This is an unusually entertaining classic for a regular season game and stands up to multiple viewings. Most Yankee regular season classics are a case where you can tune in for the last three innings or so, but this is watchable all the way through.
It was a see-saw battle the whole way with plenty of hits and runs, something to be expected from any game Kevin Brown started in a Yankee uniform. As usual, Brown got off to a rousing start, surrendering three runs in the first inning courtesy a Chone Figgins single, Vladimir Guerrero RBI double and Troy Glaus 2-run home run.
Brown predictably followed his usual pattern of putting the Yankees in a hole and THEN calming down, as he excaped further damage for the next two innings.
The Yankees scratched back two runs in the bottom of the third, powered by one out walks to Miguel Cairo and Kenny Lofton, followed by an RBI double from Derek Jeter and RBI single by Alex Rodriguez.
The Angels manufactured a run in the top of the fourth, capped by a Bengie Molina Sac Fly RBI to take a short-lived 4-2 lead.
The bottom of the fourth saw a Yankees rally to tie things up. Miguel Cairo lead off with a single and Kenny Lofton sent him home with an RBI triple, his third three bagger on the year. After a Derek Jeter line-out, Alex Rodriguez plated Lofton with an RBI single to left. The Yankees would go on to load the bases, but failed to tack anymore runs on the board.
Then, Brown became Brown again, immediately giving up the lead again with a lead off home run by Guerrero. The Yankees trailed 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth and Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez on the mound. It started fine for the Angels with a Hideki Matsui fly to left. However, Ruben Sierra followed with a single to right. Bernie Williams pinch hit for Miguel Cairo and managed a strikeout. Lofton then singled to left, setting up first and second and two out. Derek Jeter then tied the game with a line drive single to center, sending Lofton to third. Alex Rodriguez then grounded a ball to third which third baseman Shane Halter booted, allowing the go-ahead run to cross the plate. A Jason Giambi strikeout ended the inning.
That gave Mariano Rivera a 6-5 lead to protect which he couldn't do as he surrendered a two-run homer to Bengie Molina. A typical cheapie off Rivera that just reached the right field seats, but a home run regardless of its distance.
So, given new life the Angels turned to Troy Percival to seal the deal, which he couldn't do as the Yankees tied it up with a Posada single, a Homer Bush (pinch-running for Posada) stolen base and a base hit by the always clutch Ruben Sierra. One more comeback for the Yankees.
Tom Gordon kept the Angels from scoring in the top of the 10th, but not without a struggle. A Chone Figgins one out double and intentional walk to Vlad Guerrero set up first and second and one out for the Angels. But, Gordon rebounded to strike out Troy Glaus and Jeff DaVanon back-to-back.
In the bottom of the 10th, the Yankees won it in the bottom of the tenth when Alex Rodriguez scored from first on a Gary Sheffield 2-out double to left field off Ben Weber. This ended a see-saw affair and one carrying particular satisfaction since the Yankees managed to get the better of the Angels for a change, beating them at their own game.