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2007 American League Championship Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
Boston Red Sox (4) Terry Francona 96–66, .593, GA: 2
Cleveland Indians (3) Eric Wedge 96–66, .593, GA: 8
Dates: October 12–October 21
MVP: Josh Beckett (Boston)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan
Umpires: Randy Marsh, Kerwin Danley, Brian Gorman, Paul Emmel, Gary Cederstrom, Dana DeMuth[1]
ALDS: Boston Red Sox over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3–0)
  Cleveland Indians over New York Yankees (3–1)
 < 2006 ALCS 2008 > 
2007 World Series

The 2007 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2007 American League playoffs, began on October 12 and 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 Anaheim in three games in the AL Division Series, while the Indians had defeated the New York Yankees three 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 (in a similar fashion to this series). It was the eighth ALCS appearance for Boston, and the fourth for Cleveland.

The series was broadcast on Fox television.

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Summary

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Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

Boston wins the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 12 Cleveland Indians – 3, Boston Red Sox – 10 Fenway Park 3:35 36,986[2]
2 October 13 Cleveland Indians – 13, Boston Red Sox – 6 (11 innings) Fenway Park 5:14 37,051[3] 
3 October 15 Boston Red Sox – 2, Cleveland Indians – 4 Jacobs Field 3:28 44,402[4] 
4 October 16 Boston Red Sox – 3, Cleveland Indians – 7 Jacobs Field 3:12 44,008[5] 
5 October 18 Boston Red Sox – 7, Cleveland Indians – 1 Jacobs Field 3:46 44,588[6] 
6 October 20 Cleveland Indians – 2, Boston Red Sox – 12 Fenway Park 3:09 37,163[7] 
7 October 21 Cleveland Indians – 2, Boston Red Sox – 11 Fenway Park 3:33 37,165[8]

Game summaries

Game 1

Friday, October 12, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

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

WP: Josh Beckett (1–0)  LP: CC Sabathia (0–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Travis Hafner (1)

In Game 1, the Cleveland Indians took the lead when Travis Hafner hit a home run to deep right field in the first inning against Josh Beckett. Beckett retired the next ten batters in a row, finishing by striking out seven while allowing only two runs in six innings pitched. Red Sox offense scored eight runs off of Cleveland Indians pitcher CC Sabathia.

Game 2

Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 7 13 17 0
Boston 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 0

WP: Tom Mastny (1–0)  LP: Éric Gagné (0–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Jhonny Peralta (1), Grady Sizemore (1), Franklin Gutiérrez (1)  BOS – Manny Ramírez (1), Mike Lowell (1)

Game 2 was billed as a matchup of aces in nineteen-game winner Fausto Carmona and veteran postseason ace Curt Schilling. However, both starters were out by the fifth as both offenses took charge in what evolved into an eleven-inning, run-scoring saga that clocked in at 5 hours and 14 minutes. Both sides exchanged leads in the bottom of the third and the top of the fourth. Manny Ramírez hit an opposite-field two-run home run, followed by a Mike Lowell solo home run over the Green Monster, both off Indians reliever Rafael Pérez. In the top of the fourth, Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run blast into the camera well in center field off Schilling, giving the Indians a 4–3 lead. Each team’s bullpen put up scoreless frames after the sixth inning, leading to extra frames with the score tied at six. The eleventh inning proved to be a historic one as Cleveland took advantage by scoring seven 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 Nixon off 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 Wedge left Nixon in to hit against López, and the move paid off. A wild pitch allowed another run to score. After retiring Víctor Martínez, López gave up a single to Ryan Garko and 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 2 by a score of 13–6.

Game 3

Monday, October 15, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

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

WP: Jake Westbrook (1–0)  LP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0–1)  SV: Joe Borowski (1)  
HRs:  BOS – Jason Varitek (1)  CLE – Kenny Lofton (1)

Coming off a lopsided 13–6 loss in eleven innings, Boston sent Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound to face off with Jake Westbrook for Game 3 at Jacobs Field. Kenny Lofton’s two-run home run gave the Indians a 2–0 lead in the second inning. Dice-K would be knocked out after allowing RBI singles to Asdrúbal Cabrera and Travis Hafner to make it 4–0 in the fifth inning. Jason Varitek’s two-run home run in the seventh 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.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

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

WP: Paul Byrd (1–0)  LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)  
HRs:  BOS – Kevin Youkilis (1), David Ortiz (1), Manny Ramírez (2)  CLE – Casey Blake (1), Jhonny Peralta (2)

After being confounded for four innings by Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball, the Indians scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth in Game 4. Casey Blake led off the inning with a homer off Wakefield, Franklin Gutiérrez singled, Kelly Shoppach was hit by a pitch, and Grady Sizemore reached on a fielder’s choice. After Kevin Youkilis bobbled and dropped a foul ball, Asdrúbal Cabrera reached on an infield single as Gutiérrez scored. Travis Hafner struck out, and then Víctor Martínez hit an RBI single to left. At that point, Boston skipper Terry Francona yanked Wakefield for reliever Manny Delcarmen, who gave up an opposite-field home run to Jhonny Peralta on a 2–1 pitch. Kenny Lofton followed with a single, then stole second—his 34th career postseason stolen base, passing Rickey Henderson for 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 4+23 innings.
The Red Sox answered immediately when Youkilis and David Ortiz hit back-to-back homers, chasing Indians starter Paul Byrd in favor of rookie reliever Jensen Lewis. Manny Ramírez followed 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 sixth inning. However, that would be all the offense the Red Sox could muster as the Indians took a three games to one lead in the series behind Lewis and fellow reliever Rafael Betancourt.

Game 5

Thursday, October 18, 2007 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

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

WP: Josh Beckett (2–0)  LP: CC Sabathia (0–2)  
HRs:  BOS – Kevin Youkilis (2)

Danielle Peck was invited by the Cleveland Indians to sing the National Anthem prior to Game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Indians.[9] 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. Cleveland also played the All American Rejects hit song "It Ends Tonight" before the game, predicting that the Indians would win and eliminate the Red Sox that evening. Facing elimination in Game 5, the Sox struck first with a solo home run from Kevin Youkilis in the top of the first inning. The Indians answered right away, putting runners on first and third with nobody out but could only muster one run on Travis Hafner grounding into a double play. The Red Sox regained the lead in the third on a Manny Ramírez RBI single, scoring David Ortiz from 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 six umpires, the home run was disallowed and Ramírez was left at first with a single. Meanwhile, Josh Beckett pitched eight dominant innings for the Red Sox, and collected eleven strikeouts, tying a career post-season high. Boston scored two more in the seventh to make it 4–1 and broke it open with three additional runs in the eighth to ensure a return trip to Boston for Game 6.

Game 6

Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

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

WP: Curt Schilling (1–0)  LP: Fausto Carmona (0–1)  
HRs:  CLE – Víctor Martínez (1)  BOS – J.D. Drew (1)

After Curt Schilling retired the Indians in the top of the first, the Red Sox loaded the bases on infield hits by Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis plus a full-count walk to David Ortiz. Fausto Carmona struck out Manny Ramírez and got Mike Lowell to pop out, but J.D. Drew then hit a grand slam to center field to give Boston a 4–0 lead. Víctor Martínez got the Tribe on the board with a lead-off solo home run to cut the Sox lead to three. 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 third 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 six-run explosion in the bottom of the inning. JD Drew drove in his fifth RBI of the game with a single in the third inning that ended Carmona's pitching that night. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with another single driving in Boston's sixth run. Julio Lugo then 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 Garko started the top of the seventh with a triple and scored on a Jhonny Peralta sacrifice fly, but that would be all the offense Cleveland could muster against Schilling on the night.

Game 7

Sunday, October 21, 2007 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
Boston 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 X 11 15 1

WP: Daisuke Matsuzaka (1–1)  LP: Jake Westbrook (1–1)  SV: Jonathan Papelbon (1)  
HRs:  BOS – Dustin Pedroia (1), Kevin Youkilis (3)

The pitching match-up for Game 7 was a rematch of Game 3, featuring Jake Westbrook for Cleveland and Japanese rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka for Boston. The Red Sox returned Cleveland's favor from Game 5 by playing It Ends Tonight before the game, poking fun at the Indians' untimely prediction. In the first three innings, Matsuzaka looked like the more dominant starting pitcher of the night retiring the first eight batters he faced before giving up a base hit to number-nine hitter Casey Blake; he then struck out Grady Sizemore to end the inning. Meanwhile, during those same first three innings, Indians starter Jake Westbrook gave up seven hits, one walk (intentionally), and three runs. Fortunately for Cleveland, Westbrook settled down and pitched three shutout innings, striking out four, and their offense began to take advantage of Matsuzaka putting up single runs in the top of the fourth and fifth. Boston's top two relief pitchers took over after Matsuzaka's exit following the fifth inning; Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon were able to hold Indians hitters scoreless over the final four frames, giving up just four hits combined, all singles. Rookies Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia were the center of the offense in the seventh with Ellsbury reaching second on a Blake error then Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run home run into the Green Monster seats, giving the Red Sox some insurance runs—a 5–2 lead. The Sox put up a six-spot in the bottom of the eighth—highlighted by a three-RBI double by Pedroia and a two-run Kevin Youkilis monster shot—which cemented their victory and led to their second American League championship and World Series appearance in four years.

The city of Cleveland added two lores to their championship drought. The first one was dubbed "The Collapse" because the Indians were up 3–1 and blew it. The second lore is called "The Stop Sign". In the seventh inning with one out and Kenny Lofton at second base, Franklin Gutiérrez singled over the third base bag and into foul territory down the left field line. Shortstop Julio Lugo and outfielder Manny Ramirez went after the ball. Before Ramirez picked up the ball, Lofton was already at third base. As he was about to turn toward home plate, third base coach Joel Skinner held Lofton at third. The Indians' at-bat ended when Casey Blake hit into a double play. The Red Sox would go on to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh and six in the eighth. Clevelanders blame Skinner to this day for holding up Lofton and causing the decline of the team. They say that Lofton would have scored easily and the momentum would have continued for the Indians. Skinner was also criticized by national media, saying that holding up Lofton made no sense.

Composite box

2007 ALCS (4–3): Boston Red Sox over Cleveland Indians

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston Red Sox 7 1 15 0 6 5 6 11 0 0 0 51 77 3
Cleveland Indians 3 3 0 4 11 2 1 1 0 0 7 32 62 5
Total attendance: 281,363   Average attendance: 40,195

Series quotes

Blake into right centerfield...Crisp back to his left...still GOING! And the Red Sox win the pennant!
Joe Buck, calling the final out.
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.

Notes

  1. ^ "MLB names League Championship Series umpires" (JSP). Major League Baseball. 2007-10-10. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071010&content_id=2259749&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2007-10-21. "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 eighteenth 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."  
  2. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 1 - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10120BOS2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  3. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 2 - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10130BOS2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  4. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 3 - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10150CLE2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  5. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 4 - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10160CLE2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  6. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 5 - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10180CLE2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  7. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 6 - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10200BOS2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  8. ^ "2007 ALCS Game 7 - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2007/B10210BOS2007.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-13.  
  9. ^ McIntyre, Michael K (2007-10-18). "Anthem singer was special to Sox pitcher". The Plain Dealer. 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.  

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