So, what was another minute and half to them?
That was how long the Angels had to wait to celebrate -- in earnest--
“It was a little different not being able to storm Pujols completely after that,” said
Pujols' first walk-off homer as an Angel ended a grueling game in which both teams used nine pitchers, and both teams scored in the 14th inning. The first pitch was at 6:08 p.m. on Saturday. The last pitch was at 12:39 a.m. on Sunday.
“Is this the pregame for tomorrow, too?” Manager
"The adrenaline of a game like this keeps you going, but certainly, they're going to feel it tomorrow. I think both teams will. We're used to playing nine innings, and we played, what, 19 innings? But in the end, we got it done."
Pujols started the game at first base and moved to third after Scioscia used first baseman C.J. Cron to pinch-hit for third baseman
Pujols, who hadn’t played third base in a game since 2012, fielded
"I can't say enough about Albert, not just the home run, but his willingness to go play third base, then play second base in the triangle," Scioscia said. "He just loves playing the game, and that made some things possible for us to win."
Boston took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 14th when
The Angels tied it in the bottom of the 14th when
But Pujols grounded out and
"Twice, I had a chance to give the team the lead, and I didn't come through," Pujols said. "You just need to stay positive and look for a pitch to hit. In [the 19th] I just want to start the inning with a hit and get into scoring position. Obviously, I got a good pitch to hit and put my best swing of the second half on it."
Shoemaker was scheduled to start Tuesday night against Philadelphia, but his relief outing Saturday night will push his next start back to next weekend. Scioscia said
Asked how much longer Shoemaker could have gone had the game not ended in the 19th inning, and who would have followed him to the mound, Scioscia said, "another 20 to 30 pitches, but I'm glad we didn't have to find out. Hector could have probably finished this one and stayed warm enough to start tomorrow, too."
"We used our whole bullpen, we all fought, and they came in and did a good job," Pujols said. "This tells you something about our ballclub. The way we played the last five games, we could have easily just said, 'Screw it, let's come in tomorrow and try to win.'