2007 American League Championship Series

2007 American League Championship Series

Infobox LCS
alcs = yes

year = 2007
champion = Boston Red Sox (4)
champion_manager = Terry Francona
champion_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 2
runnerup = Cleveland Indians (3)
runnerup_manager = Eric Wedge
runnerup_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 8
date = October 12October 21
MVP = Josh Beckett (Boston)
television = FOX
announcers = Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
radio_network = ESPN Radio
radio_announcers = Jon Miller and Joe Morgan
umpires = Randy Marsh, Kerwin Danley, Brian Gorman, Paul Emmel, Gary Cederstrom, Dana DeMuth [cite web |url=http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071010&content_id=2259749&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb |title=MLB names League Championship Series umpires |accessdate=2007-10-21 |date=2007-10-10 |format=JSP |publisher=Major League Baseball |quote= Randy Marsh, a 26-year Major League Umpire, will be the crew chief when the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox meet in the 2007 American League Championship Series. The Kentucky native has been assigned to the 18th postseason series of his career, including his eighth LCS. Marsh's crew will feature Kerwin Danley, Brian Gorman, Paul Emmel, Gary Cederstrom and regular season crew chief Dana DeMuth. ]
LDS1 = Boston Red Sox over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3-0)
LDS2 = Cleveland Indians over New York Yankees (3-1)
The by|2007 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2007 American League playoffs, began on October 12 and ended on October 21. It was a best-of-seven series, with the Eastern Division champion Boston Red Sox facing the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox defeated the Indians, 4-3, and swept the National League champion Colorado Rockies in four games in the 2007 World Series.

The Red Sox had swept the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in three games in the AL Division Series, while the Indians had defeated the New York Yankees three games to one. The series marks the fourth postseason meeting of the two teams, following the 1995 and 1998 AL Division Series, both of which were won by the Indians, and the 1999 ALDS, won by the Red Sox. It was the eighth ALCS appearance for Boston, and the fourth for Cleveland.

The series was broadcast on FOX television.


Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

Boston wins the series, 4-3

Game summaries

Game 1

Friday, October 12, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
WP=Josh Beckett (1-0)|LP=C.C. Sabathia (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Travis Hafner (1)|HomeHR=|

In Game One, the Cleveland Indians took the lead when Travis Hafner hit a home run to deep right field in the first inning against Josh Beckett. Beckett retired the next 10 batters in a row, finishing by striking out seven while allowing only two runs in six innings pitched. Red Sox offense scored eight runs off of Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

Game 2

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
WP=Tom Mastny (1-0)|LP=Éric Gagné (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Grady Sizemore (1), Jhonny Peralta (1), Franklin Gutiérrez (1)|HomeHR=Manny Ramírez (1), Mike Lowell (1)|

Game Two was billed as a matchup of aces in 19 game winner Fausto Carmona and veteran postseason ace Curt Schilling. However, both starters were out by the 5th as both offenses took charge in what evolved into an 11 inning, run-scoring saga that clocked in at 5 hours and 14 minutes. Both sides exchanged leads in the bottom of the 3rd and the top of the 4th. Manny Ramírez hit an opposite field 2-run home run, followed by a Mike Lowell solo home run over the Green Monster, both off Indians reliever Rafael Pérez. In the top of the 4th, Jhonny Peralta hit a 3-run blast into the camera well in center field off Schilling, giving the Indians a 4-3 lead. Each team’s bullpen put up scoreless frames after the 6th inning, leading to extra frames with the score tied at 6. The 11th inning proved to be a historic one as Cleveland took advantage by scoring 7 runs off a shaky Sox bullpen, a postseason record for runs in an extra inning by one team. One of the highlights was the go-ahead RBI single by former Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon off Boston’s lefty specialist Javier López. What made the base hit significant is that Nixon has historically struggled against left-handed pitching, but manager Eric Wedge left Nixon in to hit against López, and the move paid off. A wild pitch allowed another run to score. After retiring Víctor Martínez, López gave up a single to Ryan Garko and was lifted for Jon Lester, the only pitcher left in the Boston bullpen. Lester did not fare much better; Peralta greeted him with a run-scoring double, which was immediately followed by Franklin Gutiérrez’s three-run homer, capping the scoring as the Indians took Game Two by a score of 13-6.

Game 3

Monday, October 15, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
WP=Jake Westbrook (1-0)|LP=Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1)|SV=Joe Borowski (1)
RoadHR=Jason Varitek (1)|HomeHR=Kenny Lofton (1)|

Coming off a lopsided 13-6 loss in 11 innings, Boston sent Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound to face off with Jake Westbrook for Game 3 at Jacobs Field. Kenny Lofton’s 2-run home run gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Dice-K would be knocked out after allowing RBI singles to Asdrúbal Cabrera and Travis Hafner to make it 4-0 in the 5th inning. Jason Varitek’s 2-run home run in the 7th inning off Westbrook cut the lead to 4-2, but the Sox could get no closer as Cleveland’s closer Joe Borowski, who led the AL in saves during the regular season, shut the door on the Sox, giving the Indians a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
WP=Paul Byrd (1-0)|LP=Tim Wakefield (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Kevin Youkilis (1), David Ortiz (1), Manny Ramírez (2)|HomeHR=Jhonny Peralta (2), Casey Blake (1)|

After being confounded for four innings by Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball, the Indians scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th in Game Four. Casey Blake led off the inning with a homer off Wakefield, Franklin Gutiérrez singled, Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch, and Grady Sizemore reached on a fielder’s choice. After Kevin Youkilis bobbled and dropped a foul ball, Asdrúbal Cabrera reached on an infield single as Gutiérrez scored. Travis Hafner struck out, and then Víctor Martínez hit an RBI single to left. At that point, Boston skipper Terry Francona yanked Wakefield for reliever Manny Delcarmen, who gave up an opposite-field home run to Jhonny Peralta on a 2-1 pitch. Kenny Lofton followed with a single, then stole second—his 34th career postseason stolen base, passing Rickey Henderson for first place on the all-time list—and scored on Blake’s second base hit of the inning. Gutiérrez struck out to end the inning, but the Indians had already scored seven runs—the second time in this series in which the Indians plated seven in one inning. This also marks the third consecutive game in this ALCS wherein Boston’s starter lasted only 4⅔ innings.
The Red Sox answered immediately when Youkilis and David Ortiz hit back-to-back homers, chasing Indians starter Paul Byrd in favor of rookie reliever Jensen Lewis. Manny Ramírez followed with another homer—the Red Sox’ third consecutive home run, something that had never before been accomplished in LCS history—in the top of the 6th inning. However, that would be all the offense the Red Sox could muster as the Indians took a 3 games to 1 lead in the series behind Lewis and fellow reliever Rafael Betancourt.

Game 5

Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
WP=Josh Beckett (2-0)|LP=C.C. Sabathia (0-2)|SV=
RoadHR=Kevin Youkilis (2)|HomeHR=|

Danielle Peck was invited by the Cleveland Indians to sing the National Anthem prior to game-5 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Indians. [cite news | first=Michael K | last=McIntyre | pages= | title=Anthem singer was special to Sox pitcher | date=2007-10-18 | publisher=The Plain Dealer | url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_topdoc=1&p_docnum=1&p_sort=YMD_date:D&p_product=NewsBank&p_text_direct-0=document_id=(%2011C60C2D4030B0D8%20)&p_docid=11C60C2D4030B0D8&p_theme=aggregated5&p_queryname=11C60C2D4030B0D8&f_openurl=yes&p_nbid=F61D56QUMTIwMDE2NTg0My42NjY5MDc6MToxMzo2Ni4yMTMuNDEuMTQy&&p_multi=CPDB] Beckett was the starting pitcher in that game, and some Red Sox fans theorized that her invitation was an attempt by the Indians organization to distract Beckett, since the pair had dated the previous summer. The Indians denied this claim. Fact|date=July 2008 Facing elimination in Game Five, the Sox struck first with a solo home run from Kevin Youkilis in the top of the 1st inning. The Indians answered right away, putting runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out but could only muster one run on Travis Hafner grounding into a double play. The Red Sox regained the lead in the 3rd on a Manny Ramírez RBI single, scoring David Ortiz from first. On the play, Ramírez stopped at first base believing the ball hit beyond the yellow line on the outfield wall, but after discussion among the 6 umpires, the home run was disallowed and Ramírez was left at first with a single. Meanwhile, Josh Beckett pitched 8 dominant innings for the Red Sox, and collected 11 strikeouts, tying a career post-season high. Boston scored two more in the 7th to make it 4-1 and broke it open with three additional runs in the 8th to ensure a return trip to Boston for Game Six.

Game 6

Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
WP=Curt Schilling (1-0)|LP=Fausto Carmona (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Víctor Martínez (1)|HomeHR=J.D. Drew (1)|

After Curt Schilling retired the Indians in the top of the 1st, the Red Sox loaded the bases on infield hits by Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis plus a full-count walk to David Ortiz. Fausto Carmona struck out Manny Ramírez and got Mike Lowell to pop out, but J.D. Drew then hit a grand slam to center field to give Boston a 4-0 lead. Víctor Martínez got the Tribe on the board with a lead-off solo home run to cut the Sox lead to 3. The Sox had a chance to pile on more runs in the bottom of the inning but a key double play ended the threat. The Indians threatened in the top of the 3rd after two hits lead off the inning but Schilling got the next three batters to work out of it. The Sox put the game away with a 6 run explosion in the bottom of the inning. JD Drew drove in his 5th RBI of the game with a single in the 3rd inning that ended Carmona's pitching that night. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with another single driving in Boston's 6th run. Julio Lugo then drove a double down the third-base line to make it 8-1. Youkilis added two more with a single compounded with a throwing error to make it 10-1. Ryan Garko started the top of the 7th with a triple and scored on a Jhonny Peralta sacrifice fly, but that would be all the offense Cleveland could muster against Schilling on the night.

Game 7

Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
WP=Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-1)|LP=Jake Westbrook (1-1)|SV=Jonathan Papelbon (1)
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Dustin Pedroia (1), Kevin Youkilis (3)|

The pitching match-up for Game Seven was a rematch of Game Three, featuring Jake Westbrook for Cleveland and Japanese rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka for Boston. In the first 3 innings, Matsuzaka looked like the more dominant starting pitcher of the night retiring the first 8 batters he faced before giving up a base hit to number 9 hitter Casey Blake; he then struck out Grady Sizemore to end the inning. Meanwhile, during those same first 3 innings, Indians starter Jake Westbrook gave up 7 hits, 1 walk (intentionally), and 3 runs. Fortunately for Cleveland, Westbrook settled down and pitched 3 shutout innings, striking out 4, and their offense began to take advantage of Matsuzaka putting up single runs in the top of the 4th and 5th. Boston's top two relief pitchers took over after Matsuzaka's exit following the 5th inning; Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon were able to hold Indians hitters scoreless over the final 4 frames, giving up just 4 hits combined, all singles. Rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia were the center of the offense in the 7th with Ellsbury reaching 2nd on a Blake error then Dustin Pedroia hit a 2-run home run into the Green Monster seats, giving the Red Sox some insurance runs—a 5-2 lead. The Sox put up a 6-spot in the bottom of the 8th—highlighted by a 3 RBI double by Pedroia and a 2-run Kevin Youkilis monster shot—which cemented their victory and led to their second American League championship and World Series appearance in four years.

Composite Box

2007 ALCS (4-3): Boston Red Sox over Cleveland IndiansLinescore
Road=Boston Red Sox
Home=Cleveland Indians
H1=3|H2=3|H3=0|H4=4|H5=11|H6=2|H7=1|H8=1|H9=0|H10=0|H11=7|HR=32|HH=62|HE=5Total Attendance: 281,363 Average Attendance: 40,195|


*cquote|"Blake into right centerfield...Crisp back to his left...still GOING! And the Red Sox win the pennant!" - Joe Buck, calling the final out.
*cquote|"Swing and a high fly ball right center field, Coco going back, still going back, at the triangle going back... HE MAKES A GREAT CATCH AT THE TRIANGLE, HANGS ON, FALLS DOWN, THE RED SOX HAVE WON THE PENNANT!" - Joe Castiglione, calling the final out.


External links

* [http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/ps/y2007/matchup.jsp?series=lcs_a American League Championship Series 2007]

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