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10/03/2002 00:22 am ET
Yankees on wrong side of rally
Angels rally to win in Yankee-like fashion
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- There was another dramatic late-inning comeback at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, only it wasn't the Yankees providing the drama. Anaheim got back-to-back home runs from Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus in the eighth inning, giving the Angels an 8-6 win over New York in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
"It's no surprise," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "We played them a number of times during the season, we saw the same type of ballclub, they're scrappy. They just battle."
Anaheim's win evens the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Three Angels had three hits each, as Anaheim banged out a postseason franchise-record 17 hits, including four home runs.
Andy Pettitte was uncharacteristically victimized by the longball on Wednesday. After allowing just six home runs in 22 starts this season, Pettitte gave up solo shots to Tim Salmon in the first and Scott Spiezio in the second, putting the Angels ahead 2-0.
"They battled me man, that's all I can say," Pettitte said. "I made a couple of bad pitches and they hit them out of the ballpark. I elevated a couple of pitches."
Anaheim followed Spiezio's homer with three straight singles, taking a 3-0 lead in the second on Benji Gil's RBI base hit. The Angels tacked on a fourth run in third, as Spiezio drove in his second run of the night, bringing Anderson home from second base with an RBI single.
Derek Jeter put the Yankees on the board in the third with his second home run of the series, a solo shot off starter Kevin Appier that cut the lead to 4-1. It was Jeter's 11th career postseason homer, his fourth in ALDS play.
Pettitte, who went 11-2 after the All-Star break, was lifted after three innings, giving way to Orlando Hernandez. Pettitte gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out one, as his ERA in his last three postseason starts rose to 10.50.
"All the talk was about how great I've been in the second half, and I end up going three innings," Pettitte said. "That's why they play the games. It's definitely frustrating."
Juan Rivera's two-run single brought the Yankees back within a run of Anaheim after four innings.
Appier left the game after five innings in favor of Francisco Rodriguez. Appier gave up three runs on five hits and three walks, but did not factor in the decision.
With one out in the sixth, Rivera hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double play to short, but Gil's relay throw was wild, allowing Rivera to reach second. That brought Soriano and his 61 at-bat homerless slump to the plate.
After falling behind 0-2 to Rodriguez, Soriano launched the third pitch into the left-field seats for his first home run since Sept. 17. The two-run shot was his third career playoff homer, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead. It looked like another typical October comeback for the Yankees, as Orlando Hernandez had retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced over four innings.
Hernandez's brilliance didn't extend into the eighth, as Anderson and Glaus led off the inning with back-to-back solo home runs, putting the Angels up 6-5. It was Anderson's first career playoff homer, and Glaus' third -- all in the first two games of the series.
"He had great command. It was just one of those things," Torre said. "These have been two exciting ballgames. But any time any pitcher is cruising like he is, sure, you're always surprised."
Hernandez (0-1) left the game after Glaus' homer. He went four-plus innings, giving up two runs on three hits, striking out four. Mike Stanton and Steve Karsay combined to allow another run in the inning, giving the Angels a two-run lead.
"I'm happy with my work today," said Hernandez through a translator. "Unfortunately we weren't able to hold on. Two pitches that I threw unfortunately cost the team. Overall, I'm proud of the effort and my job."
New York mounted a serious threat in the eighth, singling twice off Ben Weber. For the second night in a row, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia called on Brendan Donnelly to relieve Weber. Donnelly, who gave up Bernie Williams' dramatic two-run homer on Tuesday, delivered on Wednesday by striking out pinch-hitter John Vander Wal.
With two outs, Scioscia called on his closer, Troy Percival, to face Soriano. Percival's first pitch drilled Soriano on his left shoulder blade, loading the bases. Jeter, who was 5-for-6 in the first two games leading up to the at-bat, swung at strike one, took a ball and fouled off the third pitch to make the count 1-2. Percival's fourth pitch appeared to be significantly outside, but home plate umpire Doug Eddings punched Jeter out, sending the game to the ninth.
"It was a ball," Jeter said.
Jeff Weaver pitched the ninth for New York, allowing a run on Spiezio's third hit of the game.
Jason Giambi singled off Percival to open the ninth. Williams struck out, but Ventura and Jorge Posada singled, cutting the lead to 8-6. But the Angels' closer came back to strike out Nick Johnson and retire Raul Mondesi on a popout to short, earning his first career playoff save.
Rodriguez (1-0), who gave up Soriano's homer in the sixth, earned the victory.
The series shifts to Anaheim on Friday for Game 3, as Mike Mussina (18-10, 4.05) takes on Ramon Ortiz (15-9, 3.77) at Edison Field.
"We played well, but now it's the best out of three," Jeter said. "Game 3 is now do-or-die, and that's the way you have to look at every game in the postseason, like it's your last game."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
|Anaheim Angels 8, New York Yankees 6|
|Anaheim|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Molina, B, C
a-Struck out for Gil in the 7th. b-Intentionally walked for Figgins in the 9th.
1-Ran for Wooten in the 8th.
2B: Spiezio (1, Weaver).
HR: Salmon (1, 1st inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 2 out), Spiezio (1, 2nd inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 1 out), Anderson (1, 8th inning off Hernandez, O, 0 on, 0 out), Glaus (3, 8th inning off Hernandez, O, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Salmon (2), Spiezio 3 (3), Gil (1), Anderson (3), Glaus (3), Kennedy (1).
2-out RBI: Salmon, Spiezio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Erstad 2, Molina, B, Salmon.
GIDP: Molina, B.
Team LOB: 9.
SB: Figgins (1, 2nd base off Karsay/Posada).
E: Gil (1, throw).
|N.Y. Yankees|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Rivera, J, LF
|a-Vander Wal, PH-LF
a-Struck out for Rivera, J in the 8th.
1-Ran for Posada in the 9th.
HR: Jeter (2, 3rd inning off Appier, 0 on, 1 out), Soriano (1, 6th inning off Rodriguez, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Jeter (2), Rivera, J 2 (2), Soriano 2 (2), Posada (1).
2-out RBI: Rivera, J 2, Soriano 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ventura, Soriano, Posada, Jeter 2, Mondesi.
Team LOB: 11.
E: Jeter (1, throw).
Hernandez, O pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.
IBB: Fullmer (by Weaver).
HBP: Mondesi (by Appier), Soriano (by Percival).
Pitches-strikes: Appier 91-51, Rodriguez 33-19, Weber 6-5, Donnelly 6-4, Percival 23-17, Pettitte 66-43, Hernandez, O 57-38, Karsay 10-7, Stanton 8-5, Weaver 23-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Appier 5-7, Rodriguez 3-2, Weber 1-0, Donnelly 0-0, Percival 0-1, Pettitte 3-5, Hernandez, O 5-3, Karsay 1-0, Stanton 0-2, Weaver 3-0.
Batters faced: Appier 24, Rodriguez 8, Weber 3, Donnelly 1, Percival 8, Pettitte 17, Hernandez, O 15, Karsay 3, Stanton 3, Weaver 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Donnelly 2-0, Percival 2-0, Stanton 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Doug Eddings. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Mike Winters. 3B: Tim McClelland. LF: Fieldin Culbreth. RF: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to LF.
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