Saturday, October 30, 2010

Angels Eliminate Nationals in Five Games

The Angels advance to their first-ever World Series by defeating the Washington Nationals 4 games to 1.

Congrats to Nationals coach Jim Colquhoun on a great season ... this was a hard-fought series, but Angels' bats were a little too much in the end.

Anaheim 3, Washington 2
The only low-scoring game of the series. Endy Chavez's 2-run single sparked a 3-run second for the Angels. The Nationals stranded the bases loaded in the 7th, and Joe Nathan completed the save in the 9th.

Washington 10, Anaheim 7
The Angels blew a 5-1 lead in the wildest game of the series. Carlos Beltran, who finished with 5 RBIs, hit his second HR, a 3-run blast, in the 12th. The Nationals, who tied it when Beltran and Scott Rolen homered in the 8th, appeared to have the game sewn up in the 11th after Matt Holliday's 2-run shot. But Alfonso Soriano extended the game with a 2-out, 2-run HR in the bottom half.

Anaheim 9, Washington 5
The Angels snapped a 2-2 with three in the 3rd on a 2-run HR by Mark Teixeira and a solo blast by Carlos Delgado. They added three in the 7th and one in the 8th for enough cushion to absorb a 3-run Nationals 9th.

Anaheim 8, Washington 5
Josh Barfield homered twice as the Angels took a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Nationals had taken a 4-3 lead in the third on homers by Rolen and Beltran (who again hit two). But a Barfield homer triggered a 5-run 5th that also featured RBIs by Teixeira, Troy Glaus, Maicer Izturis, and Chavez.

Anaheim 8, Washington 5
Bengie Molina homered in his first three at-bats, driving in 5 runs to spark the series clincher. A 2-run HR by Holliday pulled the Nationals within two runs (7-5) in the 5th, but Soriano added an insurance run with an RBI double in the 8th, and Tim Saito closed it out with a 2-inning save.

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