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2009 American League Championship Series
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Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (4) Joe Girardi 103–59, .636, GA: 8
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2) Mike Scioscia 97–65, .599, GA: 10
Dates: October 16–October 25
MVP: CC Sabathia (New York)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN (national)
WCBS-AM (Yankees)
KLAA-AM (Angels)
Radio announcers: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan (ESPN)
John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman (WCBS)
Terry Smith, Rory Markas (KLAA)
Umpires: Tim McClelland, Dale Scott, Jerry Layne, Fieldin Culbreth, Laz Diaz, Bill Miller
ALDS: New York Yankees over Minnesota Twins (3–0)
  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over Boston Red Sox (3–0)
 < 2008 ALCS 2010 > 
2009 World Series

The 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2009 American League playoffs, was a best-of-seven game series matching the two winners of the 2009 American League Division Series. The AL East Division champions, the New York Yankees, defeated the AL West Division champions, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, four games to two, to advance to the 2009 World Series, their first since 2003.[1] New York, with a better regular-season record than Los Angeles, held home-field advantage. The series, the 39th in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 25. Fox Sports carried all games with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth. Starting with the 2009 season, weeknight games began 40 minutes earlier as suggested by Commissioner Bud Selig.[2]

The Yankees won the series 4 games to 2, and went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4–2 in the World Series.

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Summary

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New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

New York wins the series, 4–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 16 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 3:18 49,688[3]
2 October 17 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (13 innings) Yankee Stadium 5:10 49,922[4] 
3 October 19 New York Yankees – 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5 (11 innings) Angel Stadium of Anaheim 4:21 44,911[5] 
4 October 20 New York Yankees – 10, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 3:38 45,160[6] 
5 October 22 New York Yankees – 6, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 7 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 3:34 45,113[7] 
6 October 25† Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium 3:49 50,173[8]

† Game 6 was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 24, but was postponed because of rain.

Game summaries

Game 1

Friday, October 16, 2009 — 7:57 PM (ET) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
New York 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 4 10 0

WP: CC Sabathia (1–0)  LP: John Lackey (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)  

On a blustery night with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s,[9] starter CC Sabathia limited the Angels to one run on four hits and a walk in eight innings, striking out seven in a 4–1 Yankee win.[10]

The Yankees staked Sabathia to a 2–0 lead in the bottom of the first on an Alex Rodriguez sacrifice fly and an unusual RBI infield single from Hideki Matsui. Matsui hit a short popup to the left side of the infield, but there was a miscommunication between third baseman Chone Figgins and shortstop Erick Aybar and the ball fell in for a single, enabling Johnny Damon to score from second.[10] Vladimir Guerrero set up the Angels' only run in the top of the fourth, hitting a high fly ball to deep left field that looked to be a home run but bounced in front of the fence for a double instead, possibly due to the windy conditions. Guerrero scored two batters later on Kendry Morales' single. The Yankees added a run in the fifth on Matsui's second run-scoring single of the night, and a pair of Angels' errors led to New York's fourth run in the sixth. After reaching base on a walk, Melky Cabrera advanced to second on John Lackey's errant pickoff attempt.[10] Derek Jeter then singled up the middle, but Torii Hunter overran the ball, allowing Cabrera to score without a play at the plate.[10]

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, recording his 36th career postseason save.[10]

Game 2

Saturday, October 17, 2009 — 7:57 PM (ET) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 2
New York 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 13 3

WP: David Robertson (1–0)  LP: Ervin Santana (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Derek Jeter (1), Alex Rodriguez (1)

Once again, the Yankees struck first in the second inning. After Nick Swisher worked a two-out walk—his first in this postseason—Robinson Canó hit his first career postseason triple to deep right-center field to score Swisher. In the bottom of third, Derek Jeter hit a solo home run to right field to give the Yankees a 2–0 advantage. The Angels fought back in the fifth. After Maicer Izturis hit a leadoff ground rule double to right field, Erick Aybar's one-out single brought Izturis home to cut the lead in half. Later in the inning, New York starter A.J. Burnett's bases-loaded wild pitch caused the game to be tied at two. Both teams threatened multiple times in the ensuing innings, but neither scored and the game was sent to extra innings. In the top half of the eleventh, Gary Matthews, Jr. drew a walk off Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Erick Aybar, and scored on an RBI single by Chone Figgins. However, in the bottom half of the frame, Alex Rodriguez tied the game with a leadoff home run off Angels closer Brian Fuentes. Then, in the thirteenth inning, Melky Cabrera managed to reach on an error committed by Izturis, consequently driving in the winning run. Izturis had the option of throwing to first for the second out, but instead attempted a tough throw to get the force at second for a potential double play, completely missing shortstop Aybar. Figgins, who was backing up the play, came up with the ball in an attempt to get the play at the plate but it slipped out of his hand. Jerry Hairston, Jr., who had reached on a single to start the inning, came around to score on that error.

The game lasted five hours and ten minutes, making it the fifth longest ALCS game by length of game ever.

Alex Rodriguez's eleventh-inning home run was his second late-inning game-tying home run in this postseason. Both were off opposite team's closer (Minnesota Twins' Joe Nathan, in ALDS Game 2).

Both teams committed errors but the Angels' proved costly.

Game 3

Monday, October 19, 2009 — 4:13 PM (ET) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
New York 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 8 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 13 0

WP: Ervin Santana (1–1)  LP: Alfredo Aceves (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Derek Jeter (2), Alex Rodriguez (2), Johnny Damon (1), Jorge Posada (1)  LAA – Howie Kendrick (1), Vladimir Guerrero (1)

For the third game in a row the Yankees scored first, this time on Derek Jeter's leadoff home run off Angels starter Jered Weaver. They extended their lead on solo home runs by Alex Rodriguez in the fourth inning and Johnny Damon in the fifth, both off Weaver. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte held the Angels scoreless until the fifth inning, when he yielded a solo home run to Howie Kendrick in the fifth. The next inning, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run home run, also off Pettitte, to tie the game. The Angels took the lead in the seventh, thanks to Kendrick's one-out triple and Maicer Izturis' sacrifice fly, both off Joba Chamberlain. However, a Jorge Posada solo home run off Kevin Jepsen—the sixth in the game—tied it again in the eighth.

Another Angels' gaffe proved costly. In the eighth inning Abreu led off with a double but attempted to stretch it into a triple. An alert Jeter called for the ball at second and tossed to Mark Texeira who was covering second, since Robinson Canó was in the outfield, to tag Abreu for the out.

For the second consecutive time in the series, the Yankees and Angels played extra innings. The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the tenth inning against Mariano Rivera, but were unable to score. In the bottom of the eleventh inning, Yankees pitcher David Robertson retired the two Angels batters he faced and was one out away from forcing a twelfth inning when manager Joe Girardi replaced him with Alfredo Aceves, a decision that would later be criticized by the New York media. Aceves, who yielded a go-ahead run to the Angels in the eleventh inning of Game 2 that was later erased by Rodriguez' home run, yielded a single to Kendrick on a 3–1 count. Jeff Mathis, the Angels' backup catcher who was inserted into the game in the eighth inning, followed with a double to deep left field, scoring Kendrick from first and winning the game in a walk-off.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 — 7:57 PM (ET) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 3 10 13 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 1

WP: CC Sabathia (2–0)  LP: Scott Kazmir (0–1)  
HRs:  NYY – Alex Rodriguez (3), Johnny Damon (2)  LAA – Kendry Morales (1)

Yankees ace CC Sabathia started Game 4 on three days' rest, which proved to be no problem, as he pitched eight strong innings, allowing only one earned run, five hits, and two walks, while striking out five. For the fourth straight game in the series the Yankees scored first. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run, tying a postseason record set by Lou Gehrig and Ryan Howard for recording an RBI in eight consecutive games. Melky Cabrera added four RBIs. The sole Angels run came on a fifth-inning solo home run by Kendry Morales. The game included three controversial calls by the umpiring crew that third base umpire and crew chief Tim McClelland—who made two of the three calls in question—admitted were in error,[11] drawing more attention to the argument for instant replay in baseball.[12]

Game 5

Thursday, October 22, 2009 — 7:57 PM (ET) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 6 9 0
Los Angeles 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 7 12 0

WP: Kevin Jepsen (1-0)  LP: Phil Hughes (0-1)  SV: Brian Fuentes (1)  

Unlike the previous four games, this time the Angels scored first. With Chone Figgins on third base and Bobby Abreu on first, Torii Hunter singled to center field, scoring both Figgins and Abreu. Hunter then scored on an RBI double by Vladimir Guerrero, followed by a Kendry Morales RBI single that scored Guerrero from second. From that point on, neither starter—John Lackey for the Angels and A.J. Burnett for the Yankees—allowed a run until the seventh inning. In the top half of that inning, Lackey worked into a bases-loaded jam with two outs when manager Mike Scioscia replaced him with Darren Oliver. Mark Teixeira connected with Oliver's first pitch for a double that scored all three inherited runnersMelky Cabrera, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter. After an intentional walk to Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui singled, scoring Teixeira and tying the game. Oliver was replaced with Kevin Jepsen, who yielded a triple to Robinson Canó that scored Rodriguez and Matsui, giving the Yankees a two-run lead. In the bottom half of the seventh, Abreu hit an RBI groundout that scored Jeff Mathis from third. Hunter then drew a walk, followed by a Guerrero single that scored Erick Aybar, and a Morales single that scored Hunter, giving the Angels a one-run lead. The Yankees threatened Angels closer Brian Fuentes in the ninth inning. With two outs, Fuentes loaded the bases, but Nick Swisher popped out to end the game.

Game 6

New York Yankees celebrate after their 5–2 win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Sunday, October 25, 2009 — 8:20 PM (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 9 2
New York 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 X 5 9 0

WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)  LP: Joe Saunders (0–1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (2)  

Game 6 was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, October 24, but was postponed because of rain. Angels' gaffes once again proved costly. In the top of the second, baserunner Vladimir Guerrero ran too far from first base on a fly ball out and was doubled off. The game remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when Bobby Abreu singled Jeff Mathis home to give the Angels the early lead. The Yankees left six men on base in the first and second innings before they finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth after Johnny Damon lined a two-run single to give the Yankees the lead for the remainder of the game. Alex Rodriguez walked with the bases loaded to force in another run. Saunders was then removed in favor of Darren Oliver.

Andy Pettitte pitched a strong game, allowing one run in 6+13 innings while striking out six. Mariano Rivera entered the game in the eighth inning for a six-out save. Guerrero singled in a run with two outs to close the gap to 3–2. In the bottom of the eighth, the Angels misfielded two sacrifice bunts by the Yankees, a fielding error by Howie Kendrick and a throwing error by pitcher Scott Kazmir, eventually leading to two runs. Rivera retired the side in the ninth to record the Yankees' 40th American League pennant.

Composite box

2009 ALCS (4–2): New York Yankees over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
New York Yankees 3 1 1 7 4 1 6 5 3 0 1 0 1 33 62 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 0 1 1 4 2 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 19 51 8
Total attendance: 284,967   Average attendance: 47,495

Series quotes

Here's the pitch... Swung on, a high fly to deep right... Abreu back... At the track... At the wall... She's Gone! Derek Jeter going the opposite way as a long drive into the right field seats! A home run to give the Yankees a two–nothing lead!
John Sterling, WCBS, on Derek Jeter's third-inning solo home run in Game 2.
And the left-hander deals... Swung on and drilled to deep right... It is high! It is far! It is GONE! He did it again, Alex Rodriguez! He drove the 0–2 pitch into the right field seats for game-tying home run! An A-Bomb! From A-Rod! And the Yankees have tied the game at three!
John Sterling, WCBS, on Alex Rodriguez's eleventh-inning game-tying solo home run in Game 2.
To the right side... Izturis to SECOND... GETS AWAY! Figgins drops it, Yankees up, two games to nothing!
Joe Buck, FOX, calling the game ending throwing error by Maicer Izturis to allow Jerry Hairston, Jr. to score the winning run for the Yankees in the thirteenth in Game 2.
Yankees win the pennant!
Joe Buck, FOX, calling the last out of Game 6.
Here's the payoff...STRUCK HIM OUT SWINGING! Ballgame over! American League Championship Series over! Yankees win! "THE" YANKEES WIN!
John Sterling, WCBS, calling the last out of Game 6.

Notes

  1. ^ "Yankees 5, Angels 2: Yankees Win A.L.C.S., 4-2". New York Times. 2009-10-25. http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/live-analysis-alcs-game-6-angels-at-yankees/. Retrieved 2009-10-26.  
  2. ^ "WS games to start 40 minutes earlier". ESPN.com. May 18, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4174213. Retrieved May 18, 2009.  
  3. ^ "Boxscore:LA Angels vs. NY Yankees - October 16, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_10_16_anamlb_nyamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-16.  
  4. ^ "Boxscore:LA Angels vs. NY Yankees - October 17, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_10_17_anamlb_nyamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-18.  
  5. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. LA Angels - October 19, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_10_19_nyamlb_anamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-19.  
  6. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. LA Angels - October 20, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_10_20_nyamlb_anamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-20.  
  7. ^ "Boxscore:NY Yankees vs. LA Angels - October 22, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2009_10_22_nyamlb_anamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-22.  
  8. ^ "Boxscore:LA Angels vs. NY Yankees - October 25, 2009". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2009_10_25_anamlb_nyamlb_1. Retrieved 2009-10-25.  
  9. ^ Hoch, Bryan (2009-10-17). "NYCC! Sabathia dominates Halos in Game 1". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091016&content_id=7474894&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  10. ^ a b c d e Associated Press (2009-10-16). "Sabathia cools off Angels as Yankees grab Game 1". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=291016110&teams=los-angeles-angels-vs-new-york-yankees. Retrieved 2009-10-17.  
  11. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (2009-10-21). "Umpires shaky on several Game 4 calls". Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim official website. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091020&content_id=7508476&vkey=news_ana&fext=.jsp&c_id=ana. Retrieved 2009-10-23.  
  12. ^ Caple, Jim (2009-10-20). "Umpire errors a real embarrassment". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=caple_jim&id=4581598.  

External links

2009 Major League Baseball Postseason
2009 World Series
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
New York Yankees | Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Angels | Boston Red Sox

National League Championship Series
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Los Angeles Dodgers | St. Louis Cardinals

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