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10/18/09 3:30 AM ET
In RISP situations, Halos falling short
Angels go 3-for-15 in key spots vs. Yankees in Game 2
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- One could use thousands of words to describe a five-plus-hour, 13-inning Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and how the Angels came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 final score against the Yankees on Saturday.The Angels also camp up empty in the eighth, when they had two on with one out, only to see Chamberlain strike out Gary Matthews Jr., who stranded four runners in two at-bats, and Mariano Rivera induce an inning-ending groundout from Erick Aybar. Figgins' RBI single gave the Angels a potential go-ahead run in the 11th, but they were unable to pad that lead, and it would come back to haunt them when Alex Rodriguez took closer Brian Fuentes deep in the bottom of the inning. Abreu was intentionally walked by Alfredo Aceves to put two on with one out, but Hunter grounded into a double play. It didn't get any better in the 12th, when Matthews struck out with two on and two outs, or in the 13th, when Hunter and Guerrero grounded out in succession with two on. And when the Yankees finally won the game in the bottom of the 13th, the Angels were left kicking themselves for a multitude of opportunities lost. "We had a lot of opportunities," Abreu said. "We didn't get the right hit." Abreu is 0-for-9 in this series, with four strikeouts; Guerrero is 2-for-11 with four strikeouts. "We're not getting it done in the batter's box right now in these first couple of games," Scioscia said. "But these guys can turn it around very quickly. They've hit for us all season. They'll hit here. You know, you have to just keep grinding it out. Torii has been as clutch as anybody in the league. Vlad, same way. And Bobby Abreu has been maybe our best offensive player. So there's no concern. But sure, we need these guys to start chipping in and doing their part. And we're very confident they will."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.