TAKING A 3-1 SERIES LEAD: The White Sox become the 13th club in ALCS history to hold a 3-1 series lead in a best-of-seven series...Of the previous 12 to hold a 3-1 lead, nine have advanced to the World Series...The only teams failing to advance after building 3-1 leads in the ALCS have been Toronto in 1985 (losing to Kansas City), the Angels in 1986 (losing to Boston) and the Yankees in 2004 (losing to Boston)...Teams with a 3-1 series advantage have posted a 7-5 record in ALCS Game Fives...In LCS play (AL and NL), 23 clubs have held a 3-1 advantage, with 18 advancing to the World Series...In postseason history of best-of-seven series, 62 times has a team built a 3-1 lead...In the history of post-season play, only 10 times has a team failed to hold a 3-1 series lead in a best-of-seven series:
|Year and Series||Teams Leading 3-1||Series Winning Team (in seven)|
|2004 ALCS||New York||Boston|
|1996 NLCS||St. Louis||Atlanta|
|1985 World Series||St. Louis||Kansas City|
|1985 ALCS||Toronto||Kansas City|
|1979 World Series||Baltimore||Pittsburgh|
|1968 World Series||St. Louis||Detroit|
|1958 World Series||Milwaukee||New York (AL)|
|1925 World Series||Washington||Pittsburgh|
For the third consecutive game, the White Sox hurled a complete game effort, the first time a club has hurled three consecutive complete games in a single postseason since the 1973 NLCS, when the New York Mets' TOM SEAVER, JON MATLACK and JERRY KOOSMAN pitched 9.0-inning complete games in the first three efforts of the series (Seaver was a 2-1 loser in Game One)...The three complete games in a single postseason series are the most in one postseason series since the 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the most by an A.L. club in a single postseason series since the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 World Series.
Chicago starters have pitched at least 8.0 innings in each of the first four games of this series...Starters have worked all but 0.2 of the 36 innings in this series...Chicago starters have posted a 2.04 era (8 er/35.1 ip) in this four games...The Sox starters are the first four starting pitchers to work at least 8.0 innings in four consecutive postseason games within one series since the 1963 Dodgers in the World Series against the Yankees...In that Series, SANDY KOUFAX (Game 1, 9 ip), JOHNNY PODRES (Game 2, 8.1 ip), DON DRYSDALE (Game 3, 9 ip) and Koufax (Game 4, 9 ip) each reached the 9th inning.
THREE STRAIGHT SOX VICTORIES:
For only the second time in their postseason history, both this postseason, Chicago has won three straight playoff games...The club swept the Red Sox, 3-0, in the 2005 ALDS.
The Angels managed two runs tonight and have totaled 8 runs in the first 4 games of the series...The 8 runs in 4 games are the lowest offensive output in Minnesota 2002 ALCS - 7 runs in first 4 games of the 2002 ALCS...The Angels are batting .177 (22-124) in this series with six extra base hits.
connected on a home run for the second consecutive game, his 4th postseason home run this year...The four home runs are a White Sox club record for most by an individual in one postseason...He is also the 1st player in White Sox history to homer in consecutive postseason games...Konerko has driven in an LCS-best 6 runs.
crushed his 1st home run of this series, his 3rd of this post-season, in the 4th inning...He has hit 5 career postseason home runs.
drove in 2 runs tonight, giving him 3 RBI for this series and this postseason.
recorded two stolen bases tonight, his 1st and 2nd of this series...He has 3 this postseason...He walked three times tonight, twice to lead off an inning, and reached base three times to lead off an inning.
With 3 runs in the 1st inning, the Sox have scored 7 runs in the opening frame in the 4 games of this series.
failed to collect a hit tonight, snapping his 8-game postseason hitting streak...It is the first time in 11 career LCS games that he failed to record a hit...He has hit safely in 20 of 23 career postseason games.
pitched 4.1 innings, his shortest start since Sept. 7 at Boston (4 ip, 5 h, 6 r-er, 1 hr, 4 bb, 4 so), allowing six runs, also the most since that Sept. 7 outing.
improved to 3-1, 2.25 (7 er/28 ip) in 4 career LCS starts...He is now 12-3, 2.63 (47 er/161 ip) in his career against the Angels.
surrendered the first runs allowed by the Angels bullpen tonight, with 2 runs allowed in the 8th inning...The Angels bullpen has posted a 1.15 era (2 er/15.2 ip) in four games of this series with 20 strikeouts.
Game One - Tues., Oct. 11
Los Angeles 3, at Chicago 2
Game Two - Wed., Oct. 12
at Chicago 2, Los Angeles 1
Game Three - Fri., Oct. 14
Chicago 5, at Los Angeles 2
Game Four - Sat., Oct. 15
Chicago 8, at Los Angeles 2
GAME FIVE STARTERS: JOSE CONTRERAS vs. PAUL BYRD
(0-1, 3.24) will be making his second start of this series, and third of this postseason, taking the loss in Game 1 (8.1 ip, 7 h, 3 r-er, 1 hr, 1 bp, 4 so), a 3-2 Angels win...Surrendered a solo home run to GARRET ANDERSON in the 2nd inning and 2 runs in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by ORLANDO CABRERA and a fielder's choice by VLADIMIR GUERRERO...Is 1-1, 2.81 (5 er/16 ip) this postseason...Including the Game One defeat, Contreras is 0-3, 4.74 (13 er/24.1 ip) lifetime against the Angels...He is 0-2, 9.00 (10 er/10 ip) in his career at Angel Stadium.
(0-0, 9.82) is making his 3rd postseason start, his 2nd of this series, earning the win in Game One (6+ ip, 5 h, 2 r-er, 1 bb, 1 so, 1 hr, 1 hp)...Threw 73 pitches...Is 6-2, 4.45 (28 er/56.2 ip) in 8 career games against the White Sox...Here at Angel Stadium, was 6-3, 3.69 (41 er/100 ip) in 15 games this season.
MEETING FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR:
PAUL BYRD and JOSE CONTRERAS will be facing each other for the third time this season...In addition to the Game One match-up of this series, the two hurlers squared off in a 10-7 Angels win on June 1 here at U.S. Cellular Field...Byrd surrendered 5 runs in 6 innings on 6 hits, earning the win, while Contreras surrendered 4 runs/2 earned on 5 hits in 6 innings...In that contest, the Angels scored four runs in the 7th inning to avoid a 4-game series sweep...DALLAS MCPHERSON hit 2 home runs for the Angels...KEVIN WALKER took the loss in relief for Chicago, surrendering 4 runs in 0.1 inning.