Angels edge Yanks, send ALCS back to Bronx
Mere moments after the Los Angeles
Surely that monkey business was just a coincidence. He’s just a marketing gimmick, a video star and a plush toy – right?
Not to the fans who watched it happen Thursday night in the latest improbability of an
“Anything is possible, man,”
“It’s a missed opportunity, but we still have another game,”
Game 6 is Saturday night at Yankee Stadium, with
“It gives them a couple more days of hope, and hopefully that hope ends on Saturday because anything can happen, especially with as tough of conditions as we’re going to be playing in,” said
“It was definitely a do-or-die situation,” said Lackey, who dominated the
Although two games in the Bronx – and shutdown starter
Only six teams have rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a league championship series – most recently in 2007, when Boston came back against Sabathia and Cleveland on the way to a title. Including the World Series, 11 of 70 teams that fell into a 3-1 hole have made the comeback.
Four teams previously have won the final two LCS games on the road.
Lackey, soon to be among the sport’s most coveted free agents, cruised through the first six innings after Los Angeles scored four in the first, and the ace reacted with audible disappointment when Scioscia pulled him from what might be his final start with his only team.
Lackey left to a standing ovation with a tip of his cap – and the
Incredibly, it wasn’t over – and Burnett shared the blame with his bullpen. Altogether, the seventh inning featured nine runs and 63 pitches over nearly 45 minutes.
“That’s not a forgiving team over there,” Scioscia said. “They hit pretty quick in that inning with six runs, and we bounced back and answered with three. In the dugout between innings, guys were still pumped up. Just some real good hitting.”
“My hair is falling out,” said the shaved-headed Hunter, who had a two-run single in the first. “We’re having a little fun, man. Everybody thought we were down.”
In the latest instance of questionable umpiring in a postseason chock-full of it,