- 1990 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 1990
Tony La Russa
champion_games = 103-59, .636, GA: 9
Boston Red Sox(0)
runnerup_manager = Joe Morgan
runnerup_games = 88-74, .543, GA: 2
October 6– October 10
MVP = Dave Stewart (Oakland)
Dick Stocktonand Jim Kaat
radio_network = CBS Radio
radio_announcers = Jim Hunter and
Rich Garcia, John Hirschbeck, Jim Evans, Terry Cooney, Vic Voltaggio, Larry McCoyThe by|1990 American League Championship Serieswas a best-of-seven series that matched the Eastern Division champion Boston Red Soxagainst the Western Division champion Oakland Athletics. For the second time in three years, the Athletics swept the Red Sox 4 games to none. The sweep was capped by a Roger Clemensejection in Game 4 for arguing balls and strikes. The Athletics would go on to lose to the Cincinnati Redsin the 1990 World Series.
Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
Oakland wins the series, 4-0
October 6, 1990at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
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The opening game of the series saw a battle of aces, as Oakland sent Dave Stewart to the hill against Boston's
Roger Clemens. The game was a scoreless pitchers duel until the bottom of the fourth, when Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggslaunched a solo home run off Stewart. Despite mounting scoring threats in each of the next two innings, the Athletics failed to deliver against the "Rocket."
Oakland finally came through in its half of the seventh, when
Larry Andersenreplaced Clemens on the mound. Andersen walked Mark McGwire, who then was forced out at second by the next batter, Walt Weiss. A single by pinch-hitter Jamie Quirkmoved Weiss to third, and he came home on a sacrifice flyby Rickey Henderson. In the eighth, the A's extended their lead via small ball, as José Cansecosingled, was sacrificed over to second by Harold Baines, stole third, and then plated on a single by Carney Lansford.
In the ninth, the wheels came off for the Red Sox bullpen, as Oakland blew the game wide open by erupting for seven runs. Henderson led the way with a two-run single and a stolen base,
Terry Steinbachand Willie Randolphadded RBI base hits, and Canseco chipped in with a sacrifice fly. Despite the game being far from a save situation, A's closer Dennis Eckersleyshut Boston down in the bottom half of the inning. giving Oakland a 9-1 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
October 7, 1990at Fenway Parkin Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
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Game 2 saw the A's Bob Welch, the eventual 1990 American League
Cy Young Awardwinner, take on Boston's Dana Kiecker. The Red Sox struck against Welch in the third, as Luis Riveradoubled, took third on a Jody Reedgrounder, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Quintana. Oakland got the run back the very next half-inning, however, as Willie McGeedoubled and scored on a single by Baines.
In the sixth, Boston manager Joe Morgan pulled Kiecker in favour of the bullpen, and as they had in Game 1, the A's went to work.
Mike Gallegoand Rickey Henderson ripped consecutive singles, and McGee forced Henderson, moving Gallego to third. He came home on a groundout by Baines, giving the A's a 2-1 advantage. In the ninth, the Athletics extended their lead to three runs, courtesy an RBI double by Baines and a run-scoring single by McGwire. Eckersley worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his first save of the series, and Oakland carried a 2-0 ALCS lead back to the Coliseum.
October 9, 1990at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
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Mike Boddicker(0-1)|SV= Dennis Eckersley(2)|
For Game 3 in Oakland, the Red Sox threw
Mike Boddicker, who had been the 1983 ALCS MVP with the Baltimore Orioles, against the Athletics' Mike Moore. In the second, the Red Sox drew first blood when Mike Greenwellwalked, moved up to third on a single by Dwight Evans, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Tom Brunansky. Boston continued to lead until the bottom of the fourth, when the A's struck for two runs. Canseco and Baines both got on base and then executed a double steal, enabling Canseco to subsequently score on a Dave Hendersonsacrifice fly and Baines to eventually plate on a single by Randolph.
In the sixth, Oakland added a pair of runs to their lead thanks to some shoddy fielding by the Red Sox. An error by Rivera on a ground ball allowed Baines to reach base, take second on a fly out by McGwire, then move to third when Dave Henderson was forced out by Steinbach. An RBI single by Randolph scored Baines and moved Steinbach to third. Steinbach then boldly tried to steal home and was gunned down, but an error by his Boston counterpart
Tony Peñaresulted in another run. In the ninth, Eckersley picked up his second save as the A's took a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.
October 10, 1990at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
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Roger Clemens(0-1)|SV= Rick Honeycutt(1)|
The fourth game was a pitching rematch of Game 1, as Stewart again faced Clemens. In the bottom of the second, the "Rocket" gave up consecutive singles to Lansford and Steinbach, and both advanced one base due to a throwing error by Greenwell. McGwire then forced Steinbach, driving in Lansford with the first run of the game.
Randolph was the next batter, and when home plate umpire
Terry Cooneyadjudged Clemens' fifth pitch to him to be ball four, the Red Sox ace lost his composure, letting loose a stream of profanities. Although Clemens later claimed he was talking to his glove, Cooney assumed the comments were directed at him and promptly ejected Clemens from the game. Upon realizing he had been ejected, Clemens charged at the umpires, while Peña and Boston manager Joe Morgan fiercely argued the call. The Red Sox bench also exploded, with Clemens' indignant teammates hurling water coolers and litter onto the field. In the end, Clemens, Morgan, and Marty Barrettwere thrown out; an angry Barrett had merited his ejection by having to be physically restrained from leaving the dugout and confronting the umpiring crew. [cite web|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE2DD103FF932A25753C1A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1|title=The Playoffs: Sox Complain as Clemens Is Biggest Out|date= 1990-10-11|accessdate=2008-02-14|publisher=The New York Times|author=Smith, Claire]
The ejection proved to be the turning point of the game, as Gallego proceeded to belt a double to center field off Clemens' replacement,
Tom Bolton, scoring both McGwire and Randolph. The Red Sox briefly mounted a last-ditch rally in the top of the ninth, scoring a single run courtesy an Ellis Burksdouble and a single by Jody Reed, but Athletics reliever Rick Honeycuttgot Greenwell to ground out, handing Oakland its third straight American League pennant.
1990 ALCS (4-0):
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