- 2002 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 2002
champion_games = 99-63, .611, GB: 4
runnerup_games = 94-67, .584, GA: 13½
October 8– October 13
television = FOX
Thom Brennamanand Steve Lyons
radio_network = ESPN Radio
Jon Millerand Joe Morgan
umpires = Ed Montague,
Mike Everitt, Brian Gorman, Larry Young, Dana DeMuth, Ed Rapuano
Anaheim Angelsover New York Yankees(3-1)
Minnesota Twinsover Oakland Athletics(3-2)The 2002 American League Championship Serieswas a matchup between the Wild Card Anaheim Angels and the Central Division Champion Minnesota Twins. The Angels advanced to the Series after dethroning the reigning 4-time AL Champion New York Yankeesin the 2002 American League Division Series3 games to 1. The Twins made their way into the Series after beating the Athletics 3 games to 2. The Angels won the Series 4 games to 1 and went on to defeat the San Francisco Giantsin the 2002 World Series.
Anaheim Angels vs. Minnesota Twins
Anaheim wins the series, 4-1
October 8, 2002at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodomein Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
Joe Mays(1-0)|LP= Kevin Appier(0-1)|SV= Eddie Guardado(1)| Joe Maysoutdueled Kevin Appieras the Twins won Game 1. A.J. Pierzynskihit a sac fly to put the Twins out in front first, but the Angels tied it the next inning on an error by Cristian Guzmán. The Twins would take a one-run lead when Corey Koskiedoubled in a run in the 5th. The game would remain scoreless and Eddie Guardadowould get the save.
October 9, 2002at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodomein Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
Ramon Ortiz(1-0)|LP=Rick Reed (0-1)|SV= Troy Percival(1)
Darin Erstad(1), Brad Fullmer(1)|HomeHR=|
The Angels would take their first lead in the series when
Darin Erstadhit a solo home run in the 1st with 1 out. The Angels would score 3 more in the 2nd. Scott Spieziowould double in the first run of the inning. In a bizarre play, Spiezio stole home while Adam Kennedytried to steal second. He was caught up in the rundown and knocked the ball away from Pierzynski, although no one called interference. Adam Kennedy went to third and would score on David Eckstein's RBI single to make it 4-0 Angels. A two run homer by Brad Fullmergave the Angels a 6 run lead. A three-run 6th inning, capped off by a two run Doug Mientkiewiczsingle, cut the lead in half. Troy Percivalwould save the game as the score remained unchanged.
October 11, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Francisco Rodriguez(1-0)|LP= J.C. Romero(0-1)|SV= Troy Percival(2)
Garret Anderson(1), Troy Glaus(1)| Garrett Andersonstarted the scoring by hitting a lead off home run in the 2nd. Eric Miltonand Jarrod Washburndueled for 7 innings. The game was tied thanks to an RBI double by Jacque Jonesin the 7th. In the bottom of the 8th, Troy Glaushit the go-ahead home run to put the Angels on top 2-1. Troy Percivalgot the save in the 9th and red-hot reliever Francisco Rodriguezgot the win in relief of Washburn.
October 12, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
John Lackey(1-0)|LP= Brad Radke(0-1)|SV=|
The game remained scoreless into the 7th inning as
Brad Radkeand John Lackeywaged a classic pitcher's duel. But, the Angels would strike in the bottom of the 7th. Troy Glaus and Scott Spiezio drove in two runs in that inning to make it 2-0 Angels. But, the Angels would seek insurance and got plenty of it. A five-run 8th inning, capped off by a two-run double by Brad Fullmer and a two-run triple by Bengie Molina, would seal the win.
October 13, 2002at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Francisco Rodriguez(2-0)|LP= Johan Santana(0-1)|SV=
Scott Spiezio(1), Adam Kennedy3 (3)|
Game 1 winner Joe Mays took the mound to try and send the series back to the Metrodome. He was opposed by Kevin Appier and things certainly looked good for the Twins early.
David Ortizdrove in the first run of the game in the 1st to make it 1-0 Twins. The next inning, A.J. Pierzynski singled in a run to make it 2-0. But the lead would be cut in half on an Adam Kennedyhome run. Then, the Angels would take the lead in the bottom of the 5th. A leadoff homer by Scott Spiezio and the second home run of the day by Kennedy make it 3-2 Angels. A bases loaded walk, however, tied the game at three in the 7th. Then, a wild pitch and a sac fly gave the Twins a 5-3 lead. But the Angels would put the game and the series away with one of the most offensive half-innings in postseason history. Two straight singles by the Angels put two on and nobody out for Kennedy. Having only hit 7 homers during the regular season, hitting 3 would be very unlikely in one game. He would then join a small group of players ever to hit 3 home runs in a single postseason game. His 3 run homer gave the Angels a 6-5 lead. But the Angels were far from done. They would score 7 more runs in the inning, mostly on singles. The Angels would never let up and they would go on to win the series and their first ever pennant.
2002 ALCS (4-1): Anaheim Angels over
| Total Attendance: 245,451 Average Attendance: 49,090
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2002_ALCS.shtml 2002 ALCS at Baseball-Reference.com]
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