Angels, Phillies Take 5-4 Walkoff Wins
Skeptics may say baseball is a boring sport but not yesterday when the Angels and Phillies won on walkoff doubles by Jeff Mathis and Jimmy Rollins.
Angels 5 Yankees 4
Derek Jeter homered to lead off the game and it seemed like the Yankees were on their way to a three games to none lead in the ALCS. However it was the last hit of the game for Jeter who was 1-6 in the contest.
Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada also hit solo homers for the Yankees. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning but Howie Kendrick homered to make it 3-1 in the bottom of the frame.
Then Vladimir Guerrero tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two run homer.
Andy Pettitte was removed in the seventh inning and replaced by Joba Chamberlain who was ineffective allowing Maicer Izturis to drive in the lead run with a sacrifice run making the score 4-3 in favor of the Angels.
Jorge Posada homered in the eighth inning to tie the score at 4-4. Bobby Abreu doubled to lead off the bottom of the frame but rounded second base too far and was thrown out when trying to return to second. Melky Cabrera had overthrown the cutoff man but Derek Jeter retrieved the ball and threw to an alert Mark Teixeira to nail Abreu at second base.
That ended the scoring till the bottom of the eleventh inning when Howie Kendrick singled with two outs before Jeff Mathis hit a walkoff double to end the game.
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver had repeatedly said that Mathis should have been run for earlier in the game with Reggie Willits running for him.
Thankfully Mike Scosicia didn’t buy into their idea so Mathis was still in the game to drive in the winning run. The two announcers should have made their case once and let it die but kept on and on to the point of distraction.
Scosicia made a smart move in the top of the eighth inning when Brett Gardner running for Hideki Matsui was thrown out at second when Scosicia called for a pitchout.
Then the next batter Jorge Posada homered. If Gardner had not been thrown out the Yankees may have won the game 5-4 instead of the Angels with Mariano Rivera coming in to pitch the ninth.
Mark Teixeira may be having a terrible postseason offensively hitting 3-25 with a .120 but is having a great postseason defensively.
Last night he made several key plays that kept the Yankees in the game. I was impressed that he was there to cover second base when Abreu overran second base and Teixeira made the tag. How many times do you see a first baseman tagging someone out on the third base side of second base?
Just when it looked like the Yankees were going to sweep the postseason they showed they were human last night. However if they win today they will have a 3-1 edge in the ALCS. Nothing is certain after last night’s game with the Angels showing they can defeat a strong Yankee team.
Ervin Santana who lost the 13 inning game on Saturday night was the winner this time in the 11 inning win by the Angels.
Phillies 5 Dodgers 4
Ryan Howard hit a two run homer in the first inning to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. The Dodgers came back with four unanswered runs with two runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-2 lead.
The Phillies scored a run in the sixth inning to close the gap to 4-3 and neither team would score again until Jimmy Rollins hit a two run double in the bottom of the ninth giving the Phillies a 5-4 walkoff win. The win gives the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the NLDS over the Dodgers.
Brad Lidge entered the game in the top of the ninth with one out and held the Dodgers scoreless. He was the beneficiary of the game winning double by Rollins taking the win.
Lidge has three saves and a win after pitching three innings this postseason and has allowed one hit while striking out three.
Summary: The Angels needed the win yesterday to avoid being in the position of having to win four games in a row to win the ALCS. They still need to defeat the Yankees in three of the next four games which probably won’t be easy especially with C.C. Sabathia on the mound tonight.
The Dodgers need to win three in a row to advance to the World Series. They are outhitting the Phillies .233 to .224 but are being outscored by the Phillies 25-12.
Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees
Gametime: 7:57 ET on Fox
Starting Pitchers: C.C. Sabathia 1-0, 1.13 will try to get the Yankees back on the winning track and will be facing Scott Kazmir who is making his first start of the ALCS for the Angels.