Angels rally past Yanks in Game 3 thriller
After 261 minutes, 14 pitchers, six homers and several big blunders all led to a winning hit by a backup catcher, the Los Angeles
Mathis, a .211 hitter in the regular season, came up with his third late-inning, extra-base hit of this outlandish series, just two days after the clubs’ 310-minute, 13-inning icy epic in Game 2.
“Obviously, it’s the biggest hit of my life,” Mathis said. “For Howie to have the at-bat he did right there, and to get on base and put one in the gap to win the game, it’s a pretty good feeling.”
Game 4 is Tuesday night, with
“Man, that was one of the craziest games,” said
For the second straight game, the
“This is the type of series we expected it to be,”
Los Angeles wasted a golden opportunity in the 10th after putting runners at the corners with nobody out against Rivera, but the ace closer came through yet again, getting Hunter and Guerrero with the bases loaded.
Fans gathered across the country at Yankee Stadium erupted in cheers when Rivera retired the side – but the
The winning run came quickly after
Playing in balmy Orange County temperatures after a frigid weekend in the Bronx, the
Instead, Kendrick hit a fifth-inning homer, Guerrero tied it with a two-run shot in the sixth, and Kendrick tripled off Chamberlain before scoring on
But Posada tied it again in the eighth with a shot to center off
Only three teams have blown a 2-0 lead in a league championship series, but the 2004
Many fans hadn’t even settled into their Angel Stadium seats for Game 3 when Jeter ripped
Rodriguez connected in the fourth for his 11th career postseason homer. He already has nine RBIs in these playoffs, a career best.
Damon then found the short right-field porch in the fifth for his first homer since Aug. 30 and his fifth hit in three games since a 1-for-12 effort in the division series. The veteran outfielder hadn’t homered in his previous 120 at-bats, and hadn’t connected away from homer-haven Yankee Stadium since Aug. 5.
The 37-year-old Pettitte, a mainstay of New York’s playoff efforts since 1996, already has made the most postseason starts (37) and pitched the most innings (231) in baseball history. He yielded seven hits and one walk, but Los Angeles’ two mid-game homers made him the first
Weaver gave up five hits and three walks in five innings, failing to recapture the dominance of his two-hit start against Boston nine days earlier. He hadn’t allowed more than two homers in a game since Aug. 2, 2008.
Posada apparently asked Angel Stadium officials to turn on the lights midway through the game, played under partly cloudy skies. … Abreu was 0 for 11 against his former team before his sixth-inning single.