Logan makes one grand mistake

NEW YORK -- Boone Logan is having his best year as a Yankee.

But Thursday was his worst day of the season.

Logan came on in the eighth inning, with the Yankees trailing by only two runs, 3-1, and surrendered a grand slam to Chris Nelson in the Angels' 8-4 victory at Yankee Stadium.

"Just had a bad day," Logan said. "I was getting a little slider-happy today -- and honestly I don’t even think my slider was that good today. Just didn’t have it on the mound."

The outing started out well. After Mike Trout led off the top of the eighth with a double off Shawn Kelley, manager Joe Girardi turned to Logan to get out fellow lefty Josh Hamilton.

Logan made Hamilton look foolish, striking him out on three pitches. Girardi then decided to keep Logan in the game, as opposed to going back to a righty.

"I liked the way Boone was throwing," Girardi said. "Boone has been a guy that we’ve trusted late in games all year long."

Logan next got Erick Aybar to pop out. He walked power-hitting righty Mark Trumbo intentionally, but then walked Hank Conger unintentionally to load the bases. Up came Nelson, who hadn't hit a home run since last September before launching one off Yankees starter Phil Hughes four innings earlier.

Nelson lined the second pitch he saw from Logan, an 84 mph slider, into the left-field stands, breaking the game wide open.

"That’s a tough one to swallow, especially that we still had the game close," Logan said. "It hurts, definitely."

Girardi had no regrets. "I liked the matchup," the manager said. "I know what we want to do to get Chris Nelson out, he just didn’t make the pitch to exactly where he wanted it."

Logan had made 48 appearances for the Yankees this season prior to Thursday, pitching to a 2.20 ERA. In 32 2/3 innings, he had allowed just eight earned runs, with 44 strikeouts and eight walks.

His ERA has now ballooned to 2.97, but his season has still been a very good one.