10/19/09 8:45 PM ET
Angels Short Hops: Game 3
Walk-off win revives ALCS chances against Yankees
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Jeff Mathis hit a walk-off double in the 11th inning to cap a wild win for the Angels, who avoided going down, 3-0.
Mathis lined one into the left-center-field gap with Howard Kendrick on first base with two outs in the 11th inning, and the speedy Kendrick came all the way around to score the winning run.
6 -- Combined number of home runs hit by both teams, tying an ALCS record. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada hit home runs for the Yankees, while Kendrick and Vladimir Guerrero hit homers for the Angels. Game balls
Mathis didn't even start the game at catcher, but he led off the 10th inning with a double and then delivered the game-winning hit in the 11th inning off reliever Alfredo Aceves.
Kendrick got the Angels on the board in the fifth inning on a solo home run -- on a 1-1 cutter from Andy Pettitte -- for his first career postseason homer. Kendrick had a triple in the seventh inning off Joba Chamberlain, then scored a go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis.
Guerrero snapped out of his recent funk with a huge homer in the sixth inning off Pettitte to tie the game at 3. But he also couldn't come through with the bases loaded and two out against Mariano Rivera in the 10th inning, when he weakly grounded out to first base.
Sense of October
The sellout crowd at Angel Stadium collectively gasped in the eighth inning when Bobby Abreu made a critical baserunning mistake. While thinking about stretching a leadoff double into a triple, he stopped halfway between second and third and was thrown out trying to return to second base. If Abreu would've held at second, the Angels would've had a runner in scoring position with no outs and the heart of their lineup coming up with the game tied.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Comment: Guerrero bounced back after going a combined 2-for-11 in Games 1 and 2. His home run was also his first in the postseason since he hit a grand slam against the Red Sox in the 2004 AL Division Series.
5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 Ks
Comment: Weaver yielded three home runs but kept the Angels in the game for five innings, exiting with Los Angeles down by just two. Weaver, though, was undoubtedly looking to last longer, but he needed 95 pitches to just get through the five innings.
"Obviously, it's the biggest hit of my life. I mean, to come through, and for Howie to have the at-bat he did right there and get on base and put one in the gap and score to win the game, it's a pretty good feeling." -- Mathis
The Angels will look to tie up the series at 2-all when they host the Yankees for Game 4 at Angel Stadium on Tuesday at 4:57 PT on FOX. Angels left-hander Scott Kazmir will toe the rubber against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.