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New York Yankees Reaction: Bombers Sweep Angels; Back To .500

The New York Yankees are confident back into relevancy following a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

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Oh, how sweep it is to see the New York Yankees back at .500 after taking all four games from the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. The latter was a 6-3 victory fueled by yet another offensive explosion on Thursday night.

This is the first time since May 24 the Bombers have the same amount of wins as losses and even though they find themselves in fourth in the American League East, this 2016 season is still salvageable despite being in an deep hole.

The Yankees got on the board while trailing 1-0 thanks to Chris Parmelee’s fourth RBI in two games which was a single to left field that scored Didi Gregorius.

That would just be the beginning for what would be a five run outburst for New York. Later that inning, Carlos Beltran remained hot by ripping double number 14 on the year to score Parmelee and Jacoby Ellsbury while extending the Yankee lead to two.

That also marked the fourth game in a row in which Beltran had a multi-RBI game. Additionally, the 39-year old maintained a .467 batting average along with three home runs and ten RBI. 

After a sac-fly by Alex Rodriguez to make the score 4-1 Yankees, Brian McCann got in on the hitting parade by knocking in Beltran on an RBI double to extend New York’s lead to 5-1.

That seemed to be all Ivan Nova (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 K’s) needed to win his fifth outing of the season. After being announced as the team’s long man out of Spring Training and shifting to the rotation, “Super Nova’s” ERA has dropped from 7.20 on April 13 to 4.39 following career win number 51.

Nova handed the ball of to Dellin Betances after surrendering a two-run home run to Jefry Marte which is all you have to do as a New York Yankees starting pitcher to almost guarantee your team a victory.

Betanes pitched a perfect seventh followed by two strikeouts by Andrew Miller in the eighth. Then, the flamethrower Aroldis Chapman came on to secure the Yankees fourth win in a row and save number 11 for the lefty.

Play Of The Day: 

There are very few shortstops in the league that can make the plays that Didi makes. In the top of the sixth inning, Kole Calhoun grounded one to the Yankees’ shortstop who had to fully extend to his right in order to firmly grasp the ground ball. 

Gregorius did, in fact, make the play then in one motion fired to Starlin Castro at second to nab Yunel Escobar at second for the force out.

Oh No… Not Again:

Following a day in which he clobbered two home runs, Chris Parmelee’s chances at maintaining the position just took a major blow as he hurt his right groin while stretching to catch a throw from Gregorius.

Manager Joe Girardi said he’d be shocked to see the first baseman that was such a splendid surprise not hit the disabled list. Stay tuned to ESNY for the latest as a roster move seems inevitable.

What’s Next:

The Yankees’ homestand will continue on Friday night as they welcome in the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set in the Bronx. New York will send CC Sabathia to the mound as the Tigers counter with Mike Pelfrey.

In four starts since Sabathia’s return from the disabled list, the big lefty has a 1.13 ERA and has lowered his season ERA from 3.41 to 2.58 in that span.

Pelfrey was experiencing a losing streak in a Tigers uniform, but ended it last Saturday with six innings of two-run ball against the Chicago White Sox in Detroit. The former New York Met is 0-2 in three starts at Yankee Stadium.

First pitch will come your way at 7:05 PM ET with complete coverage beginning on YES at six. Want even more coverage? Tune to ESNY tomorrow morning as we will bring you everything you need to know prior to first pitch on Friday night.

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