2002 American League Championship Series

2002 American League Championship Series

Infobox LCS
alcs = yes

year = 2002
champion = Anaheim Angels (4)
champion_manager = Mike Scioscia
champion_games = 99-63, .611, GB: 4
runnerup = Minnesota Twins (1)
runnerup_manager = Ron Gardenhire
runnerup_games = 94-67, .584, GA: 13½
date = October 8October 13
MVP = Adam Kennedy (Anaheim)
television = FOX
announcers = Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons
radio_network = ESPN Radio
radio_announcers = Jon Miller and Joe Morgan
umpires = Ed Montague, Mike Everitt, Brian Gorman, Larry Young, Dana DeMuth, Ed Rapuano
LDS1 = Anaheim Angels over New York Yankees (3-1)
LDS2 = Minnesota Twins over Oakland Athletics (3-2)
The 2002 American League Championship Series was 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 Yankees in the 2002 American League Division Series 3 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 Giants in the 2002 World Series.


Anaheim Angels vs. Minnesota Twins

Anaheim wins the series, 4-1

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
WP=Joe Mays (1-0)|LP=Kevin Appier (0-1)|SV=Eddie Guardado (1)|

Joe Mays outdueled Kevin Appier as the Twins won Game 1. A.J. Pierzynski hit 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 Koskie doubled in a run in the 5th. The game would remain scoreless and Eddie Guardado would get the save.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
WP=Ramon Ortiz (1-0)|LP=Rick Reed (0-1)|SV=Troy Percival (1)
RoadHR=Darin Erstad (1), Brad Fullmer (1)|HomeHR=|

The Angels would take their first lead in the series when Darin Erstad hit a solo home run in the 1st with 1 out. The Angels would score 3 more in the 2nd. Scott Spiezio would double in the first run of the inning. In a bizarre play, Spiezio stole home while Adam Kennedy tried 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 Fullmer gave the Angels a 6 run lead. A three-run 6th inning, capped off by a two run Doug Mientkiewicz single, cut the lead in half. Troy Percival would save the game as the score remained unchanged.

Game 3

Friday, October 11, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Francisco Rodriguez (1-0)|LP=J.C. Romero (0-1)|SV=Troy Percival (2)
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Garret Anderson (1), Troy Glaus (1)|

Garrett Anderson started the scoring by hitting a lead off home run in the 2nd. Eric Milton and Jarrod Washburn dueled for 7 innings. The game was tied thanks to an RBI double by Jacque Jones in the 7th. In the bottom of the 8th, Troy Glaus hit the go-ahead home run to put the Angels on top 2-1. Troy Percival got the save in the 9th and red-hot reliever Francisco Rodriguez got the win in relief of Washburn.

Game 4

Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=John Lackey (1-0)|LP=Brad Radke (0-1)|SV=|

The game remained scoreless into the 7th inning as Brad Radke and John Lackey waged 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.

Game 5

Sunday, October 13, 2002 at Edison International Field of Anaheim in Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
WP=Francisco Rodriguez (2-0)|LP=Johan Santana (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Scott Spiezio (1), Adam Kennedy 3 (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 Ortiz drove 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 Kennedy home 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.

Composite Box

2002 ALCS (4-1): Anaheim Angels over Minnesota TwinsLinescore
Road=Anaheim Angels
Home=Minnesota Twins
H1=1|H2=2|H3=0|H4=0|H5=1|H6=3|H7=4|H8=0|H9=1|HR=12|HH=37|HE=4Total Attendance: 245,451 Average Attendance: 49,090|


External links

* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2002_ALCS.shtml 2002 ALCS at Baseball-Reference.com]

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