It was Josh Beckett, Josh Beckett and more Josh Beckett as the Red Sox right-hander dominated the wounded Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS. In the CROWDED Angels locker room afterward it was quiet, as expected, but it wasn’t like everybody was crushed by the defeat. The Angels know how to win an ALDS after losing the opener since they did it in both 2002 and 2005. But Friday is a must-win game. They do not want to set up a scenario where they have to beat the Red Sox in three consecutive games.
“Every game here is a game you feel you want to win,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s a short series. Every game will have significance but I think the best way to go about our business on Friday is the pitch-to-pitch, inning-to-inning approach and hopefully have more success on the offensive side.”
It’s hard to have any less success than the shutout, which was only the second for the Angels in their postseason history. They also were blanked in Game 4 of the 1979 ALCS vs. Baltimore.