Friday, October 23, 2009

Baseball Betting Picks: Angels win Game 5, Get Back New York

The Los Angeles Angels cut into the New York Yankees lead in the ALCS with a 7-6 win in Baseball Betting Picks Game 5 Thursday night.

The Angels got to A.J. Burnett early, piling up four hits and four runs in the first innings. Burnett walked lead off batter Chone Figgins on five pitches, gave up a double to Bobby Abreu and an 2-RBI base hit to Hunter. Guerrero doubled, Morales singled and the Yankees were quickly down by four.

John Lackey pitched six scoreless innings but found trouble in the seventh. With one out, he gave up a double to Melky Cabrera and back-to-back walks to Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter. That brought the hook for Lackey.

The bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding, and in fact made it worse, giving up a double to Mark Teixeira, an RBI-single to Hideki Matsui and a triple to Robinson Cano. The Yankees had turned a four-run deficit into a two-run lead in one inning.

Not ready to call it a season just yet, the Angels rebounded quickly, chasing Burnett from the ball game with a lead-off base hit from Jeff Mathis and a walk from Erick Aybar. This time it was the Yankees bullpen that couldn't get the job done, giving up another walk, two more hits and ultimately the lead in the game.

Abreu grounded to first to score Mathis, Guerrero singled to center to plate Aybar and Morales dropped a ball in right field to bring home Hunter and put the Angels back on top for good.

Los Angeles went to Jered Weaver for the eighth and Brian Fuentes for the ninth. Weaver was perfect while Fuentes walked a couple and hit another to load the bases but got Nick Swisher to ground out for the save. Kevin Jepsen got the win for getting the final out in the top of the seventh.

The win sends the series back to New York this weekend. In Baseball Betting Picks Game six is set for Saturday with Joe Saunders taking the mound for Los Angeles against Andy Pettitte.

Saunders started Game 2 for the Angels and allowed just two runs over seven innings but left with the game tied. Pettitte started Game 3 for the Yankees and gave up 3 runs on seven innings and also didn't figure in the decision.

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