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Yankees 6, Angels 5: Three Up, Three Down

9/11/2011

ANAHEIM -- It might prove to be the costliest mistake of the season. Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos dropped a Mark Teixeira fly ball that allowed the winning run to score in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees.

Bourjos' three-base error in the seventh inning dropped the Angels to 2 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West with 16 games remaining, the next 10 on the road.

The Good:

Bourjos' bat. One of the reasons the Angels have shown surprising power since the start of August is that Bourjos and Howie Kendrick have been supplying some of it. Bourjos' main attribute is his speed, but he's shown more than a modicum of power. He hit his 11th home run, a high, hooking shot to left field to give the Angels a 5-2 lead in the fourth. Kendrick hit his 16th in the first, building on a new career high.

Dink doctors. The Angels can hurt you with the long ball, but they're more likely to do it quietly. They had three infield hits, one of which resulted in a run, within the first three innings and four overall Sunday. That's been a season-long trend. The Angels lead the majors with 155 infield hits. They tap it and run and it often works.

Downs dealing. Scott Downs has been one of the best below-the-radar pickups in the majors this season. Angels fans must think so. In 26 outings at Angel Stadium, he has yet to give up a run. The veteran lefty was on the mound when the Yankees scored the winning runs, but he was far from culpable, nearly getting out of a two-on, nobody-out jam.

The Bad:

Bourjos' glove. He's been virtually flawless in center field, but Bourjos picked a bad time for a mistake. He had tracked down Mark Teixeira's deep drive at the warning track -- in fact he was camped under it -- but he took his eye off it at the last second and it bounced out of his glove for a three-base error that accounted for the winning run.

Faulty clutch. One of the reasons the Angels have made up ground in the past four weeks is their clutch hitting had picked up the pace. Entering Sunday, the Angels were hitting .369 with runners in scoring position and were 4-for-10 with the bases loaded. Not so much Sunday. They couldn't quite maximize their chances against Freddy Garcia, largely because they were 0-for-7 with RISP and 0-for-2 with the bases loaded.

Costly at-bats included: Bobby Abreu's third-inning strikeout with one out and a runner at third, Mark Trumbo's bases-loaded infield pop-up in the fifth and Torii Hunter's strikeout with a runner at third and one out in the seventh.

Not Ervin's best. It felt like Ervin Santana was trying to hold back a wall of pent-up aggression from a Yankees lineup that had been held down for two straight games by Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. He wasn't quite good to the task. Santana had solid stuff judging by eight strikeouts, but he gave up hits at key times and the result was his worst outing since May 30. That tells you how good he had been.