This is heaven: Angels in WS
|| TWINS COVERAGE
||SIGHTS & SOUNDS
|| ANGELS COVERAGE
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Twins magic carpet ride of a 2002 season has abruptly come to an end. The Angels took firm hold of the rug, yanked it out from beneath Minnesota's feet and will now be riding it to the World Series.
Using an LCS-record 10-run seventh inning, Anaheim won Sunday's Game 5, 13-5, and clinched the American League Championship Series, 4-1, in front of 44,835 frenzied fans at Edison Field.
"It's [usually] not over until that fat lady sings," Twins center fielder Torii Hunter said. "She sang when they got up to bat and hit all the balls in the right places and scored all those runs."
After winning the first game of the ALCS, the Twins dropped the final four in a row. They were plagued by three uncharacteristic meltdowns by the bullpen, defensive lapses and a lack of timely hitting.
But one trait never diminished during the slide off the playoff mountain -- the determination to stay in games. Minnesota was down, 3-2, after six innings, thanks to three Angels homers off starter Joe Mays. As expected, the Twins mounted a comeback. More >
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jackie Autry poured champagne down Troy Percival's pants.
Benji Gil poured tequila down David Eckstein's throat.
The Angels poured back onto the field after pouring champagne all over themselves.
And emotion poured out of every seat at Edison Field.
For the first time in baseball history, the Angels are going to the World Series.
Adam Kennedy homered in three straight at-bats, the last one a three-run bomb, and Anaheim rolled to a 10-run seventh inning and beat Minnesota, 13-5, in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series before 44,835 frenzied fans at Edison Field.
With the win, the Angels closed out the Twins, 4-1, in the best-of-seven set. The Angels will host the first two games of the World Series against National League representative San Francisco or St. Louis beginning Saturday. The rudiments of the game were glossed over and discussed only briefly in the celebratory aftermath. More >
|Anaheim Angels 13, Minnesota Twins 5|
|Minnesota|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Walked for Rivas in the 7th.
2B: Ortiz (1, Appier), Mohr (1, Appier).
RBI: Ortiz (2), Pierzynski (2), Kielty (1), Jones (2).
2-out RBI: Ortiz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hunter, Ortiz, Guzman.
GIDP: Rivas, Hunter.
Team LOB: 3.
DP: 2 (Rivas-Guzman-Mientkiewicz, Pierzynski-Koskie).
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
|Molina, J, C
a-Struck out for Fullmer in the 6th.
1-Ran for Molina, B in the 7th. 2-Ran for Salmon in the 7th.
HR: Kennedy 3 (3, 3rd inning off Mays, 0 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Mays, 0 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Santana, 2 on, 0 out), Spiezio (1, 5th inning off Mays, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Kennedy 5 (5), Spiezio 3 (5), Anderson (3), Wooten (1), Eckstein (2), Erstad (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Glaus, Ochoa 2.
Team LOB: 5.
CS: Anderson (1, 3rd base by Santana/Pierzynski).
Outfield assists: Anderson (Pierzynski at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Kennedy-Spiezio, Weber-Kennedy-Spiezio).
Santana pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.
Hawkins pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.
WP: Romero, Appier, Donnelly, Rodriguez.
HBP: Eckstein (by Wells).
Pitches-strikes: Mays 59-42, Santana 21-15, Hawkins 10-6, Romero 15-8, Wells 13-8, Lohse 10-7, Appier 80-44, Donnelly 20-13, Rodriguez 17-8, Weber 10-5, Percival 18-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mays 13-3, Santana 0-0, Hawkins 0-0, Romero 0-0, Wells 1-0, Lohse 1-1, Appier 4-10, Donnelly 0-1, Rodriguez 1-1, Weber 2-1, Percival 0-3.
Batters faced: Mays 23, Santana 4, Hawkins 3, Romero 4, Wells 5, Lohse 3, Appier 20, Donnelly 6, Rodriguez 3, Weber 3, Percival 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Santana 2-0, Romero 3-3, Wells 1-1, Donnelly 1-0, Rodriguez 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Dana DeMuth. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Ed Montague. 3B: Mike Everitt. LF: Brian Gorman. RF: Larry Young.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
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