ANAHEIM, Calif. — Chad Green wasn’t as good as he had been in his previous outing, but that was a fairly high bar to meet.
The rookie righthander, after all, had allowed only two hits and struck out a career-high 11 in six shutout innings against the Blue Jays last Monday.
Still, his encore wasn’t bad.
Green allowed one run and five hits in six innings in the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Angels on Sunday, with the run coming in the first inning after he retired the first two batters.
Joe Girardi thought the outing was impressive in that Green didn’t have a feel for his cutter, the primary pitch that allowed him to dominate the Blue Jays.
“I thought he battled really well considering he didn’t have his cutter,” Girardi said. “He used two pitches and used them effectively. Pleased with what he did again.”
Green said his fastball command was “pretty good” and that an effective slider helped get him through the afternoon.
“The cutter really was a non-factor today. Just couldn’t throw it for a strike on a consistent basis,” he said. “It’s good. I didn’t have my best stuff and still only gave up that one run.”
Hicks in right
Aaron Hicks, the target of fans’ ire much of the season, started in rightfield Sunday as Aaron Judge had the day off.
“We want to give him at-bats because to us, it looks like he’s turning a corner where he’s becoming the productive player we thought he could become,” Girardi said before the game.
Hicks went 2-for-3 Sunday, making him 13-for-his-last-43 (.302), and threw out a runner at third.
“He’s going to move all over when I give a guy a day off,” Girardi said.
Sunday marked the sixth time this season the Yankees were shut out . . . Starlin Castro went 2-for-4, giving him a hit in 11 of his last 15 games. It was his 31st multi-hit game of the season . . . Albert Pujols went 3-for-4 and scored all three runs the Angels scored in the series. In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury robbed him of a two-run homer. Brett Gardner had robbed C.J. Cron of a home run the night before.