4:00 PM ET, October 5, 2002
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- As soon as David Eckstein settled under the popup, the red-clad crowd of 45,067 at Edison Field began celebrating.
|Game 4 at a glance|
The Anaheim offense scored 31 runs in four games and hit .376 (56-for-149), a record for a team in any postseason series. Anaheim's 10 hits in the fifth inning tied the postseason record set by the Philadelphia A's in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series. Goat
David Wells was the latest Yankee starter to struggle. The Yankees' four starters -- Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina and Wells combined for a 10.38 ERA (20 runs, 32 hits in 17.1 innings) in the series. Wells entered with an 8-1 career postseason record, but for the first time in 11 starts didn't pitch into the seventh inning.Key move
With Wells serving up hit after hit and a deep bullpen with starters Orlando Hernandez and Jeff Weaver available, Joe Torre left Wells in the game. When he finally summoned Ramiro Mendoza, it was already 6-2.Key stat
Fifteen -- as in the number of consecutive starts made by pitchers in the postseason on three days' rest without a win before Jarrod Washburn ended the streak.Looking ahead
The Angels await Sunday's Minnesota-Oakland winner in the ALCS, which starts Tuesday. Kevin Appier would be ready to go in Game 1, with Ramon Ortiz or Washburn (on three days' rest) in Game 2.
And when the Anaheim shortstop caught it for the final out, a most stunning American League Division Series was over.While the New York Yankees sat and stared blankly from the first-base dugout, the Angels and their fans cheered as never before, having beaten the big, bad New York Yankees 9-5 to win the best-of-five series 3-1. ''It's been a long time coming for myself and this organization, a lot of blood, sweat and tears,'' Tim Salmon said after the Angels won a postseason series for the first time. ''To finally come through and do it, it's just special.'' Shawn Wooten homered and hit a run-scoring single during an eight-run fifth inning as the wild-card Angels put an emphatic end to 42 years of frustration. ''I didn't have my head in the sand, a lot of people didn't give us much of a chance,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''The perspective is, it's one rung up the ladder,'' he said. ''It has to give us confidence to beat the incredible club we just played against.'' The no-name Angels hit .376 -- the highest ever in a postseason series -- against a vaunted pitching staff Yankees manager Joe Torre had called his best in his seven-year tenure. And New York's 8.21 ERA was its worst in 57 postseason series. ''It really got ugly for us,'' Torre said. ''I have no reasoning for it or excuse for it. It's a bad taste right now. They played a whole lot better than we did. They did what they needed to do and we weren't there.'' By losing, the four-time defending AL champions were the first team eliminated from the playoffs this October. The Angels, meanwhile, play at either Oakland or Minnesota in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series on Tuesday night. Born as an expansion franchise in 1961 as the ''other'' team in the Los Angeles area, the Angels made the playoffs only three times before this year. They blew a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five ALCS against Milwaukee in 1982 and were one strike away from the World Series in 1986 before losing the last three games to Boston. That's six chances to win a series, and six defeats. It was a different story Saturday. ''Nobody gave us a chance against the Yankees. Maybe we caught them on a bad week, I don't know. You can't say enough about how our club's playing,'' said Salmon, the longest-tenured Angels player.
Shawn Wooten had a HR, single and 2 RBI in the fifth.
Kevin Appier, spared from the necessity of starting a Game 5, is expected to start the ALCS opener Tuesday at either Minnesota or Oakland. Angels coaches will meet Sunday to set the rotation for the rest of the seven-game series. ... Wells was making his first postseason start since Game 1 of the 1998 World Series, when he was the winning pitcher in the Yankees' 9-6 victory over San Diego that triggered a four-game sweep. ... Anaheim's 10 hits in the fifth tied the postseason record set by the Philadelphia Athletics in the fourth game of the 1929 World Series. ... Gary DiSarcina, the Angels' starting shortstop throughout the 1990s, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Jeter singled in the first to become the first player in postseason history to reach the 100-hit plateau, and added another hit. ... The Yankees grounded into six double plays against Washburn -- four in Game 1 and another two Saturday. Only eight batters grounded into double plays against Washburn during the season.
|2nd||R Ventura doubled to deep right center, J Posada scored, R Coomer to third.||1||0|
|ANA||3rd||D Eckstein safe at first on error by second baseman A Soriano, S Wooten scored, B Gil to third.||1||1|
|5th||D Jeter hit sacrifice fly to deep left, J Rivera scored.||2||1|
|ANA||5th||S Wooten homered to right center.||2||2|
|ANA||5th||S Wooten homered to left center.||2||2|
|ANA||5th||D Erstad singled to shallow center, B Gil scored, D Eckstein to second.||2||3|
|ANA||5th||T Salmon singled to left center, D Eckstein scored, D Erstad to third.||2||4|
|ANA||5th||G Anderson singled to right center, D Erstad scored, T Salmon to third.||2||5|
|ANA||5th||S Spiezio singled to left, T Salmon scored, G Anderson to second.||2||6|
|ANA||5th||S Wooten singled to right center, G Anderson scored, S Spiezio to third.||2||7|
|ANA||5th||B Molina doubled to deep left, S Spiezio and S Wooten scored.||2||9|
|6th||J Posada homered to right center.||3||9|
|7th||D Jeter scored, Ja Giambi to third, B Williams to second on wild pitch by F Rodriguez.||4||9|
|9th||R Mondesi reached on infield single to second, B Williams scored, J Posada to second.||5||9|
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