In the end it was familiar demons, bad starting pitching, shaky defense and a lack of timely hitting that did in the Yankees as they fell to the Angels 5-3. The Angels advance to the ALCS and take on the White Sox starting Tuesday night.
The Yankees had their opportunities. In the second inning they had three walks and a single, but managed only two runs. Derek Jeter led off the seventh inning with a home run to cut the Angels’ lead to two and Jason Giambi hit a one-out double, but Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui could not get the hit to drive him in. Jeter led off the ninth with a single, but Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play.
Mike Mussina was unable to get key outs when he needed them. After the Yankees took a 2-0 lead, Mussina gave up a leadoff home run and then a single before issuing a two-out walk to Steve Finley. Adam Kennedy then hit a drive that both Bubba Crosby and Gary Sheffield tried to catch and the resulting collision allowed two runs to score and Kennedy to get to third. Mussina gave up two more runs in the third and Randy Johnson came in and shutdown the Angels, but it was too little too late.
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