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Glaus' homer gives Angels 2-1 win
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 2      1   Final
10/11/2002 11:37 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Twins 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
 Angels 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 2 7 2
Glaus' homer gives Angels 2-1 win
By Doug Miller / MLB.com

Troy Glaus' eighth-inning homer gave the Angels a 2-1 win in Game 3. (Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus is a man with a big bat and very little emotion.

With a powerful swing in Friday night's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, maybe one finally caught up to the other.

Glaus continued a powerful postseason, blasting an opposite-field home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Angels to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 44,234 at Edison Field.

The late-inning dramatics are no surprise: Glaus is 4-for-6 with three homers and three RBIs in the eighth inning or later in the postseason.

But the joy he exhibited was a big surprise.

Back to WorldSeries.com As he rounded first base and saw the ball disappear into the Red Sea in the right-field pavilion, Glaus raised his arm and gave a few victory pumps. That's something that hasn't been seen from the reserved third baseman all year.

"It's fun," Glaus said. "This was a fun game where every pitch means something. It was a spur-of-the-moment emotion. It gave us a chance to win. That's why we play. That's why we're here."

Angels closer Troy Percival closed out the Twins in the ninth and the Angels took a 2-1 lead in the ALCS. They can book a ticket for the first World Series in franchise history with two more wins at home.

For Glaus, 26, it was more redemption after a year full of skepticism.

    Troy Glaus   /   3B
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 229
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Although he hit 30 homers and drove in 111 runs in the regular season, his home run numbers dropped off drastically from his 2000 and 2001 years, when he hit 47 and 41 long balls.

After a torrid early season, Glaus hit the doldrums, batting .182 with 11 RBIs in June and .217 with 10 RBIs in July. But the power returned in August and September. Over the last two months of the season, he hit 13 homers and drove in 43 runs, which got him ready for his stellar playoffs.

According to his hitting coach, Mickey Hatcher, it was all about understanding his swing.

"You've got to realize that this guy is a young guy," Hatcher said. "There's no telling what he's capable of doing with the power he has. But he needs to be aggressive, to not be afraid to swing and miss. And being able to hit the ball the other way is a key for him."

Glaus has done that well in the postseason. In Game 2, he started a three-run rally with a sharp single to right, then smoked a key triple off the baggy in right in his next at-bat.

In Game 3, he stroked a single to right in his second at-bat, then launched the homer to right off lefty reliever J.C. Romero.

"I think everybody, as hitters, we're always trying to stay on the ball and go the other way," Glaus said. "The pitchers have a little bit to do with dictating that. But the last couple days, I've just been fortunate to get a couple pitches outside and put some good swings on it -- not pop them up or do what I have done in the past."

Glaus' homer gave Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez his first win of the ALCS and his third of the playoffs.

The 20-year-old September call-up, dubbed "The Secret Weapon" by the national media, struck out two of three batters faced, setting it up for Percival, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his second straight save.

As Glaus rounded the bases, fist flying, he thought of Percival, too.

"I thought that it was great that we could get a lead to Percy and that we could win the game," he said.

And that was the extent of his emotion on this night, although, as Hatcher says, there are other times when Glaus lets his feelings show.

"He's a great worker and always goes into batting practice trying to swing with a purpose," Hatcher said. "I see the emotion when he's up there in an RBI situation and he makes an out. He gets a fire inside of him. It ticks him off."

Glaus ticked off Hatcher in Game 1 of this series by looking at an obvious third strike to end the game, then arguing with the umpire.

On Friday, Hatcher wasn't going to be one to argue.

"I like him when he's swinging aggressively," Hatcher said. "You saw that tonight."

Angels manager Mike Scioscia agreed.

"Troy does a great job of turning the page," Scioscia said. "He understands the contributions he needs to make to this team. He's a production guy. He has to drive in runs and score runs and he's doing that."

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
Anaheim Angels 2, Minnesota Twins 1
 
Minnesota AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Jones, LF 4011001.077
Guzman, SS 4000012.273
Koskie, 3B 4000043.273
LeCroy, DH 3010012.333
a-Ortiz, PH-DH 1000010.250
Hunter, CF 4010002.300
Mientkiewicz, 1B 4000011.273
Mohr, RF 4120010.400
Pierzynski, C 4000002.100
Rivas, 2B 3010001.250
Totals351610914 
 
a-Struck out for LeCroy in the 8th.
 
BATTING
2B: Jones (1, Washburn).
RBI: Jones (1).
2-out RBI: Jones.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hunter, LeCroy, Pierzynski, Guzman.
Team LOB: 7.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Mohr (1, 2nd base off Washburn/Molina, B).
 
 
Anaheim AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS 4010000.308
Erstad, CF 4010012.308
Salmon, RF 3000101.000
Ochoa, RF 0000000.000
Anderson, LF 4121004.167
Glaus, 3B 3121110.400
Spiezio, 1B 3000113.200
Wooten, DH 4010013.200
Molina, B, C 2000113.000
1-Figgins, PR 0000000.000
Molina, J, C 1000000.000
Gil, 2B 2000012.000
Totals302724618 
 

1-Ran for Molina, B in the 7th.
 
BATTING
2B: Anderson (1, Milton).
HR: Anderson (1, 2nd inning off Milton, 0 on, 0 out), Glaus (1, 8th inning off Romero, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Anderson (1), Glaus (1).
S: Gil.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gil, Wooten, Anderson 2.
Team LOB: 9.
 
FIELDING
E: Eckstein (1, throw), Gil (1, drop ball).
 
Minnesota IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Milton 6.05112411.50
Hawkins 0.11001000.00
Santana 0.10000000.00
Jackson 0.00001000.00
Romero (L, 0-1) 1.11110215.40
 
Anaheim IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Washburn 7.06110701.29
Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 1.00000200.00
Percival (S, 2) 1.00000000.00
 
Jackson pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Santana.
Pitches-strikes: Milton 99-68, Hawkins 10-6, Santana 4-2, Jackson 6-2, Romero 18-11, Washburn 106-75, Rodriguez 11-8, Percival 7-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Milton 0-14, Hawkins 1-0, Santana 1-0, Jackson 0-0, Romero 1-1, Washburn 5-9, Rodriguez 0-1, Percival 0-3.
Batters faced: Milton 25, Hawkins 3, Santana 1, Jackson 1, Romero 5, Washburn 29, Rodriguez 3, Percival 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Santana 2-0, Jackson 2-0, Romero 3-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Larry Young. 2B: Dana DeMuth. 3B: Ed Rapuano. LF: Ed Montague. RF: Mike Everitt.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:13.
Att: 44,234.
 
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