Young gets it done for An­gels

He ties score with home run in eighth in­ning, then sin­gles home win­ner in 11th.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Pe­dro Moura

Eric Young Jr. spent much of the last four years try­ing to get back to the big leagues. Home runs were not on his radar. He hit three, to­tal, be­tween 2013 and 2016.

Some­how, in two weeks with the An­gels, the 32-yearold jour­ney­man has man­aged to match that to­tal. His third pro­pelled the team into ex­tra in­nings Tues­day night at An­gel Sta­dium, an eighth-in­ning solo shot that tied the score. The An­gels and New York Yan­kees stayed that way un­til the 11th in­ning, when Young lined the win­ning sin­gle off Ben Heller af­ter two of his team­mates drew walks to give the An­gels a 3-2 vic­tory.

It was a tight game in which each team com­mit­ted one siz­able gaffe to al­low a run.

To be­gin, An­gels starter JC Ramirez struck out Brett Gard­ner, then yielded a sharp sin­gle to Aaron Hicks. Up walked rookie sen­sa­tion

Judge to loud ap­plause. Be­fore he de­liv­ered his sec­ond pitch, Ramirez peeled back for a pick­off at­tempt and caught Hicks of­f­guard.

On a 3-and-2 count, Ramirez spun a 90-mph slider onto the out­side edge of the strike zone. Judge swung and missed, but catcher Martin Mal­don­ado missed it, too, and Judge reached first.

Matt Hol­l­i­day tapped the next pitch to third base, where Yunel Es­co­bar fielded it cleanly but threw the ball into the pho­tog­ra­pher’s well. With run­ners on third and sec­ond, Mal­don­ado vis­ited Ramirez on the mound, and chants of “Let’s go, Yan­kees!” be­came au­di­ble.

Ramirez struck out Star­lin Cas­tro on a far-out slider to end the in­ning. He cruised through the next two in­nings on three ground­outs, a popout, a strike­out, and a deep fly to the cen­ter-field warn­ing track.

In the fourth, the Yan­kees be­gan to strike the ball with force. Judge stroked a line drive to right field, where Kole Cal­houn came in to catch it. Hol­l­i­day lined a ball to An­drel­ton Sim­mons at short­stop. He caught it, too. Cas­tro walked on four pitches be­fore Gary Sanchez grounded out.

In the fifth, Chase Headley shot a ground-rule dou­ble to right and scored on a Gard­ner sin­gle. That tied the score, 1-1. To be­gin the sixth, Ramirez walked Judge af­ter los­ing out a border­line 2-and-2 pitch. He worked around it and re­tired the first man he faced in the sev­enth.

Then, Headley slammed a 435-foot solo shot to right­cen­ter. Ramirez re­mained in the game, push­ing past his ca­reer-high pitch count of 99 all the way to 111. When he walked Hicks, An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia brought in right-han­der Yus­meiro Pe­tit, who struck Judge out on a pitch that ap­peared out­side of the strike zone.

Pe­tit pitched a per­fect eighth. Closer Bud Nor­ris han­dled the ninth, let a man into scor­ing po­si­tion, and bat­tled Gard­ner to 10 pitches be­fore the Yan­kees left fielder lined out to right. Mike Morin pitched the 10th and part of the 11th. He loaded the bases with one out be­fore giv­ing way to rookie Key­nan Mid­dle­ton, who in­duced two quick pop­ups.

In the first in­ning against Yan­kees left-han­der CC Sa­bathia, Cal­houn drew a four-pitch walk and Es­co­bar dou­bled into the left-cen­ter gap. An­gels third-base coach Ron Roenicke sig­naled late to Cal­houn to try for home, and he was thrown out by sev­eral feet.

The An­gels did not score un­til the fourth in­ning, when Chris Carter dropped a rou­tine throw from his short­stop to al­low Sim­mons to reach sec­ond base on a grounder. C.J. Cron soon roped a run­scor­ing sin­gle into left field. Sa­bathia ex­ited af­ter the in­ning, hav­ing strained his left ham­string amid the stress­ful frame.

Be­fore, the An­gels twice be­rated home plate um­pire Rob Drake. Both Danny Espinosa and Al­bert Pu­jols voiced con­cerns to Drake afAaron ter he called them out on border­line strikes. Scios­cia emerged from the dugout when it looked like Espinosa might be ejected, and guided his sec­ond base­man back in­side.

In the mid­dle of the fifth in­ning, Scios­cia talked to Drake, and the um­pire even­tu­ally walked over to the An­gels’ dugout, where he spoke to Pu­jols, an­i­mat­edly, for nearly a minute.

Shortly there­after, Espinosa was again called out on strikes. The count had been 3-and-2, so he flung his bat and headed to first be­fore Drake made his de­ci­sion. Espinosa re­versed course and said noth­ing as he walked off the field.

The An­gels (34-34) are 11-0 on Tues­days in 2017.

Sean M. Haf­fey Getty Images

YAN­KEES SEC­OND BASE­MAN Star­lin Cas­tro ap­plies the tag on An­gels first base­man C.J. Cron on a steal at­tempt in the fourth in­ning.

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