1999 American League Championship Series

1999 American League Championship Series

Infobox LCS
alcs = yes


year = 1999
champion = New York Yankees (4)
champion_manager = Joe Torre
champion_games = 114-48, .704, GA: 22
runnerup = Boston Red Sox (1)
runnerup_manager = Jimy Williams
runnerup_games = 89-73, .549, GA: 9
date = October 13October 18
MVP = Orlando Hernández (New York)
television = FOX
announcers = Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly
radio_network = ESPN
umpires = Tim McClelland, Dan Morrison, Rick Reed, Al Clark, Dale Scott, Tim Tschida
LDS1 = New York Yankees over Texas Rangers (3-0)
LDS2 = Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians (3-2)
The by|1999 American League Championship Series was a matchup between the Eastern Division Champion New York Yankees (98-64) and the Wild Card Boston Red Sox (94-68). The Yankees had advanced to the Series after sweeping the Western Division Champion Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series for the second consecutive year, and the Red Sox advanced by beating the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians 3 games to 2. The Yankees won the series 4 games to 1 and went on to the World Series.

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Both teams came into the series on a roll; New York had swept the Texas Rangers for the second straight year in the 1999 American League Division Series and Boston had come from 2 games down to defeat the Cleveland Indians in their division series. However, the Yankees would prove to be the better team as they won in 5 games. They would register their only postseason loss of the 1999 season in this series.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

New York wins the series, 4-1

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=Boston|RoadAbr=BOS
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Home=New York|HomeAbr=NYY
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WP=Mariano Rivera (1-0)|LP=Rod Beck (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Bernie Williams (1), Scott Brosius (1)|

Game 1 was a matchup between Kent Mercker and Orlando Hernández. The soon-to-be-named 1999 ALCS MVP got into trouble in the first two innings. After a leadoff single by Jose Offerman, John Valentin would reach on an error by Derek Jeter, scoring Offerman for the first run of the game in the first. Valentin would score on Brian Daubach's single to right. It looked like the Red Sox were ready to clobber the Yankees, but no more runs would score in the inning. Darren Lewis would score on an infield hit in the second to make it 3-0 Red Sox. But the Yankee resilience showed itself in the bottom half. With Shane Spencer on first with 2 out, Scott Brosius slugged a home run to make it a 1-run game. The duel continued into the 7th. With Derek Lowe now pitching, Brosius singled to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Chuck Knoblauch moved him into scoring position. Jeter would single to center and drive in Brosius to tie the game. Small ball helped the Yankees tie the game, but the long ball would win it in the bottom of the 10th. Rod Beck came on in relief and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Bernie Williams to lose the game for the Red Sox. The Yankees had a 1-game lead in the series.

Game 2

Thursday, October 14, 1999 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=Boston|RoadAbr=BOS
R1=0|R2=0|R3=0|R4=0|R5=2|R6=0|R7=0|R8=0|R9=0|RR=2|RH=10|RE=0
Home=New York|HomeAbr=NYY
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WP=David Cone (1-0)|LP=Ramón Martínez (0-1)|SV=Mariano Rivera (1)
RoadHR=Nomar Garciaparra (1)|HomeHR=Tino Martinez (1)|

Game 2 pitted Ramón Martínez against David Cone. After grabbing a 1-0 lead behind a solo home run in the 4th by Tino Martinez, the Red Sox responded. With one man on in the top of the 5th, Nomar Garciaparra homered to put the Red Sox ahead. A double by Knoblauch and a single by Paul O'Neill put the Yankees ahead in the bottom of the 7th. The lead would stand and Mariano Rivera, who won Game 1, got the save in the 9th to put the Yankees up 2 games going to Fenway Park.

Game 3

Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
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R1=0|R2=0|R3=0|R4=0|R5=0|R6=0|R7=0|R8=1|R9=0|RR=1|RH=3|RE=3
Home=Boston|HomeAbr=BOS
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Pedro Martínez (1-0)|LP=Roger Clemens (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Scott Brosius (2)|HomeHR=John Valentin (1), Nomar Garciaparra (2), Brian Daubach (1)|

Game 3 was the long anticipated matchup between Pedro Martínez and Roger Clemens. But the Red Sox would come out swinging. After a leadoff triple by Offerman, Valentin homered to put the Red Sox ahead 2-0. The onslaught would continue as the Red Sox would score in all but two innings. Clemens was done in the third inning and the Red Sox would go on to win 13-1 and make the series 2 games to 1. When Clemens was knocked out Red Sox fans chanted "Where is Roger?" and then a response chant of "In the Shower". Martinez, for his part, pitched brilliantly, striking out twelve Yankees in seven scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. He would finish 1999 with a streak of 17 scoreless innings in the playoffs.

Game 4

Sunday, October 17, 1999 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYY
R1=0|R2=1|R3=0|R4=2|R5=0|R6=0|R7=0|R8=0|R9=6|RR=9|RH=11|RE=0
Home=Boston|HomeAbr=BOS
H1=0|H2=1|H3=1|H4=0|H5=0|H6=0|H7=0|H8=0|H9=0|HR=2|HH=10|HE=4
RSP=|HSP=
WP=Andy Pettitte (1-0)|LP=Bret Saberhagen (0-1)|SV=Mariano Rivera (2)
RoadHR=Darryl Strawberry (1), Ricky Ledee (1)|HomeHR=|

Game 4 pitted Andy Pettitte against Bret Saberhagen. The Yankees would score first in the second on a solo homer by Darryl Strawberry. But the Red Sox would tie it in the bottom half when Troy O'Leary singled to score Butch Huskey. Damon Buford scored in the third to put the Red Sox ahead 2-1. Two unearned runs gave the Yankees the lead in the 4th. The score would remain the same until the 9th when the Yankees pulled ahead. A 6-run inning, capped by a Ricky Ledee grand slam, gave the Yankees the win. They were one win away from the World Series.

Game 5

Monday, October 18, 1999 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYY
R1=2|R2=0|R3=0|R4=0|R5=0|R6=0|R7=2|R8=0|R9=2|RR=6|RH=11|RE=1
Home=Boston|HomeAbr=BOS
H1=0|H2=0|H3=0|H4=0|H5=0|H6=0|H7=0|H8=1|H9=0|HR=1|HH=5|HE=2
RSP=|HSP=
WP=Orlando Hernández (1-0)|LP=Kent Mercker (0-1)|SV=Ramiro Mendoza (1)
RoadHR=Derek Jeter (1), Jorge Posada (1)|HomeHR=Jason Varitek (1)|

Game 5 was a rematch between Mercker and Hernandez. Jeter hit a two-run homer in the first to put the Yankees up for good. The Yankees would continue to add to their lead and El Duque kept the Red Sox in check, allowing only one run on a homer by Jason Varitek. Both teams left 11 men on base and the Yankees would go on to win the pennant.

Composite Box

1999 ALCS (4-1): New York Yankees over Boston Red SoxLinescore
Road=New York Yankees
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Home=Boston Red Sox
H1=4|H2=4|H3=3|H4=0|H5=4|H6=1|H7=4|H8=1|H9=0|H10=0|HR=21|HH=54|HE=10Total Attendance: 214,726 Average Attendance: 42,945|

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