1995 American League Championship Series
The 1995 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1995 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians against the West Division champion Seattle Mariners. The Mariners had the home field advantage, which was predetermined and assigned to either the West Division champion or their opponents in the Division Series.
|1995 American League Championship Series|
|MVP||Orel Hershiser (Cleveland)|
|Umpires||Dave Phillips (Games 1–4), Ken Kaiser (Game 6), Derryl Cousins, Rick Reed, Dale Ford, Tim McClelland, Drew Coble|
|Television||ABC (Games 1–2)|
NBC (Games 3–6)
|TV announcers||Brent Musburger and Jim Kaat (Games 1–2)|
Bob Costas and Bob Uecker (Games 3–6)
|Radio announcers||John Rooney and Gary Cohen|
The two teams were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the Indians defeating the East Division champion Boston Red Sox three games to none, and the Mariners defeating the wild card qualifier New York Yankees three games to two. The Indians won the series four games to two to become the American League champions, and lost to the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series.
Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland IndiansEdit
Cleveland won the series, 4–2.
|1||October 10||Cleveland Indians – 2, Seattle Mariners – 3||Kingdome||3:07||57,065|
|2||October 11||Cleveland Indians – 5, Seattle Mariners – 2||Kingdome||3:14||58,144|
|3||October 13||Seattle Mariners – 5, Cleveland Indians – 2 (11 innings)||Jacobs Field||3:18||43,643|
|4||October 14||Seattle Mariners – 0, Cleveland Indians – 7||Jacobs Field||3:30||43,686|
|5||October 15||Seattle Mariners – 2, Cleveland Indians – 3||Jacobs Field||3:37||43,607|
|6||October 17||Cleveland Indians – 4, Seattle Mariners – 0||Kingdome||2:54||58,489|
|WP: Bob Wolcott (1–0) LP: Dennis Martínez (0–1) Sv: Norm Charlton (1)|
CLE: Albert Belle (1)
SEA: Mike Blowers (1)
The Indians called on the veteran Dennis Martínez for Game 1. The Mariners rode the arm of rookie Bob Wolcott. Obviously nervous at the outset, Wolcott walked the first three hitters on 13 pitches, but he would get out of the bases-loaded, nobody-out situation with ease; he first struck out Albert Belle, got Eddie Murray on a foul pop-fly, then induced a groundout from Jim Thome on a great diving stop by Joey Cora. In the second, Mike Blowers hit a two-run homer to put the Mariners in front, 2–0. However, the Indians would put together a run in the next inning and in the seventh, Belle's homer tied the game at two. With Martinez still pitching in a tie game, the Mariners would take the lead thanks to Luis Sojo's go-ahead double in the bottom half of the seventh. Norm Charlton would come on in the eighth for a 1 1⁄3 inning save. He would retire the side in order in the ninth, and the Mariners took Game 1.
|WP: Orel Hershiser (1–0) LP: Tim Belcher (0–1)|
CLE: Manny Ramírez 2 (2)
SEA: Ken Griffey, Jr. (1), Jay Buhner (1)
The Indians' second veteran Orel Hershiser was called upon to stem the tide against Tim Belcher. Both pitchers dueled for four innings until the Indians broke through in the top of the fifth with a two-run single by Carlos Baerga. In the next inning, the Indians grabbed two more on a Manny Ramírez homer and an RBI triple by Sandy Alomar, Jr.. Ken Griffey, Jr.'s sixth postseason homer put the Mariners on the board to make it 4–1 in the bottom of the sixth. The Indians would put the game away when Manny Ramírez hit his second homer of the game in the eighth to make it 5–1. Hershiser would give way to José Mesa in the ninth. Mesa would issue a one-out homer to Jay Buhner but would recover to close out the win. With the victory, Hershiser raised his postseason record to 6–0 with a 1.47 ERA in 73 1⁄3 innings.
|WP: Norm Charlton (1–0) LP: Julián Tavárez (0–1)|
SEA: Jay Buhner 2 (3)
In Game 3, the starting pitchers were Randy Johnson and Charles Nagy. Nagy and Johnson pitched a scoreless first but the Mariners broke through on a homer by Jay Buhner. Then an error in the third by Álvaro Espinoza gave the Mariners one more run to make it 2–0 Seattle. The Indians put a run on the board after a leadoff triple by Kenny Lofton and a sac fly by Omar Vizquel in the fourth. In the bottom of the eighth, Buhner missed a deep fly ball to right; Lofton then singled through the left side to tie the game at two. The game moved to extra innings and in the eleventh, Buhner, whose miscue tied the game, got sweet redemption with a three-run home run to give the Mariners a 5–2 lead. Charlton, pitching in relief since the ninth inning, got the win and shut down the Indians in the bottom of the eleventh.
|WP: Ken Hill (1–0) LP: Andy Benes (0–1)|
CLE: Eddie Murray (1), Jim Thome (1)
With their backs to the wall in Game 4, Cleveland called on Ken Hill to help tie the series. Opposing him would be Andy Benes. Benes wouldn't fare well against Hill and the Cleveland hitters. The Indians put three on the board in the first, a rally capped by Murray's two-run homer. A sac fly by Kenny Lofton made it 4–0 in the second. Then the rain began to fall on Seattle's parade in the third as Benes surrendered a two-run homer to Jim Thome in the rain. Benes was done and the rain ended after the third was over. Hill would pitch beyond expectations and lead his team to an easy 7–0 shutout.
|WP: Orel Hershiser (2–0) LP: Chris Bosio (0–1) Sv: José Mesa (1)|
CLE: Jim Thome (2)
Game 5 was a matchup between Chris Bosio and Orel Hershiser. Hershiser was looking to continue his excellence and he got help quickly when the Indians knocked home a run in the first thanks to an error by Tino Martinez. But Hershiser's slim lead would be cut in the third when Ken Griffey, Jr.'s RBI double tied the game. In the fifth, an error by Belle gave the Mariners the lead. The Mariners were closing in on a 3–2 series lead going home, but the Indians wouldn't allow it as Thome stepped to the plate in the sixth with a man on and hit a two-run homer to give the lead back to the Indians. The Mariners had their share of chances; in the seventh, they had men on the corners with one out and Griffey at the plate. Paul Assenmacher was summoned from the bullpen. He proceeded to strike out Griffey on a high fastball, then Jay Buhner stepped to the plate. In this situation, manager Mike Hargrove would usually bring in a right-hander, but he stayed with Assenmacher. He struck out Buhner on a low breaking ball and then slowly, stoically walked off the mound, with 40,000 fans screaming wildly. The Mariners could never capitalize on any more opportunities and José Mesa closed the door in the ninth.
|WP: Dennis Martínez (1–1) LP: Randy Johnson (0–1)|
CLE: Carlos Baerga (1)
In the potential clincher, Dennis Martínez faced Randy Johnson. Both pitchers kept the game scoreless until the top of the fifth. A key error by Joey Cora allowed Kenny Lofton to single home a run to put the Indians up. With the score still 1–0 in the eighth, the Indians put three runs together against Johnson. A passed ball with two men in scoring position allowed both of them to score. Kenny Lofton made a mad dash from second base, sliding in just ahead of the tag from Johnson, and the entire Cleveland dugout ran onto the field to celebrate. Then Carlos Baerga followed with a homer to give the Indians a commanding 4–0 lead with six outs to go. Once again, José Mesa came on to close the door in the ninth and did so with ease. The Indians had won their first pennant since 1954. The Mariners were one of the very few teams to have lost in two shutouts in one series.
|Total attendance: 304,634 Average attendance: 50,772|
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- The Glorious Indian Summer of 1995, p.164, Russell Schneider, Russell Schneider Enterprises, Cleveland, ISBN 0-9649813-0-0