Erick Aybar Homers, Tommy Hanson Fans Eight, Howie Kendrick Putting Up MVP Numbers

The pinstripes need to check their bats for holes. The New York Yankees, for a better lack of a term, are absolutely awful right now. Many in the sports world are happy about this due to their hatred for the “Yanks” but it’s becoming a serious issue for New York, as they fell for the fifth day in a row, this time at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, by a final score of 6-2.

In the Yankees last eight games, they’re batting .193 (56-for-290), and have one home run over that same span, which was hit by their star first baseman, Mark Teixeira, who has gone 3-for-31 over those eight games.

The Angels on the other hand, as one of my Twitter followers put it, are “en fuego”… or for those who don’t speak Spanish, “on fire”, after their third win in a row.

I said it last night, and I’ll probably bring it up a few times, but it’s not an Angels recap unless you bring out what Mike Trout did. After a 2-for-5 night last night, Trout split his at bats with one hit out of his two at bats, but obviously he had more than two plate appearances from the leadoff slot. His three walks helped bring him home twice. Trout’s vision has improved (if you could say he’s “improving”), and the three walks today really showed it.

Just in case you didn’t know, Howie Kendrick is batting .336 (second best in American League, fourth in Major League Baseball), and his stats are very, very similar to last year’s Triple Crown winner and Most Valuable Player, Miguel Cabrera.

                            AB         H       SO
Cabrera          260       92       44
Kendrick         259       87       47

Now obviously Kendrick isn’t the player Cabrera is, but he is having a spectacular season, and this series, he’s really showing it. Tonight, Howie went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. The only difference from last night’s game, was that he had an extra hit tonight in the same amount of at bats.

Albert Pujols is starting to show some serious luster in the Angels lineup once again, with another great performance today. Pujols had 2 RBIs today, and is now 5 for 9 on the series, which has progressively raised his season batting average up into the .260 range.

Both players, who seem to be under appreciated, had spectacular afternoons, those being Erick Aybar, and Peter Bourjos. Aybar had a line drive home run in the second inning, helping him on his two-RBI, two-hit night. Peter Bourjos also had a two-hit night, and came home twice over the game.

Tommy Hanson had a special night on the mound, fanning EIGHT Yankees over his 6.1 innings of work, including Jayson Nix and Lyle Overbay (lefty) twice, and Thomas Neal three times! Hanson threw 84 pitches, five that were hit, and four that missed the zone for a walk.

Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:

Yankees, 2     Angels, 6

W – Tommy Hanson (4-2, 3.94)

L – David Phelps (4-4, 4.08)

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