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ALCS Game 3, Angels vs. Yankees

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  October 19, 2009 04:13 PM

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UPDATE, 5:36 p.m.: That's it here in Anaheim. It's a series again, as Jeff Mathis comes up big in the final at bat, scoring Howie Kendrick with the winning run. It's now 2-1 in the ALCS with their 5-4 win over the Yankees.

UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Quite an escape for the Yankees. The Angels doubled to begin the inning, then had runners on first and third with no outs and Mariano Rivera on the mound. But the Yankees got out of it with a groundout to first, an intentional walk, a fielder's choice out at the plate, and another groundout to first base. On to the 11th.

UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: With a leadoff double from Jeff Mathis in the 10th, the Yankees go to Mariano Rivera to preserve the tie and give them a chance to come back to win Game 3. Fortunately for the Angels, Mathis stayed on the bag, and didn't try to stretch his double (as Abreu did in the eighth, before getting caught off the bag).

UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: So much for that Angel lead. After Brett Gardner was caught stealing by Jeff Mathis, Jorge Posada hit the sixth home run of this game to tie the score again. It's 4-4 in the eighth.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Angel Stadium is rocking. Starting on the first pitch by Joba Chamberlain, the Angels have battered the Yankees' reliever. Kendrick tripled to right on the first pitch from Chamberlain, then was driven in for the tie-breaking run on a sacrifice fly by Maicer Izturis. That was followed by a double by Erick Aybar, which led to another pitching change. Marte is in.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: The Angels are back. Vladimir Guerrero just deposited his second career postseason home run into the bullpen in left field, tying the score at three runs apiece. Angel Stadium just got very loud.

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: That's it for Jered Weaver. Darren Oliver is coming on in relief.

UPDATE, 3:02 p.m.: The Yankees just surrendered their first home run of this postseason, this one going for a solo homer for Howie Kendrick. The second baseman, who replaced Maicer Izturis in the lineup, came into the game with the highest average of any active hitter against the Yankees with at least 100 at bats (.426).

UPDATE, 2:49 p.m.: The Angels haven't been able to mount much of a threat so far this game. And with three solo home runs from the Yankees, the last coming just now by Johnny Damon, the gap is getting wider. This series is looking like it might be over quickly, though things certainly might change. The Angels, meanwhile, have gotten just one batter to second base in their four innings so far.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Hard for anyone to say that Alex Rodriguez isn't clutch, based on this postseason. A-Rod just went deep again, for the fourth time this postseason, this one on a 3-1 count off Weaver. The Yankees now lead 2-0.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Nice work by Jered Weaver on getting out of that jam. After having men on first and second with no outs, and first and third with one out, the Yankees didn't score in the second inning. It's still 1-0, Yankees.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Not exactly what the Angels were looking for to turn this ALCS around. Derek Jeter leads off the game with a 2-0 home run, the third career postseason leadoff homer for Jeter.

UPDATE, 1:14 p.m.: Nick Cafardo and I are here in Anaheim, Calif., for the start of the Anaheim portion of the ALCS. The weather is lovely (73 degrees at gametime), and the fans at Angel Stadium are clearly ready to see their Angels. They were pretty loud to begin the afternoon.

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