Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Phillies and Angels Win with Identical 5-4 Walk-offs

Players of the Day for Monday, October 19, 2009 LA Angels 5 NY Yankees 4, 11 innings The Yankees and Angles played their second straight extra-innings game, but this time the Angels came out on top, as Jeff Mathis drove home Howie Kendrick with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning. Mathis, inserted into the lineup to replace starting catcher Mike Napoli, who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 7th, finished with 2 hits in 2 at-bats and the most important RBI of the game. New York took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 5th on solo homers by Derek Jeter (1st inning), Alex Rodriguez (4th) and Johnny Damon (5th), but LA nibbled away with a run in the bottom of the 5th, two more in the 6th and another single run in the 7th to take a 4-3 lead. The game was tied in the 8th when Jorge Posada belted a solo shot to center, setting up the dramatic finish in extra innings. The win was crucial to the Angels' cause, clipping the Yankee lead to 2 games to 1, instead of what could have been an insurmountable 3-0 lead for the Bombers. The series resumes on Tuesday night at 7:57 pm EDT in Los Angeles. Scott Kazmir will start for LA, while C.C. Sabathia goes to the mound on three days rest for the Yankees. Philadelphia Phillies 5 LA Dodgers 4 Mr. Dependable came through in the clutch, putting the Phialdelphia Phillies one game away from capturing their second straight National League pennant. Jimmy Rollins stroked a two-out double into the right-center gap off reliever Jonathan Broxton, sending Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz to the plate with the tying and winning runs. The come-from-behind win put the Phillies in a commanding position, with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Rollins had earlier scored the game's first run, opening with a single and coming home on Ryan Howard's second home run of the series. Howard's 2 RBI extended his post-season steak to 8 games in which he has driven in at least one run, a major league record. The series takes a day off Tuesday. Game 5 is slated for 8:07 pm on Wednesday. Clayton Kershaw will face Philadelphia's Cole Hamels.

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