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ANGELS: ONE GAME FOR THE TITLE : Up and Down (and Up Again) With the '95 Angels

October 02, 1995|VAN NIGHTINGALE

The Angels' 1995 season has had as many sustained highs and lows as any in club history, with their efforts riding on a single playoff game today in Seattle. Here is a collection of some of the peaks and valleys:

THE FIRST HALF

April 2--Baseball's seven-month strike comes to an end and players begin heading south for a belated spring training.

April 13--The Angels conclude their search for a top leadoff hitter by trading Chad Curtis to Detroit for Tony Phillips.

April 26--The Angels open the season by losing to Detroit, 5-4.

April 28--Tim Salmon's home run in the 10th inning helps the Angels to their first victory of the season, 7-6, over Toronto.

May 3--Jim Edmonds' single in the 10th inning gives the Angels an 8-7 victory over Oakland.

May 10--Chili Davis' five hits and five runs batted in lift the Angels to an 11-2 victory over Texas. The Angels move into first place in the AL West for the first time.

May 11--The Angels lose, 6-2, to Texas, but Chili Davis reaches base four times in a row to run his streak to 10 consecutive plate appearances. During the streak, Davis has a home run, a double, six singles and two walks.

May 13--Kansas City defeats the Angels, 4-2, on Gary Gaetti's two-run home run in the ninth inning, dropping the Angels from first place.

May 14--The Angels move back into first place behind the pitching of Mark Langston and Chili Davis' 423-foot home run in an 8-1 victory over Kansas City.

May 15--Garret Anderson is one of three players sent to Vancouver as the Angels trim their roster to the 25-man limit.

May 18--Andy Allanson's two home runs and six runs batted in pace the Angels to a 15-9 victory over Minnesota.

May 23--Chuck Finley, off to an 0-4 start, retires the first 15 New York batters and finishes with 15 strikeouts in a 10-0 victory. Jim Edmonds hits two home runs.

May 24--New York's Jack McDowell takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but the Angels rally for a 3-1 victory.

May 25--J.T. Snow hits a grand slam to cap a nine-run second inning in a 15-2 decision over New York, the Angels' seventh victory in a row.

May 30--Cal Ripken's 10th-inning sacrifice fly lifts the Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Angels.

June 2--Catcher Andy Allanson throws out Yankee Luis Polonia trying to steal second base to save the Angels' 3-2 victory.

June 6--Tony Phillips homers twice to lead the Angels past Boston, 12-3. The Angels recall Garret Anderson from Triple-A Vancouver.

June 8--The Angels play their longest nine-inning game--four hours nine minutes--but hold on to beat Boston, 10-8.

June 9--Jeff Manto, a former Angel minor leaguer, hits two home runs and Baltimore knocks the Angels out of first place, 10-4.

June 11--Lee Smith retires Cal Ripken for the final out of a 5-4 victory over the Orioles, his 16th save of the season.

June 13--The Angels win their third in a row, 7-2, over Minnesota, to move into first place. During the streak, the Angels score 21 runs on 33 hits.

June 17--Gary DiSarcina's 10th-inning single drives in the winning run in a 4-3 victory over Chicago. The Angels tie the score with two runs in the ninth on three walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch. Before the game, the Angels release reliever Mitch Williams.

June 18--The Angels defeat Chicago, 8-4, for their sixth victory in seven games.

June 20--Brian Anderson returns from injury to pitch a 3-2 victory over Kansas City. Left fielder Garret Anderson throws out a runner in the seventh and makes a running catch at the warning track in the ninth.

June 24--Randy Johnson strikes out 15 in a 3-2 victory for Seattle.

June 28--Lee Smith blows his first save opportunity as Texas scores three in the ninth for a 9-8 victory, ending the Angels' 16-day stay in first place.

June 29--J.T. Snow's bases-loaded triple caps an 11-run first inning, as the Angels rout Texas, 20-4.

June 30--Mark McGwire's grand slam off Lee Smith with two out in the ninth beats the Angels, 8-5, at Oakland, dropping them into second place. Jim Edmonds' hitting streak ends at 23 games.

July 2--A 7-1 victory over Oakland puts the Angels in first place for the first of 82 consecutive days. Gary DiSarcina, Jim Edmonds, Lee Smith and Chuck Finley are named to the American League All-Star team.

July 3--Mark Langston out-duels David Cone to give the Angels a 4-2 victory over Toronto.

July 4--A crowd of 61,292 sees Chuck Finley shut out Toronto and J.T. Snow drive in four runs in a 14-0 victory.

July 8--Mark Langston pitches a three-hitter to defeat Rickey Bones and Milwaukee, 1-0.

July 9--After a 9-7 loss to Milwaukee, the Angels go into the All-Star break tied for the American League West lead with Texas.

ASCENT

July 13--Tim Salmon's three-run home run in the 10th lifts the Angels to an 8-5 victory over Detroit.

July 16--Garret Anderson's four runs batted in in the first game and Jim Edmonds five RBIs in the second help the Angels sweep a doubleheader at Detroit, 6-4 and 13-6.

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