It's just one win, but it felt like a series clincher. For the first time in club history, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim recorded a shutout in the postseason, blanking the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in Game One of the American League Division Series. What began as a good old-fashioned pitcher's duel between John Lackey and John Lester became a firm display of mental fortitude as the Angels dispelled any notion of playoff hexes when facing big bad Boston. This victory was as complete as any team could hope for, with stellar pitching, top-notch defense, and timely offense from the Angels' big bats. Despite being 0-5 against the Red Sox in the postseason, Lackey performed masterfully, tossing 7 1/3 innings of shutout baseball and surrendering just four hits while striking out four and walking one ...
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