- 2007 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 2007
Boston Red Sox(4)
champion_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 2
runnerup_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 8
October 12– October 21
television = FOX
Joe Buckand Tim McCarver
radio_network = ESPN Radio
Jon Millerand Joe Morgan
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. ]
Boston Red Soxover Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim(3-0)
Cleveland Indiansover New York Yankees(3-1)The by|2007 American League Championship Series(ALCS), the second round of the 2007 American Leagueplayoffs, began on October 12and 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 Anaheimin three games in the AL Division Series, while the Indians had defeated the New York Yankeesthree 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
October 12, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Josh Beckett(1-0)|LP= C.C. Sabathia(0-1)|SV=
In Game One, the
Cleveland Indianstook the lead when Travis Hafnerhit 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 Soxoffense scored eight runs off of Cleveland Indianspitcher C.C. Sabathia.
October 13, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Tom Mastny(1-0)|LP= Éric Gagné(0-1)|SV=
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 Carmonaand 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 Ramírezhit an opposite field 2-run home run, followed by a Mike Lowellsolo home run over the Green Monster, both off Indians reliever Rafael Pérez. In the top of the 4th, Jhonny Peraltahit a 3-run blast into the camera well in center field off Schilling, giving the Indians a 4-3 lead. Each team’s bullpenput 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 Nixonoff 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 Wedgeleft Nixon in to hit against López, and the move paid off. A wild pitchallowed another run to score. After retiring Víctor Martínez, López gave up a single to Ryan Garkoand 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.
October 15, 2007at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
Jake Westbrook(1-0)|LP= Daisuke Matsuzaka(0-1)|SV=Joe Borowski (1)
Jason Varitek(1)|HomeHR= Kenny Lofton(1)|
Coming off a lopsided 13-6 loss in 11 innings, Boston sent
Daisuke Matsuzakato the mound to face off with Jake Westbrookfor 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 Cabreraand Travis Hafnerto 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.
October 16, 2007at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
Paul Byrd(1-0)|LP= Tim Wakefield(0-1)|SV=
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 Blakeled off the inning with a homer off Wakefield, Franklin Gutiérrezsingled, Kelly Shoppachwas hit by a pitch, and Grady Sizemorereached on a fielder’s choice. After Kevin Youkilisbobbled and dropped a foul ball, Asdrúbal Cabrerareached on an infield single as Gutiérrez scored. Travis Hafnerstruck out, and then Víctor Martínez hit an RBI single to left. At that point, Boston skipper Terry Franconayanked Wakefield for reliever Manny Delcarmen, who gave up an opposite-field home run to Jhonny Peraltaon a 2-1 pitch. Kenny Loftonfollowed with a single, then stole second—his 34th career postseason stolen base, passing Rickey Hendersonfor 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 Ortizhit back-to-back homers, chasing Indians starter Paul Byrdin favor of rookiereliever Jensen Lewis. Manny Ramírezfollowed 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.
October 18, 2007at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
Josh Beckett(2-0)|LP= C.C. Sabathia(0-2)|SV=
Kevin Youkilis(2)|HomeHR=| Danielle Peckwas invited by the Cleveland Indiansto 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 Youkilisin 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 Hafnergrounding into a double play. The Red Sox regained the lead in the 3rd on a Manny RamírezRBI single, scoring David Ortizfrom 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 Beckettpitched 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.
October 20, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Curt Schilling(1-0)|LP= Fausto Carmona(0-1)|SV=
Víctor Martínez(1)|HomeHR= J.D. Drew(1)|
Curt Schillingretired the Indians in the top of the 1st, the Red Sox loaded the bases on infield hits by Dustin Pedroiaand Kevin Youkilisplus a full-count walk to David Ortiz. Fausto Carmonastruck out Manny Ramírezand got Mike Lowellto pop out, but J.D. Drewthen hit a grand slam to center field to give Boston a 4-0 lead. Víctor Martínezgot 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 Ellsburyfollowed with another single driving in Boston's 6th run. Julio Lugothen 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 Garkostarted the top of the 7th with a triple and scored on a Jhonny Peraltasacrifice fly, but that would be all the offense Cleveland could muster against Schilling on the night.
October 21, 2007at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Daisuke Matsuzaka(1-1)|LP= Jake Westbrook(1-1)|SV= Jonathan Papelbon(1)
Dustin Pedroia(1), Kevin Youkilis(3)|
The pitching match-up for Game Seven was a rematch of Game Three, featuring
Jake Westbrookfor Cleveland and Japanese rookie Daisuke Matsuzakafor 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 Sizemoreto 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 Okajimaand Jonathan Papelbonwere able to hold Indians hitters scoreless over the final 4 frames, giving up just 4 hits combined, all singles. Rookies Jacoby Ellsburyand Dustin Pedroiawere 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 Youkilismonster shot—which cemented their victory and led to their second American League championship and World Series appearance in four years.
2007 ALCS (4-3):
Boston Red Soxover Cleveland IndiansLinescore
Boston Red Sox
| Total 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.
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