October 11, 2002
“Trust me, the last thing I expected was to give up a home run in that inning,” – JC Romero
Reliever JC Romero came on in a tie game in the seventh inning to help stop an Angels rally. With the score 1-1 and a player already tagged out at home plate, the Angels still had the bases loaded with two out. Romero was called upon to face Garret Anderson, who had homered off Eric Milton earlier to account for the team’s only run. Romero did his job, retiring Anderson with a fly ball to right field that ended the threat.
Romero came back out for the eighth, however, and allowed a home run to Troy Glaus to lead off the inning.
“[With] a 3-1 count, he was hacking,” Romero said. “He got good wood on it, and the ball went out. It barely went out, but it’s a home run, anyway.
“Every time you’re behind in the count facing these guys, you’ve got to execute your pitches. I got behind in the count, and it cost me today.”
There was some discussion about whether Ron Gardenhire should have let his lefty pitch against the right-handed Glaus, but the team had already used two of its best right-handed set up men, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Jackson, as part of the effort to keep the Angels scoreless in the seventh inning.
Jerrod Washburn held the Twins’ offense to just a single run in seven innings pitched, and the Angels’ bullpen combination of Francisco Rodriguez and Troy Percival pitched perfectly in the eighth and ninth innings respectively to seal the 2-1 win for the home team.
1. Troy Glaus 0.29
2. Jerrod Washburn 0.29
3. Eric Milton 0.19
1. Corey Koskie 0.17
2. Doug Mientkiewicz 0.16