Playoff Series: Game 3 of 5

Anaheim won 4-1

Game 1: Tuesday, October 8
Anaheim 1Final
Minnesota 2
Game 2: Wednesday, October 9
Anaheim 6Final
Minnesota 3
Game 3: Friday, October 11
Minnesota 1Final
Anaheim 2
Game 4: Saturday, October 12
Minnesota 1Final
Anaheim 7
Game 5: Sunday, October 13
Minnesota 5Final
Anaheim 13

Angels 2


    8:20 PM ET, October 11, 2002

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: F. Rodriguez (1-0)

    L: J. Romero (0-1)

    S: T. Percival (2)

    Anderson, Glaus go deep to power Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Angels monkeyed around with Minnesota for seven innings, then watched Troy Glaus put them in control of the AL championship series.

    Game 3 at a glance
    Troy Glaus made J.C. Romero pay for leaving a pitch over the heart of the plate by smacking a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. For Glaus, it was his fourth home run of the postseason.

    In order to win in the playoffs you can't give up home runs late in games. And you also can't let power hitters extend their arms and get the fat part of the bat on the ball. Romero failed in both instances.

    Key move
    Mike Scioscia's decision to insert Alex Ochoa into right field in the top of the ninth for defensive purposes. Ochoa made Scioscia look like a genius by making a diving catch on a Doug Mientkiewicz liner leading off the inning.

    Key stat
    Jarrod Washburn, Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival combined to not issue a walk the entire game. In the first three games of the series, Angels pitchers have walked a total of five batters in 26 innings.

    Looking ahead
    Ace Brad Radke will get the start for the Twins in Game 4. He was 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against the A's in the Division Series. Rookie John Lackey will make the start for the Angels. It will be his first start in the postseason. He pitched three innings of scoreless relief in Game 3 of the Dvision Series against the Yankees.

    Glaus hit a tiebreaking homer off J.C. Romero in the eighth inning, and the Angels got two great catches in the ninth to beat the Twins 2-1 Friday night to take a 2-1 series lead.

    "It's fun playing in the postseason,'' Glaus said. "That's why we put all the time and effort in in spring training.''

    Garret Anderson's second-inning homer off Eric Milton had put the Angels ahead, and Jarrod Washburn seemed unstoppable until Jacque Jones' RBI double to left over Anderson in the seventh, which ended an 0-for-18 skid.

    Then came the "rally monkey,'' who during the regular season appears only when the Angels trail after the fifth inning. Like closer Troy Percival, he's coming in a little earlier than usual during the postseason.

    Anaheim failed to get a run despite advancing a runner to third with one out in the seventh, but Glaus led off the eighth with his fourth homer of the postseason, an opposite-field drive into the right-field bleachers off Romero, the Twins' fifth pitcher.

    Percival closed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save of the postseason. He got a fine diving catch from right fielder Alex Ochoa on Doug Mientkiewicz's sinking liner for the first out and a sliding catch in shallow left by Anderson on a soft fly by A.J. Pierzynski that ended the game.

    "They were both fantastic catches,'' Percival said. "That last one, I thought there was no chance in the world at it, because I know Garret was playing fairly deep with a lefty up covering that gap. But he comes in on the ball better than anybody I've seen in left field. I'm glad to have him out there.''

    Anaheim, 3-0 at home in the playoffs, has become as dominant at Edison International Field as the Twins are at the Metrodome. The crowd of 44,234, nearly all wearing red, banged their Thunder Stix from start to finish, getting especially fired up when the "rally monkey'' started appearing on the right-field video board in the bottom of the seventh.

    "It's fantastic. I've never seen so much fan support,'' Percival said. "It's a great feeling to come home and play in an atmosphere like this. It's like playing in Yankee Stadium -- but with the fans behind us.''

    Even Torii Hunter and the other Twins outfielders looked up at the board as the monkey appeared in scenes from "Animal House,'' "Risky Business'' and "Star Trek.''

    Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called the Thunder Stix "very irritating.''

    "But I'm sure our (Homer) Hankies get irritating,'' he said. "It was very exciting to sit in the dugout and look up at the fans cheering. That's what this game is all about.''

    With the next two games in the best-of-seven series at home, the Angels send John Lackey to the mound Saturday night against Brad Radke, hoping to move within a victory of the first World Series appearance in the 42-season history of the franchise.

    Washburn was dominant. He started his first 12 batters with strikes, allowed just two leadoff batters to reach base and went to a three-ball count twice.

    He gave up six hits -- all singles until Jones' double -- struck out seven and walked none in seven innings before turning it over to the best bullpen in baseball. Francisco Rodriguez improved to 3-0 in the postseason by striking out two in a perfect eighth.

    Milton, 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five career starts at Anaheim coming in, was hurt only by Anderson, his least-favorite Angels batter. Anderson, a .364 (8-for-22) hitter with four homers off Milton coming in, turned on a 91 mph chest-high pitch leading off the second inning, depositing it in the right-field bleachers.

    Hunter had helped him out in the first inning when he jumped at the warning track and reached high against the fence to catch a drive by Tim Salmon, back in the lineup after leaving Game 2 with a tight right hamstring.

    Anaheim nearly went ahead in the seventh when Bengie Molina walked against LaTroy Hawkins leading off. Benji Gil sacrificed and David Eckstein singled, a ball that went just off the webbing of the glove of second baseman Luis Rivas, who tried for a leaping grab.

    Pinch-runner Chone Figgins went to third, and Johan Santana came in to face Darin Erstad. He threw a wild pitch that bounced about 40 feet up the third-base line, but Figgins held as Eckstein advanced.

    Erstad then grounded to Rivas, who threw out Figgins at the plate. Mike Jackson walked Salmon, loading the bases, and Anderson flied to the right-field warning track against Romero.

    Game notes

    Minnesota's Dustin Mohr, who replaced Michael Cuddyer in right field, made his first start since going 0-for-6 against Cleveland on Sept. 25. Mohr went 2-for-3. ... Anaheim's Shawn Wooten had a hit-and-run single on his 12th pitch from Milton in the second inning.

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