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Division Series
10/03/2002 01:52 am ET 
MLB.com rates the performances
The best and worst of Game 2: Angels at Yankees
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

Mike Scioscia went with the same bullpen strategy, and that had Fox broadcaster Tim McCarver ready to jump out of the booth, only this time it worked. Scioscia's gritty little Angels bounced back from that controversial eighth inning of Game 1 and sent the series west tied at a game apiece. And setting aside all of that magic stuff, the Yankees are lucky they're not down 0-2. Here's who did what:

Angels

One monkey: You've come down with the ebola virus
Two monkeys: You're stuck working for a non-union organ grinder
Three monkeys: Zoo life. Plenty of bananas, not much excitement
Four monkeys: More fun than a barrel of ... well, you know
Five monkeys: Thump that chest, you're king of the jungle


Garret Anderson: He delivered in Game 1 with a two-run tying double and stepped up even bigger in Game 2, piercing El Duque's armor for the first of back-to-back homers that turned the game around. Anderson aggressively ran the bases, scored three runs and has five hits in two games.


Troy Glaus: He has three homers in two games after hitting 30 in what was considered by some an "off-year." Two of the homers came in the eighth inning to give the Angels leads both nights. How clutch is that?


Scott Spiezio: He couldn't turn the play on Giambi's tying single in Game 1, but Spiezio's homer off Pettitte emphasized the point made against Clemens that the Angels are not intimidated by the Yankees' starting pitching. Before the game was over Spiezio singled in one run and doubled in another.


Brendan Donnelly: He faced only one batter, but after the grief Donnelly endured from the homer he allowed to Bernie Williams the night before, he showed some backbone by smoking a fastball past pinch-hitter John Vander Wal, successfully setting up Percival.

Yankees

One cab: Gridlock, 102-degrees in the city, no AC, missing window crank
Two cabs: Your driver takes "the scenic route"
Three cabs: Clean backseat, no accidents
Four cabs: Green lights, little traffic, life is good
Five cabs: VIP, police escort


Alfonso Soriano: He beat the Angels with uncharacteristic patience in Game 1, then in Game 2 went back to the long ball that made him famous for a second baseman. Soriano delivered a two-run homer on a two-strike pitch in the sixth inning, a little early for typical Yankee magic, but he's still young and learning. And he paid a price later when Percival drilled him with a 97-mph laser.


Orlando Hernandez: He was the hero and the goat. Hernandez restored order out of the bullpen, retiring the first 11 batters he faced, his four scoreless innings longer than any starter turned in. Then, out of nowhere, Anderson and Glaus took him deep and a one-run lead became a one-run deficit.


Derek Jeter: Until his last at-bat, Jeter was looking in the postseason like he deserved Barry Bonds treatment. Just walk him and save the aggravation. Two games, two homers. Then he took that called strike-three from Percival with the bases loaded. OK, the pitch was outside, but too good to take with a 1-2 count.


Andy Pettitte: He couldn't keep his pitches down or the Angels in the park and his night was over after three innings. Had Hernandez started, the Yankees might be looking at a sweep.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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