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Game balls: Rating Game 4
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League Championship Series
10/12/2002 11:49 pm ET 
Game balls: Rating Game 4
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com

MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or, in this case, Twinkies, as the lads from Minnesota are often called, and Rally Monkeys, in honor of the Anaheim's celebrity primate -- for performances in this year's American League Championship Series.

Angels

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


John Lackey: Pitched with the poise of a 10-year veteran in his first postseason start, a great omen for the Angels should they advance.


Troy Glaus: Single finally broke open a scoreless game, giving him the clutch hit for the second night in a row.


Darin Erstad: Singled, stole second and advanced to third, which provided Glaus with the opportunity to be a hero. Added another hit and run in a blowout of the Twins bullpen in the eighth.

Twins

One Twinkie: Strictly a 98-lb. weakling
Two Twinkies: A little better, but still eating like a bird
Three Twinkies: Now you're putting it away like a man
Four Twinkies: You're all that, and a glass of milk


Brad Radke: Put all the pressure on Lackey with a brilliant performance, but his offense failed to give him any support.

  
Bullpen: You have to wonder if the ugly five-run eighth will have any effect tomorrow.

 
Offense: One meaningless run in the ninth, and it's not like they weren't taking advantage of opportunities, they weren't even getting that far, leaving only three on base before the final frame.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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