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The 1994 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 1994 American League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox against the East Division champion New York Yankees. The Yankees had the home field advantage.
The two teams were victorious in the AL Division Series (ALDS), with the Yankees defeating the wild card Cleveland Indians three games to two, and the White Sox defeating the West Division Champion Texas Rangers three games to none. The White Sox won the series four games to two to become the American League champions, and defeated the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1994 World Series.
1994 American League Championship Series
Chicago White Sox (4) Gene Lamont 98-64, .605, GA: 1
New York Yankees (2) Buck Showalter 101-61, .623, GA: 12
Dates: October 11–18
MVP: Tim Raines (Chicago)
TV announcers: Bob Costas and Bob Uecker
Radio announcers: John Rooney and Gary Cohen
Umpires: Dan Morrison, John Hirschbeck, Greg Kosc, Durwood Merrill, Rick Reed, Dave Ford.
New York Yankees over Cleveland Indians (3–2)
Chicago White Sox over Texas Rangers (3–0)
Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees
Chicago won the series, 4–2.
1 October 11 Chicago White Sox – 4, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium 3:15 56,702
2 October 12 Chicago White Sox – 2, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium 2:45 57,246
3 October 14 New York Yankees – 7, Chicago White Sox – 2 Comiskey Park 3:10 46,357
4 October 15 New York Yankees – 4, Chicago White Sox – 6 Comiskey Park 2:53 46,675
5 October 16 New York Yankees – 2, Chicago White Sox – 7 Comiskey Park 3:17 45,612
6 October 18 Chicago White Sox – 7, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium 3:30 58,121
Jack McDowell and Jimmy Key would be the starters for Game 1. Chicago would score a run in the second and third innings from an Ozzie Guillen RBI single, and a Tim Raines solo home run to left field to give them a 2-0 lead. New York would get a two run home run from Bernie Williams into right field in the seventh inning to tie the game at 2-2. Chicago would get two runs in the ninth inning with another RBI by Ozzie Guillen as the throw home by Bernie Williams came in late, allowing Noberto Martin to score. A wild pitch after that would bring in another run to make it 4-2 for Chicago. They would retire the side in order to close out the game.
The starters for Game 2 were Wilson Alvarez and Jim Abbott. Chicago would get on the board first with a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of that inning, New York would get a run on a bases loaded walk to make it a 1-1 game. Tim Raines would get an RBI double in the third inning to give Chicago a 2-1 lead. Once again New York would come right back as they would get a run in the fourth inning to make it 2-2. In the fifth inning, Bernie Williams hit a two run home run into right field to give New York a 4-2 lead. They would add another run in the sixth inning from a Luis Polonia RBI single to make it 5-2. Steve Howe would come on the mound in the ninth inning and get the save.
Game 3 would feature a matchup between Melido Perez and Jason Bere. In the fourth inning, Chicago would get a couple runs from a sacrifice fly by Ron Karkovice, and an error by Wade Boggs from a Routine grounder by Robin Ventura to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. New York would have a big inning in the sixth inning, with Wade Boggs redeeming himself from his fielding error with a two run home run to center field, and RBIs by Pat Kelly and Luis Polonia to give New York the lead 4-2. In the next inning, Pat Kelly would get a two RBI single to make it 6-2. Randy Velarde would add on an RBI of his own in the ninth inning to help give New York a 7-2 win.
In Game 4, Terry Mulholland would face off against Alex Fernandez. New York would get on the board first in the second inning with a Bernie Williams solo home run into left center to make it a 1-0 game. Chicago would respond right back in the same inning with a Joey Cora RBI to tie the game at 1-1. Ron Karkovice would hit a two run home run into right center in the fourth inning to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. New York would get three runs in the fifth inning from an RBI double by Paul O'Neill, and a two run home run by Mike Stanley into left field to give New York a 4-3 lead. In the seventh inning, Julio Franco would hit a three run home run down the leftfield line to give Chicago a 6-4 lead. Roberto Hernandez would retire the side in the ninth inning for Chicago to save the game and get the 6-4 win to tie the series at 2-2.
Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 2, which was between Jim Abbott and Wilson Alvarez. Chicago would start things off with a solo home run by Robin Ventura into left field in the second inning to make it 1-0. New York would get two RBIs in the fourth and fifth innings by Pat Kelly and Mike Stanley respectively to take the lead 2-1. The lead would not last long as Chicago would have a big inning in the bottom half of the fifth inning. It started with Ron Karkovice hitting a two run home run into right field, and then Tim Raines and Julio Franco each getting RBIs as Chicago would take the lead 6-2. They would later add an insurance run in the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk to make it 7-2. Roberto Hernandez came on to the mound in the ninth inning to close things out and get the save for Chicago.
In Game 6, it would be a rematch of Game 3, featuring Jason Bere and Melido Perez. Chicago would come out swinging right at the gate in the top of the first inning. After back to back singles by Tim Raines and Frank Thomas, Julio Franco would hit a double to drive in the first run of the game. After Robin Ventura drew a walk, Darrin Jackson would hit a single to drive in another run. After Ron Karkovice drew a walk, Ozzie Guillen would hit a single to drive in two runs. By the time the inning ended, Chicago was leading 4-0. In the bottom half of that inning, Paul O'Neill would hit a two run home run into right center field to make it a 4-2 game. Tim Raines would hit a solo home run in the second inning to help Chicago add to their lead 5-2. New York would get a run from a Pat Kelly sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 5-3. Ron Karkovice would hit a solo home run down the leftfield line to make it a 6-3 lead for Chicago. After Robin Ventura hit a triple in the top of the eighth inning, Darrin Jackson would come up to drive in the run with an RBI single to help Chicago go up 7-3. Chicago would retire the side in the eighth and ninth innings to win the pennant for the first time since 1959. Tim Raines was named the MVP of the series.