Friday, October 23, 2009

The Angels Stay Alive!

The Angels live to see another day!

Los Angeles Angels 7 - New York Yankees 6, Game 5

Yankees lead series, 3-2

Bad Move!

Manager Mike Scioscia removes John Lackey from the game with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. A furious Lackey was barking at Scioscia and rightly so. True, Lackey loaded the bases-- but he's a veteran pitcher who knows how to get out of those situations. Scioscia lifted Lackey for Darren Oliver to turn Mark Teixeira around and bat right-handed. I don't know what game Scioscia was watching, but I'll rather have Lackey pitch to Teixeira with the based loaded over Oliver any day of the week. Teixeira made Scioscia pay dearly with a bases clearing double. Oliver would go on to surrender 3 more runs of his own, almost ending the Angels season.


Torii Hunter goes 2 for 2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB; Vladimir Guerrero goes 2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 R; Kendry Morales goes 2 for 4, 2 RBI. If the Angels can get this kind of production from their 3-4-5 hitters, I like their chances in Game 6. They also saved Scioscia's neck with a 3-run 7th inning.

Jered Weaver - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0ER, 0BB, 2 K, 0HR

If I'm the Yankees, I'll keep an eye on this man.

Good Move!

Intentionally walking A-Rod with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning, was a smart move. Keep him as far away from Brian Fuentes as possible. Although Fuentes almost screwed it all up by walking Hideki Matsui and then hitting Robinson Cano to load the bases. A lights-out closer would have gotten the third out, either by getting Matsui or Cano. But the Angels have lived on the edge all season with Fuentes. Remember, had Fuentes gotten the job done in Game 2, the Angels would be up 3-2, not the Yankees.

Back to NY!

Joe Girardi, A.J. Burnett, Mariano Rivera and Co. are going to have to do it at home. The ghosts of 2004 are already being mentioned here. Whoa!

To be continued....

Photos courtesy of the AP


  1. The only thing I can think about removing Lackey is that Oliver used to be a teammate of Texiera in Texas so maybe he thought he knew something on how to pitch to him. Scioscia was in a tough spot, if he kept Lackey in and the same result happened, people might be saying "never leave a pitcher in that a batter has seen twice that day when the bases are loaded." Best post-season game so far this year I think. It was exciting, especially in the 9th when the Yanks got the bases loaded with two outs. Fuentes was making Scioscia's face turn all red.

  2. Yeah, it was a tough spot Scioscia was in, but I think I would have taken my chances with Lackey. Good point on the Teixeira and Oliver Texas connection. I didn't think about that one. Maybe it did play a part in Scioscia's decision. And yes, Fuentes loves to play with fire. Never understood why they let K-Rod go.

  3. They let him go because he wanted like $16 million year and Artie Moreno and Angels organization are rich but not as wealthy as the Yanks, Mets, Sox, or Cubs.

    I think the Dodgers will be interesting this off-season. The owners are getting divorced so the ownership of team will be in legal battles so I don't know how much signing they can do in that case.

    Chrone Figgins is a free-agent and the Dodgers could use him because Furcal is past his good years and they need a spark at the top as evident with all of their solo homeruns in the play-offs. He and Juan Pierre are best friends and they won't be able to get rid of Pierre so Figgins would probably sign to play with him.