|1995 American League Division Series|
|Dates||October 3 – 6|
|Television|| NBC (Games 1–2)|
ABC (Game 3)
|TV announcers|| Bob Costas and Bob Uecker (Games 1–2)|
Steve Zabriskie and Tommy Hutton (Game 3)
|Radio announcers||John Rooney and Jeff Torborg|
|Dates||October 3 – 8|
|Television|| NBC (Games 1–2)|
ABC (Games 3–5)
|TV announcers|| Gary Thorne and Tommy Hutton (Games 1–2)|
Brent Musburger and Jim Kaat (Games 3–5)
|Radio announcers||Ernie Harwell and Al Downing|
|Umpires|| Tim Welke, John Hirschbeck, Joe Brinkman, Rocky Roe, Dan Morrison (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2; Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5)|
Don Denkinger (Red Sox–Indians, Games 1–2), Jim Evans (Mariners–Yankees, Games 3–5),
Mike Reilly, Dale Scott, Jim McKean, Larry McCoy, Rich Garcia, Jim Joyce (Mariners–Yankees, Games 1–2; Red Sox–Indians, Game 3)
The 1995 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1995 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:
In Major League Baseball, the American League Division Series (ALDS) determines which two teams from the American League will advance to the American League Championship Series. The Division Series consists of two best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and the winner of the wild-card play-off.
The Seattle Mariners' 1995 season was the 19th in the history of the franchise. The team finished with a regular season record of 79–66 (.545) to win their first American League West title. They had tied the California Angels for first place, and in the one-game tiebreaker, the Mariners defeated the Angels 9–1 to make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.
The New York Yankees' 1995 season was the 93rd season for the Yankees, their 71st playing home games at Yankee Stadium. Managed by Buck Showalter, the team finished with a record of 79-65, seven games behind the Boston Red Sox. They won the first American League Wild Card. In the playoffs, they would squander a 2-0 series lead losing three straight games at The Kingdome and succumb to the Seattle Mariners in five games.
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The format of this series and the NLDS was the same as the League Championship Series prior to 1985, a five-game set wherein the first two games were played at one stadium and the last three at the other. This was much criticized as the team with home field advantage had its games back ended while a team with two games often preferred them in the middle as opposed to three straight in the opposing team's ballpark. The highly unpopular format was changed in 1998 for the present and more logical 2–2–1 format, which has been used in the LDS since except for 2012, when the 2-3 format was used due to the addition of the Wild Card games.
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Cleveland won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 3||Boston Red Sox – 4, Cleveland Indians – 5 (13 innings)||Jacobs Field||5:01||44,218|
|2||October 4||Boston Red Sox – 0, Cleveland Indians – 4||Jacobs Field||2:33||44,264|
|3||October 6||Cleveland Indians – 8, Boston Red Sox – 2||Fenway Park||3:18||34,211|
Seattle won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 3||Seattle Mariners – 6, New York Yankees – 9||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:38||57,178|
|2||October 4||Seattle Mariners – 5, New York Yankees – 7 (15 innings)||Yankee Stadium (I)||5:12||57,126|
|3||October 6||New York Yankees – 4, Seattle Mariners – 7||Kingdome||3:04||57,944|
|4||October 7||New York Yankees – 8, Seattle Mariners – 11||Kingdome||4:08||57,180|
|5||October 8||New York Yankees – 5, Seattle Mariners – 6 (11 innings)||Kingdome||4:19||57,411|
Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio
| WP: Ken Hill (1–0) LP: Zane Smith (0–1)|
BOS: John Valentin (1), Luis Alicea (1), Tim Naehring (1)
CLE: Albert Belle (1), Tony Peña (1)
After a 39-minute rain delay, Game 1 got underway with two veterans, Roger Clemens and Dennis Martínez, starting the opener. Playing in its first playoff game since Game 4 of the 1954 World Series, Cleveland trailed early as the Red Sox jumped in front first in the third on John Valentin's two-run homer. The Indians, however, rallied against Clemens in the sixth with two two-out singles followed by a two-run double by Albert Belle that tied the game and a single by Eddie Murray that scored Belle. But Luis Alicea's eighth inning home run off of Julian Tavarez sent the game into extra innings. Tim Naehring would give the Red Sox the lead in the eleventh with a home run off of Jim Poole, but Belle's leadoff home run off of Rick Aguilera tied the game in the bottom half. The Indians would put the winning run in scoring position later in the inning but failed to come through. In the bottom of the thirteenth, fifteen-year veteran Tony Peña hit the game winning homer with two outs. It was the Indians' first postseason win since the clinching Game 6 in the 1948 World Series.
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Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio
| WP: Orel Hershiser (1–0) LP: Erik Hanson (0–1)|
CLE: Eddie Murray (1)
Game 2 featured an unlikely matchup between Erik Hanson and Orel Hershiser. Both pitchers were on even turns until the Indians broke through in the fifth with Omar Vizquel's two-run double after two walks. It remained 2–0 until the eighth when the Indians put the game away on Eddie Murray's two-run home run after a walk. That gave the Indian bullpen a comfortable 4–0 lead in the ninth. Hanson pitched a complete game in a losing effort. Hershiser struck out seven and allowed only three hits in 7 1⁄3 innings.
Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
| WP: Charles Nagy (1–0) LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)|
CLE: Jim Thome (1)
Charles Nagy faced Tim Wakefield in the potential clincher. In the top of the second, with a man on first, Jim Thome gave the Tribe the lead with a two-run home run just inside the Pesky Pole. Thome later drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to make it 3–0. In the fourth, the Red Sox loaded the bases on three singles with one out, but scored only one run on Mike Macfarlane's sacrifice fly. The Indians blew the game open in the sixth. After a single and walk, Paul Sorrento's single and Sandy Alomar's double scored a run each and knocked Wakefield out of the game. Rheal Cormier in relief struck out Kenny Lofton, but Omar Vizquel's singled scored two and Carlos Baerga's double scored another. In the eighth, the Red Sox again loaded the bases on three one-out singles, but again only scored once on Willie McGee's fielder's choice off of Julian Tavarez. Paul Assenmacher would pitch a scoreless ninth to end the series. The loss was the Red Sox 13th consecutive postseason loss dating back to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
1995 ALDS (3–0): Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox
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|Total attendance: 122,693 Average attendance: 40,898|
Both teams finished the strike-shortened 1995 season with 79 wins. The Seattle Mariners were making their postseason debut on the strength of an amazing divisional comeback. The New York Yankees made it to the postseason for the first time since losing in the 1981 World Series, and the only time with Don Mattingly on their roster, as the AL Wild Card. The series featured at least ten runs per game and two extra-inning games. Ken Griffey, Jr. was the star, hitting five home runs. The total number of home runs from both teams at the end of the series was 22, a record for a postseason series despite only having five games.
Griffey also was one of two key participants in perhaps the most iconic moment ever for Mariners fans, DH Edgar Martínez's two-run double in the bottom of the eleventh inning of Game 5, on which Griffey scored the winning run from first base. The result of the series, and what became known as "The Double", is considered a redemptive moment for long-suffering Mariners fans, and often credited with ensuring that Major League Baseball remained in Seattle.
Seattle's win marked the fourth time in history that an expansion team won its first postseason series, after the New York Mets in their first championship season, in 1969, Montreal in 1981, and San Diego in 1984. Florida and Tampa Bay have since accomplished the same feat.
Even though the Yankees made it to the post-season for the first time since 1981, they were still reeling from the strike, because they had the best record in the American League when it was taken away by it.Yankees Manager Buck Showalter sat in "admitted misery" throughout that fall, as he "ached for Mattingly, the one player he believed deserved a postseason more than anyone else in the game." Mattingly had led active players in both games played and at bats without ever appearing in the postseason then.
Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York
| WP: David Cone (1–0) LP: Jeff Nelson (0–1)|
SEA: Ken Griffey, Jr. 2 (2)
NYY: Wade Boggs (1), Rubén Sierra (1)
Don Mattingly finally made it to the postseason in what would be his final games. Chris Bosio faced David Cone in Game 1. In the third, Wade Boggs hit a home run with Randy Velarde on first to make it 2–0 Yankees, but Ken Griffey, Jr. led the top of the fourth off with a home run of his own to cut the lead in half. Then in the sixth, the Mariners managed to load the bases against Cone. Facing Dan Wilson with the count 1-2, Wilson appeared to commit to Cone's next offering. However, on appeal, first base umpire Dale Scott signaled "no swing", continuing the inning and drawing the ire of Yankee fans, in particular Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, who went on to say MLB should not allow rookies to umpire in the postseason, despite the fact that Scott had umpired in the postseason since 1986. Still alive, Wilson was walked, tying the game at two, but in the bottom of the inning, Bernie Williams hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Mattingly's RBI single to put the Yankees back in front 3–2. After a Dion James single, Jeff Nelson relieved Bosio and allowed an RBI single to Mike Stanley that made it 4–2 Yankees. After Joey Cora walked, Griffey's second home run of the game tied the score again in the seventh. In the bottom of the inning, Nelson hit Randy Verlade with a pitch to lead off. Bobby Ayala in relief allowed a single to Wade Boggs and RBI double to Williams. After Paul O'Neill's sacrifice fly made it 6–4 Yankees, a two-run home run by Rubén Sierra extended the lead to 8–4. Next inning, the Yankees added another run off of Bob Wells when Boggs doubled with two outs and scored on Williams's single. In the top of the ninth, after a leadoff walk and one-out, back-to-back RBI singles by Edgar Martinez and Tino Martinez cut the Yankees' lead to 9–6 and put the tying run to the plate for the Mariners, but John Wetteland retired the next two batters to end the game.
Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York
| WP: Mariano Rivera (1–0) LP: Tim Belcher (0–1)|
SEA: Vince Coleman (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (3)
NYY: Rubén Sierra (2), Don Mattingly (1), Paul O'Neill (1), Jim Leyritz (1)
In what was, at the time, the longest playoff game in terms of elapsed time, both teams battled back and forth. Andy Benes and Andy Pettitte started this classic playoff game. On the strength of a Vince Coleman home run, the Mariners jumped out in front in the third. With the game moving quickly, the Yankees responded with a Bernie Williams RBI double after Wade Boggs walked with two outs that tied the game in the fifth. Later, the Mariners would take their second lead of the night when Tino Martinez singled home Edgar Martínez, who doubled to lead off, in the top of the sixth. However, Benes allowed back-to-back homers to Rubén Sierra and Don Mattingly in the bottom half to end his night and put the Yankees up 3–2. However, the Mariners would reclaim the lead for the third time with a one-out double, subsequent single, RBI single by Luis Sojo, and sacrifice fly by Ken Griffey, Jr. in the seventh, but Paul O'Neill's home run off of Norm Charlton tied the game in the bottom half of the seventh. The game moved to extra innings and in the twelfth the Mariners recaptured the lead once more with a home run by Griffey off of John Wetteland, but, in the bottom of the inning, with two men on via two walks and two outs off of Tim Belcher, Rubén Sierra hit a double that just missed being a game-winning home run by a couple of feet, scoring Jorge Posada with the tying run, but Williams was thrown out at the plate, ending the inning and forcing a 13th inning. Finally, in the bottom of the fifteenth, Jim Leyritz ended the game with a two-run home run after a walk off of Belcher.
The game, which began at 8:10 P.M. Wednesday night, ended at 1:22 A.M. Thursday morning.
Kingdome in Seattle, Washington
| WP: Randy Johnson (1–0) LP: Jack McDowell (0–1) Sv: Norm Charlton (1)|
NYY: Bernie Williams 2 (2), Mike Stanley (1)
SEA: Tino Martinez (1)
It was the first ever Major League Baseball postseason game in Seattle and both teams pitched their best for Game 3. Jack McDowell faced Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson. Johnson allowed a Bernie Williams home run to make it 1–0 Yankees in the fourth, but Tino Martinez's two-run home run after a walk made it 2–1 Mariners in the fifth. In the sixth, McDowell allowed a triple and two walks to load the bases for the Mariners with one out and they built a commanding five-run lead off a weakened Yankee bullpen. Martinez hit an RBI single off of Steve Howe, then Bob Wickman allowed RBI singles to Jay Buhner and Mike Blowers before Luis Sojo's sacrifice fly made it 6–1 Mariners. The Yankees got a run in the seventh on Pat Kelly's sacrifice fly with two on, but the Mariners got that run back in the bottom half on Martinez's bases-loaded sacrifice fly off of Sterling Hitchcock aided by Randy Velarde's error. Back-to-back home runs by Bernie Williams and Mike Stanley leading off the eighth off of Bill Risley cut the Mariners' lead to 7–4, but Norm Charlton shut the door on Game 3, allowing Seattle to win their first postseason game.
Kingdome in Seattle, Washington
| WP: Norm Charlton (1–0) LP: John Wetteland (0–1) Sv: Bill Risley (1)|
NYY: Paul O'Neill (2)
SEA: Edgar Martínez 2 (2), Ken Griffey, Jr. (4), Jay Buhner (1)
Scott Kamieniecki faced Chris Bosio in Game 4. The Yankees came out swinging in the first, loading the bases with no outs on a double, single and walk before Ruben Sierra's sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Don Mattingly put them up 3–0. In the third, the Yanks got two more on Paul O'Neill's two-run home run after a walk. Bosio was finished, pitching only two-plus innings. The Yankees were poised to take the series, but the Mariners rallied again. In the bottom of the third, Edgar Martínez's three-run home run after back-to-back leadoff singles energized the crowd and cut the Yankees' lead to 5–3. Later in the inning, after a single, walk, and sacrifice bunt, Luis Sojo's sacrifice fly made it a one-run game. In the fifth, Mattingly's error on Dan Wilson's groundball with two on allowed the Mariners to tie the game and complete a five-run comeback. Then in the sixth, with Sterling Hitchcock pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr.'s home run gave the Mariners a 6–5 edge. In the eighth, Norm Charlton's wild pitch with runners on first and third allowed the Yankees to tie the game at six, the run charged to Tim Belcher. John Wetteland was called on to keep the game tied for the Yankees, but he loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk, single and hit-by-pitch for Edgar Martínez, who hit a grand slam, giving him seven RBIs in the game and the Mariners a 10–6 lead. Then Jay Buhner's home run off of Steve Howe put the Mariners on top 11–6. In the ninth, Mattingly singled to lead off the ninth off of Charlton, who was relieved by Bobby Ayala. Mattingly moved on a groundout and scored on Mike Stanley's single. After a single and walk loaded the bases, Wade Boggs's groundout off of Bill Risley made it 11–8 Mariners and brought up Bernie Williams as the tying run, but Williams would fly out to center to set up Game 5.
Kingdome in Seattle, Washington
| WP: Randy Johnson (2–0) LP: Jack McDowell (0–2)|
NYY: Paul O'Neill (3)
SEA: Joey Cora (1), Ken Griffey, Jr. (5)
Often regarded as one of the most memorable games in postseason history, Andy Benes and David Cone were sent to the mound for the Mariners and Yankees respectively to determine the winner of the series. Joey Cora hit a home run to make it 1–0 Mariners in the bottom of the third. Paul O'Neill hit a two-run home run after a walk to make it 2–1 Yankees in the top of the fourth. Jay Buhner's RBI single after a Tino Martinez double and wild pitch tied the game in the bottom half. In the sixth, Benes walked three to load the bases with one out before Don Mattingly hit a two-run double that put the Yankees in front 4–2. In the bottom of the eighth, with five outs to go and Cone still pitching, Ken Griffey, Jr. homered to make it a one-run game. The Mariners loaded the bases later in the inning on two walks and single and Cone walked Doug Strange to tie the game at four. Both teams blew chances in the ninth with two men on to score the potential series winning run. Starters Jack McDowell and Randy Johnson came in the game in rare relief appearances in extra innings. In the top of the eleventh, Randy Velarde singled home pinch runner Pat Kelly to put the Yankees up by one and three outs away from advancing to the next round, but in the bottom half, Cora dragged a bunt down the first base line that stayed fair in the bottom half to lead things off. Griffey singled to put runners on first and third. Then, Edgar Martínez lined a double to left field, scoring both Cora and Griffey to send the Mariners to the 1995 American League Championship Series. Martinez's game-winning hit has become the Seattle Mariners' most famous moment.
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1995 ALDS (3–2): Seattle Mariners over New York Yankees
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|Total attendance: 286,839 Average attendance: 57,368|
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