Final Score in Los Angeles of Anaheim: Angels 4, Red Sox 1
TBS Announcer Don Orsillo can pretend that every routine play the Red Sox made on Friday in Anaheim was going to be a difference-maker, but the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim showed up to play baseball in front of their fans, not fantasy ball. And play ball they did, beating Josh Beckett in a revenge match for his April smackfest. Slapping Josh's fat little chipmunk cheeks was the bottom end of the Angels order, highlighted by an Erick Aybar triple that also made Jacoby Ellsbury crawl around on the warning track, momentarily disabled at the base of the Nick Adenhart memorial mural.
Aybar's masterful stroke came after a base hit by starting 2B Maicer Izturis broke a 1-1 tie and scored Howie Kendrick from 2nd base - the first stolen base of the series came with Kendrick pinch-running for Vladimir Guerrero. Beckett should have been taken out after walking - YES... unintentionally WALKING Vladdy. Is Terry Francona even watching these games? But how cool is it that after a season of platooning in the infield, Izzy drives in Howie. Wow.
In 14.2 ALDS innings, Angels starters have suffered 6 hits from the vaunted Boston offense. On cue, infamous turncoat Dennis Eckersley sings the praises of Lackey and Weaver LIVE form the TBS studios in Atlanta... with David Wells interrupting to change his sox and jump on the Halo bandwagon.
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Panther of the Game:
Erick Aybar (80 votes)
Jered Weaver (483 votes)
563 total votes