The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim probably thought of David Ortiz too highly. Either that, or they thought of Manny Ramirez too lowly. Either way, after Ramirez’s walk-off, three-run home run to end Friday’s game 6-3, the Angels are returning home down 2-0 in a best-of-five series.
Ramirez homered to deep left field on a 96 mph fastball from Francisco Rodriguez (0-1). The Angels closer was brought in after fellow relief pitcher Justin Speier allowed a walk to Kevin Youkilis, and he intentionally walked Ortiz.
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his major league debut in the postseason, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings. He also allowed seven hits, three walks, and only struck out three. His fastball was dominating, reaching the middle 90’s at times, but he did not look otherworldly.
Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima, and Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) combined to contribute 4.1 innings of shutout and no-hit relief.
Kelvim Escobar fared only slightly better. He threw five innings, allowed three earned runs, and walked five, versus five strikeouts. Scot Shields provided two innings of shutout relief, but last two relievers, Speier and Rodriguez, allowed three runs to score.
Garrett Anderson had the only good offense day for the Angels, going 2 for 4 with a walk. The Red Sox were led by David Ortiz’s four walks and Ramirez’s 1 for 3 night. JD Drew drove in two runs.
Going in game three are Jared Weaver (0-0) and Curt Schilling (0-0). History is against the Angels getting out of the first round: Only four times in the history of division play has a team come back from an 0-2 deficit in a division series.
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