Anaheim Stadium continues to be the source of the Yankees’ woes as they lost their 18th game in the past four seasons there last night behind stellar 9-inning pitching by the Angels starter, Joe Saunders.
Saunders pitched into the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels prevented New York from wrapping up a playoff spot, winning 5-2 in a matchup of division leaders.
The Yankees, who have dropped six of 10, could have secured a postseason spot with a win or a Texas loss at Oakland. The Rangers beat the Athletics 10-3.
The Yankees are headed the wrong way. The Angels are headed the right way. They’ve won two in a row, four of five and remained a season-best 7½ games ahead of Texas. They moved within 4½ games of New York in the race for the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Fortunately for the Yankees, they stayed five games ahead of Boston in the AL East because the Red Sox blew a pair of six-run leads in a 12-9 loss at Kansas City.
Alex Rodriguez homered leading off the seventh.
Hideki Matsui added another solo in the eighth. It was his first career pinch-hit homer.
Pettitte (13-7) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings while losing for the first time in 10 starts. He looked decent enough to reduce concerns about his shoulder.
Chad Gaudin takes the mound tonight against Ervin Santana at 10:05. I hate west coast games. Too late for me.