Monday, January 24, 2011

ALCS: Halos comeback with 2 in the 9th to take opener

GAME 1 - Dodger Stadium - LAA 3, CHW 2
Ray Herbert vs Dean Chance
Game winning Sac Fly
After loading the bases with nobody out Chicago was poised for a big inning. Dean Chance dug down deep and got Joe Cunningham to pop out and Cam Carreon to ground back to the box for two quick outs and no runs allowed. Up stepped the number 8 hitter Bob Sadowski, who must have thought he was a cleanup hitter since he line a 2 run single to right to score Floyd Robinson and Jim Landis to make it 2-0 Chisox. For most pitchers and most franchises this type of an inning can be deflating, but not for the second year Angels who are gritty and resolute. The Halos made it 2-1 in the 5th when George Thomas walked and eventually scored on a Bill Moran groundout. Still it looked like the pitching rich Sox were going to be able to hold on. Reliever Turk Lown was brought on in relief of Hebert who allowed a lead off single to Felix Torres in the bottom of the 9th. Lown would leave 3 batters later having not recorded an out and having walked in the tying run. Catcher Buck Rodgers singled to greet Lown, who proceeded to walk the next two hitters. The walk to Jim Fregosi plated Torres to tie the game at 2. Dean Stone was brought in to face Tom Satriano, who lifted a fly ball deep enough to score the slow footed Rodgers from third, which made it a 3-2 final in favor of the Halos.
Angels lead series 1-0

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