Sure, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on a Wednesday night, but the real story in La Verne was how the Farm Angels staged a big sixth inning to pull away from the stubborn Yankees 8-4 at a misty Pelota Park.
Entering the sixth and clinging to a 4-3 lead, the Angels indeed saved their best for last. After Sean Jastra grounded out to second, Josh Obregon got aboard on an error. Sam Wolfe singled Obregon home. Another Yankee error let JoJo Garcia get on base. Then Tai Mosley singled and Isaac Stanton doubled, and the Angels had padded their lead to 8-4.
On the mound for the Angels, Wolfe started before handing the ball off to Jastrab. Najee Mosley came in closed out the game.
The Yankees scored their first run in the bottom of the second, with Cody Weber turning a bunt into a triple as he sped around the bases and eventually scored.
The Yankees made it a close game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two more runs, the big hit a triple off the bat of Nick Henderson.
In the fifth, the Yankess threatened again. In the inning, both Andy Berry and Diaz walked and Hunter Flick was hit by the pitch to load the bases against the Angels. With the sacks full, Carly Longo ripped a smash to short, but the Angels managed to get the force at second to stop the damage and escape with the 4-3 lead.
Pitching for the Yankees were Jake Aguirre, Nick Henderson, Miles Noriega and Weber.
Perhaps the most amazing statistic of the night was that the Angels’ Robert Wences was hit by a pitch not once, not twice, but three times in his three at-bats. So he was perfect at the plate, but he had to earn each pass the hard way.
With the win, the Angels remain tied atop the standings at 11 and 2 with one tie.