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Angels postseason history
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10/03/2004 7:00 PM ET
Angels postseason history
World Series win in 2002 changed franchise's image
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Who can forget the Rally Monkey, who got Angels fans hyped up in the 2002 World Series? (Anaheim Angels)

As the 2004 playoffs begin, it's time to take a look at the history of the Angels in the postseason:

1979 -- Baltimore tops the Angels in the ALCS, 3-1.

The American League West champion Angels dropped the first two games, losing Game 1 in 10 innings and falling in Game 2 in a 9-8 thriller. In Game 3, the Angels made it interesting with a comeback 4-3 win, scoring two in the bottom of the ninth. The Orioles put any questions about the outcome of the series to rest, however, with an 8-0 shutout in Game 4, as Scott McGregor went the distance for the win.

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1982 -- Milwaukee beats the Angels in the ALCS, 3-2

The Reggie Jackson-led Angels went on top in the five-game set, 2-0, behind solid starting pitching. Bruce Kison and a 39-year-old Tommy John each turned in a complete game as the Angels traveled to Milwaukee needing just one win in the last three games to earn a trip to their first World Series.

But the Brewers came right back, winning Games 3 and 4 -- in which the Brew Crew never trailed -- and then took Game 5, 4-3, by scoring two in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single by Cecil Cooper.

1986 -- Boston over the Angels in the ALCS, 4-3

The teams split the first two games in Fenway Park, each winning a blowout. In California, the Angels won Game 3 behind seven strong innings from left-hander John Candelaria. In Game 4, the Angels scored three in the bottom of the ninth, with Calvin Schiraldi hitting Brian Downing with the bases loaded to force in the tying run. Bobby Grich's 11th-inning single scored Jerry Narron for the win and the Angels led the series, 3-1.

The Angels led, 5-2, in the top of the ninth of Game 5 when the Red Sox scored four runs to take a one-run lead. The key moment occurred when closer Donnie Moore had Dave Henderson in a hole with two strikes and two out -- putting the Angels one strike from the World Series. Moore instead surrendered a two-run blast that gave Boston the lead. The Angels tied the game in the bottom half of the inning, but lost the game in 11 innings, 7-6, on a Henderson sacrifice fly. The next two games in Boston were laughers, with the Red Sox winning 10-4 in Game 6 and 8-1 in Game 7, thereby advancing to the World Series.

2002 -- The Angels conquer San Francisco in the World Series, 4-3

The Angels stunned the four-time defending AL champion New York Yankees in a four-game AL Division Series, with Jarrod Washburn getting the clinching victory in the franchise's first postseason series win. The Angels scored a Division Series-record eight runs in the fifth inning and their 10 hits in the frame tied the postseason record set by the Philadelphia A's in the 1929 World Series.

In the ALCS, the Angels handled the Minnesota Twins in five games, as ALCS MVP Adam Kennedy cracked three home runs in the 13-5 clinching game, turning in a surreal 4-for-4 effort with five RBIs and three runs scored, with the last home run coming in a 10-run seventh inning.

In the 42-year-old franchise's first World Series, the Angels took two of the first three games from National League champion San Francisco, only to see the Barry Bonds-led Giants charge back for a 3-2 series lead.

The Giants took a 5-0 lead late in Game 6. But then the Angels' fan-favorite mascot, the Rally Monkey, came out in full force, as Scott Spiezio hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning. In the eighth inning, Darin Erstad homered, preceding Troy Glaus' two-run double for an improbable 6-5 triumph. The Angels then won their first world championship with a 4-1 victory in Game 7, as Garret Anderson stroked a three-run double in the third inning and 24-year-old John Lackey became the first rookie to win a World Series Game 7 in 93 years. Postseason sensation Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez and closer Troy Percival sealed the victory, and third baseman Glaus was named World Series MVP for hitting .385 with three homers and eight RBIs.

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