Avenging Angels bash back
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By Doug Miller / MLB.com
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NEW YORK -- There was a decidedly Yankees-in-October feel to the comeback win staged Wednesday night at the big ballyard in the South Bronx.
Much to the chagrin of 56,695 screaming fans, however, it was the Angels who provided the ultimate drama -- via the very Yankee-like home run.
Trailing by a run and coming to bat in the top of the eighth inning, Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus hit back-to-back homers off Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, silencing the crowd and steering the Angels toward an eventual 8-6 victory and a 1-1 split in the American League Divison Series.
The Angels pounded out 17 hits to set a club single-game playoff record, and four were long balls.
They now fly back to begin two games at Edison Field in Anaheim on Friday. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz will start for the Angels against Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina.
"Coming away with that win obviously will give us a little momentum going back home," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we've got a big challenge ahead of us. No doubt about it."
The Angels' big eighth made a winner out of 20-year-old rookie phenom Francisco Rodriguez, who was called on to relieve starter Kevin Appier to begin the sixth inning.
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
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NEW YORK -- There was another dramatic late-inning comeback at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, only it wasn't the Yankees providing the drama. Anaheim got back-to-back home runs from Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus in the eighth inning, giving the Angels an 8-6 win over New York in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
"It's no surprise," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "We played them a number of times during the season, we saw the same type of ballclub, they're scrappy. They just battle."
Anaheim's win evens the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Three Angels had three hits each, as Anaheim banged out a postseason franchise-record 17 hits, including four home runs.
Andy Pettitte was uncharacteristically victimized by the longball on Wednesday. After allowing just six home runs in 22 starts this season, Pettitte gave up solo shots to Tim Salmon in the first and Scott Spiezio in the second, putting the Angels ahead 2-0.
"They battled me man, that's all I can say," Pettitte said. "I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them out of the ballpark. I elevated a couple of pitches."
Anaheim followed Spiezio's homer with three straight singles, taking a 3-0 lead in the second on Benji Gil's RBI base hit. More >
|Anaheim Angels 8, New York Yankees 6|
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
a-Struck out for Gil in the 7th. b-Intentionally walked for Figgins in the 9th.
1-Ran for Wooten in the 8th.
2B: Spiezio (1, Weaver).
HR: Salmon (1, 1st inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 2 out), Spiezio (1, 2nd inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 1 out), Anderson (1, 8th inning off Hernandez, O, 0 on, 0 out), Glaus (3, 8th inning off Hernandez, O, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Salmon (2), Spiezio 3 (3), Gil (1), Anderson (3), Glaus (3), Kennedy (1).
2-out RBI: Salmon, Spiezio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Erstad 2, Molina, B, Salmon.
GIDP: Molina, B.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Figgins (1, 2nd base off Karsay/Posada).
E: Gil (1, throw).
|N.Y. Yankees|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Rivera, J, LF
|a-Vander Wal, PH-LF
a-Struck out for Rivera, J in the 8th.
1-Ran for Posada in the 9th.
HR: Jeter (2, 3rd inning off Appier, 0 on, 1 out), Soriano (1, 6th inning off Rodriguez, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Jeter (2), Rivera, J 2 (2), Soriano 2 (2), Posada (1).
2-out RBI: Rivera, J 2, Soriano 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ventura, Soriano, Posada, Jeter 2, Mondesi.
Team LOB: 11.
E: Jeter (1, throw).
Hernandez, O pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.
IBB: Fullmer (by Weaver).
HBP: Mondesi (by Appier), Soriano (by Percival).
Pitches-strikes: Appier 91-51, Rodriguez 33-19, Weber 6-5, Donnelly 6-4, Percival 23-17, Pettitte 66-43, Hernandez, O 57-38, Karsay 10-7, Stanton 8-5, Weaver 23-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Appier 5-7, Rodriguez 3-2, Weber 1-0, Donnelly 0-0, Percival 0-1, Pettitte 3-5, Hernandez, O 5-3, Karsay 1-0, Stanton 0-2, Weaver 3-0.
Batters faced: Appier 24, Rodriguez 8, Weber 3, Donnelly 1, Percival 8, Pettitte 17, Hernandez, O 15, Karsay 3, Stanton 3, Weaver 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Donnelly 2-0, Percival 2-0, Stanton 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Doug Eddings. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Mike Winters. 3B: Tim McClelland. LF: Fieldin Culbreth. RF: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to LF.
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