10/08/05 2:50 AM ET
Yankees short hops
Unit, bullpen struggle in Game 3 loss
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
The Halos' 11-7 victory makes Saturday a must-win Game 4 for the Yankees, who'll need back-to-back wins to keep their season alive.
It's all on right-hander Shawn Chacon and the Yankees relievers, too, because the Bronx Bombers' offense did more than enough Friday to pick up a win against the Angels.
A look at key statistics through Game 3 of the ALDS.
|ERA||4.85||Unit came up small. So did Small and Co.|
|BA||.260 (27-for-104)||12 hits and seven runs usually gets it done|
|BA w/ RISP||.231 (6-for-26)||Better than 2-for-10 would have helped|
|Runs||14||Repeat -- offense wasn't the problem|
|Jason Giambi||.417 (5-for-12), 2 2B, 2 RBIs||Leads Yankees in hitting thus far|
|Hideki Matsui||4-for-11, 2B, HR||Went 2-for-3 with a homer Friday|
|Gary Sheffield||2-for-12, no extra-base hits||Went 0-for-4 Friday|
The supposed home-field advantage the Yankees enjoy hasn't panned out in recent years. Dating back to 2002, they're 8-10 at Yankee Stadium in the playoffs. Frozen moment
Seeing Johnson get booed off the mound in the fourth inning of a playoff game can't be what The Boss envisioned when he gave Big Unit a $32 million extension.
Given the strength of Vladimir Guerrero's throwing arm, Yankees third-base coach Luis Sojo's decision to hold lumbering Giambi at third on Matsui's two-out single in the first was easy but smart. It looked like pure genius when Robinson Cano followed with his bases-clearing double.
Johnson didn't take the loss, but his struggles in the first round continued. In 10 first-round playoff appearances, his ERA is a baffling 4.91. Last word
"They had good swings all night. They had a good game plan, and if they knew what was coming, they did a good job of putting it in play."
-- Yankees catcher John Flaherty
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.