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1997 American League Championship Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (4) Mike Hargrove 86–75, .534, GA: 6
Baltimore Orioles (2) Davey Johnson 98–64, .605, GA: 2
Dates: October 8–October 15
MVP: Marquis Grissom (Cleveland)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Bob Brenly
Radio: CBS
Radio announcers: John Rooney, Jeff Torborg
Umpires: Joe Brinkman, Jim Joyce, John Hirschbeck, Durwood Merrill, Larry McCoy, Mike Reilly
ALDS: Baltimore Orioles over Seattle Mariners (3–1)
  Cleveland Indians over New York Yankees (3–2)
 < 1996 ALCS 1998 > 
1997 World Series

The 1997 American League Championship Series (ALCS) pitted the Cleveland Indians, who won coming back against the defending World Series champion New York Yankees in the AL Division Series, and the Baltimore Orioles, who went wire-to-wire and beat the Seattle Mariners in the Division Series. The Indians stunned the Orioles, winning on bizarre plays or remarkable comebacks, and won the Series four games to two, but went on to lose to the Florida Marlins in the well-fought, seesaw, seven-game battle of the 1997 World Series. The Orioles had home field advantage, which was predetermined and assigned to either the Eastern Division champions or their opponents in the Division Series.

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Summary

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians

Cleveland wins the series, 4–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 8 Cleveland Indians – 0, Baltimore Orioles – 3 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 2:33 49,029[1]
2 October 9 Cleveland Indians – 5, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:53 49,131[2] 
3 October 11 Baltimore Orioles – 1, Cleveland Indians – 2 (12 innings) Jacobs Field 4:51 45,057[3] 
4 October 12 Baltimore Orioles – 7, Cleveland Indians – 8 Jacobs Field 3:32 45,081[4] 
5 October 13 Baltimore Orioles – 4, Cleveland Indians – 2 Jacobs Field 3:08 45,068[5] 
6 October 15 Cleveland Indians – 1, Baltimore Orioles – 0 (11 innings) Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:52 49,075[6]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 8, 1997 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Baltimore 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 1

WP: Scott Erickson (1–0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0–1)  SV: Randy Myers (1)  
HRs:  BAL – Brady Anderson (1), Roberto Alomar (1)

Game 2

Thursday, October 9, 1997 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 6 3
Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1

WP: Paul Assenmacher (1–0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0–1)  SV: José Mesa (1)  
HRs:  CLE – Manny Ramírez (1), Marquis Grissom (1)  BAL – Cal Ripken (1)

In Game 2, Charles Nagy and Jimmy Key struggled to get a much needed win. Key allowed a two-run homer to Manny Ramírez in the top of the first. Nagy would also allow a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to Cal Ripken Jr. Then Mike Bordick hit the go-ahead two-run single off Nagy in the sixth that knocked Nagy out of the game. With the Tribe trailing 4–2 in the top of the eighth inning, two walks put two men on with two out. Armando Benitez faced Marquis Grissom and Grissom would deliver a stunning three-run homer that gave the Indians a 5–4 lead. That lead would stand as the Cleveland bullpen kept the Orioles in check to even the series at a game apiece. Grissom's homer would turn the tide in the series.

Game 3

Saturday, October 11, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0

WP: Eric Plunk (1–0)  LP: Randy Myers (0–1)  

With the Series evened a one game apiece, a classic pitching clinic unfolded when Orel Hershiser took on Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina at Jacobs Field. In this game, Mussina would set a LCS record with fifteen strikeouts, which would be matched by Liván Hernández in the NLCS the same year. The Indians had a 1–0 lead in the ninth, but Jose Mesa blew the lead after Marquis Grissom lost the fly ball from Brady Anderson in the lights and the game moved on into the twelfth inning. With Randy Myers on the mound for Baltimore, Marquis Grissom walked, then a single by Tony Fernández moved him to third. With one out, Omar Vizquel motioned to bunt. When the pitch came, it went through the strike zone, Omar apparently missed the ball, and the ball got away from Orioles catcher Lenny Webster, allowing Grissom to score. Webster and Myers thought the ball was fouled off and no one did anything to stop Grissom, but the ball was not ruled as a foul ball, and the Indians won the game. Although Orioles manager Davey Johnson argued too that the ball was fouled off, the Indians had already won. Replays later showed Omar had fouled the ball off.

Game 4

Sunday, October 12, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 12 2
Cleveland 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 13 0

WP: José Mesa (1–0)  LP: Alan Mills (0–1)  
HRs:  BAL – Brady Anderson (2), Harold Baines (1), Rafael Palmeiro (1)  CLE – Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1), Manny Ramírez (2)

With one bizarre play, the Indians had built some momentum. With Scott Erickson back on the mound against Indians starter Jaret Wright, the game was destined to be the swing game of the Series. With an early 1–0 lead, Erickson allowed a two-run homer to Sandy Alomar, Jr., but the Orioles scored four more runs off Wright to build a 5–2 lead. The Indians closed to within two in the fourth, but in the fifth, an even more bizarre play than Vizquel's missed bunt occurred. With Erickson tiring after giving up two more runs, Arthur Rhodes came in the game with two men on and two outs. He threw a wild pitch with Grissom at bat, allowing David Justice to score from third. However, he collided with Rhodes at home, and the umpire obscured the view of the ball for the catcher Webster. The umpire motioned for someone to get the ball as Sandy Alomar raced for home. He would also score since no one was able to get the ball in time to make an out. The Indians now had a two run lead. However, the Orioles would tie the game in the ninth again off Jose Mesa. But Sandy Alomar, having a great postseason thus far, singled in the winning run in the ninth, giving the Indians an 8–7 win, and a three games to one lead in the Series.

Game 5

Monday, October 13, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 1

WP: Scott Kamieniecki (1–0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0–2)  
HRs:  BAL – Eric Davis (1)

Game 6

Wednesday, October 15, 1997 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0

WP: Brian Anderson (1–0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0–2)  SV: José Mesa (2)  
HRs:  CLE – Tony Fernandez (1)

Another pitching masterpiece occurred. This time it was Mussina against Charles Nagy. It was scoreless baseball until the eleventh. That's when a wondrous Series subplot unfolded. Tony Fernández hit a batting practice ball that bruised Bip Roberts, so Tony took his place at second base. With two outs, Fernandez hit a home run that gave the Indians a 1–0 eleventh inning lead. With two outs in the bottom half of the eleventh inning, Brady Anderson singled to right off Jose Mesa, who would represent the tying run. Roberto Alomar came up to bat, and what, to him, seemed like a ball inside as he flinched away from the plate, was actually a called strike, which gave Cleveland the out and the trip to the World Series. He was shocked to hear it called a strike because he shied far away from the plate, thinking he was going to get hit.

Composite box

1997 ALCS (4–2): Cleveland Indians over Baltimore Orioles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Cleveland Indians 2 2 0 1 4 0 1 3 3 0 1 1 18 40 5
Baltimore Orioles 1 3 8 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 19 54 5
Total attendance: 282,441   Average attendance: 47,074

Series quotes

All quotes are by Joe Buck.

Into left centerfield, deep left center field. Track, wall, GONE! A three-run home run for Marquis Grissom! And a 5–4 Indian lead in the eighth!
The home run that turned the Series around.
Here comes [Marquis] Grissom...aaaaaand SAFE AT THE PLATE! The Indians win! [Omar] Vizquel missed it!
The missed squeeze play and passed ball that won Game 3 for Cleveland.
In the dirt, to the plate, the runner is safe! [David] Justice scores and now here comes [Sandy] Alomar! Two runs score!
One of many bizarre plays in Game 4.
Into left center field...Indians win.
Sandy Alomar's game-winning single in Game 4.
That's well hit, in the air to right! Track, wall, gone! And the Indians take a one–nothing eleventh inning lead! Tony Fernández breaks through here in the eleventh.
The pennant-winning home run by Tony Fernández.
Strike three call! And the Indians are headed back to the World Series!
The final out.

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