10/05/2004 10:26 PM ET
Glaus, Erstad pack a punch
Neither player happy with individual accomplishment
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Perhaps one day Troy Glaus and Darin Erstad are going to look back at the 9-3 loss to Boston in Game 1 of the American League Division Series and reminisce.
They'll remember the joy of playing America's pastime in front of a sold-out stadium and the feeling of exhilaration that comes with playing in the playoffs and facing an ace like Curt Schilling.
But don't hold your breath. That day won't come any time soon.
Despite combining to go 6-for-7 with two home runs and all three Angels RBIs in the game, Glaus and Erstad are not ready to pat themselves on the back just yet. After all, the Angels trail the Red Sox in the series, 1-0, after losing Tuesday's opener.
"This game is over and there is nothing we can do to change the outcome now," Glaus said. "We are going to come out tomorrow and put a 'W' up on the board and then take it back to Boston and win a couple there."
Glaus thrives in the playoff pressure. He finished 3-for-3 with a solo home run and two doubles. He has eight home runs in 17 career playoff games and three home runs in Game 1s of the ALDS. Of his 24 career hits in the playoffs, 14 are for extra bases.
As for Erstad, he finished 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk. He has hit safely in 16 of his 17 career playoff games and has hit a home run in two of his last three postseason games. Garret Anderson scored the Angels' other run.
"Hopefully, we got it out of our system and got the jitters out," Erstad said. "We have to have a game plan for [Wednesday starter Pedro Martinez] and we'll try again tomorrow."
Schilling was in control for most of Tuesday, allowing only two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings before giving way to an effective Boston bullpen. The secret to getting hits Tuesday against the big right-hander was really no secret at all.
"I was just trying to get a pitch to hit and do anything I can to get on base," Erstad said. "That's my role and that's what I try to do."
Glaus' explanation was even simpler -- if that's possible.
"I don't know," he said. "He made a couple of mistakes and we didn't miss them. That's it."
Mistakes were few and far between for the home team, but Chone Figgins' error in the fourth inning cost the club two runs and marked the end of starter Jarrod Washburn's afternoon. Two batters later, Manny Ramirez hit a three-run home run to give the Red Sox and 8-0 advantage.
"You know, it was a tough day out there today," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think we talked about it earlier. It's tough to give a club as stacked offensively as they are extra outs, and I think we did, and they took advantage of every one, so that was a big part of the early part of the game."
Washburn's line, like his outing, was short -- five hits, seven runs, and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Scot Shields gave up the home run to Ramirez.
Through it all, Erstad watched from his position at first base and he didn't like what he was seeing. Neither did Glaus. No Angels did.
"You can't give them any extra help and we helped them out," Erstad said. "They are a great hitting team and going against Schilling, you usually don't score a lot of runs anyway. It just didn't work out today, but we still got a chance. We have to win tomorrow. We will come back. We always do."
Like Erstad and Glaus, Vladimir Guerrero, playing in his first playoff game, isn't ready to dwell on Tuesday's performances. The slugger finished 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and three flyouts.
"When he sees something he likes, he goes after it," Scioscia said. "He just missed some pitches today. I think Schilling made some pitches, but Vlad missed some of them, so it didn't happen today for Vladimir."
Said Guerrero, "There are still games left in the series and we are not out. It was my first game in the playoffs I was trying to do more than I could. Tomorrow, I will be more calm and patient at the plate. It will be better tomorrow. I know that."
Undoubtedly, Erstad and Glaus agree.
|"He made a couple of mistakes and we didn't miss them," Troy Glaus said of Curt Schilling. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.