The Los Angeles Angels got a big win in game five of the ALCS to keep their season alive, but they did not have enough in game six and lost the ALCS 4-2 to the New York Yankees. Angels starting pitcher Joe Saunders did not have a very good start, getting into trouble early and walking a lot of batters. Saunders only lasted 3.1 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and five walks. The Angels stayed in the game though, despite Saunders’ poor start, and it was two eighth inning errors that ultimately cost the Angels. The Angels could not handle two straight sacrifice bunts, with Howie Kendrick dropping the throw to first on the first sacrifice and Scott Kazmir floating his throw way over first base on the second sacrifice. The Yankees ended up getting two runs that inning to extend their lead from 3-2 to 5-2. That sucked all of the hope out of the Angels and Mariano Rivera shut them down in the ninth inning after they were able to get one run off him in the eighth.
Vladimir Guerro had a great game at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI. Vlad had a very good series for the Angels, hitting .370 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Jeff Mathis also had a great series at the plate, hitting .583 with two runs scored and an RBI. Chone Figgins was nowhere to be found in this series. The Angels 3B hit .130 with three K’s and only one RBI. This was a tough ending for the Angels and their very good 2009 season.