Fans see promise as Yankees show improvement

Last week in Yankee-land started with Mike Trout, and the Los Angeles Angels coming to town for a four game series. Game one seemed to favor Los Angeles as they were up 2 going into the seventh inning, but three late home runs, including a three run dinger from Carlos Beltran, gave the Yankees the lead in which it was finished off by their bullpen. The Yankees won this one, 5-2.The Yankees came out on top the next game, winning 6-3. The team scored five runs in the first three innings with the help of Carlos Beltran, Rob Refsnyder and others. As for the pitching, Michael Pineda was pretty solid. Despite allowing three runs in the fifth, his stuff was on point, as he only gave up four hits through seven.Game three was all offense. Being a pitcher was a nightmare, as both teams ended up combining for 31 hits and 18 total runs. The game was neck and neck up until the sixth inning where the Yankees would pull away mainly due to two home runs from newly acquired first baseman, Chris Parmelee. The Bombers won by a score of 12-6.The Yankees were able to finish the job and sweep the Angels the next game. Starting pitcher, Ivan Nova was able to get the job done lasting six innings only giving up six hits. The offense was good once again as a five run fifth inning was all that was needed in a 6-3 Yankees victory.After a successful series against Los Angeles the Yankees then went to take on the Detroit Tigers. This time a three game series.Game one featured a very solid outing from C.C. Sabathia. He threw seven shutout innings giving up only five hits. It wasn’t the same for the Tigers, however. Mike Pelfrey’s struggles against New York continued, which helped the Yankees win 4-0.The Yankees’ winning streak was snapped the next night, with them losing 6-1. Tigers second baseman, Ian Kinsler had himself a day at the plate, getting five of his team’s six RBIs. The pitching simply wasn’t there that night resulting in a Yankees loss.After the Bombers defeated the Clippers in the 70th annual Old-Timers’ Day, the Yankees went on in efforts to capture the rubber match. Tigers starting pitcher, Michael Fulmer, continued his impressive rookie campaign, only allowing two hits through six shutout innings. Michael Pineda, was good but not great, allowing two runs through six, as well as getting eight strikeouts. The Tigers were victorious, 4-1. Batter of the Week: Carlos BeltranGM – 7AVG – .346AB – 26H – 9BB – 3HR – 3RBI – 11Pitcher of the Week: C.C. SabathiaGM – 1IP – 7ER – 0K – 4W – 1The Yankees hope to climb back over .500 this week. They will be taking on two teams with worse records in the Colorado Rockies and the Minnesota Twins. The matchup against the Rockies will only be two games, but it will be four games against the Twins, both on the road. A four game series can actually really help the Yankees considering the Twins are the worst team in the American League. Pitching Matchups vs. Colorado:Game #1:Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (2-4)Game #2:Ivan Nova (5-3) vs. Chad Bettis (4-5)Pitching Matchups vs. Minnesota:Game #1:C.C. Sabathia (4-4) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-4)Game #2:Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) vs. Pat Dean (1-2)Game #3:Michael Pineda (3-7) vs. Ricky Nolasco (2-4)Game #4:Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) vs. Ervin Santana (1-6)

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