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Division Series
10/05/2002 10:23 pm ET 
MLB.com rates the performances
The best and worst of Game 4: Yankees at Angels
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

The Angels haven't relied on a superstar the entire season and they won Saturday, as they have all year, with contributions up and down the lineup. Seven different hitters drove in runs, seven scored, eight had base hits and the team won from behind for the third consecutive time.

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


Jorge Posada: Posada did his part while those around him floundered. He had three hits Saturday, scored twice and homered as a whimper of protest after the Angels' eight-run fifth.


Alfonso Soriano: Soriano, who led all second basemen with errors this year, let a routine double play ball split the wickets to give the Angels a free tying run when the Yankees should have been out of the third inning. Although Soriano homered in Game 2, he hit only .118 in the series.


Bernie Williams: Williams did just about everything wrong on Erstad's fifth-inning pop-up, breaking slowly, then giving up on the ball and hoping Soriano could get to it instead of fearlessly racing in to make a critical catch. As long as that ball was in the air, it had to be caught. There would be six more hits before the worst inning in Yankee postseason history would end.


David Wells: Wells vs. Washburn was a mismatch in experience, but the Yankees veteran melted down in the fifth inning after Bernie Williams was a no-show on Erstad's pop fly. Wells allowed seven hits that inning and was charged with eight runs. By the time Torre yanked him, it was too late.

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


Shawn Wooten: Wooten's eight years of minor league bus rides included stops in Moose Jaw and Midland, so the champagne was especially sweet Saturday when he homered, scored three runs and drove in two. He's not the most famous designated hitter in the Major Leagues, but he finished the series 6-for-9.


Benji Gil: Gil, combined with Wooten and Molina as the bottom of the Angels' batting order, had seven hits Saturday and went 19-for-42 (.452) in the series. Gil had hits his first three at-bats: he singled to set up the first run and singled one out after Wooten's homer to set the stage for the seven runs that followed.


Garret Anderson: Anderson has been the Angels' most valuable player all year, and he made the defensive play that tore the heart out of the Yankees when he ran down Jeter's bid for extra bases in front of the box seats in the fifth inning. The Yankees were held to one unearned run that inning and the Angels blew it open in the bottom of the inning.


Francisco Rodriguez: Rodriguez has logged as many career postseason innings as regular-season innings, and the way he handled the Yankees you wonder what the Angels were thinking keeping him in the minors until mid-September. He was a little wild Saturday pitching for the third time in four days, but he took the set-up innings the injured Ben Weber usually handles and got the clinching game to Percival. Not bad for 20 years old.

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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