10/03/2004 9:24 PM ET
Series in review: Sox vs. Angels
Clash has the makings of a classic
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
|Terry Franccona gets between David Ortiz and umpire Matt Hollowell after the Red Sox slugger was thrown out on July 16. (Chris Carlson/AP)
If their entertaining regular-season encounters are any indication, Red Sox-Angels could wind up being a classic American League Division Series.
The Angels won four of the first six games between the clubs, but the Sox came back with a three-game sweep at Fenway Park to claim the season series, 5-4.
Here is a look at those nine games.
June 1 -- Angels 7, Red Sox 6: The visiting Red Sox led, 4-3, after five, but the Angels stormed back against Bronson Arroyo and the Boston bullpen. Vladimir Guerrero's two-run double put the Angels ahead for good. The Sox rallied in the ninth on Brian Daubach's two-run homer, but couldn't get any closer.
June 2 -- Angels 10, Red Sox 7: Again, the Sox couldn't hang on to an early lead, surrendering a 7-4 edge. Guerrero single-handedly propelled the Angels in this one, belting two homers and nine RBIs. Sox ace Pedro Martinez was hit hard, giving up 11 hits and seven runs over five innings. Mike Timlin took the loss. Ramon Ortiz won it in relief for the Angels.
July 15 -- Angels 8, Red Sox 1: The host Angels deflated the Sox quickly in the second-half opener. Derek Lowe was hit hard, giving up nine hits and four runs over 4 2/3 innings. Jarrod Washburn was at the top of his game for the Angels, firing seven innings of three-hit ball.
July 16 -- Red Sox 4, Angels 2: In a game that was remembered most for Sox designated hitter David Ortiz's tirade at home plate umpire Matt Hollowell, Boston rode an early homer by Nomar Garciaparra and a strong pitching performance by Martinez to victory. Kelvim Escobar gave up eight hits and three runs over six innings to take the loss.
July 17 -- Angels 8, Red Sox 3: Bartolo Colon, struggling at the time, showed signs of a turnaround by pitching the Angels to victory in this one. Things didn't go so well for Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who gave up eight hits and five runs. Johnny Damon homered twice for the Sox. Darin Erstad had three hits and two RBIs for Anaheim.
July 18 -- Red Sox 6, Angels 2: Curt Schilling was dominant, firing eight innings of three-hit ball to earn the win and a series split. Ortiz's three-run homer in the sixth was the biggest hit of the game. Gabe Kapler (solo homer) and Garciaparra (RBI triple) iced it in the seventh. John Lackey gave up seven hits and five runs while striking out seven, taking the loss.
Aug. 31 -- Red Sox 10, Angels 7: There was a playoff atmosphere in the Fenway Park air as the Red Sox entered the game with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the Wild Card standings. Manny Ramirez belted two early homers, helping the Sox take a 5-0 lead after two innings. Schilling (7 2/3 innings, 3 ER) came through again for the Sox. The Sox knocked Lackey out in the fourth inning.
Sept. 1 -- Red Sox 12, Angels 7: Again, the Sox broke out early, this time smashing the ball around against Aaron Sele en route to a 4-0 lead after one. The Angels rallied back to make it a 5-5 game after three. But the Sox kept hitting and got clutch work from the bullpen to hang on.
Sept. 2 -- Red Sox 4, Angels 3: The Sox were able to knock Colon out after 4 2/3 innings, but the Angels hung in there. Boston left 14 men on base. Neither team scored after the third inning. Boston held on, thanks to a strong performance from Lowe and a save by Keith Foulke.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.