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Angels short hops
10/05/2004 9:11 PM ET
ANAHEIM -- The Angels lost Game 1 of the American League Division Series to Boston, 9-3, but nobody is panicking.

How could they?

Everybody remembers the Angels' postseason appearance in 2002, the club's first in 16 years, and the World Series championship that followed, but many forget the Angels lost the first game of the ALDS that year, too, to the Yankees. The Angels also lost the first game of the ALCS to Minnesota and the first game of the World Series to San Francisco.

So Tuesday's loss is just a continuation of the that trend, right?

Maybe. The Angels need a strong start from Bartolo Colon and improved defense Wednesday in Game 2 to even the series and avoid going to Boston trailing 0-2.

History is on the Angels' side.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 1 of the ALDS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 5.00 starters have to keep Sox from getting started early or else
BA .243 not going to cut it, but blame Curt Schilling
BA w/ RISP .222 every scoring opportunity is a big one in this series
Runs 3 three runs vs. the Red Sox -- leading or trailing -- is dangerous
Errors 1 extra outs = extra opportunities for Red Sox runs

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Darin Erstad .750 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBI the veteran set the stage and tone for victory
Troy Glaus 3-3, 1 HR, two doubles a hot Glaus + hot Vlad Guerrero + Garrett Anderson = trouble for Boston

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Vladimir Guerrero .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI after five at-bats, still seeking first career playoff hit

Behind the numbers
Getting ahead in the count doesn't always equate with success. Just ask Jarrod Washburn. The Angels starter threw 11 first-pitch strikes to the 19 batters he faced and the results were not pretty -- five hits, seven runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Of the 79 pitches Washburn threw, 49 were strikes.

Frozen moment
The Angels trailed 3-0 with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, when Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon hit a ground ball to Angels third baseman Chone Figgins that changed the game. Figgins followed with an errant throw to home that cost the home team two runs to make a close game not so close. Two batters, including one strikeout, later, Manny Ramirez hit a three-run home run for a comfortable 8-0 lead. Bye bye ball game.

Watching Washburn
The Angels are going to need Washburn to rise to the occasion in big games this postseason. He is 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA in postseason play and has not worked past the fourth inning in either of his last two postseason starts. He threw four innings in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series for the loss.

First impression
Troy Glaus comes to play. In Game one of the 2002 ALDS against New York, Glaus became the first Angels player to hit two home runs in a postseason game and the seventh Major League to accomplish the feat in his first career playoff game. Glaus hit another homer Tuesday and has eight in 17 playoff games.

Last word
"Sometimes it happens when you play against a good team. They are the Boston Red Sox and they keep coming at you. We'll come back tomorrow." -- Figgins

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