Angels rally against Yankees stirs memories of even bigger ninth inning comeback in Bronx
As impressive as Wednesday night’s 11-8 win over the New York Yankees was, the Angels scored seven runs in the ninth inning, including Jared Walsh’s tying grand slam against closest Aroldis Chapman, to overcome an 8 deficit. -4, it was not. the biggest ninth inning deficit the team erased in the Bronx.
On August 18, 2000, the Angels scored five points in the ninth inning against seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, Jeff Nelson and Hall of Fame closest Mariano Rivera, a rally capped by Mo Vaughn’s draw. at three. running homer in old Yankee Stadium.
Left fielder Darin Erstad saved the game with a phenomenal diving catch from Jorge Posada’s push to the sidelines in the 10e round, a full extension effort that manager Mike Scioscia described as “amazing,” then hit southpaw Mike Stanton in the 11e to bring the Angels to a 9-8 victory.
Angels manager Joe Maddon was the bench coach for the 2000 squad, but said he didn’t get a flashback of that 2000 comeback as he watched his squad endure a pair of rain delays that totaled about two hours before gaining an emotional victory.
“This game was really on its own, with the rain delays Chappy, who’s been pretty much stranded his entire life, is coming in,” Maddon said of Wednesday night’s game. “What made me feel good, if that makes sense, is that our guys had really good energy about them all night.
“They were there forever, and we wanted to play, no one wanted to come home, no one wanted to concede anything. … The energy was high all the time.