"To be honest I prayed to God that I would get an opportunity to redeem myself and help my team win,'' Yonder Alonso said. "And I was fortunate to have that opportunity.''
Alonso was a goat in the eighth when he had trouble with a potential bases-loaded double-play ball. Johnny Giavotella smoked a grounder to Alonso which had a befuddling spin on it. The ball plopped out of Alonso's glove and by the time he retrieved it and threw home to Bruce Maxwell, everyone was safe. That allowed the Angels to tie the game, 6-6.
"I was obviously very disappointed in making that blunder right there,'' Alonso said. "It cost us for a second there; I take a lot of pride in my defense.