No lead is safe in baseball, which doesn’t have a clock like football or basketball. That was proven once again Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Angels built an early 5-0 lead and ended up losing 6-5 to the New York Yankees in Anaheim.
It was the Halos’ ninth loss in 11 games, and at 9-16 they are in last place in the American League West, 6.5 games out of first.
The game was a reverse of what you’d expect. Instead of being humbled by CC Sabathia, the Yankees’ one-time all-star starter, the Angels roughed him up, touching him for six hits and four earned runs over five innings.
Andrelton Simmons (twice) and Kole Calhoun took his pitches deep for home runs and it looked like it might finally be the Angels’ night.
It was not to be. Three Halo “relievers” – who followed a one-inning opening stint by Cam Bedrosian – were tagged for two runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh.
The game-winning play came in the top of the ninth. With two out, Tyler Wade singled, stole second and scored on D.J. Mahieu’s single. The Yankee record improved to 14-10.
On Thursday (today) the Angels will try again with Trevor Cahill (1-2) going against the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) at 6:07 p.m.