Until Manny homers, Angels make all the right moves
BOSTON -- Throughout a strange Friday evening, it appeared the Los Angeles Angels finally had found themselves at Fenway Park, a place that has been nothing but unkind, especially in the postseason.
A kid in the stands made one of the critical plays of the evening to that point, stealing an out from Angels catcher Jeff Mathis, which prolonged an inning and led to a Boston run. Coco Crisp, the Red Sox center fielder, straddled second base on a fly out in the sixth, yet forgot to retag the base as he ran back to first for an inning-ending double play.
It feels great, man. It's been a long time I don't do something special like that. But I haven't been right all year long. But when you don't feel good and you still get hits, that's when you know you are a bad man.
The Angels did not wilt, and going home to Anaheim Stadium might be the elixir they desperately need. But despite their toughness, they nevertheless paid dearly for their lack of punch. By the end, they needed a MASH unit. Vladimir Guerrero left the game in the eighth inning with a bruise on his left shoulder where he was hit by a Manny Delcarmen pitch in the seventh. The Angels were already without Gary Matthews Jr., and left fielder Garret Anderson, suffering from conjunctivitis in his right eye, literally is playing with one eye open.