Angels Short Hops: Game 1

Angels Short Hops: Game 1

BOSTON -- Fielding the Angels' 4-0 Game 1 loss to the Red Sox on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
John Lackey gave up a first-inning homer to Kevin Youkilis, and that was all the support that Red Sox ace Josh Beckett needed.

Frozen moment
After David Ortiz hit a hanging curveball for a two-run homer in the third inning, Lackey stood just off the mound with his mouth agape -- a picture of frustration.

Big number
4 -- That's how many hits the Angels got off Beckett, and all of them were singles.

Game balls

Ervin Santana

Santana helped keep the Halos within striking distance with two perfect innings.

Chone Figgins

Figgins, the Angels' best third baseman, started in right field with Vladimir Guerrero hurting and did his job as a leadoff man, opening the game with a single.

John Lackey

When Mike Lowell singled to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead in the third, it looked like it was going to be a short night for Lackey, but he settled in for three scoreless innings to make sure that it wouldn't be a long night for the Angels' bullpen.

Sense of October
Some 3 1/2 hours before the first pitch, a middle-aged man was milling about on Yawkey Way, just outside the stadium, decked out in a Fred Flintstone costume and wearing an Angels cap while swinging around a stuffed rally monkey.

Lines of the Game
Angels' team
31 AB, 4 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 R, 0 SB, 0 BB
Comment: Beckett simply dominated.

Ervin Santana
2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks
Comment: Dropped from the rotation after an inconsistent regular season, Santana likely restored some faith with his dominant outing.

"I'm just going to go out there and do what I do best." -- Game 2 starter Kelvim Escobar

Next step
Escobar, who walked five and gave up five hits in 3 1/3 innings while losing Game 3 of the 2004 American League Division Series at Fenway, needs to be at his best on Friday night. If he's not, the Halos could be staring at a repeat of that 2004 sweep.

Mychael Urban is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.