10/16/05 1:13 AM ET
Angels short hops
Momentum isn't on AL West champs' side right now
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
During Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series, it seemed like all the energy belonged to the Angels. But since the strikeout call in the ninth inning of Game 2, everything has seemed to go Chicago's way.
The Angels have struggled to score runs, put runners in scoring position and even to get hits. The team has only strung together 15 hits combined in the last three games.
Sitting on the brink of elimination, the Angels need to come up with some offense and fast. Calling all rally monkeys, the Angels need you.
Behind the numbers
The middle of the Angels lineup has gone 5-for-44 over four games in the ALCS.
Even after the White Sox got off to a 3-0 lead in the first, the Angels looked to have a good chance at rallying in the second. But Steve Finley grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the scoring threat on what may have been interference by Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALCS.
|ERA||3.53||Starting to really miss Bartolo Colon|
|BA||.174||Finding hits becoming more rare for Angels|
|BA w/ RISP||.067||Not a number that earns playoff wins|
|Runs||2||Struggling to put together runs|
|Errors||1||Led to one run but not really a factor|
|Scot Shields||4 2/3 IP, 0.00 ERA||A bright spot in a dim series for the Angels|
|Chone Figgins||.071, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs||One hit in ALCS to go along with three strikeouts|
Ervin Santana looked hit or miss from the get-go on Saturday, and a bullpen that hasn't been rested much didn't leave much choice for the Angels but to stick with him until the fifth.
Scoreless no more
Esteban Yan surrendered the first runs allowed by the Angels bullpen on Saturday when he gave up two in the eighth inning.
All good things come to an end
Orlando Cabrera saw his eight-game postseason hitting streak come to an end when he failed to collect a hit on Saturday. It is the first time in 11 career LCS games that he has failed to collect a hit.
"We've been looking up at their dust for a while early in the games, and it's tough for us to get the continuity to get back into our game and to catch up right now with some bats soft. But it's not over yet. We're going to come out tomorrow and look to play a better game, especially on the offensive end."
-- Mike Scioscia
Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.