2005 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 2005
Chicago White Sox(4)
champion_games = 99-63, .611, GA: 6
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim(1)
runnerup_games = 95-67, .586, GA: 7
October 11– October 16
television = FOX
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Lou Piniella
radio_network = ESPN Radio
Jon Millerand Joe Morgan
Jerry Crawford, Doug Eddings, Ted Barrett, Ron Kulpa, Ed Rapuano, Randy Marsh
Chicago White Soxover Boston Red Sox(3-0)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimover New York Yankees(3-2)The by|2005 American League Championship Series(ALCS), the second round of the 2005 American Leagueplayoffs, matched the Central Division champion Chicago White Soxagainst the Western Division champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The White Sox, by virtue of having the best record in the AL during the 2005 season, had the home field advantage. The White Sox won the series 4 games to 1 to become the American League champions, and faced the Houston Astrosin the 2005 World Series; as a result of the 2005 All-Star Game played in Detroit, Michiganat Comerica Parkon July 12, the White Sox had home field advantage in the World Series. The series was notable both for a controversial call in game 2 of the series, and the outstanding pitching and durability of Chicago's starting rotation, pitching four consecutive complete games; the 2/3 of an inning Neal Cottspitched in the first game was the only work the White Sox bullpen saw the entire series.
The White Sox and Angels were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the White Sox defeating the defending World Champion and wild card qualifier
Boston Red Sox3 games to 0, and the Angels defeating the Eastern Division champion New York Yankees3 games to 2.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Chicago White Sox
Chicago wins the series, 4-1
October 11, 2005at U.S. Cellular Fieldin Chicago, IllinoisLinescore
Paul Byrd(1-0)|LP= José Contreras(0-1)|SV=Francisco Rodríguez (1)
Garret Anderson(1)|HomeHR= Joe Crede(1)|
In the series opener, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 3-2 in their third game in as many nights and as many cities. The Angels took the lead in the second inning on a
Garret Andersonhome run. The Angels added two more runs in the third, and then José Contrerasallowed no more runs, going 8 1/3 innings. The White Sox tried to chip away at the lead, but only managed to score two runs on seven hits. The Angel relievers were able to hold the Sox scoreless. It was the first time in six tries that the Angels won a game 1 under Mike Scioscia, despite the fact that they won the World Series in 2002.
October 12, 2005at U.S. Cellular Fieldin Chicago, IllinoisLinescore
Mark Buehrle(1-0)|LP= Kelvim Escobar(0-1)|SV=
Behind a complete game from Mark Buehrle and a now infamous strikeout in the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox evened the series at a game a piece. The Sox took advantage of an Angels error and drew first blood in the first inning. The game remained 1-0 until an Angels HR in the 5th tied it 1-1. Then with the score still tied and two out in the bottom of the ninth, with two strikes,
A.J. Pierzynskiswung at a low pitch from Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobarand missed, for strike three. Josh Paul, the Angels catcher, rolled the ball to the mound and left the infield. Pierzynski realized strike three had been called, but he had not been called out and ran to first base in case the umpire had ruled that the Angels catcher had not legally caught the strike three pitch (see Uncaught third strikerule [cite web|url=http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/batter_6.jsp|title=Rule 6.05(b) & 6.09(b) - Official Baseball Rules|accessdate=2007-07-10|publisher=mlb.com] ). Home Plate Umpire Doug Eddingsindeed ruled that the ball hit the ground and then went into the catcher's glove, [cite web|url=http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20051013&content_id=1248409&vkey=ps2005news&fext=.jsp|title=Umpires postgame interview|accessdate=2007-07-10|publisher=mlb.com] so the pitch was uncaught and Pierzynski was safe at first. A pinch-runner, Pablo Ozuna, replaced Pierzynski and stole second base. Third baseman Joe Crededelivered a base hit three pitches later, scoring Ozuna for the winning run.
October 14, 2005at Angel Stadium of Anaheimin Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Jon Garland(1-0)|LP= John Lackey(0-1)|SV=
Paul Konerko(1)|HomeHR= Orlando Cabrera(1)| Paul Konerko's two-run homer in the first inning provided a Chicago lead that the Angels could never overcome, despite a two-run home run by Orlando Cabrerain the sixth, as the White Sox take the series lead, 2 games to 1, with Jon Garlandpitching a complete game.
October 15, 2005at Angel Stadium of Anaheimin Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
Freddy García(1-0)|LP= Ervin Santana(0-1)|SV=
Paul Konerko(2), A.J. Pierzynski(1)|HomeHR=| Freddy Garcíapitched the White Sox' third straight complete game and Paul Konerko hit his second consecutive first inning home run to give the South Siders the lead. A.J. Pierzynskialso homered in the fourth inning, helping put the White Sox one win from their first World Seriesvisit since 1959. The controversy continued in this game. Konerko's three run first inning blast came after a disputed check swing on a 2-2 pitch. Later in the game, with the White Sox leading 3-1, the Angels put men on first and third for Steve Finley, who hit a ground ball to second for an inning ending double play. He argued that White Sox catcher A. J. Pierzynski had interfered with his swing. In the later innings, with the White Sox leading 5-1, Scott Podsednikstole second and later scored.
October 16, 2005at Angel Stadium of Anaheimin Anaheim, CaliforniaLinescore
José Contreras(1-1)|LP= Kelvim Escobar(0-2)|SV=
Joe Crede(2)|HomeHR=| Joe Credeled the way with his home run, and José Contreraspitched the fourth consecutive complete game by a White Sox pitcher, Chicago won the ALCS and their first American League pennant since 1959. This also marked the first time in 77 years that a team threw four straight complete game victories in the playoffs, and the first time that it was done by four different pitchers since the Chicago Cubsdid it in the 1907 World Series.
2005 ALCS (4-1):
Chicago White Soxover Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimLinescore
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
| Total Attendance: 215,966 Average Attendance: 43,193
Quote of the Series
*"Escobar, another strikeout..Pierzynski is going down to first. The Angels are already off the field. The home plate umpire never made a call and safe is Pierzynski"."-
Joe Buckcalling the strange play in the 9th inning of Game 2
*"And that's into the left field corner. This ball is off the wall, the White Sox have won, and this only begins what will be an argument."- Joe Buck of Fox Sports calling
Joe Crede's game winning hit after A. J. Pierzynski's controversial strike out.
*"Ground ball to first, the
White Soxhave won the pennant!"- Joe Buck's call of the last out.
*"Swing and a ground ball to first, Konerko has it. He steps on the bag! The White Sox have won the pennant! They won the pennant! A White Sox winner, and they're going to the World Series!"-
John Rooneycalling the final out on the White Sox radio network
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Paul Konerkoof the Chicago White Sox was named the ALCS MVP following Game 5. He finished the series batting .286, with two home runs and seven RBIs. His two home runs came in the first innings of Games 3 and 4; he is only the third player in major league history to hit home runs in the first inning of consecutive playoff games, the other two having been Dan Fordduring the 1979 ALCS and Carlos Beltránduring the 2004 NLCS [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20051017&content_id=1252530&vkey=ps2005news&fext=.jsp] .
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