8:17 PM ET, October 1, 2002
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
|Game 1 at a glance|
Bernie Williams knows a little bit about dramatics from playoffs past and started the 2002 postseason on a great note by smacking a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.Goat
Mike Scioscia, Manager of the Year? Hmm. Why wasn't Troy Percival in the game in the eighth with the game on the line? Scioscia instead had Scott Schoeneweis pitch to Jason Giambi, who singled to tie the game, and then brought in Brendan Donnelly to pitch to Williams, who responded with his game-winning blast.Key move
Make that a non-move. Here's asking again: Why did the Angels exit Yankee Stadium having not used their big gun in Percival? Unbelievable!Key stat
Giambi is 0-for-5 with five strikeouts (and one walk) against Percival during his career.Key stat II
Roger Clemens, who got a no-decision, and Randy Johnson, who suffered the loss in the Diamondbacks' game against the Cardinals, have a combined one win in 11 career Game 1 starts.Looking ahead
Kevin Appier, the Angels' Game 2 starter, was 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA over his final four regular-season starts. Andy Pettitte starts for the Yankees. He was 5-0, 2.23 over his last five starts.
After Troy Glaus' second homer put Anaheim ahead 5-4 in the top of the eighth, the Yankees rallied to win their sixth straight postseason game at home. Four of the wins have come on last at-bat homers."Even when Glaus hit the homer, it never was a situation where guys went, 'oh.' You never feel the wind taken out of the sails on this ballclub,'' Giambi said. "They always feel like they're a rally away because it's happened so many times.''Ben Weber started the inning and retired the first two batters before walking Alfonso Soriano, who drew only 23 walks this season."Two outs, nobody on in eighth inning and there's Soriano fighting his way on for a 3-2 walk,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "What probably helped us is we've been there before.''With closer Troy Percival warming up, Scioscia stuck with Weber, who walked Derek Jeter. Scioscia then brought in lefty Scott Schoeneweis, even though Percival had struck out Giambi five times in five career at-bats.Giambi hit a hard one-hopper that deflected off first baseman Scott Spiezio's glove into right field, scoring Soriano with the tying run.
Washburn allowed three homers in a game for the first time since Sept. 26, 2000, against Oakland. ... The Angels played 2,527 games between playoff appearances. ... The Angels tied an AL playoff record by turning four double plays. New York led the AL by grounding into 150 double plays on the year. ... Clemens' teams are now 1-5 in his six Game 1 postseason starts.
|ANA||3rd||T Salmon singled to left center, D Erstad scored.||1||1|
|5th||R White homered to right center.||3||3|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|