Angels-Red Sox: Angels Persevere, Put Off Series Sweep in 12

Scott FowlerCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

12 in a row was just sitting in the backs of their heads.

After getting to Boston ace Josh Beckett early in the first, and only coming away with one run, the Angels must have felt like the series clincher was closing in around them.

A mis-communicated pop fly that (to borrow a hockey term) split the D in shallow center scored three with two outs, and the Halos were suddenly down 3-1 in Game Three of the ALDS in Fenway.

Enter Mike Napoli.

In my pre-series article, I actually called the Angels in four.

At least they're still playing in Game Four.

I also called Mike Napoli out as the player most likely to have a huge series.

Boy was tonight one hell of a start.

The Angels are nowhere near done with this series yet, and they face an even harder test tomorrow when Jon Lester takes the mound.

Now, I also called the Angels out for having no heart, or at least for not playing with it.

I'll hold my tongue a bit, but tonight's game was more about perseverance than attitude. What did happen, though, is the Angels found out first hand that they can win a game against this team in the postseason, snapping an 0-11 skid against the Red Sox that went back 22 years.

Hats off tonight go to:



His two-run shot and solo homer were enough to keep the Angels in it, until he scored on Erick Aybar's single in the 12th, which was also enough for the win.



Great production from the top of the order tonight and a fabulous night with the glove at third.


Scot Shields

Having had his share of problems against Boston, especially of late, it was great to see him come in and do it tonight. The curve was off the charts, and the heater was the perfect complement.



Great job to come in in a bullpen role for the starter, and pitched a great game, giving his team the win.

That's the good that came out of tonight's must win, and I just want to say that if the Angels can finally turn the page, maybe tomorrow they can get a hit when it matters, having left a dozen or so runners on base again tonight.

Go Lackey.

Go Halos.

Two wins in one day, ok fellas? Bring it back home.