1998 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 1998
New York Yankees(4)
champion_games = 114-48, .704, GA: 22
runnerup_games = 89-73, .549, GA: 9
October 6– October 13
David Wells(New York)
Bob Costasand Joe Morgan
radio_network = ESPN
Jim Evans, Ted Hendry, John Shulock, Larry Young, Tim Welke, Jim McKean
New York Yankeesover Texas Rangers (3-0)
Cleveland Indiansover Boston Red Sox(3-1)The by|1998 American League Championship Series, the second round of the 1998 American Leagueplayoffs, was played between the Eastern Division champion New York Yankeesand the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians.
The Yankees defeated the Indians 4 games to 2 and went on to sweep the
National Leaguechampion San Diego Padresin the 1998 World Series. New York, who won 114 games during the regular season, recorded their only two losses of the 1998 postseason in this series.
Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees
New York wins the series, 4-2
October 6, 1998at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
David Wells(1-0)|LP= Jaret Wright(0-1)|SV=
Manny Ramírez(1)|HomeHR= Jorge Posada(1)|
Cleveland came in as heavy underdogs, but also were the defending American League Champions. In Game 1, the Yankees got off to a good start, by hitting four straight singles in the bottom of the 1st to score 2 runs. This paved the way for 3 more runs as a wild pitch and two more hits knocked starter
Jaret Wrightout of the game in the 1st. Chad Ogeacame on in relief. Eventual ALCS MVP David Wellscruised through 8 1/3 innings. A two-run homer by Manny Ramírezwould knock home the only runs of the game for Cleveland in the 9th.
October 7, 1998at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Dave Burba(1-0)|LP=Jeff Nelson (0-1)|SV=Mike Jackson (1)
In Game 2, 20-game winner
David Conewent for the Yankees, who looked like they would go to Cleveland up two games in the series. But David Justicehit a solo home run in the 4th, putting the Yankees behind for the first time in the postseason. A Scott Brosiusdouble tied the game in the 7th, but the Yankees would squander the chance to score him. They would also squander many chances in the game to score, as the game moved to extra innings. Jim Thomeled off the top of the 12th with a single. Enrique Wilsonwas then called on the pinch run. Travis Frymanthen laid a sacrifice bunt down, and, as Jeff Nelson went to throw it to first, he hit Fryman and the ball rolled past Chuck Knoblauchcovering. Knoblauch tried to argue the call as the ball continued to roll. Wilson and Fryman continued to run and Wilson would score as the ball was still not dead. An error by Tino Martinezput Fryman at third. The Indians now had the lead back and would score two more and tie the series at a game a piece.
October 9, 1998at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
Bartolo Colón(1-0)|LP= Andy Pettitte(0-1)|SV=
Manny Ramírez(2), Jim Thome2 (2), Mark Whiten(1)|
Jacobs Fieldfor Game 3, the Yankees were rendered helpless by a barrage of Indian home runs and the dazzling pitching of young flamethrower Bartolo Colón. After the Yankees took the lead in the first on a Bernie WilliamsRBI-single, the Indians took control of the game. Jim Thome led off the bottom of the second with a home run, then Enrique Wilson drove in a run to make it 2-1 Cleveland. Three more home runs in the fifth with two outs, including the second of the game by Thome, made it 6-1 Indians. The strong pitching of Colon silenced the Yankees' bats the rest of the way as the New York batters were held hitless from the fifth inning onwards. Colon would finish with a four-hit complete game victory, and the Indians took a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven series.
October 10, 1998at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
Orlando Hernández(1-0)|LP= Dwight Gooden(0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Paul O'Neill (1)|HomeHR=|
The Yankees looked to Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez for a clutch pitching performance. Hernandez had come to the Yankees shrouded in mystery, having defected from
Cubajust ten months earlier. He was making his postseason debut with this start against former Yankee Dwight Gooden. Paul O'Neill gave Hernandez a run to work with by hitting a solo home run off Gooden in the top of the first. Hernandez responded by giving his team seven shutout innings. The Yankees added two more in the fourth and one more in the ninth to win Game 4 4-0.
October 11, 1998at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OhioLinescore
David Wells(2-0)|LP= Chad Ogea(0-1)|SV= Rivera(1)
Chili Davis(1)|HomeHR= Kenny Lofton(1), Jim Thome(3)|
Instead of pitching Jaret Wright in Game 5,
Mike Hargrovelooked to Chad Ogea, who had pitched well in the 1997 World Series, to give his team a three games to two lead in the series. The Yankees once again took the early lead with a three-run first inning, but the Indians would respond. A leadoff homer by Kenny Loftonand a sacrifice fly by Manny Ramírez made it a one-run game. Paul O'Neill singled home a run in the second to make it 4-2 Yankees. Chili Davishomered in the fourth to put the Yankees ahead by three, but Jim Thome hit his third homer of the series in the bottom of the sixth to make it a two-run game. Wells and the Yankees' bullpen held off any further Indians scoring, and the Yankees were one win away from the World Series.
October 13, 1998at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
David Cone(1-0)|LP= Charles Nagy(0-1)|SV=
Jim Thome(4)|HomeHR= Scott Brosius(1)|
The Yankees built a 6-0 lead behind David Cone in Game 6, but the Indians refused to go quietly. A bases-loaded walk and a grand slam by Jim Thome made it 6-5 in the fifth. But the Yankees would score three more on a
Derek Jetertriple and a Bernie Williams single to make it 9-5. Mariano Riverasealed a World Series berth in the ninth with Omar Vizquelgrounding out to end the ALCS, sending the Yankees to their second World Series in three seasons.
1998 ALCS (4-2):
New York Yankeesover Cleveland IndiansLinescore
New York Yankees
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