Toronto Smacks Down Anaheim in Two Game Series

September 22: Toronto 7, Anaheim 4

It was almost like old times for Doyle Alexander, who surprised the league with his first-half success and All-Star start but has since unraveled. He couldn’t quite complete the game and got pulled after Troy Glaus hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, but he put together 8.1 strong innings.

The Toronto bats punished Frank Tanana and some bad Anaheim fielding.

                  R  H BB
TOR 010 204 000 - 7 12  2
ANA 000 030 001 - 4  8  2

HR: J. Bautista (22), T. Glaus (27)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Alexander  8.1  4  4  1  2  1  
F. Tanana     5.1  7  4  1  1  4 

TOR 69-85, ANA 65-91

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September 23: Toronto 7, Anaheim 0

In his penultimate start, Dave Stieb added a rare bright spot to a bad season by recording his first shutout.

Jose Bautista went yard for a second straight game, and seven Toronto hitters reached safely multiple times in the game. Lloyd Moseby led the way a walk, two singles, and a double.

                  R  H BB
TOR 021 000 220 - 7 14  4
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  4  6

HR: J. Bautista (23), E. Whitt (11)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Stieb       9.0  0  0  0  6  8  
A. Messersmith 6.2  5  4  1  4  4 

TOR 70-85, ANA 65-92

 

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Boston Sweeps Anaheim, Has Original Division Title All But Locked Up

September 18: Boston 11, Anaheim 5

With his command AWOL and bad defense, Dean shot never had a Chance. Er, Dean Chance never had a shot. The Red Sox stung him for 10 runs in 4.1 pitched. Chance himself committed two of Anaheim’s three costly errors.

Boston’s on-base machines at the top of the lineup Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, and Ted Williams reached safely a combined 10 times in the game.

                   R  H BB
BOS 420 050 000 - 11  9  9
ANA 100 020 011 -  5 10  3
HR: W. Joyner (7)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Lester   7.0  3  3  0  3  6  
D. Chance   4.1 10  7  0  5  3 

BOS 90-61, ANA 65-88

fiskSeptember 19: Boston 2, Anaheim 1

An incredibly hot Cy Young pitched nine innings, his eighth straight start going at least nine innings. He’s shaved nearly an entire run off his season ERA in just those eight starts (from 4.34 to 3.38). Incredibly, all five Red Sox starters have one of the top 15 ERAs in the league among qualified throwers:

3. Smoky Joe Wood 2.88
4. Pedro Martinez 2.89
11. Cy Young 3.38
12. Roger Clemens 3.39
15. Lefty Grove 3.68

Young had a worthy opponent in this one. Jered Weaver took the bump for Anaheim with the eighth best ERA in the league at 3.35 and put on a great duel with Young.

The Angels offense struck first when Troy Glaus drew a walk in the bottom of the third and lead-footed catcher Lance Parrish shocked the house with an RBI triple. But Carlton Fisk’s dream season kept rolling and he slammed a solo shot to tie it up in the fifth. Then after Ted Williams drew a walk in the top of the sixth, Yaz and Pete Runnels followed it up with singles to drive in the winner.

Fisk now owns the second best wOBA in the league at .408.

                  R H BB
BOS 000 011 000 - 2 9  3
ANA 001 000 000 - 1 4  1

HR: C. Fisk (22)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Young   9.0  1  1  0  1  7  
J. Weaver  8.0  2  2  1  3  4 

BOS 91-61, ANA 65-89

September 20: Boston 6, Anaheim 4

The Red Sox are bulldozing their way to locking up the Original Division and made it 13 wins in their last 14. They officially eliminated Baltimore, Chicago, and New York with this sweep of the Angels, and the mathematic eliminations of Oakland and Minnesota look to be mere formalities to be taken care of in the near future.

The Angels announced after the game that they are shutting down starter Kelvim Escobar for the year. Escobar got roughed up in this one, but he put together a respectable season: 31 games, 197 IP, 4.20 ERA, 0.8 HR/9, 4.2 BB/9, and 6.5 SO/9.

                  R  H BB
BOS 001 010 400 - 6 10  7
ANA 001 000 210 - 4  8  3

HR: T. Williams (3), T. Hunter (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    7.0  4  4  1  3  7  
K. Escobar  6.1  6  6  1  5  2 

BOS 92-61, ANA 65-90

Chicago Ekes Out Tight Series With Anaheim

September 15: Chicago 3, Anaheim 2

Eddie Collins led the Chicago charge with three knocks while Ed Walsh handled a complete game on the mound. The loss officially eliminated the Angels from winning the division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 101 000 - 2  7  3
CHI 100 200 00x - 3 10  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  3  3  0  2  4  
E. Walsh    9.0  2  2  0  3  8 

ANA 64-86, CHI 78-70

September 16: Anaheim 6, Chicago 4

Thornton Lee’s bizarrely divided season continued its not-so-good stretch. Over his last eight starts, his ERA is 7.86. In his eight starts before that, it was 2.20.

Chili Davis knocked three singles for the winners.

                  R  H BB
ANA 303 000 000 - 6 10  1
CHI 000 021 001 - 4  9  4
HR: R. Carew (3), M. Minoso (9)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  4.2  2  2  0  2  2  
T. Lee     2.2  6  4  1  1  3 

ANA 65-86, CHI 78-71

rigneySeptember 17: Chicago 1, Anaheim 0

Starters Johnny Rigney and Andy Messersmith made it a delightfully tight rubber match. The only Angels batter to solve Rigney at all was Davis, who collected three of his team’s four hits, and Rigney picked up his first nine inning shutout of the year.

The only stain on Messersmith’s day came on back-to-back doubles by Robin Ventura and Chet Lemon in the bottom of the seventh that plated the game’s only run.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 4  3
CHI 000 000 10x - 1 6  3
HR: none

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  8.0  1  1  0  3  3  
J. Rigney       9.0  0  0  0  3  9 

ANA 65-87, CHI 79-71

Houston is First Team Officially Eliminated From Pennant Race Despite Taking Series Vs. Anaheim

September 12: Houston 7, Anaheim 6

Five dingers went a’flyin’ in the contest, including shots by Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio, the two most productive bats in the Expansion Division this season.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 202 020 - 6  6  4
HOU 002 104 00x - 7 11  4

HR: M. Trout (13), C. Davis (2), J. Edwards (3)
L. Berkman (33), C. Biggio (11)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  5.0  7  7  3  5  5  
M. Scott        7.0  4  4  2  2  8 

ANA 63-84, HOU 60-85

September 13: Anaheim 10, Houston 4

Tim Salmon is having a brutal year for Anaheim (.286 wOBA) but had a day to remember in this one with two walks, a dinger, and three runs scored. Chili Davis added three singles, and the Angels clogged up the bases all game on their way to victory.

The loss mathematically eliminated the Astros from winning the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
ANA 200 130 202 - 10 11  8
HOU 000 020 101 -  4  5  5
HR: T. Salmon (13), C. Cedeno (13)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance     9.0  4  4  1  5  5  
J.R. Richard  4.0  6  4  0  4  2 

ANA 64-84, HOU 60-86

cuellarSeptember 14: Houston 3, Anaheim 0

Houston’s Mike Cuellar made his 30th and finest appearance of the season and dished up a shutout to the Angels. Brian Downing slapped three singles against Cuellar, but the rest of the Angels lineup mustered just one hit against him.

John Lackey was good in a spot start for Anaheim but got tagged by Moises Alou for a three-run homer in the first inning that ended up being the extent of scoring in the game.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 4  3
HOU 300 000 00x - 3 6  0
HR: M. Alou (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Lackey   8.0  3  3  1  0  2  
M. Cuellar  9.0  0  0  0  0  0 

ANA 64-85, HOU 61-86

Oakland Slips Badly in Costly Losses To Anaheim

September 9: Oakland 5, Anaheim 0

Rube Waddell started the series on the right foot for the A’s with a suffocating one-hit shutout of the Halos.

                  R H BB
OAK 030 000 020 - 5 8  1
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 1  4
HR: R. Jackson (21), M. Cochrane (9)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Waddell   9.0  0  0  0  4  9  
J. Weaver    6.0  3  3  1  1  5 

OAK 78-64, ANA 61-83

September 10: Anaheim 3, Oakland 2

Lefty Grove was also on top of his game for Oakland the next day, and carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Torii Hunter started it with his third single of the game, and Troy Glaus followed with a fly-out. Left fielder Rickey Henderson then made a brutal error on a Jim Fregosi drive that sent Hunter to third and Fregosi to second. Next, shortstop Bert Campaneris added to the misery with an error of his own that allowed Hunter to tie the game. After a Rod Carew strikeout for the second out, Tim Salmon drove a single to plate Fregosi for a walk-off winner.

                  R H BB
OAK 000 200 000 - 2 7  5
ANA 010 000 002 - 3 8  2
HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
L. Grove    8.2  3  1  0  2  5  
K. Escobar  6.0  2  2  0  4  6 

OAK 78-65, ANA 62-83

parrishSeptember 11: Anaheim 6, Oakland 5 (14 innings)

Oakland again took a lead into the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match, and again suffered a lapse that ended with another major blow to their pennant chances. Dennis Eckersley had mound duties in the ninth. Chili Davis started it with a solo tater to get Anaheim within a run, and Bobby Grich tied it up in the very next plate appearance with another circuit smash.

It stayed even for four and a half more innings as the bullpens refused to give in. Finally in the bottom of the 14th, Lance Parrish ripped a two-out double, and Rod Carew slashed a single to send him home and win the series for Anaheim.

Parrish had managed just two hits total in his first nine games, but drilled three in this contest that included a double and a homer.

Anaheim starter Frank Tanana was yanked after just three innings, after which the Angels bullpen had a red letter day. Brendan Donnelly, Jarrod Washburn, Troy Percival, Bryan Harvey, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 11 shutout innings.

Oakland’s two losses were especially painful since they can’t afford to keep losing ground to Boston. They now sit six games back.

                         R  H BB
OAK 131 000 000 000 00 - 5 15  4
ANA 100 020 002 000 01 - 6 10  4

HR: C. Davis (1), B. Grich (12), L. Parrish (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
T. Hudson   6.0  3  2  1  3  5  
F. Tanana   3.0  5  4  0  1  1 

OAK 78-66, ANA 63-83

Trout & Glaus Blast Anaheim to Wins, Keep Houston in the Cellar

September 6: Anaheim 4, Houston 1

Starters Roy Oswalt and Frank Tanana were both on their games. Houston tied the game at one in the top of the seventh with the aid of a Jim Edmonds error, and in the bottom of the seventh, Houston shortstop Dickie Thon made an error on what would have been the third out. Mike Trout made the Astros pay for the blunder with a three-run homer.

                  R  H BB
HOU 000 000 100 - 1  5  2
ANA 000 100 30x - 4 11  2

HR: M. Trout (12)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   6.2  2  1  0  2  6  
F. Tanana   7.0  1  0  0  2  4 

HOU 58-81, ANA 60-81

September 7: Houston 10, Anaheim 2

Andy Messersmith was a bit of a messersmith and got pummeled in a short outing. Jose Cruz, Carlos Correa, Alan Ashby, and Art Howe all swatted three hits. Correa’s hits were all for extra bases, two doubles and a dinger. 10 of Houston’s 17 hits were of the extra-base variety to back up a good start from Mike Scott.

                   R  H BB
HOU 102 500 101 - 10 17  3
ANA 000 000 110 -  2  5  5
HR: C. Correa (3)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott        7.2  2  2  0  4  3  
A. Messersmith  3.0  7  6  1  2  3 

HOU 59-81, ANA 60-82

sportsGLAUS_t440September 8: Anaheim 4, Houston 3

Morgan Ensberg and Troy Glaus traded early solo homers. Cruz gave the Astros a 3-2 lead with a two-RBI single in the top of the sixth that they carried into the ninth. Dave Smith was charged with locking down the win in the bottom of the ninth, but Jim Fregosi started it with a single and Glaus followed with a walk-off bash.

The Angels were the league doormat in the first half of the season, but improved to an even 31-31 record in the second half.

                  R H BB
HOU 010 002 000 - 3 6  7
ANA 001 010 002 - 4 6  4
HR: M. Ensberg (7), T. Glaus-2 (26)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard  6.2  2  2  1  4  7  
D. Chance     5.2  3  3  1  6  4 

HOU 59-82, ANA 61-82

Toronto Staves Off Anaheim

September 3: Toronto 8, Anaheim 5

 

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 Shawn Green

The Angels jumped Shaun Marcum for four runs right out of the gate, but the Toronto bats stormed back for the win. Shawn Green swatted two singles plus his 24th homer. Green is tied for 10th most dongs in the league despite usually sitting against lefty starters and not having enough PAs to qualify for rate stats.

 

                  R  H BB
ANA 400 010 000 - 5  9  3
TOR 022 220 00x - 8 10  7

HR: J. Fregosi (12), S. Green (24)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   3.0  6  6  1  3  1  
S. Marcum   6.0  5  5  1  2  6 

ANA 58-80, TOR 60-76

September 4: Anaheim 11, Toronto 6

The two staff aces squared off and both melted down. Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, and Jose Bautista all took Jered Weaver deep in his four innings, but Ray Halladay got beat up even worse in just 1.2 innings pitched. A Tony Fernandez error in the second inning paved the way for a Torii Hunter grand slam.

Alomar collected half of Toronto’s eight hits.

                   R  H BB
ANA 450 001 100 - 11 16  1
TOR 004 020 000 -  6  8  7
HR: T. Hunter (11), R. Alomar (4),
P. Molitor (1), J. Bautista (20)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver    4.0  6  6  3  4  2  
R. Halladay  1.2  9  5  1  1  1 

ANA 59-80, TOR 60-77

September 5: Toronto 3, Anaheim 1

Kelvim Escobar and Jimmy Key turned in a better duel the next day. Homers from Josh Donaldson and Ernie Whitt were the difference.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 7  4
TOR 010 200 00x - 3 4  6
HR: J. Donaldson (1), E. Whitt (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  5.2  3  3  2  5  5  
J. Key      7.0  1  0  0  4  5 

ANA 59-81, TOR 61-77