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ALCS Game 5 postgame notes

ALCS Game 5 postgame notes

FIRST PITCH: 5:29 p.m.

GAME-TIME TEMPERATURE: 66 degrees

TONIGHT'S ATTENDANCE: 44,712

TIME OF GAME: 3:11

PITCHING LINES

CHICAGOIPHRERBB-ISOHRWPBF#PIT/K
Jose Contreras (W)9.05332-020034114/76

LOS ANGELESIPHRERBB-ISOHRWPBF#PIT/K
Paul Byrd4.25221-01002174/49
Scot Shields1.10000-0100415/10
Kelvim Escobar (L)1.21212-0510942/24
Francisco Rodriguez1.12203-0200841/18


MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: PAUL KONERKO has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2005 ALCS...Konerko batted .286 (6-21) in this series with 2 home runs and 7 RBI...He homered in Games Three and Four in the 1st inning, becoming the 3rd player in major league history to hit 1st inning home runs in back-to-back games in the same postseason, joining DAN FORD (1979 ALCS California) and CARLOS BELTRAN (2004 NLCS) as the only players to accomplish the feat...His 4 postseason home runs lead all players in the postseason.

WHITE SOX HEADED TO WORLD SERIES: For the first time since 1959, the Chicago White Sox have advanced to the World Series...The 101st World Series will begin on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago against the winner of the NLCS between Houston and St. Louis...It will be the 5th World Series appearance for the White Sox, joining their others in 1906, 1917, 1919 and 1959...This is the 1st LCS victory for Chicago in 3 attempts (1983 and 1993)...The Sox won the World Series in 1906 and 1917, losing in 1919 and 1959...The 1917 World Series crown marks the 2nd longest drought between titles, behind the Chicago Cubs (1908) and ahead of the Cleveland Indians (1948).

A LONG TIME COMING: The White Sox last appearance in 1959 ends the 2nd longest drought for a team to reach the World Series...Longest droughts of teams between World Series appearances:

TeamLast WS appearanceNotes
Chicago Cubs1945 
Chicago White Sox1959Drought ended tonight
Texas RangersNEVERFranchise started in 1961 (as Senators)
Houston AstrosNEVERFranchise started in 1962
Washington NationalsNEVERFranchise started in 1969 (as Expos)


CENTRAL MATTERS: Chicago is the first club to advance to the World Series from the AL Central Division since Cleveland in 1997...The White Sox are only the 3rd entrant to emerge from the Central Division since divisional realignment before the 1995 postseason.

CLOSING THE DEAL: The White Sox have converted all four attempts at clinching a postseason series with tonight's win...The club was victorious in Game 6 of the 1906 W.S., Gm. 6 of the 1917 W.S. and Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS.

LEAGUE'S BEST RECORD PREVAILS: In 11 postseasons since divisional realignment in 1994, Chicago is just the 5th American League team to advance to the World Series with the best regular season record from its league, joining Cleveland (1995 - 100 wins), New York (1998 - 114 wins), New York (1999 - 98 wins) and New York (2003 - 101 wins)...Chicago finished the regular season with 99 wins.

GUILLEN FIRST FOREIGN-BORN WS MANAGER: OZZIE GUILLEN, born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela, becomes the first foreign-born manager of a World Series team.

COMPLETE GAMES: White Sox starters hurled four consecutive complete games from Games Two through Five, an LCS record for most in a single LCS of any length, and the first time a team has thrown four consecutive complete games in one postseason series since the 1956 New York Yankees threw five consecutive complete games from Games Three through Seven against Brooklyn of varying lengths: WHITEY FORD (Game 3 WIN, 9 ip), TOM STURDIVANT (Game 4 WIN, 9 ip), DON LARSEN (perfect Game 5 WIN, 9 ip), BOB TURLEY (Game 6 LOSS, 10 ip) and JOHNNY KUCKS (Game 7 WIN, 10 ip)...The White Sox streak of starters going at least 8.0 innings in 5 consecutive starts is the longest by a team in a single postseason since that 1956 World Series by the Yankees...Chicago starters were 4-1, 2.23 (3 er/44.1 ip) in this series, throwing all but 0.2 of an inning in the series.

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THREE SUCCESSIVE ROAD WINS: Chicago won all three games here at Angel Stadium, becoming just the 11th team to win three successive games of any postseason series on the road...It marks the 4th time in LCS play...All instances are Games 3 through 5, unless noted:

Year/SeriesTeamOpponent/Loc.Year/SeriesTeamOpponent/Loc.
2005 ALCSChicago (A)at Los Angeles (A)1961 WSNew York (A)at Cincinnati
2001 NLCSArizonaat Atlanta1949 WSNew York (A)at Brooklyn
1996 WSNew York (A)at Atlanta1942 WSSt. Louisat New York (A)
1996 ALCSNew York (A)at Baltimore1941 WSNew York (A)at Brooklyn
1991 ALCSMinnesotaat Toronto1903 WSBostonat Pittsburgh (Games 5-7)
1983 WSBaltimoreat Philadelphia   


CHANGING TRENDS: In regular season play, the White Sox were just 16-49 against A.L. West teams on the coast on the road since 2001...By taking all 3 here at Angel Stadium, the Sox essentially posted only their second road series win on the road at A.L. West teams on the coast since 2001 (Aug. 26-28, 2005 at Seattle)...It was the first three-game sweep for the Sox at Angel Stadium since April 7-9, 1992...The Sox were just 5-15 here at Angel Stadium since 2001.

OFFENSIVE OUTAGE: The Angels managed 11 runs in the 5-game series, the fewest runs by a team in ALCS play since Boston managed 4 in a 4-game sweep by Oakland in 1990...The 11 runs in a 5-game series are the fewest since Minnesota scored 10 in five games against Baltimore in 1970, the second lowest total ever for a 5-game series...The Angels hit .175 (27-154) as a team, the lowest by a club in LCS play since the 1984 ALCS when Kansas City hit .170 (18-106) in a 3-game series loss to Detroit...It is the 3rd lowest figure ever for an ALCS series of any length (.155 by Minnesota in the 1969 ALCS)...It is the lowest batting average ever for an LCS series of 5-games in length.

PANTS ROWLAND: Perhaps a sign from the Baseball Gods...PANTS ROWLAND was the manager of the Chicago White Sox for their last World Series title in 1917...Tonight, AARON ROWAND scored the game-winning run in the 8th inning to send the Sox back to the Series for the first time since 1959.

LIVE AND DIE WITH THE BULLPEN: KELVIM ESCOBAR suffered his 2nd defeat of this series in Game Five...The Angels bullpen allowed 4 runs tonight (only one earned)...The Angels bullpen has posted a 1.15 era (3 er/20 ip) in the five games of this series, recording 28 strikeouts...The bullpen recorded the only save of this series (Rodriguez in Game One).

STICKING WITH SUCCESS: The White Sox have used the same lineup in all 8 of their postseason games...During the regular season, manager OZZIE GUILLEN never used the same lineup for more than 3 consecutive games.

JOE CREDE collected 3 RBI tonight, giving him 7 for the series, tying teammate PAUL KONERKO for a team-high this series...Crede's home run to lead off the 7th inning was his 2nd in the series.

SCORING FIRST EQUALS SUCCESS: The team to have scored first in each game of this series earned the victory...The White Sox had scored a run in the first inning in each of the last 3 games.

BUILDING A LEAD: The Angels took a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning, giving them their first lead in this series since Game One, when Los Angeles built a 3-0 lead en route to a 3-2 Game One victory.

KELVIM ESCOBAR fanned four straight batters over the 7th and 8th innings, one strikeout shy of matching the LCS record for most consecutive strikeouts, 5, done four times, most recently by MIKE MUSSINA in Game One of the 2004 ALCS.

CHONE FIGGINS snapped an 0-for-8 with his 5th inning double...The hit was just his 2nd hit of this series, his 1st extra base hit...Figgins also scored his 1st run of this series to give the Angels their 3-2 lead.

FEW WALKS: The Angels walked twice tonight - GARRET ANDERSON in the 3rd and CASEY KOTCHMAN in the 4th - to match their total for the first 4 games of this series.

BRIEFLY: Angels pitchers retired the White Sox in order in the top of the 3rd inning, the first 1-2-3 inning record by Angels pitchers since the 7th inning of Game 3 in this series...GARRET ANDERSON's 1st inning single was the Angels' first 1st inning hit in the five games of this series...The Angels totaled 2 extra base hits tonight, matching their Game Two and Game Three totals for most in one game this series...The Angels totaled 8 extra base hits (5 doubles and 3 home runs) in the series...SCOTT PODSEDNIK swiped his 3rd stolen base in this series in the 7th inning, his 4th this postseason...ORLANDO CABRERA did not collect a hit for the second consecutive game after hitting safely in his 1st 8 postseason games this year and in his 1st 10 career LCS games...GARRET ANDERSON made his 1st start and appearance in centerfield tonight since October 2, 2004.

ALCS RESULTS:

DateResultWPLPSaveAtten.
Game 1 - Tues., Oct. 11Los Angeles 3, at Chicago 2ByrdContrerasRodriguez40,659
Game 2 - Wed., Oct. 12at Chicago 2, Los Angeles 1BuehrleEscobar 41,013
Game 3 - Fri., Oct. 14Chicago 5, at Los Angeles 2GarlandLackey 44,725
Game 4 - Sat., Oct. 15Chicago 8, at Los Angeles 2GarciaSantana 44,857
Game 5 - Sun., Oct. 16Chicago 6, at Los Angeles 3ContrerasEscobar 44,712
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