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.
"We didn't hit with runners in scoring position," Abreu said. "That's what it is, pretty much." Indeed, it is. The Angels were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position, leaving 16 men on base. What's more, the main offenders were right in the thick of the lineup. Abreu stranded five men, Torii Hunter stranded four and, worst of all, Vladimir Guerrero stranded eight. The pregame talk had centered around leadoff man Chone Figgins, his 0-for-16 funk in the postseason and his need to get on base to generate some offense for this Angels club. But Figgins got on base four times on Saturday night and came up empty in the run column. "We did a lot of good things out there on that ball field tonight," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Unfortunately, one of them wasn't hitting with runners in scoring position. And that's eventually what hurt us. We had a lot of opportunities out there. We couldn't get that key hit that might have put the game in a little different light moving forward." They didn't get it in the seventh, when a Robinson Cano fielding error and a Figgins walk left two on with one out in a 2-2 ballgame. Phil Coke, who relieved A.J. Burnett, struck out Abreu, then gave way to reliever Joba Chamberlain. Hunter reached on an infield single to short to load the bases, but Guerrero, en route to a 1-for-7 night, struck out swinging to end the inning.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.