Following a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night, the New York Yankees found a way to respond positively in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday.
Vidal Nuno took the ball in his second start with the Yankees, his first since replacing Ivan Nova in the rotation, didn't put up as strong of a performance as the team would have liked to seen. Nuno allowed a first-inning home run to Mike Trout that put the Angels up 1-0. In the top of the fourth inning, Nuno allowed an RBI groundout to Erick Aybar that made it 3-2 and an RBI double to Chris Iannetta that made it 3-3.
Nuno only made it through 4.1 innings, allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four and left the game tied at 3-3. Nuno wasn't strong enough to get past the fifth inning and will need to have a better performance if he wants to stick in the Yankees rotation.
The biggest star of the game was Yankees backup catcher John Ryan Murphy, who was starting in place for Brian McCann. Murphy was playing as the catcher due to it being a day game following a night game and giving McCann a rest.
In the bottom of the second inning, Murpy hit a two-run single in the game off Angels starter Hector Santiago to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the fith inning, it was Murphy who made the difference as it was his go-ahead, solo home run that put the Yankees ahead 4-3. That home run was the first of Murphy's career.
Dellin Betances was the first reliever who relieved Nuno and threw two innings of shutout baseball and got three strikeouts in his solid performance. Shawn Kelley, who pitched 1.1 innings without letting up a run. Matt Thornton finished the eighth inning by getting the final out of the inning.
David Robertson picked up his first save since landing on the disabled list in early April, his third save of the year, by striking out two and holding onto the 4-3 win for the Yankees. Betances got the win for the Yankees, his first of the season.
On Sunday, the Yankees will send out Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.15 ERA) to close out the series on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and get the series victory for the Bombers as he will oppose Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.52 ERA.)
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