2014 American League Division Series

2014 American League Division Series

2014 American League Division Series
Dates: October 2–5
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Ernie Johnson, Jr., Ron Darling, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Matt Winer
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton
Umpires: Ted Barrett (crew chief), Lance Barksdale, Chris Guccione, Paul Nauert, Jeff Nelson, Jim Reynolds
Dates: October 2–5
Television: TBS
TV announcers: Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley, Joe Simpson and Jaime Maggio
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Chris Berman (Games 1–2), Dave Flemming (Game 3) and Rick Sutcliffe
Umpires: Jeff Kellogg (crew chief), Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schreiber, Jim Wolf
AL Wild Card Game: Kansas City Royals over Oakland Athletics, 9-8 (12 inn.)
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The 2014 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers (divisional winners, seeded 1–3 based on regular season record) as well as the Wild Card game winning Kansas City Royals played in the two series. TBS carried all the games.

These matchups were:

This was the first postseason played under the current divisional alignment, going back to 1995, in which neither the Boston Red Sox nor the New York Yankees competed in an ALDS. It was also the Royals' first appearance in the current version of the ALDS, as their last previous postseason appearance had come in 1985, prior to its conception (although the team had played in one of the 1981 ALDS necessitated by that year's player strike and the resulting split season). It was also the Orioles' first ALDS win since 1997.

Both the Angels and the Royals, and the Tigers and the Orioles, met for the first time in the postseason.

Matchups

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Kansas City Royals

Kansas City won the series, 3–0.
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 2 Kansas City Royals – 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2 (11 inn.) Angel Stadium 4:05 45,321[1]
2 October 3 Kansas City Royals – 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1 (11 inn.) Angel Stadium 3:48 45,361[2] 
3 October 5 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 3, Kansas City Royals – 8 Kauffman Stadium 3:38 40,657[3]

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers

Baltimore won the series, 3–0.
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 2 Detroit Tigers – 3, Baltimore Orioles – 12 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:42 47,842[4]
2 October 3 Detroit Tigers – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 7 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:41 48,058[5] 
3 October 5 Baltimore Orioles – 2, Detroit Tigers – 1 Comerica Park 3:41 43,013[6]

Los Angeles vs. Kansas City

Game 1, October 2

9:07 p.m. (EDT) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California[7]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 0
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
WP: Danny Duffy (1–0)   LP: Fernando Salas (0–1)   Sv: Greg Holland (1)
Home runs:
KC: Mike Moustakas (1)
LAA: Chris Iannetta (1), David Freese (1)
Attendance: 45,321

Mike Moustakas hit a home run deep into right field in the 11th inning to give the Royals a 3–2 victory in Game 1. Alcides Escobar had an RBI double in the third inning, allowing Moustakas to score, and Omar Infante's sacrifice fly allowed Alex Gordon to score in the fifth. The Angels' only scores were home runs from Chris Iannetta's in the third and David Freese in the fifth.

Game 2, October 3

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California[8]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Kansas City 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 8 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
WP: Brandon Finnegan (1–0)   LP: Kevin Jepsen (0–1)   Sv: Greg Holland (2)
Home runs:
KC: Eric Hosmer (1)
LAA: None
Attendance: 45,361

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and Salvador Perez recorded an RBI infield single in the 11th inning, as the Royals won Game 2, 4–1. Kansas City scored first on Alex Gordon's RBI single in the second, but the Angels tied the game in the sixth with Albert Pujols' RBI single.

Game 3, October 5

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri[9]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 0
Kansas City 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 x 8 9 0
WP: James Shields (1–0)   LP: C.J. Wilson (0–1)
Home runs:
LAA: Mike Trout (1), Albert Pujols (1)
KC: Eric Hosmer (2), Mike Moustakas (2)
Attendance: 40,657
The Angels' would take their first and only lead of this series with a one out solo home run by Mike Trout in the top of the first. But C.J. Wilson would give up a bases clearing three run double in the bottom half and was immediately knocked out of the game. Eric Hosmer would add his second home run of this series to make it 5–1 and Kansas City would never look back. As the Royals completed a three game sweep of the Angels to punch their ticket to the 2014 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles who completed their own three game sweep earlier in the day against the Detroit Tigers.

Composite line score

2014 ALDS (3–0): Kansas City Royals over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Kansas City Royals 3 1 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 15 21 1
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 18 2
Total attendance: 131,339   Average attendance: 43,780

Baltimore vs. Detroit

Game 1, October 2

JJ Hardy rounds third base after hitting a solo home run in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Division Series.
5:37 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland[10]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 2
Baltimore 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 x 12 12 0
WP: Chris Tillman (1–0)   LP: Max Scherzer (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Víctor Martínez (1), J. D. Martinez (1), Miguel Cabrera (1)
BAL: Nelson Cruz (1), J. J. Hardy (1)
Attendance: 47,842

Nelson Cruz's two run home run in the bottom of the first started the scoring for the Orioles. The Tigers would fight back in the top of the second on back-to-back solo home runs by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez to tie the score, but Baltimore pulled ahead on an RBI single by Nick Markakis. The score remained unchanged until Baltimore scored another run in the seventh on a solo home run from J.J. Hardy to make the score 4-2. In the top of the eighth, Ian Kinsler singled, but the next batter Torii Hunter lined sharply to Hardy, who doubled up Kinsler off of first. The play proved to be critical as the next batter, Miguel Cabrera, homered. In the bottom half, after a one out double by Alejandro De Aza, a crucial error by Andrew Romine would open the floodgates as Baltimore erupted for a team postseason record and an LDS record for eight runs in an inning to break open the game, this record would be tied the next day in the Cardinals/Dodgers NLDS series. With the game out of reach, Tommy Hunter came on and pitched out of a bases loaded jam to seal the game.

Game 2, October 3

12:07 p.m. (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland[11]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 x 7 9 0
WP: Brad Brach (1–0)   LP: Joakim Soria (0–1)   Sv: Zach Britton (1)
Home runs:
DET: J. D. Martinez (2), Nick Castellanos (1)
BAL: Nick Markakis (1)
Attendance: 48,058

Nick Markakis' two run home run off Tiger starter Justin Verlander put the Orioles on the board. But in the top of the fourth, Torii Hunter singled, Cabrera doubled him to third, Victor Martinez singled to score Hunter, J.D. Martinez homered to put Detroit on top 4–2 and Nick Castellanos homered to push the lead to three runs before the first out was recorded. After the next two outs were recorded, Rajai Davis singled and chased Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen in the process. Kevin Gausman came on and got the final out of the inning without further damage to keep the score 5–2. A two out RBI single by J.J. Hardy cut the score to 5–3 but Verlander escaped without another run crossing the plate. The score stayed at 5–3 until the top of the eighth when Victor Martinez doubled home Cabrera to push the lead back to three runs. But for the second straight day Baltimore would fight back against the Tiger bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. Joba Chamberlain came on and got De Aza to ground out, but Adam Jones was hit by a pitch, Nelson Cruz singled Jones to second, and Steve Pearce singled in Jones to make it a 6–4 game. Joakim Soria came on in relief of Chamberlain and walked Hardy to load the bases for former Tiger Delmon Young. Young unloaded the bases with a go-ahead three-run double to put the Orioles back on top 7–6. Zach Britton came on and pitched a perfect ninth to send Baltimore to Detroit up two games to none.

Game 3, October 5

3:45 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan[12]
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 5 1
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
WP: Bud Norris (1–0)   LP: David Price (0–1)   Sv: Zach Britton (2)
Home runs:
BAL: Nelson Cruz (2)
DET: None
Attendance: 43,013

Adam Jones' single and Nelson Cruz's two-run home run that just stayed fair down the right field line off of David Price in the sixth broke a scoreless tie and the backs of the Tigers as Baltimore completed a three game sweep. The Tigers got back-to-back leadoff doubles from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the ninth to pull within a run. After Bryan Holaday struck out, an intentional walk to Nick Castellanos put the winning run on base. Britton got Hernan Perez to ground into the game-ending, series-ending double play, sending the Orioles to their first ALCS appearance in 17 years.

Composite line score

2014 ALDS (3–0): Baltimore Orioles over Detroit Tigers
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 2 1 2 1 0 2 1 12 0 21 26 1
Detroit Tigers 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 10 22 2
Total attendance: 138,913   Average attendance: 46,304

References

  1. ^ "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Los Angeles - October 2, 2014". MLB.com. October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Los Angeles - October 3, 2014". MLB.com. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Boxscore:Los Angeles vs. Kansas City - October 5, 2014". MLB.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Boxscore:Detroit vs. Baltimore - October 2, 2014". MLB.com. October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Boxscore:Detroit vs. Baltimore - October 3, 2014". MLB.com. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Boxscore:Baltimore vs. Detroit - October 5, 2014". MLB.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mike Moustakas' HR in 11th sends Royals past Angels in ALDS opener". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Eric Hosmer's 2-run HR gives K.C. another extra-inning win, series lead". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Royals claim ALCS berth with sweep of regular-season-best Angels". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Orioles set postseason team record with 12 runs in Game 1 win". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Delmon Young, Orioles pounce on shaky Tigers bullpen for another win". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nelson Cruz homer all Orioles need to sweep Tigers, advance to ALCS". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 

External links

  • 2014 MLB postseason schedule at ESPN