A Look Back At This Date In Cleveland Indians Playoff History; Oct. 2

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Next from the memory banks, the finale of the 1954 World Series, Game 2 of the 1996 ALDS, a victory over the Yankees in the 1997 ALDS, and a win over the Red Sox in game 3 of the 1998 ALDS.

October 2

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Home

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Road

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Saturday

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Giants WS-4 1954

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Orioles ALDS-2 1996

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Yankees ALDS-2 1997

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Red Sox ALDS-3 1998

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1954 World Series Game 4, Cleveland Stadium: Giants 7, Indians 4

With the team down 3-0 in the series, Bob Lemon was sent out to stop the bleeding. But the Giants got to him early. After a leadoff walk to Hank Thompson in the third, Monte Irvin doubled him to third. Davey Williams lined out to Vic Wertz at first, but when he tried to double up Irvin at second, his throw got away, scoring Thompson and Irving moving to third. Wes Westrum hit a fly to Wally Westlake in right, who dropped the ball and scoring Irvin. Willie Mays added a third run in the third on an RBI double but Lemon got out of a bases loaded jam later that inning without further damage.

Already down by three, the Tribe could ill afford any more runs, but Lemon didn't get an out in the fifth. A pair of singles and a walk ended his day and Hal Newhouser walked in the fourth run, an Irvin single brought two more in and a sacrifice fly from Westrum pushed the score to 7-0. The Indian offense (which disappeared the entire series) had only managed a walk by Jim Hegan and a double by Wertz off Don Liddle going into the fifth inning. And without a pair of errors, Hank Majewski probably never hits the three run homer in the fifth. They threatened to get back in it in the seventh on a pair of singles by Wertz and Hegan. Rudy Regalado came through with a pinch hit single, but Hoyt Wilhem got the final out. Down by three, they got runners to first and third in the eighth but didn't score and only managed a walk off Johnny Antonelli in the ninth.

1996 ALDS Game 2, Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Orioles 7, Indians 4

In an attempt to avoid a 2-0 series deficit, Orel Hershiser took on Scott Erickson in Baltimore for Game 2. After a one out double by Kevin Seitzer went nowhere, the Orioles put a number of baserunners on the bottom half. Brady Anderson singled to right, but was erased on a Todd Zeile double play. Robbie Alomar and Rafael Palmeiro both coaxed walks and Alomar scored on a Seitzer error. Nagy hit Cal Ripken to load the bases but Eddie Murray struck out.

The Indians couldn't get much going against Erickson, with two singles by Jose Vizcaino and Kenny Lofton wasted by a Seitzer double play in third. They went in order in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Nagy likewise settled down with a Mark Parent single in the second, an Eddie Murray single in the fourth the only baserunners until the fifth. There Brady Anderson homered, and after Palmeiro doubled and Bonilla walked, Ripken scored one with a single and Murray scored the other with a double with Ripken thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

The Tribe finally broke through on Erickson in the sixth. A one single by Lofton and he then promptly stole second and third, scoring on a Seitzer ground ball. Jim Thome singled and Albert Belle homered to cut the lead down to one, 4-3. Eric Plunk had a perfect sixth and seventh to keep the score where it was. After a pair of two out walks to Omar Vizquel and Vizcaino, Jesse Orosco struck out Lofton to end the seventh. Orosco wasn't as lucky in the eighth when Seitzer and Thome both singled. Armando Benitez walked Belle to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Julio Franco scored pinch runner Jeff Kent. Manny Ramirez and Sandy Alomar were retired by Benitiez and the game stayed tied.

Mike Hargrove pushed his luck a bit too far as Plunk came out for his third inning. He walked Bonilla, Ripken doubled and he intentionally walked Murray to load the bases. Paul Assenmacher got a force out at home, but Sandy Alomar's throw to first to get a double play was off the mark and everyone moved up a base, Ripken scoring. Another intentional pass to Hoiles set up another double play opportunity, but Anderson flew out to deep right to score a second run. Enter Julian Tavarez who walked Zeile to load the bases a third time in the inning. Robbie Alomar singled in one more, but was thrown out after rounding first a bit too far. They led 7-4 with closer Randy Myers coming out. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and the underdog Orioles led the series 2-0.

1997 ALDS Game 2, Yankee Stadium II: Indians 7, Yankees 5

In a must win scenario due to this being a five game series, the Tribe took to the Yankee Stadium field after a day off due to the screwy playoff start times. After a 1-2-3 inning from Andy Pettitte, Jaret Wright showed his nerves in the bottom of the first. After Tim Raines grounded out, he walked Derek Jeter, Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams to load the bases. Tino Martinez made him pay for it with a double to left and Charlie Hayes got the third walker in on a sacrifice fly. The Yankees were out to a quick 3-0 lead.

The Indians got their first baserunner in the third on a Tony Fernandez single, but he was stranded. Wright had a 1-2-3 second, but dodged a first and second jam in the third. Pettitte was finally solved in the fourth. A one out single to third and an error by Hayes, got Omar Vizquel to second. After another out, Matt Williams walked. Three consecutive singles by David Justice, Sandy Alomar and Jim Thome netted a run each and the game was even. Fernandez doubled in Alomar and Thome and the Tribe had their first lead of the game.

Feeling more confident by the lead, Wright only allowed one baserunner from the fourth through the sixth, striking out the side in the sixth. Matt Williams delivered a two run shot to deep left-center and the lead was now 7-3. The Tribe threatened again in the seventh, but left the bases loaded against Brian Boehringer. Confident with six innings from Wright, Mike Hargrove called upon the pen to get the final nine outs. Mike Jackson got the first two in the seventh, but back to back singles by Raines and Jeter forced Paul Assenmacher to come in and retire O'Neill. Assenmacher walked Bernie Williams to lead off the eighth and after retiring Martinez, gave way to Jose Mesa for the final five outs. Mesa loaded the bases on a Hayes single and a Chad Curtis walk. He then hit Mike Stanley to force in a run, but got Wade Boggs on a popup and a grounder from Raines. A leadoff homer by Jeter in the ninth cut the lead to two, but Mesa got O'Neill, Bernie Williams and Martinez in order to tie the series at one apiece.

1998 ALDS Game 3, Fenway Park: Indians 4. Red Sox 3

After a travel day, the teams headed to Fenway for game three. The matchup of Nagy versus Saberhagen was more likely to produce a low scoring game unlike the first two games of the series. And true to the thought, this did occur. Through the first time of the lineup for both teams, the only baserunner was a walk by Manny Ramirez in the second.

Nagy was the first to blink however, in the fourth a leadoff single to Darren Lewis and another single to Mo Vaughn gave them runners at the corners with one out. Nomar Garciaparra grounded out, but Lewis scored the first run of the game. Jim Thome got the Tribe's first hit, by smacking a line drive into the stands in the fifth, tying the game at one.

Kenny Lofton also hit a solo shot in the sixth, giving Nagy a 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Ramirez led off the inning with another solo shot. Brian Giles got the Indians fourth hit off Saberhagen in the seventh, bit it was only a single. Nagy cruised through the middle innings with only a John Valentin single in the sixth his only blemish. He worked around a leadoff single by Trot Nixon in the eighth as well.

After Jim Corsi pitched a scoreless eighth, closer Dennis Eckersley made his first appearance of the series, down 3-1. Manny greeted him with a deep line drive over the Monster, getting a very important insurance run. After eight fantastic innings, Mike Jackson came in to get the save. Valentin lined out and Mo Vaughn singled to left. Nomar crushed one to deep left, cutting the lead down to one. But he retired Mike Stanley and Troy O'Leary on grounders with the Indians taking a 2-1 series lead.

The Tribe managed a mere two walks and five hits total, but four of them were solo shots. The Red Sox only had six walks and no walks as well, so both teams pitched pretty well.

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