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Mays cools off Anaheim in Game 1
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 2      1   Final
10/08/2002 11:00 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Angels 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
 Twins 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 2 5 1
Mays cools off Anaheim in Game 1
By Doug Miller / MLB.com

Kevin Appier, left, talks to catcher Bengie Molina on the mound in the fourth inning. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)
MINNEAPOLIS -- In a place so deafening, the last thing the Angels expected was silence.

But that's what happened to the bats that made record-setting noise in Anaheim's previous series.

On Tuesday night, Minnesota Twins right-hander Joe Mays spun a gem, limiting the Angels to one unearned run on four singles. The result was a 2-1 loss to the Twins in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series before 55,562 in the Metrodome.

Despite five solid, blue-collar innings by Angels right-hander Kevin Appier, Mays was the man Tuesday. He cruised through eight economical innings, needing only 98 pitches. Five of his innings were 1-2-3 affairs. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

Back to WorldSeries.com "Obviously, when you're not getting any leadoff guys on in an inning, it makes it tough," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He pitched a terrific game. That's one of the best games we had pitched against us all year."

It was a sharp contrast to the Angels team that pounded out 31 runs on 54 hits while batting .376 in four games against the Yankees.

In that series, Anaheim executed every Angelic quality that has gotten them this far. They hit-and-ran, they fouled off countless two-strike pitches, they got ahead in counts and they pelted pitchers' mistakes.

On Tuesday, they couldn't take advantage of bad pitches made by Mays. There simply weren't enough of them.

    Troy Glaus   /   3B
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"As hitters, we thrive on guys making mistakes," said Angels third baseman Troy Glaus, who hit three homers against the Yankees but went 0-for-3 against Mays. "Any big-league pitchers not making mistakes are not going to be easy to hit."

Fortunately for the Angels, their starter, Kevin Appier, wasn't exactly easy to hit either. He kept them in the game with five crafty innings of two-run ball that included a few nifty escapes.

The Twins scored the first run of the ALCS in the bottom of the second inning. Torii Hunter doubled off Appier into the right-field corner, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by A.J. Pierzynski.

Anaheim tied the game in the next frame, courtesy of an error by Twins shortstop Cristian Guzman. With two outs, Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein singled in succession, putting runners on first and second.

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The next batter, Darin Erstad, bounced an easy grounder to Guzman, but the ball went through his legs, allowing Kennedy to score. Mays got out of the jam by inducing a Scott Spiezio bouncer that was handled easily by Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz for an unassisted out.

Minnesota scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the fifth. Luis Rivas drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a one-out single by Guzman, and scored on a Corey Koskie double down the right-field line.

That put the Twins up, 2-1, and the score held up, as did Mays.

The right-hander, who was bombed in his only ALDS start against Oakland and entered this series with a 14.73 ERA, kept Anaheim's hitters off balance all night.

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Second baseman Rivas helped him out in the sixth, diving to his left to snare a Garret Anderson grounder for the third out. Then Koskie pitched in, robbing Spiezio of a hit with a difficult pickup and throwout on a hot grounder to third with two outs in the seventh.

Mays didn't need much defensive help, though.

He induced 12 ground-ball outs and Twins closer Eddie Guardado finished off the Angels with a scoreless ninth for the save.

"He did a great job of not giving in in situations where he was ahead in counts," said Erstad, who went 1-for-3 against Mays. "You do that and you're gonna be successful."

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Also successful was Appier, who actually turned in the best effort yet by an Anaheim starter in the postseason. Angels relievers Brendan Donnelly, Scott Schoeneweis and Ben Weber sparkled as well, combining to keep the Twins at two runs with three hitless frames.

Everyone in the visiting clubhouse agreed it was Mays' day and time to turn the page and prepare for Rick Reed in Game 2.

"Nobody really put pressure on them tonight," Kennedy said. "We had a couple of singles in a row, but no extra-base hits, no pressure. He was throwing all of his pitches and didn't miss a whole lot. When he did, we fouled it back or hit it at somebody. He threw well.

"But we'll be back tomorrow. Don't count on this being the case for too long."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at doug.miller@mlb.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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BOX SCORE
Minnesota Twins 2, Anaheim Angels 1
 
Anaheim AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS 4010000.250
Erstad, CF 4010011.250
Salmon, RF 3000113.000
1-Figgins, PR 0000000.000
Anderson, LF 4000001.000
Glaus, 3B 4000021.000
Fullmer, DH 3010000.333
Spiezio, 1B 3000001.000
Molina, B, C 2000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH 1000010.000
Molina, J, C 0000000.000
Kennedy, 2B 3110000.333
Totals31140157 
 
a-Struck out for Molina, B in the 8th.
1-Ran for Salmon in the 9th.
 
BATTING
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Salmon.
GIDP: Salmon.
Team LOB: 4.
 
 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Jones, LF 4000011.000
Guzman, SS 3010000.333
Koskie, 3B 4021001.500
Ortiz, DH 3010003.333
a-Kielty, PH-DH 1000000.000
Hunter, CF 3110022.333
Mientkiewicz, 1B 3000111.000
Cuddyer, RF 2000102.000
Mohr, RF 0000000.000
Pierzynski, C 2001012.000
Rivas, 2B 2100111.000
Totals272523613 
 
a-Flied out for Ortiz in the 8th.
 
BATTING
2B: Hunter (1, Appier), Koskie (1, Appier).
RBI: Pierzynski (1), Koskie (1).
S: Hunter.
SF: Pierzynski.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pierzynski, Hunter 2.
Team LOB: 7.
 
FIELDING
E: Guzman (1, fielding).
DP: (Guzman-Rivas-Mientkiewicz).
 
Anaheim IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Appier (L, 0-1) 5.05223203.60
Donnelly 1.20000200.00
Schoeneweis 0.20000000.00
Weber 0.20000200.00
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Mays (W, 1-0) 8.04100300.00
Guardado (S, 1) 1.00001200.00
 
WP: Appier.
HBP: Guzman (by Donnelly).
Pitches-strikes: Appier 95-51, Donnelly 18-12, Schoeneweis 8-5, Weber 9-6, Mays 99-68, Guardado 23-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Appier 3-10, Donnelly 1-2, Schoeneweis 0-2, Weber 0-0, Mays 13-8, Guardado 0-1.
Batters faced: Appier 23, Donnelly 6, Schoeneweis 2, Weber 2, Mays 28, Guardado 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Schoeneweis 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Larry Young. LF: Dana DeMuth. RF: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 70 degrees, dome.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 2:58.
Att: 55,562.
 
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