Beltran helps Yankees complete sweep of Angels
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[June 10, 2016]
NEW YORK -- The way things are
going for Carlos Beltran, he could probably handle first base if
The New York Yankees might not need Beltran to get a first
baseman's mitt, but they hope his bat continues delivering clutch
Beltran capped an impressive four-game series against the Los
Angeles Angels with a tiebreaking two-run double in a five-run fifth
inning Thursday, but New York's 6-3 victory was marred by a
hamstring injury to first baseman Chris Parmelee.
"Honestly, I feel good at the plate," Beltran said. "I want to
contribute. I want to help the team but right now what is important
is winning ballgames."
Beltran drove in 10 of New York's 29 runs. He hit a three-run home
run Monday, added a two-run home run Tuesday and produced three runs
Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Beltran is the
first Yankee to have at least two RBIs in each game of a four-game
series since Chris Chambliss Aug 12-14, 1977 against the Angels.
"I'm getting good pitches to hit and good thing that I'm not missing
them," Beltran said. "
Beltran's latest hit snapped a 1-1 tie and would have cleared the
bases if the ball did not hop over the right field wall after
landing just fair. It occurred just shortly after Parmelee began New
York's five-run inning and before Alex Rodriguez lifted a sacrifice
fly and Brian McCann added an RBI double for a 5-1 lead.
"That's great. To have a guy in the middle lineup (hitting like
that), we got a lot of chances to win games," shortstop Starlin
The Yankees (30-30) won their fourth in a row to reach .500 for the
second time but in the seventh inning Parmelee became the fourth
Yankee first baseman to get injured, joining Greg Bird (shoulder),
Mark Teixeira (knee) and Dustin Ackley (shoulder).
"I haven't counted how many injuries we've had at first base,"
Beltran said. "But as a teammate you feel bad seeing one of the guys
going down like that."
He was injured when he stretched to catch shortstop Didi Gregorius'
throw for the final out of the seventh. Parmelee immediately fell to
the ground, was helped off the field. The Yankees said he has an
injured right hamstring and is likely headed for the disabled list.
"I don't know if I've ever seen that happen before," Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said. "So I was a little bit in shock for me when I saw
After Parmelee was injured, Rodriguez added an RBI double in the
eighth and Aroldis Chapman closed out New York's first four-game
sweep over the Angels since 1994 by getting his 11th save.
C.J. Cron had an RBI single and Jeffry Marte hit a pinch hit two-run
home run into the second deck in left field for the Angels. Los
Angeles was swept for the fifth time this season, first time in a
four-game series at New York since 1993 and lost for the ninth
straight time at Yankee Stadium.
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Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) hits a two-RBI double
during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee
Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
"We're just, right now, not winning enough situations on the field,"
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "And there's some tangible
reasons why and there's some things that we hope we can do better
and that's what we're going to focus on."
New York's Ivan Nova allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3
innings. He exited to applause after allowing Marte's home run and
Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined on 1 2/3 scoreless
Angels right-hander Jhoulys Chacin allowed five runs and seven hits
in 5 1/3 innings and Scoscia said he lost his release point in the
fifth. Before the Yankees batted around in the fifth, Chacin had
retired nine in a row and had a 1-0 lead on Cron's fourth-inning
"You're throwing well and then in one inning you just can't throw
the ball where you want it. It might be that but you just have to
make better pitches, especially in that situation with the game
close," Chacin said. "I can't let it beat me right there. I have to
make good pitches... I can't let that five run inning happen,
especially with the bad series we had."
NOTES: The Angels activated RHP Cory Rasmus from the disabled list
after he had been out since mid-May with a groin injury. ...
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, 1B Chris Parmelee and OF Roger
Maris are the only players to homer twice in their first start for
the Yankees. ... New York LHP Chasen Shreve (left shoulder) threw 25
pitches in a pain-free bullpen session. ... SS Andrelton Simmons
(thumb) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Manager Mike Scioscia said he will play at least two games there
before the Angels decide if he's ready to return. ... Each player
had t-shirts with the phrase "No Runs DMC" in reference to the
Yankees' late-inning relief trio of RHP Dellin Betances, LHPs Andrew
Miller and Aroldis Chapman. Asked what he thought of the shirts,
manager Joe Girardi said, "I have not seen them. I was told what
they were. It's kind of clever."
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