No Lack of pitching for Angels
|| TWINS COVERAGE
||SIGHTS & SOUNDS
|| ANGELS COVERAGE
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Minnesota Twins have often had to rely on their survival instincts to battle out of corners. Now they are being forced to use those skills again.
The Twins are one loss away from elimination after being beaten by the Angels Saturday, 7-1, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Anaheim leads the best-of-seven battle, 3-1, and can wrap it up in Sunday's Game 5, set for 3 p.m. CT at Edison International Field.
For the Twins to win the ALCS and advance to the World Series, they will have to win all three of the remaining games in the series.
"They won three (in a row). So can we," said first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz. "We've faced elimination before against the best pitcher in our league and we ended up winning. It can be done." No one in Minnesota's clubhouse is ready to make winter golf plans yet. More >
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels had seen this movie before.
The first two acts plod along, with Anaheim struggling to find any sort of rhythm against a dominating pitcher.
On Saturday in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, that role was played convincingly by Minnesota right-hander Brad Radke.
The young, handsome leading man -- in a stunning cameo by 23-year-old rising star John Lackey -- keeps the Angels in the game by matching that ace pitch for pitch.
Then, in the climax, one hit brings momentum, the red-clad crowd gets going, the Angels make something happen on the bases, and the final blow of virtue brings forth the happy ending.
As if scripted in Hollywood, or Disneyland, the Angels watched it all play out once again. The Angels scored all their runs in their last two innings. More >
|Anaheim Angels 7, Minnesota Twins 1|
|Minnesota|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Struck out for Rivas in the 8th.
2B: Mientkiewicz (1, Rodriguez), Koskie (2, Weber).
RBI: Ortiz (1).
2-out RBI: Ortiz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kielty.
Team LOB: 4.
CS: Pierzynski (1, 2nd base by Lackey/Molina, B).
E: Pierzynski (2, throw), Santana (1, pickoff).
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
1-Ran for Salmon in the 7th.
2B: Spiezio (2, Radke), Fullmer (2, Jackson).
3B: Molina, B (1, Jackson).
RBI: Glaus (2), Spiezio (2), Anderson (2), Fullmer 2 (4), Molina, B 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Spiezio, Anderson, Fullmer 2, Molina, B 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kennedy 3.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Erstad (1, 2nd base off Radke/Pierzynski).
|Anaheim|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Lackey (W, 1-0)
|Rodriguez (H, 2)
Romero pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
Jackson pitched to 4 batters in the 8th.
IBB: Spiezio (by Jackson).
HBP: Molina, B (by Radke).
Pitches-strikes: Radke 77-54, Santana 12-4, Hawkins 2-1, Romero 4-2, Jackson 8-3, Wells 4-3, Lackey 79-55, Rodriguez 13-9, Weber 15-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Radke 6-10, Santana 1-1, Hawkins 1-0, Romero 0-0, Jackson 0-0, Wells 0-0, Lackey 9-4, Rodriguez 1-0, Weber 1-1.
Batters faced: Radke 26, Santana 3, Hawkins 1, Romero 1, Jackson 4, Wells 1, Lackey 23, Rodriguez 4, Weber 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Santana 3-0, Hawkins 1-0, Romero 1-1, Jackson 1-1, Wells 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Young. 1B: Dana DeMuth. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Ed Montague. LF: Mike Everitt. RF: Brian Gorman.
Weather: 68 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to LF.
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