NEW YORK (AP) -- Ramon Ortiz was lights out at Yankee Stadium.
With the main scoreboards blackened by a power problem, Ortiz
pitched four-hit ball for eight stellar innings and led the Anaheim
Angels over the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.
"I think it is the best game I have thrown in my whole life,"
Adam Kennedy and Garret Anderson homered and Anaheim took
advantage of left fielder Hideki Matsui's error to win its third in
a row. The playoff-contending Angels won for the eighth time in
nine road games.
Right after Matsui misplayed a fly ball in the seventh inning,
the power on all scoreboards went out, and the public-address and
sound effects system went silent. But the stadium lights stayed on,
and the game continued without a delay.
"It was a little bit like 'The Twilight Zone," Yankees third
baseman Alex Rodriguez said.
There was no immediate word on what caused the outage, which
lasted until the end of the game and also took the Yankees' YES
Network broadcast off the air.
The Con Ed power company said it believed the problem was
related to Yankee Stadium. A bevy of electricians and engineers
scampered around the ballpark after the game ended.
"I didn't notice it for a while," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "It was kind of weird. I knew the scoreboard was down."
"We were keeping score on our card," he said.
It made for an odd scene when the top of the seventh ended.
Without longtime PA man Bob Sheppard to prompt them, the 53,530
fans did not stand for "God Bless America" or "Take Me Out to
the Ball Game" -- then again, the songs weren't played.
Instead, the crowd began chanting "Let's go, Yankees!" Later,
a video board that stayed on posted this sign: "Clap Along Fans!"
"It was strange. We've been so used to looking at the
scoreboard for counts," Yankees manager Joe Torre.
Lights in the Yankees' clubhouse dimmed, and the dugout phone
went out. When Torre wanted to a reliever to warm up, he had to
wait until someone in the bullpen noticed him waving.
"I was going to send someone on a mission around the
ballpark," he said.
Added Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: "It was kind of eerie."
There was no scoreboard watching in the late innings, not that
it mattered with Ortiz on the mound. Even without a way to keep
track of balls and strikes, it was easy to tell how many runs the
Yankees scored against him: zero.
Ortiz (4-7) won for the first time since June 19, a span of
seven starts. He made Gary Sheffield and Rodriguez look bad
swinging at sharp sliders and escaped his only jam when right
fielder Vladimir Guerrero ran down Matsui's liner with runners at
the corners to end the first.
"I was a little scared when the guy hit the ball, but Vlad made
a good catch," Ortiz said.
Ortiz struck out six and walked two. He was pulled three outs
shy of his second career shutout -- he pitched five-hitter against
Baltimore in 2002 -- and Troy Percival finished it off.
"I had everything tonight -- good changeup, good slider, good
location," Ortiz said.
Jon Lieber (9-8) gave up a lot of hits early, yet was hurt only
by Kennedy's solo home run in the second. Kennedy was in a
12-for-63 (.190) slump before connecting.
Lieber issued his first walk with one out in the seventh to Jose
Molina. Chone Figgins followed with a hit-and-run single and David
Eckstein delivered an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
Darin Erstad lifted a high fly to left center that Matsui got
underneath, but the ball bounced off his glove for an error that
scored another run.
Anderson hit a two-run homer off Paul Quantrill in the ninth.
Molina's bat went flying about 10 rows over the Angels'
third-base dugout when he lost his grip in the seventh. ...
Scioscia and a trainer checked with LF Jose Guillen after the
Angels batted in the sixth. Guillen legged out a hit during the
inning, then walked gingerly to his position. He stayed in the
game, but left for a defensive replacement in the ninth. ... Lieber
got a break in the fourth when he was hit in the leg by Molina's
hard grounder. Instead of becoming an RBI single, the ball
deflected to Jeter, who turned it into an inning-ending double
play. ... Quantrill gave up a leadoff single to Eckstein in the
ninth. That made it seven straight batters to get a hit off the
righty over three games.