The 2016 season is over, and has been for days now, and the wild card games have been played and decided. Here we are, in full swing of the MLB playoffs with both division series underway and commencing today, October 7th. Angels fans can do nothing but watch from the sidelines, or just completely set their attention elsewhere.
We’re not always having to find other things to do/watch, though. Some years, we’re right in the thick of it, so to distract myself from the playoffs’ disturbing lack of Halos, let’s take a trip down memory lane!
So, October 7th and the Angels....
On 10/7/1986, the Angels played Game 1 of their infamous ALCS against the Red Sox, and they beat the crap out of them 8-1. Your winning pitcher was Mike Witt, losing pitcher was a dude named Roger Clemens.
Brian Downing had a big game, going 2-5 but driving in four runs in the process. Wally Joyner would go 2-4 with an RBI of his own, and both Bob Boone and Gary Pettis put up 2-3 days at the plate with one RBI a piece. This was a good day for situational hitting for the Angels, as well as a good day on the mound for Witt.
Witt would end up pitching all nine innings, giving up just five hits in the process and one solitary run, off of an RBI single in the 6th inning from Sox 2B Marty Barrett.
Great start to the ALCS for the Halos!!!! Woohoo! Let’s pretend this series just ended on this game...ok?
On 10/7/2005, the Angels and Yankees were squaring off in New York, the series tied 1-1 and the Angels hot off the heels of a 5-3 win in the previous match. They’d go on to win this one 11-7, a wacky game that saw a combined 31 hits and 19 runs. That’s a barn burner.
Paul Byrd got the start...hey, remember Paul Byrd??!...but it was veteran setup man Scot Shields who would get the victory.
Every Halo player NOT named Steve Finley got a hit that day, but nobody had a bigger game than Garret Anderson. GA went 4-5, with FIVE RBIs, and his day included not only a homer but a triple as well. Dang, GA went off!
Bengie Molina, the day’s cleanup hitter, also hit a bomb and ended up 2-3 at the plate. Frankie Rodriguez got the save, as he was known to do back in those days.
10/7/2007 was kinda dumb, guys. In fact, screw that whole ALDS against the Red Sox. I remember watching this one, and no amount of beer could drown out my sadness. The Angels racked up 8 hits, but only one run, and that was thanks to Howie Kendrick.
Jered Weaver, a VERY YOUNG Jered Weaver, was on the bump for the Halos and he didn’t have a nice outing. He went 5 IP, giving up four hits in the process, two of which were homers. Then the bullpen poured a little more gasoline on the fire, as a combo of Shields, Justin Speier and Darren “Cousin” Oliver would give up five hits and seven runs over three innings.
The Red Sox won this game handily 9-1, and this gave them the sweep over the Angels and probably made me super pissed off...I can’t really remember, but I’m pretty sure my intention was probably to never remember that night again...so mission accomplished?