Quinlan's Single Lifts Halos to Finale Win Over Yankees

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2008

The New York Yankees lost the final game of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday afternoon by a score of 4-2.

Andy Pettitte started for New York. He went 4.2 innings, gave up four earned runs on nine hits, walked one, and struck out five.

Dustin Moseley started for the Angels in place of Jered Weaver, who was scratched due to an injured pitching arm. He went five innings, gave up two earned runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out six.

The Yankees drew first blood in the top of the first. Jason Giambi hit an RBI single to score Derek Jeter, and Bobby Abreu scored from third base on a Moseley balk, and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.

The Halos got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first. Juan Rivera grounded out to short, but Garret Anderson crossed the plate, making the score 2-1.

The Angels took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two out, Robb Quinlan hit a single to score Gary Matthews, Jr. and Anderson, and on a throwing error by Xavier Nady, Vladimir Guerrero scored, giving the Halos a 4-2 edge.

The Angels' bullpen built a nice bridge to Francisco Rodriguez, as Kevin Jepsen, Jose Arredondo, and Scot Shields, pitched a combined three innings, and gave up no runs on no hits, walked one, and struck out five.

Rodriguez came on to close the game out in the ninth. With the tying run on first base, He struck Hideki Matsui out looking to end the game and give the Angels a series win over the Yankees.

Moseley gets the win and moves up to 2-4.

Pettitte gets the loss and is now at a surprising 13-13.

Jepsen, Arredondo, and Shields each recorded and hold, and Rodriguez notched his 56th save this season. He needs only one more save to tie Bobby Thigpen for the all-time, single-season save record.

"I thought he battled all day, his location wasn't as good as it's been. Andy's a pitcher that relies on defense, and he wasn't locating as well as he has been," said Joe Girardi about Pettitte to the media after the game. "It's not like he's getting hammered, he just lost it in the fifth."

Since the All Star break, opponents are batting .305 against Pettitte.

"It's extremely frustrating, no doubt. I needed one pitch to get him (Quinlan) out, but he got to me. I'm getting worn out pretty quickly, and I'm just not getting the job done, that's all there is to it," said Pettitte to Kim Jones of the YES Network after the game.

"I feel decent mechanically and physically, but it's just been rough, I hate it. It's the same old story these last four games," Pettitte added.

The Yankees went 5-5 on the 10 game road trip, will have an off-day tomorrow, travel back to the east coast, and open up a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

This will also be the final home-stand for the Yankees in their current Stadium. Expect emotions to run high at the conclusion of the 10 game home-stand on Sep. 21.

On Friday night at 7:05 ET, Sidney Ponson (8-5, 5.10 ERA) will go up against James Shields (12-8, 3.64 ERA).