When Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick let that ball drop between 'em on Sunday night, I figured it was probably time for Mike Scioscia to call him team off the field, load it up on the charter, call up The Dark Knight on the in-flight movie and head back to Anaheim. Hey, it sure didn't look like their day, let alone their ALDS and my instinct for flight in the face of failure was flaring up.
Oh me of little faith.
Not only did the Angels fight back from that three-run error to win in 12 innings, they also did it in resilient fashion, riding the back of catcher Mike Napoli and withstanding two innings pitched from Jonathan Papelbon. They gained whatever momentum they could from such a marathon game.
Frankly, the Angels should take whatever momentum they can get because Boston ace Jon Lester is taking the mound for the Red Sox tonight. Yeah, I just called him the ace and given both Josh Beckett's struggle with injury and Lester's Game 1 performance (7 IP, 6H, 7K, 0ER) it's a title he currently deserves. If you're a Red Sox fan, there isn't anyone else you want out of the mound against John Lackey, another pitcher who also started and won a World Series clincher.
You all know the stakes and it should be a good one, so long as it doesn't take 5 hours and 19 minutes to complete. If the Angels win, both teams go back to Anaheim. If the Red Sox win, they prepare for Friday's Game 1 of the ALCS while the Halos search for that copy of TDK. Let's get it on.
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