Well, well, well! The TV is turned to Fox, and while I'm upset that Judge Joe Brown is over, I'm excited to bring you Game 3 of the ALCS right here on Walkoff Walk. The game's slated to begin at 4:13 p.m., or an extra-convenient 1:13 p.m. for those out in California.
While we're waiting to begin, maybe you should go read the playoff diary I've been doing for The Fightins. Or maybe you should get a drink or something, I dunno. Whatever you want!
Today's matchup is Andy Pettitte (for the Yankees) and Jered Weaver (for the Angels). Join me after the jump for the game.
4:07: I haven't really been watching any of the ALCS so far with the sound on, so this will be my first taste of Buck and McCarver. And, oh boy, am I excited. Is that the right word? Excited? Sure.
4:10: Do the Angels still have the Rally Monkey? Oh crap, do they still have Thunderstix?
4:16: Whoa! Derek Jeter drills a 2-0 pitch over the fence and it's a leadoff homer. Quick. Yankees 1, Angels 0.
4:19: Jered Weaver comes back to strike out Johnny Damon, then gets Mark Teixeira to fly out to center.
4:20: A-Rod also flies out to center, and the top half of the first is over.
4:22: As I hoped, the Keys to the Game were nonsensical. But they were extra nonsensical, as I did not expect them to be sponsored by Ninja Assassin!
Yes, the Yankees will need to keep pitching if they want to win the game. Imagine if they stopped pitching! Why, they'd have to forfeit!
4:24: Chone Figgins leads off with a single to left.
4:25: The announcers point out Andy Pettitte has pitched 224 2/3 innings in the postseason. That's pretty amazing. Bobby Abreu, 0-for-9 this series so far, is up.
4:27: Abreu fouls out to Teixeira. One down, Figgins still on first.
4:29: Andy Pettitte induces a ground ball from Torii Hunter, and it's a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. For some reason Pettitte jaws at the umpire on his way off the field. End 1st.
4:34: Hideki Matsui rips a curve right in front of Bobby Abreu and a casino ad, and he's on first with a single.
4:37: Jorge Posada strikes out looking, or at least that's what the crowd and Joe Buck say. But it was actually just strike two, and Posada eventually walks. Two on, nobody out.
4:39: Robinson Cano grounds weakly to short, and Aybar's only able to get Posada at second. First and third with nobody out for Swisher.
4:42: Swisher flies out to shallow left, no chance for Matsui to score. Two down.
4:45: Melky Cabrera grounds out, and the top of the second is over.
4:49: Vlad Guerrero singles to center for another leadoff runner for the Angels. Fox then treats us to an extremely boring conversation between home plate umpire Bill Miller and Jorge Posada.
4:52: Juan Rivera grounds to short; Jeter gets Vlad at second but the relay throw is just a tad late and there's one down.
By the way, all the stars are out today!
4:56: And there's your double play ball. Kendry Morales hits it to Jeter, we go 6-4-3 and Fox goes out with some sort of "Walkin' on the Sun" knockoff. I think sports stations are using knock-off stock songs due to the economic downturn; they used to use the real stuff. End 2nd.
5:01: I was in the other room, and while that happened Derek Jeter flies out and Johnny Damon grounded out.
5:02: We get a report from Ken Rosenthal. Ken and I were both Daily Pennsylvanian sports editors (not at the same time, obviously). He begins with, "Jered Weaver's parents are separated -- but for the best of reasons." Oh, it's a twist! You sly dog, Ken!
5:03: Mark Teixeira strikes out, and that's the end of the top of the third.
5:07: Howie Kendrick flies out to right.
5:08: And now Mike Napoli flies out to right. Erick Aybar ends the flyout parade by singling to center.
5:12: Andy Pettitte has thrown over to first 45,183 times so far this game, a playoff record.
5:14: And after all that, Aybar steals second anyway. It's 2-2 to Figgins with two down.
5:15: And then Figgins fouls out to first. After all that. End 3rd.
5:16: So how stupid does this movie Ninja Assassin look?
I'll bite: It looks stupider than the Keys to the Game.
5:18: Hey, there's a homer from A-Rod, the New York media's favorite playoff choker. Yankees 2, Angels 0.
5:21: And now Matsui walks.
5:23: Fun fact about Angel Stadium of Anaheim courtesy of Wikipedia: "An urban legend persists that marijuana seeds left on the outfield grass by concert-goers sprouted and had to be destroyed by ground crews." Is this really an urban legend? I thought urban legends were about monsters and such.
5:24: Jorge Posada singles to deep right center, but Matsui somehow only makes it to second.
5:25: Here's our question of the game: "How many pairs of brothers have been teammates for the Angels?" Tim McCarver: "Jim Fregosi didn't have a brother that played for the Angels. Nolan Ryan didn't have a brother that played for the Angels, nor did Dean Chance or Bo Belinsky." I think he's going to name every person who played for the Angels, ever. What about Jim Abbott, Tim?
5:26: Robbie Cano grounds into a fielder's choice. First and third with one out.
5:31: Swisher strikes out. We get an awesome slow motion replay from the Fox crew. It's seriously awesome how closely you can see the ball breaking. Why don't we get this more often?
5:32: Melky Cabrera pops one to short center; Erick Aybar tracks it down on a nice play, and the top of the fourth is over.
5:34: I thought the kid in that pretty cool Canon commercial used to crash into the car after catching the lateral, but I guess I was wrong. He totally should, though. Street touch football should always have legalized tackling into cars.
5:37: McCarver notes that Rod Carew "could also steal home... from third." I'd be really impressed if he could steal home from first.
5:38: Abreu hits it hard, but it goes right to Johnny Damon in left. One down.
5:40: Torii Hunter singles to left. Fox notes his favorite quote is, "With great power comes great responsibility," from Spider-man. My favorite quote is, "With great power comes a great chance to get people to do things for you, and God I'd sure like to get some great power so I could just sit on my ass all day," from me, right now.
5:43: Pettitte runs the count to 3-0 to Vlad. He's also thrown over 50 times this at-bat.
5:44: Torii Hunter goes for second, Pettitte picks him off, and there are two outs. CS 1-3-4 if you're scoring at home and for some reason using this blog to do so.
5:45: Vlad walks. Now a break for some Anaheim fashion!
I'll beat Matt_T to it: Accidentally fresh! (And also: Play her off, Keyboard Cat! She's in your base, killin' your d00ds! All your base are belong to her!)
5:46: And Juan Rivera flies out. This game is 45 minutes of baseball and 45 minutes of Andy Pettitte throwing over to first. Somebody hit a double to get on base, please! End 4th.
5:49: Jeter lines the first pitch to right. One down.
5:50: Johnny Damon crushes one down the left field line. It lands a few rows back, and that's the third solo homer today. Yankees 3, Angels 0.
5:52: Teixeira walks. Rosenthal: "It's like aura and mystique have made a comeback." He then predicts the Phillies won't have the pitching to beat the Yankees in the World Series. Yankees, World Series champs, 2009-2015!
5:53: A-Rod flies out to deep, deep left. Two down.
5:56: Matsui strikes out. Top of the fifth is over.
6:01: Hey, there we go! After a Morales strikeout, Howie Kendrick crushes one to left for the Angels' first run of the game. The announcers were talking to Joe Girardi at the time for extra hilarity. Yankees 3, Angels 1.
6:03: Napoli strikes out. The Angels shot off fireworks after the homer, leading to Napoli's at-bat being the baseball equivalent of the Fog Bowl.
6:05: Aybar grounds to third. End 5th.
6:08: Darren Oliver is in to pitch for the Angels; Jorge Posada will lead off.
6:10: Posada strikes out swinging. One down.
6:11: Cano grounds one toward short, Erick Aybar stabs at it deep in the hole but it goes off his wrist. It's (rightly, I think) ruled a hit.
6:14: After Swisher chops one down the line that goes just foul, he strikes out swinging.
6:17: Cabrera breaks his bat and lines out. And the bat gets stuck right in the ground.
Neat! Yes, I'm easily amused.
6:20: Chone Figgins grounds out to short. Bobby Abreu, who hasn't had a hit this series, is up.
6:22: Here was Joe Girardi, earlier in the game, after Jeter's homer I think.
Razor Ramon (or somebody) is going to sue for copyright infringement.
(Don't worry, Rob, I hosted it externally!)
6:23: Abreu singles to right.
6:26: Hunter flies out to right. McCarver: "Thunderstix in the stands; Thunderstix on the field is what they're looking for." Ugh, that line was almost worse than Thunderstix.
6:30: Vlad hits a bomb that carries, carries, carries.... and just clears the fence in left. Abreu scores ahead of him and it's a whole new ballgame. Angels 3, Yankees 3.
6:31: Rivera pops out. How much fun are those homers that you're not sure if they're going to go out, and then they carry and... GONE! I guess that particular one wasn't that fun if you're a Yankees fan. End 6th.
6:33: Apparently, there's a Rick Steves iPhone app.
6:37: Jeter strikes out swinging. One down.
6:38: Johnny Damon lines out to center.
6:39: Texieria walks. Mike Scioscia comes out for a pitching change.
6:44: A-Rod grounds to third, Figgins goes to second and it's stretch time. Let's go with a little late era George Harrison for our stretch music. Warning: This may be the catchiest song of all time.
6:50: Pedro Morales bloops one down the right field line that's just foul. It's 3-2 now.
6:51: Morales flies out to Damon. Pettitte comes out; Joba Chamberlain comes in.
6:54: Howie Kendrick blasts the first pitch to deep right center; it bounces off the wall and he has a triple with one out.
6:56: Izturis hit a sac fly to right center. Angels 4, Yankees 3.
6:59: Aybar lines one down the right field line and the Angels have another runner in scoring position.
7:00: Joba Chamberlain's going to come out. Hey, the same 5 commercials are playing again. Whee!
7:03: Marte is in to pitch; Figgins flies to right on the first pitch. C'mon, listen to Bobby Abreu a little more and take a pitch or two! End 7th.
7:07: Incidentally, it's Kevin Jepsen who's pitching and who got the last out in the seventh inning. He walks Matsui, and Brett Gardner will pinch run.
7:10: Gardner tries to steal, but it's a pitch out and Aybar tags him on the ass before he gets in there. Huge for the Angels. One down.
7:12: Even more huge now, I guess. Jorge Posada drives one to center, it's right over the Nick Adenhart memorial and it's a tie game. Yankees 4, Angels 4.
7:13: Robbie Cano drives up the middle, and the go-ahead run is on first with one out.
7:16: Swisher walks. Angels fans are not too happy right now, I can only assume.
7:17: Cabrera swings at a pitch that nearly makes a tunnel to Albuquerque, but Jeff Mathis (he came in to catch, sorry forgot to note that after Izturis pinch-hit) makes a nice block in the dirth.
7:19: Cabrera strikes out. Two down.
7:20: 1-2 to Jeter after a pitch that just catches the black, according to whatever Fox's pitch tracking thing is called.
7:21: Jeter grounds to the pitcher, but the Yanks did tie it up. We head to the bottom of the eighth. Exciting!
7:23: If someone could get this Blackberry commercial with the crappy "All You Need Is Love" cover off the air, I'd be really happy. I dunno if anybody has the power to do this, but let me know. Phil Coke is in to pitch, incidentally.
7:25: Ack. Bobby Abreu clobbers one to deep right center for a double... but he goes for third, then decides to go to back to second; it's an 8-6-3 putout and there's one down. Abreu hangs his head afterward and it's time for a pitching change.
7:28: Phil Hughes has come in to pitch; he'll face Torii Hunter.
7:29: And he K's Hunter on three pitches. Geeze, learn from Bobby Abreu and take some pitches and then screw up on the basepaths!
7:31: Vlad grounds to A-Rod, who throws wildly to first -- but Teixeira tags Vlad for the third out. End 8th.
7:32: When is Ninja Vampire Assassin coming out? On a side note, I think I've corrected all the Mark Teixeira spelling errors I've made so far in this liveblog.
7:35: Brian Fuentes is in to pitch. Johnny Damon makes it easy for him, at least at first, by grounding out to second.
7:36: Tim McCarver lets us know that Derek Jeter knew by his spider senses that Abreu would try to go back to second.
7:37: Teixeira strikes out. Two down.
7:38: A-Rod is going to get intentionally walked with nobody on base. Yes, the go-ahead run is put on automatically. It's nice that Yankees fans and New York media never complained about A-Rod during his previous postseason struggles with the Yanks; they really deserve his Bondsian performances now.
7:39: Jerry Hairston Jr. is at bat now.
7:40: And Hairston K's. Angels better finish this here so I can watch the Phillies game in peace. Sorry, Rob.
7:43: Rob, via IM: "You are officially off the hook for extra innings." Phew. And he even wrote it like that, capitalization and all, so I didn't even have to capitalize it when I posted it here. Aww, Rob, thanks! I can probably stay through the 10th, though.
7:44: I've never actually bailed on a liveglog here before, though, as far as I remember. Hmm. Anyway, Juan Rivera grounds out to short for the first out.
7:46: Kendry Morales lines one down the first base line, but Teixeira makes a nice leaping catch for out number two.
7:47: And Howie Kendrick pops out. It's only 10-of, though, so I'm gonna keep going! End 9th.
7:51: Jason Bulger is in for the Angels. He'll face Posada. I love his headshot.
7:53: Annnnd it's a strikeout of Posada. Nice job by Bulger there, "he battled back from 3-0," as an announcer would say.
7:54: Robbie Cano grounds out to second. Two down.
7:57: And Bulger strikes out Swisher. I'd like to thank this game for going into extra innings, actually, so I can miss the TBS pregame show. It's Mathis-Aybar-Figgins in the bottom half of the 10th.
8:00: Jeff Mathis doubles to deep left center. The crowd goes wild, Mo Rivera is coming in and I have to see these same five commercials again.
8:05: Hey, we've seen this before! Aybar bunts, Rivera throws to third and it shorthops A-Rod. Damon backs it up nicely to save the game, but it's 1st and 3rd with no outs.
8:07: Figgins grounds to first, Teixeira makes a nice play for the out at first, and Mathis has to hold. Aybar goes to second. They'll walk Bobby Abreu here to set up the force at home.
8:08: Torii Hunter is up with a chance to win it.
8:10: 0-1. Three balls from SHRIMP.
8:11: 2-1. Two balls from SHRIMP.
8:12: Hunter grounds to first, Teixeira comes home. Two down.
8:13: Vlad is up. It's 1-1. Three balls from SHRIMP!
8:14: And another groundout to first. That's it for me, Rob will let you know what's going on in the comments. Sorry, fellas! End 10th.
8:40: Hey, the Angels won in the 11th! Mathis doubled to left and Howie Kendrick scored. Sorry, Rob. End 11th.
Final: Angels 5, Yankees 4. Yankees lead ALCS, 2-1.