August 22, 2007 – Garret Anderson breaks Angel record with 10 RBI game vs NY.
Garret Anderson was one of the best left fielders to ever play for the Angels. Anderson was part of the core group of players who helped lead the Angels to their first and only World Series title in 2002.
Anderson won the Home Run Derby in 2003 during the All-Star festivities. The next day he won the All-Star Game MVP hitting a home run to help the AL win the game. However, Anderson finest moment as an Angel other than his Game 7 heroics in the World Series was on a warm summer’s eve in August.
The Angels were in the heat of a division title race when the New York Yankees came to town for a three-game series. With AL All-Star pitcher Mike Mussina on the mound the Angels faced a tall order, but Anderson and friends were up to the task. Anderson started the Angels scoring fest with a first inning double that drove in two runs to give the Angels an early cushion.
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With the Angels leading 5-1 in the bottom of the second inning Anderson drove in his third run with another double to make it 6-1 Halos. The Yankees cut the Angels lead to 7-5 with a four-run third inning, but Anderson and his teammates were not done. The Angels score two runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 9-5 lead when Anderson strode to the plate again.
Anderson connected on a 3-2 offering from Edward Ramirez with a three-run blast to right-center to break the game open at 12-5. Anderson now had six RBIs. He was not done as he came up in the bottom of the sixth inning against Sean Henn. On a 0-1 pitch from Henn, Anderson hit a deep drive to right field which cleared the wall for a grand slam and the Angels had an 18-5 lead. With the grand slam Anderson had an Angel record 10 RBIs helping the Angels to an 18-9 victory over the Yankees.
Anderson’s 10 RBI game still stands as an Angel record. Anderson was inducted into the Angels’ Hall of Fame in 2016 and will always be remembered for being one of the most clutch hitters in Angel history.