10/06/08 1:45 AM ET
Angels Short Hops: Game 3
Napoli hammers two homers, starts winning rally in 12th
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
The Angels overcame defensive mistakes to stay alive. Mike Napoli etched his name into Angels lore with one of the franchise's best postseason games.
Angels third baseman Chone Figgins, five hours and 19 minutes after the first pitch, grabbing Alex Cora's smash with a slick backhanded pick and throwing him out at first base to end the game.
68 -- Number of postseason innings the Angels went without a home run before Napoli went deep in the second inning. Game balls
He had three straight hits to start the game, and his first-inning double got the Angels going.
He hit two home runs, drove in three runs and also got a lucky caught stealing on Jacoby Ellsbury in the seventh inning when the speedy rookie overshot second base. That was all before he started the winning rally with a single off Javier Lopez in the top of the 12th.
He was hitless in 13 at-bats in the series before he drove home the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the 12th inning.
Sense of October
Napoli's two home runs marked the fifth time in Angels history that a player has hit two home runs in a playoff game. The first four came during the Angels' march to the 2002 World Series title.
4 AB, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB
Comment: His third-inning double ended a streak of 56 postseason at-bats without an extra-base hit.
4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K
Comment: He deserved better, as the Angels misplayed a couple of balls in the outfield that directly led to all four runs.
"Wow. That was like a heavyweight title fight, huh?" -- Angels owner Arte Moreno
John Lackey, the losing pitcher in Game 1, takes the mound for the Angels and tries to win for the first time in the postseason since 2002 when he pitches Game 4 against the Red Sox on Monday night.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.