The Los Angeles Angels were crushed 10-1 by the New York Yankees in game four tonight and things do not look promising for the Angels, now down 3-1 in the series. The Angels did not get a quality start out of starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, who only lasted four innings. He gave up four runs on four hits and really struggled with his control, walking four batters. The Yankees offense exploded for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings and got five more in the eighth and ninth. The Angels have not been able to stop Alex Rodriguez, who had his third homer tonight in as many games. The Angels got terrible production from their 1-4 hitters tonight, with Chone Figgins, Bobby Abreu, Torrie Hunter, and Vladimir Guerrero going a combined 1-14 tonight. If that continues their season will be over after game five.
The Angels had a big opportunity in the 5th inning to get themselves back in the game, but failed to get much out of it. After Kendry Morales led the inning off with a homer the Angels got a little rally going, but with two men on Bobby Abreu popped out to center on a hanging slider. The Angels had a bad performance by their starting pitcher as well as their bullpen. The offense could only get five hits, while the Yankees offense was able to get 13. So, this was not a good effort by the Angels tonight and it looks like their World Series hopes are floating away. It is now desperation time for the Angels and they will have their ace John Lackey going in game five, and they are still at home so it is not impossible to get themselves back in this series. Lackey had a decent start in game one for the Angels, but errors killed them and Lackey lasted 5.2 innings and gave up four runs (only two earned). The Yankees will have A.J. Burnett starting who gave up 2 ER in 6.1 innings pitched in game two.