LA Angels (0-0) at NY Yankees (0-0)

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Saunders won't be deterred a day later

Joe Saunders arrived to Yankee Stadium hoping to get the ball for the Angels in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees, only to find out about two hours before first pitch that the game was postponed and pushed back to Sunday.

Angels probable pitcher

Joe Saunders

  • #51 LHP
  • (0-0) 2.57 ERA 5 SO
After going 12 days between starts, Saunders pitched superbly in Game 2 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium. Getting double-play grounders in each of his last three innings, Saunders pitched through the seventh, holding the Yankees to two runs, one on a solo homer by Derek Jeter.

It was only his second postseason start, but Saunders had the composure of a man who'd been doing it for years. He struck out Mark Teixeira to close a perfect first inning and put away Melky Cabrera after Robinson Cano's RBI triple in the second. Saunders induced double-play grounders from Jeter in the fifth, Hideki Matsui in the sixth and Cano in the seventh.

Yielding six hits and one walk, Saunders struck out five men. He's known as a finesse lefty, but it's something of a misnomer. Fully recovered from a shoulder issue that bothered him off and on most of the season, he can pound 92-94 mph fastballs on the fists or elevate and get hitters to chase with two strikes. He also has a quality breaking ball and changeup that he'll throw in any count.

Combined with his excellent stuff, Saunders has a swagger. He showed it when he pitched a scoreless inning at Yankee Stadium in the 2008 All-Star Game, and he showed it at the new Yankee Stadium while keeping his team in a game it eventually lost with a defensive lapse.

  W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 48-22 4.22 571.1 184 328 .272
Season 16-7 4.60 186.0 64 101 .279
October 1-0 3.60 5.0 2 3 .353
Vs. NY Yankees 1-0 4.73 13.1 2 6 .291
Standings - 10/25/2009 W L PCT GB Home Away
Los Angeles Angels (AL West) 97 65 .599 - 49-32 48-33
New York Yankees (AL East) 103 59 .636 - 57-24 46-35
Stats - 10/25/2009 AVG R HR RBI SB SO ERA IP H BB SO
LAA .285 883 173 841 148 1054 4.45 1445.0 1513 523 1062
NYY .283 915 244 881 111 1014 4.26 1450.0 1386 574 1260
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Extra rest nothing new for Pettitte

Andy Pettitte was just about to begin his pregame routine Saturday when the news filtered in that Game 6 of the American League Championship Series had been postponed, with a makeup scheduled for Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Yankees probable pitcher

Andy Pettitte

  • #46 LHP
  • (0-0) 4.26 ERA 2 SO
In Game 3 -- an 11-inning Yankees loss -- Pettitte held the Angels scoreless for four innings before cracking in the fifth and sixth, ultimately watching as the bullpen took the loss. With his next win, Pettitte will become the all-time Major League leader in postseason wins with 16.

The 37-year-old southpaw already holds the Major League records for most postseason starts (37) and innings (231) and is tied with John Smoltz for the most wins (15). His 148 strikeouts rank third all-time, and he is currently tied with Roger Clemens, Catfish Hunter and Dave Stewart for most wins in postseason series clinchers. A win in this one by Pettitte would put him alone at the top, with five.

Pettitte has started 10 previous potential clinchers, whether it was his team trying to end the series or prevent it, and is 4-3 with three no-decisions in those games. It will also be his fourth start in a Game 6, but he has never won one. He lost Game 6 of the 2001 World Series to Arizona, which won the title the next night. Pettitte got a no-decision in Game 6 of the 2003 ALCS, which the Yankees won in Game 7, but then lost Game 6 of the '03 Series to Josh Beckett and the Marlins.

  W-L ERA IP BB SO AVG
Career 229-135 3.91 2926.1 921 2150 .271
Season 14-8 4.16 194.2 76 148 .259
October 0-1 6.23 4.1 4 1 .316
Vs. LA Angels 0-2 7.88 16.0 8 6 .323

Angels hitters vs Andy Pettitte
Regular Season stats only

  2009 2004-2008
Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
Abreu, Bobby .500 8 0 2 .286 14 0 2
Aybar, Erick .556 9 0 1 .438 16 0 2
Figgins, Chone .000 7 0 0 .278 18 0 3
Guerrero, Vladimir .333 3 0 1 .353 17 0 1
Hunter, Torii .400 5 0 1 .231 13 1 4
Izturis, Maicer - - - - .500 4 0 0
Kendrick, Howard .143 7 0 0 .250 16 0 0
Mathis, Jeff .400 5 0 2 .333 9 0 2
Matthews, Gary .400 5 0 0 .333 24 0 1
Morales, Kendry .000 2 0 0 .000 5 0 0
Napoli, Mike .500 4 0 0 .556 9 0 0
Quinlan, Robb .167 6 0 0 .267 15 0 2
Rivera, Juan .000 3 0 0 .182 11 1 4
Willits, Reggie - - - - .000 6 0 0
Wilson, Bobby - - - - - - - -

Yankees hitters vs Joe Saunders
Regular Season stats only

  2009 2004-2008
Hitter AVG AB HR RBI AVG AB HR RBI
Cabrera, Melky .000 5 0 0 .000 6 0 0
Cano, Robinson .167 6 0 0 .182 11 0 3
Cervelli, Francisco - - - - - - - -
Damon, Johnny .167 6 0 1 .286 14 0 1
Gardner, Brett - - - - - - - -
Guzman, Freddy - - - - .000 2 0 0
Hairston Jr., Jerry - - - - .000 1 0 1
Jeter, Derek .714 7 0 0 .467 15 1 2
Matsui, Hideki 1.000 1 1 1 1.000 1 1 1
Molina, Jose .250 4 0 0 .167 6 0 0
Posada, Jorge .667 3 0 0 .500 4 0 0
Rodriguez, Alex .571 7 2 3 .500 14 2 4
Swisher, Nick .167 6 0 2 .238 21 1 6
Teixeira, Mark .000 7 0 0 .125 16 0 0

Stars 'n' Pinstripes (2-4) (4-2)

Yankees 5, Angels 2

Not to be for Halos

History was not on the Angels' side in this postseason. In 2002 and '05, the Halos fell to the Yanks in a playoff opener and were able to come back to take the series. But that feat could not be achieved this time around, as Los Angeles' memorable season came to an end in Game 6 of the ALCS in New York.

Yankees 5, Angels 2

LA Angels AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Figgins, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .130
Abreu, B, RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .160
Hunter, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .304
Guerrero, DH 4 0 3 1 0 1 0 .370
  1-Willits, PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Morales, K, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .167
Kendrick, H, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 .286
Rivera, J, LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .200
Mathis, J, C 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 .583
  a-Izturis, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100
  Napoli, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
  b-Matthews, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Aybar, E, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .250
Totals 34 2 9 2 1 7 14  

a-Grounded into a forceout for Mathis, J in the 7th. b-Struck out for Napoli in the 9th.
1-Ran for Guerrero in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Mathis, J (5, Pettitte), Guerrero (3, Pettitte).
TB: Figgins; Abreu, B; Hunter; Guerrero 4; Rivera, J 2; Mathis, J 2.
RBI: Abreu, B (2), Guerrero (5).
2-out RBI: Abreu, B; Guerrero.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morales, K 2.
GIDP: Aybar, E.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Kendrick, H (1, missed catch), Kazmir (1, throw).
DP: 3 (Kendrick, H-Aybar, E-Morales, K, Figgins-Morales, K, Morales, K-Aybar, E-Morales, K).

 
NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 .259
Damon, LF 4 0 2 2 1 0 3 .300
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 .222
Rodriguez, A, 3B 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 .429
Posada, C 5 0 0 0 0 1 10 .200
Matsui, H, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Cano, 2B 2 2 1 0 2 1 0 .261
Swisher, RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .150
  1-Gardner, PR-CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .391
Totals 28 5 9 4 9 3 19  


1-Ran for Swisher in the 8th.

BATTING
TB: Damon 2; Teixeira 2; Rodriguez, A 2; Cano; Swisher; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Damon 2 (5), Rodriguez, A (6), Teixeira (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada 3; Damon 2.
S: Cabrera, Me 2; Swisher.
SF: Teixeira.
GIDP: Posada 2; Teixeira.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Swisher (Guerrero at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Cano-Teixeira, Swisher-Teixeira).

 
LA Angels IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Saunders (L, 0-1) 3.1 7 3 3 5 0 0 4.35
Oliver 2.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.26
Santana, E 1.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1.59
Kazmir 0.2 0 1 0 1 0 0 7.71
Weaver, Jr 0.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.26
 
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pettitte (W, 1-0) 6.1 7 1 1 1 6 0 2.84
Chamberlain (H, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.40
Rivera, Ma (S, 2) 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.29

Santana, E pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

Pitches-strikes: Saunders 83-42, Oliver 33-20, Santana, E 16-8, Kazmir 22-12, Weaver, Jr 10-4, Pettitte 99-64, Chamberlain 7-4, Rivera, Ma 34-23.
Groundouts-flyouts: Saunders 7-3, Oliver 5-1, Santana, E 2-1, Kazmir 1-1, Weaver, Jr 0-0, Pettitte 8-4, Chamberlain 2-0, Rivera, Ma 4-1.
Batters faced: Saunders 22, Oliver 8, Santana, E 4, Kazmir 5, Weaver, Jr 2, Pettitte 25, Chamberlain 2, Rivera, Ma 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Oliver 3-0, Kazmir 1-1, Weaver, Jr 2-0, Chamberlain 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Tim McClelland. 2B: Laz Diaz. 3B: Bill Miller. LF: Jerry Layne. RF: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 58 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:40.
Att: 50,173.
October 25, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner