RED SOX FALL TO ANGELS 5-4 IN 12; SOX LEAD SERIES 2-1
Red Sox set another record but have to wait another day to advance;
Erick Aybar keeps Angels alive with 5-4 win
(October 5, 2008) – The Red Sox set another record for the longest Division Series game played. After five hours and 19 minutes the verdict is: the Angels are still alive.
All season, and series, the Achilles Heel of the Angels has been the failure of driving in runners in scoring position, but was able to come through when their backs were against the wall and facing elimination at
After leaving a game-high 23 men on base,
With the heart of their line up due in the bottom of the inning, the Sox had a great opportunity to make a comeback and move on to the ALCS for the second consecutive year. David Ortiz led off the inning with a walk but that was all she wrote. In his second inning of work, Angels reliever Jered Weaver got Kevin Youkilis to fly out to center field for the first out. The cousin of Patriots Tight End, Jed Weaver, caught
For the first time in the series the Angels got to a Red Sox starting pitcher in the first inning for just their second lead of the entire series. Los Angeles made Josh Beckett throw 30 pitches just to get the first three outs of the game which began five hours before the end of the of the game.
Figgins led off the inning with a line drive to right that bounced into the stands for a double. It was just the second extra base hit for the Angels in the best of five series. The Sox ace appeared to have settled down and not let the lead-off double effect him by striking out Garret Anderson and Mark Teixeira, but had difficulty getting the elusive third out.
What plagued Daisuke Matsuzaka in Game Two, Friday night, apparently was contagious as Beckett has contracted the same disease. After getting two easy outs, he walked one the hardest players in baseball to walk: Vladimir Guerrero and gave up a base hit to Torii Hunter to load the bases. With the bases jammed, Angels right fielder Juan Rivera waited out the
It was a short lived lead as the Sox worked their two-out magic once again. After Jason Bay grounded out to third and Mike Lowell struck out swinging, Angels left hander Joe Saunders walked short stop Jed Lowrie to set the table. Jason Varitek followed the walk with a base hit to left before Coco Crisp walked to load the bases, bringing Jacoby Ellsbury to the dish.
What looked like it was the third and final out of the inning, Ellsbury hit a weak pop-up that landed in no-man’s land in shallow center field. Kendrick, Aybar looked at each like the defensive backfield looks at a tipped ball by the defensive line in football. Nobody wanted it. The tide shifted, the Sox had the 3-1 lead and it you could read the minds in the
Beckett returned to the mound in the top of the third inning only to give up a wall ball double to Guerrero to begin the inning. With no outs and a runner on second, this was the perfect opportunity to snap out of the funk Angels batters were in.
After Hunter became Beckett’s third strike out victim and Rivera hit a foul pop up to Youkilis, it appeared as if
In the top of the fifth,
The Sox would get the run back in the last half of the fifth. Ellsbury led of the inning with a line drive shot just out of the reach of
Youkilis lined a 2-2 Joe Saunders offering over Hunter’s head in center for double driving in Ellsbury with the game’s tying run. The Angels’ left hander’s night would be over when walked Bay after being up in the count 0-2. Jose Arredondo came on in relief of Saunders and caught
All game the Red Sox had so many opportunities to slam the door on
The Sox will look to close the door on
ANGELS 5, RED SOX 4
WIN: Jered Weaver
LOSS: Javier Lopez
The 3 Stars of the Game:
- Mike Napoli, LOS ANGELES --- 3-5 3 RBI, 2 Homeruns, 3 Runs-scored
- Erick Aybar --- 1-6 RBI
- Kevin Youkilis,
--- 2-5, RBI BOSTON