By Pete Zarustica
Jhoulys Chacin has not exactly been the stopper for the injury-ravaged pitching rotation of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. But he certainly looked the part for at least one afternoon Sunday as the Halos edged the New York Yankees 2-0 at the Big A.
Chacin (4-8) worked 5.2 innings, yielding six hits, no runs and walking just one batter. He struck out four batters and handed the ball off to a bullpen with gave up just two base runners en route to shutting down the visitors the rest of the way.
“I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to throw strikes,” said Chacin. “I executed good pitches today.”
The Angels (now 52-72) got just enough offense this time, from Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols. Simmons drove in Pujols with singles twice, once in the first and once in the eighth. Between the two of them, they were 5-for-8, scoring and driving in all the Angel runs.
Even more noteworthy, Simmons – now hitting .272 – did his hitting in the clutch, with two outs in each RBI situation.
Chad Green (2-3) pitched well for the Yankees, being touched for five hits and just one run in six innings. He struck out five batters and walked one.
The Angels will have Monday off and travel to Toronto to start a series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday.