Nelson Rocks Yanks, as Angels Avoid Sweep • Latino Sports


Nelson Rocks Yanks, as Angels Avoid Sweep


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- Los Angeles Angel third baseman Chris Nelson had not hit a single home run all season, but connected twice on Thursday afternoon with a solo-shot in the fourth inning, and a grand slam in the eighth, to help the Angels avoid a four-game sweep in a 8-4 win over the New York Yankees.

“He hurt us bad today,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi.

Nelson, the former Yankee who played 10 games in Pinstripes this season, had the first multi-home run game of his career, and the first grand slam of his career when he took care of a bases loaded situation in the top of the eighth by taking a Boone Logan 81-mph slider to the left-field seats to give Los Angeles a commanding 7-1 lead.

“Everything just fell in place for me,” Nelson said.

“It’s a great day for Chris, both offensively and defensively,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s good to see his bat come alive. He’s got some pop and he hasn’t really shown it this year in the 100 or so at-bats he’s had, but you saw it today and hopefully it’s a sign of more to come.”

For Logan, it was the first grand slam surrendered as a member of the Yankees, and the third of his career, with the first two coming in 2006 and 2007 as relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.

Phil Hughes [4-12] started the contest for the Yankees on the mound, and despite pitching decently [three earned runs in six innings pitched off six hits with five strikeouts] ended up recording a loss for his third straight start and fifth straight decision.

“I thought he threw the ball better today. I thought his command was better today, and he needs to keep improving,” Girardi said.

Hughes, who gave up a home run to Nelson in the fourth inning to right-field, has now given up at least one homer in each of his last six home games.

C.J. Wilson[13-6] picked up the win for L.A., hurling a season-high 124 pitches in 6.2 innings pitched while allowing just one earned run, an RBI-single by Alfonso Soriano that scored Brett Gardner from third base in the bottom of the third inning that tied the score at 1-1.

“It just only matters that I got through it,” Wilson said. “We’ll take any wins we can get right now. I was lucky to give up mostly singles, and that prevented them from having the big innings.”

Trailing 8-1 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Yankees picked up three additional runs before running out of juice. Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano’s RBI-single made it 8-2 L.A., while a two-RBI double into right-field by former Angel Vernon Wells provided the 8-4 final.

Cano, who finished 3-for-5, extended his hitting streak to 10 games, his second such this season, and the 24th time in his career.

Soriano continued his torrid hitting by ending the afternoon having gone 4-for-5 at the plate, while driving in 14 runs in the four-game series against the Angels. Soriano’s 14 RBIs, are the most by any Major Leaguer over a single series set this season, and marks the first time that any Yankee has driven in as many RBIs in a four-game series since Tony Lazzeri did so back in 1936, when he had 16 RBIs against Philadelphia.

With the victory, the Angels [54-66] dispelled a four-game losing streak, winning for just the sixth time in their last 20 ballgames.

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