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10/08/05 2:56 AM ET

Angels short hops

Halos' 'pen proves mightier than Yankees'

NEW YORK -- With starters Paul Byrd and Randy Johnson allowing four and five runs, respectively, Game 3 came down to which bullpen would better lock down the opposing lineup.

The Angels' Brendan Donnelly couldn't escape the fourth without damage, allowing two runs, but the three Halos relievers to follow -- Scot Shields, Kelvim Escobar and Francisco Rodriguez -- each turned in a scoreless performance. Subtract Donnelly's two runs in one-third of an inning and the Angels 'pen has turned in 10 innings of one-run ball thus far.

The Yankees couldn't find similar success, trotting out five relievers, three of whom were scored upon. Aaron Small, Tom Gordon and Al Leiter each allowed two runs, while Scott Proctor and Tanyon Sturtze emerged unscathed.

Behind the numbers
The Angels bullpen has a reputation for being stingy, and has allowed only three runs in 10 2/3 innings pitched through three games.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 3 of the ALDS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 4.33 Three relievers combined for five scoreless innings Friday.
BA .308 Lineup switch ignited the offense.
Runs 11 in Game 3 Outslugged the Yankees once, can they do it again?
BA w/RISP .388 Put lots of runners in place, then kept bringing them home.

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Bengie Molina .455, 3 Hrs, 5 RBIs Responded to lineup switch with vigor.

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Steve Finley .143, 1 RBI Entered late, couldn't break out

Frozen moment
With one run already in during the top of the seventh, Finley dropped a suicide squeeze to extend the Angels' lead to three runs. The play exemplified the Angels' small-ball approach.

Slick move
Mike Scioscia tabbed Molina for his cleanup hitter Friday. Molina responded by going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and scoring twice.

Modern history
Garret Anderson and Chone Figgins entered Friday's game a combined 4-for-43 in the Angels' last two Division Series (2004 and 2005). Then they exploded to go 6-for-11 with two runs scored and six RBIs in Game 3.

Last word
"I just think he's finally getting the opportunity to showcase what he can do and he's taking advantage of the situation."
-- Anderson on Molina

Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.