It wasn’t a perfect day — Jameson Taillon fell six outs short of that — but it was pretty satisfying.
The Yankees’ long Thursday included a beat-down, a brush with history, dominant starting pitching and some dramatics.
Most importantly, the end result was two wins, 6-1 and 2-1, over the Angels in a split-admission doubleheader in The Bronx as the Yankees (36-15), who have the best record in baseball, swept a three-game series in impressive fashion.
Pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo’s two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning of Game 2, after the Yankees had gone 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, made a winner out of Taillon, who pitched seven perfect innings before finally allowing a hit, and then a run, in the eighth.
“I was fired up,” Taillon said. “It just felt like one of those nights where we were going to make it happen.”