Patrick Sandoval didn’t want to come out of the game. In the zone and motivated by Griffin Canning’s 120-pitch outing the night before, Sandoval convinced Angels manager Phil Nevin to let him go back out for the eighth inning.
“I had in my mind to take him out,” Nevin said. “I liked what he said.”
“I got [the eight-hole hitter up first], let me get out there,” Sandoval recalled saying to Nevin. “He was like ‘I’m gonna take you out if you get a runner on.’ I was like ‘OK, deal’ and he let me go.”
The Angels clinched a series win against the New York Yankees, Sandoval collecting it in the 5-1 victory Tuesday at Angel Stadium. It was the first series win for the Angels since June 16-18 against Kansas City, and they returned to .500 at 48-48.
Sandoval pitched 7⅓ innings, holding the Yankees to one run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven.
“He was dominating us for one,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He was good. He was definitely sharp. But we gotta do better.”
Mickey Moniak got the Angels on the board first with a two-run home run that scored Zach Neto in the first inning. It was enough run support thanks to Sandoval and relievers Jacob Webb and Carlos Estévez.
Gleyber Torres got a solo home run off of Sandoval in the third. But the Angels got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Yankees starter Domingo Germán walked the bases loaded, and a wild pitch to Taylor Ward allowed Michael Stefanic to score.
Shohei Ohtani tripled in a run in the fifth and Moniak singled him in.
“Sandy was lights out. Turns out that’s all we needed,” Moniak said. “But to be able to [hit the home run] in the first inning, kind of get some momentum going, it’s definitely huge for the club.”