Hits quit coming for Angels in ALCS
Figgins, Abreu slumps leave limited opportunities
NEW YORK -- In the sixth inning of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees on Sunday night, Angels leadoff man Chone Figgins tried to spark the offense by laying down a bunt.
Trouble was, Figgins bunted the ball into the dirt to his immediate right. And when he tried to streak down the line to reach with a leadoff single, the ball bounced directly into his right foot in foul territory. Figgins was out, and that was an all-too-familiar experience for him in a series in which the Angels' offense never really clicked with consistency. "It was just the way things went for me," said Figgins, who was 3-for-23 with three walks in the ALCS. "I just couldn't get anything going." Such was life for the Angels in the decisive Game 6, which they lost, 5-2. You could say they didn't take advantage of their opportunities against left-hander Andy Pettitte, but those opportunities were few and far between. The Angels notched just one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against him. "Pettitte pounded the strike zone today," center fielder Torii Hunter said. "He's usually a guy who throws a lot of balls. He pounded the zone and was ahead of everybody today." The struggle against Pettitte spoke to the larger trend in which an Angels offense that ranked first in the Majors in batting average (.285) and second in runs (883) became stymied by the Yanks' arms. In the six games, the Angels batted .236 (51-for-216) with 19 runs scored.
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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.