Angels close it out, tie it up
|| ANGELS COVERAGE
||SIGHTS & SOUNDS
|| TWINS COVERAGE
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Troy Percival doesn't care about the numbers.
He's now logged 36 1/3 career innings against the Twins without giving up a run. He has 48 strikeouts, 18 saves in 20 opportunities and Minnesota batters are hitting .079 against him.
But ask Percival what he keeps track of, and the answer isn't anywhere near statistical. He probably thinks the Elias Sports Bureau is the place to find his socks after the game.
One thing he does follow very closely is the performance of the Anaheim Angels, and, specifically, the progress of the bullpen. As the leader of the group, Percival is a proud 33-year-old papa, and he got even prouder Wednesday night.
Brendan Donnelly, Francisco Rodriguez and Percival tag-teamed to protect starter Ramon Ortiz's lead and give the Angels a 1-1 American League Championship series split with a 6-3 win before a Twins-record 55,990 at the Metrodome.
The trio combined to strike out seven batters in 3 2/3 innings Wednsday. Combined with three perfect innings in Tuesday's series-opening 2-1 loss, Angels' relievers are unscored upon in 6 2/3 and have 11 strikeouts. For Percival, it's nothing surprising -- just a case of the best bullpen in the AL stepping it up under the bright lights of the playoffs. More >
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A record crowd had the Metrodome packed full of life Wednesday. But the Twins were uncharacteristically lifeless when it came to taking advantage of their chances.
By the time Minnesota did spring back into the game, it was already too late. The Anaheim Angels took a 6-3 victory in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series before 55,990 fans. The best-of-seven tilt is now tied up at 1-1 as the series shifts west to Anaheim for Game 3, scheduled for Friday.
"We're a little disappointed," said Twins third baseman Corey Koskie, who had a sixth-inning RBI single. "We're dealt with a split right now and that's what we have to live with."
When the Twins arrive in Southern California Thursday, it will mark their third West Coast trip in the postseason. That kind of travel can suck some life from teams at times, but first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz said that's no excuse.
"You can't really go out there and see 60,000 people and feel sorry for yourself because you're tired," said Mientkiewicz, who led Minnesota with three hits and two RBIs.
Despite being sprayed for a total of 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings, Angels starter Ramon Ortiz (1-0) pitched well enough. He allowed three sixth-inning runs, a walk and three strikeouts. More >
|Anaheim Angels 6, Minnesota Twins 3|
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
a-Struck out for Palmeiro in the 7th. b-Struck out for Fullmer in the 8th.
2B: Fullmer (1, Reed), Spiezio (1, Reed).
3B: Glaus (1, Reed).
HR: Erstad (1, 1st inning off Reed, 0 on, 1 out), Fullmer (1, 6th inning off Reed, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Erstad (1), Spiezio (1), Eckstein (1), Fullmer 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Eckstein.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kennedy, Ochoa.
Team LOB: 6.
CS: Spiezio (1, home by Reed/Pierzynski).
DP: 2 (Eckstein-Kennedy-Spiezio 2).
Pickoffs: Ortiz (Rivas at 1st base).
|Minnesota|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Struck out for Cuddyer in the 8th. b-Struck out for Rivas in the 9th.
2B: Guzman (1, Ortiz), Hunter (2, Ortiz).
RBI: Koskie (2), Mientkiewicz 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kielty.
GIDP: Hunter, Rivas.
Team LOB: 7.
PO: Rivas (1st base by Ortiz).
E: Pierzynski (1, drop ball).
Pitches-strikes: Ortiz 96-56, Donnelly 8-6, Rodriguez 27-19, Percival 20-14, Reed 79-56, Santana 32-21, Romero 10-4, Hawkins 8-6, Jackson 14-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ortiz 9-3, Donnelly 0-1, Rodriguez 0-2, Percival 1-0, Reed 7-9, Santana 2-1, Romero 1-0, Hawkins 0-1, Jackson 0-1.
Batters faced: Ortiz 24, Donnelly 2, Rodriguez 7, Percival 4, Reed 24, Santana 6, Romero 2, Hawkins 2, Jackson 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Donnelly 1-0, Percival 2-0, Hawkins 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Brian Gorman. 2B: Larry Young. 3B: Dana DeMuth. LF: Ed Rapuano. RF: Ed Montague.
Weather: 68 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
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