five and a third subpar innings. However, he was fortunate to be let off the hook just as he was in Baltimore.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both drove in runs for the Angels, and Gregorio Petit and Jefry Marte each went deep to help Mike Scioscia’s team build up a lead they would later relinquish.

The early runs that kept the Angels in the ballgame were not present once Eovaldi departed. Anthony Swarzak shut down the Halos over an inning and two-thirds, Kirby Yates hurled a scoreless eighth, and Nick Goody recorded the final three outs despite a Mike Trout monster home run.

Jered Weaver was charged with the loss as the crafty right-hander allowed nine hits and six earned runs over five and a third innings. His woes at the new Yankee Stadium continued to haunt him tonight.

In the victory, the Yanks tied their season-high with 17 hits (4/6 vs. Houston) and also reached their second highest run output.

Chicken Parm You Hit So Good

A phrase initially coined by ex-Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was playfully twisted by Yankee broadcaster Michael Kay to describe Chris Parmelee’s brilliant night.

The first baseman, who previously had failed tenures with the Twins and Orioles, launched two home runs to help lead the offensive barrage. His stroke from the left-handed side is tailor-made for Yankee Stadium, and he made a justified case for future at-bats with the performance.

Who’s On First?

Although Parmelee made a case for everday duties with tonight’s showing, there is a potential first base candidate that is not currently on the 25-man big league roster.

Gary Sanchez, a catcher by trade, was reportedly spotted taking grounders at first down in Triple-A Scranton with a brace to aid a broken right thumb he sustained two weeks back. Given that he becomes comfortable with the position, he can certainly see some time at the big league level when at full health.

The Yanks have desperately been trying to find big league at-bats for the 23-year-old, and now they potentially have an opportunity to do so. At the Triple-A level, Sanchez was slashing .290/.333/.529 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 34 games before being sidelined.

Dark thoughts must be riding through the mind of Rob Refsnyder, whose one day off allowed many new options to surface.

Carlos Beltran Is Relentless

With another tremendous night at the dish in which he collected three hits, homered, and drove in three runs, Carlos Beltran has his average up to .281 with 16 homers and 41 RBIs.

He now ranks third in the American League in round-trippers and is making himself a shoe-in for an all-star bid. In addition, he probably does not want the Angels to leave town. Three home runs and timely hit after timely hit has been the name of the game for Beltran in this nearly completed four game set.

At this rate, Beltran will have a final line of 44 home runs and and 112 RBIs in his age 39 season and contract year. Not too shabby.

The Good-Old ‘CI’

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury appeared to have lined out to end the inning. However, it was another catcher’s interference. He waited for the ball to get deep in the zone, or too deep, yet again and struck Carlos Perez’s glove.

Ellsbury reaching opened an opportunity for Brett Gardner, who proceeded to single in the tying run at the time.

The catcher’s interference was Ellsbury’s sixth, yes sixth, of 2016, which is two shy of the major league record for a single season. With that being said, keep in mind that it is only June 8. How unique is that?

What’s next?

The Yankees will look to sweep the four game set tomorrow evening and get back to .500 when they battle the Angels in the series finale.

Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.41 ERA) will be on the mound for New York opposing Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 4.50 ERA). Nova is coming off a start in Baltimore where he was brilliant for six innings before unraveling in the seventh. The right-hander ended up surrendering five earned runs when it was all said and done, but picked up the win nevertheless.

Chacin did not factor in the decision his last time out in Pittsburgh, allowing three earned runs over five innings of work. Since being acquired by the Halos, he has pitched to a 3.73 ERA over five starts and has a dominant 10 strikeout complete game sprinkled in there against Detroit back on May 30.

First pitch will commence at 7:05 pm ET from the Bronx. The game can be seen on the YES Network and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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