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  1. The 1987 American League Championship Series pitted the Minnesota Twins, the American League West champions, against the Detroit Tigers, the American League East champions. Minnesota won the Series four games to one, en route to winning the 1987 World Series four games to three over the St. Louis Cardinals . Contents 1 Background 2 Summary

    • October 7–12
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  2. Series Streaks Droughts v t e The American League Championship Series ( ALCS) is a best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball 's (MLB) postseason. It is contested by the winners of the two American League (AL) Division Series.

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    • Aftermath

    St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants

    St. Louis won the series, 4–3.

    Game 1

    Tuesday, October 6, 1987, at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri The Giants struck first on an RBI groundout by Candy Maldonado, but the Cardinals tied it in the third on Vince Coleman's RBI single. Jeffrey Leonard gave the Giants a short-lived lead in the fourth on a homer, as the Cards quickly re-tied it when Ozzie Smith tripled and Willie McGeedrove him home with a single. The Cardinals took control of the game in the sixth by plating three runs off Giants starter Rick Reuschel. Terr...

    Game 2

    Wednesday, October 7, 1987, at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri The Giants pulled even in the series on the strength of a complete-game shutout by Dave Dravecky. Dravecky got all the runs he needed in the second on a Will Clark two-run homer. Jeffrey Leonard added a homer in the fourth, his second in two NLCS games. Two more runs came across in the eighth for the Giants on a rare Ozzie Smiththrowing error. It was in this game that Leonard aroused the ire of the Cardinal fans by going...

    Game 3

    Friday, October 9, 1987, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco In Game 3, Joe Magrane (STL) and Atlee Hammaker (SF) were set to face off. The matchup was not expected to be quite as low scoring as the series had been to date. The predictions were correct, as San Francisco broke first with four runs in the first three innings, looking to take the series lead. In the second inning, consecutive hits from Chili Davis, Will Clark and Bob Brenlyput the Giants on the board. Yet another home run from...

    Cardinals Hitting Bests: 1. Series AB's: Herr (27) 2. Series Runs: Pena (5) 3. Series Hits: Pena (8) 4. Series Doubles: Dan Driessen(2) 5. Series Triples: Pena, McGee, Terry Pendleton, Ozzie Smith(1) 6. Series HR's: Oquendo, Lindeman (1) 7. Series RBIs: Coleman, Oquendo (4) 8. Series Base on Balls: Coleman (4) 9. Series Batting average(at least 10 ...

    The Cardinals and Giants developed quite the disdain for each other in the mid-to-late '80s. One of the more memorable baseball brawls happened between the two clubs during the following season in 1988. The first fight was prompted by a hard slide into second by Will Clark that sent Cardinals second baseman José Oquendo reeling toward left field. O...

    • October 6–14
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  4. The 1987 American League Championship Series pitted the Minnesota Twins, the American League West champions, against the Detroit Tigers, the American League East champions. Minnesota won the Series four games to one, en route to winning the 1987 World Series four games to three over the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • Summary
    • Game Summaries
    • Aftermath
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    Boston Red Sox vs. California Angels

    Boston won the series, 4–3 The Eastern division champion held home field advantage for the third consecutive year in the ALCS. Between 1969-84, the home field advantage alternated between the West in odd-numbered years and the East in even-numbered years. In 1987, that alternation resumed and continued through 1993..

    Game 1

    Tuesday, October 7, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Angels left fielder Brian Downing went 2-for-5 with four RBI and Mike Witt pitched a five-hit complete game, allowing just one run in the sixth on Marty Barrett's RBI single after a two-out walk and single. After getting two outs, Red Sox starter Roger Clemens walked two in the second before Ruppert Jones's RBI single, Wally Joyner's RBI double, and Downing's two-run single put the Angels up 4–0. Gary Pettis's RBI single with t...

    Game 2

    Wednesday, October 8, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts The next day, the tables were turned. The Red Sox struck first in the bottom of the first when Wade Boggs hit a leadoff triple off Kirk McCaskill and scored on Marty Barrett's double. Barrett's bases-loaded RBI single next inning made it 2–0 Red Sox, but Bill Buckner hit into an inning-ending double play to limit the damage. Dick Schofield's bases-loaded single in the fourth cut the Red Sox's lead to 2–1, but Bruce Hurst reti...

    Game 3

    Friday, October 10, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California In Game 3, the Red Sox struck first in the second on Rich Gedman's RBI single with two on off John Candelaria, but after pitching five shutout innings, Oil Can Boyd allowed a game-tying RBI single to Reggie Jackson in the sixth. Dick Schofield's two-out home run in the seventh put the Angels up 2–1. After Bob Boone singled, Gary Pettis's two-run home run extended their lead to 4–1. The Red Sox scored two runs in the eighth on...

    By virtue of winning the ALCS, the Red Sox advanced to the 1986 World Series, where they faced the New York Mets, with memorable results. Like the Angels in the ALCS, the Red Sox found themselves one strike away from winning the World Series, yet could not hold the lead. Taking a 5–3 lead into the bottom of the tenth inning of Game 6, the Red Sox g...

    • October 7–15
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  5. The 1985 American League Championship Series was played between the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to 16. Major League Baseball decided to extend the Championship Series in both leagues from its best-of-five (1969–1984) to the current best-of-seven format starting with this year, and it proved pivotal in the outcome of the ALCS.

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