About one minute after the stroke of midnight in the Bronx, New York, and the Yankees defeated the Los ANgeles Angels of Anaheim 5 to 2. This game six win sent the Angels home to Anaheim without a game seven, or dreams of a return to the World Series. The Yankees, under direction from an Andy Pettitte reminiscent of his prime, were able to hold of the Angels that had pushed so hard through this 2009 playoff picture.
The Angels had swept the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. In a definitive victory, the Angels fought back and dethroned closer Jonathan Papelbon, giving him his first earned run and loss in the playoffs.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was not about to let the game drift away so easily. Excellent starting pitching, in association with two pitiful Angel errors in the eighth inning brought the Yankees to their first pennant in six years, and their fortieth in total.
It was going to be an uphill battle for the Angels, and Vladimir Guerrero came through with a key RBI that gave the Angels hope while down 3 to 2, but the game would soon unravel, and the Yankees managed to keep control of the game and the series. Unwilling to let the game slip, the Yankees opted to bring in closer Mariano Rivera right away in the eighth inning, and no combination of Angel’s pitching were able to bring a victory to Los Angeles on this Sunday Evening.
In a series where the weather had its say, a clear night of New York skies allowed this game to be completed without impediment or interruption. Angel’s starter Joe Saunders struggled early, and was pulled out after giving up a one to nothing lead. The Angels would send Darren Oliver, Ervin Santana, Scott Kazmir, and Jeff Weaver to the mound. In the eighth inning, errors by Howie Kendrick and Scott Kazmir would douse any ounce of hope left in the halos dugout, and the Yankees were able to close out the ballgame with a couple support runs in the inning.
Nine Yankees were walked by Angel pitching, and the pair of errors nearly sealed the fate of Los Angeles. Gary Matthews Junior struck out swinging during the final out as a pinch hitter, sending New York to the World Series for the first time in six years.
The Angels will have a busy off season, with more than five big names becoming free agents. It was a great season, dedicated to the loss of pitcher Nick Adenhart. As the post game show of AM 830, the Angels flagship completed, host Jeff Biggs noted that destiny does not always work out the way you want.
The Yankees clinched their fortieth pennant of their franchise history with a 5 to 2 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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