Going to the pen over and over and over and over and over in the ALCS
by Bob Timmermann
Tampa Bay's win over Boston in Game 7 of the ALCS was highlighted by Tampa Bay using five pitchers to get three outs in the seventh inning: Matt Garza (one batter reaching on an error), Dan Wheeler (hit and an out), J.P. Howell (an out), Chad Bradford (a walk), and David Price (a strikeout).
That was the fourth game in an LCS (all of them AL) where a team used five pitchers in an inning.
Game 3, 1976 ALCS, Kansas City at New York - Andy Hassler starts the inning nursing a 2-1 lead for the Royals and gives up a walk and a double. In comes righthander Marty Pattin and Billy Martin counters with Carlos May. So Royals manager orders Pattin to intentionally walk May. Tom Hall comes in and gives up an RBI groundout to Chris Chambliss and an RBI single to Thurman Munson and the Yankees take a 3-2 lead. Steve Mingori relieves and faces Elliot Maddox and Maddox doubles in Chambliss. Mark Littell finishes the inning by striking out Willie Randolph, walking Fred Stanley, and finally retiring Mickey Rivers on a popout.
Game 5, 1999 ALCS, New York at Boston - The Yankees lead 4-0. Orlando Hernandez gives up a home run to Jason Varitek to start the inning. Nomar Garciaparra follows with a double. Joe Torre brings in Mike Stanton to face Troy O'Leary, who walks. Out goes Stanton and in comes Jeff Nelso, who gets Mike Stanley to line out to center. Now it's Allen Watsons turn and he walks pinch hitter Butch Huskey to load the bases. Torre now turns to Ramiro Mendoza who strikes out pinch hitter Scott Hatteberg and gets Trot Nixon to foul out.
Game 5, 2002 ALCS, Minnesota at Anaheim - The Angels lead the Twins 2-0 and face reliever Johan Santana. After retiring David Eckstein, Darin Erstad singles. Santana follows with an error on a pickoff to send Erstad to second with Alex Ochoa at bat. LaTroy Hawkins comes in and gets Ochoa to ground out and sends Erstad to third. Lefty J.C. Romero comes in and gives up an RBI single to Garret Anderson and leaves in favor of Mike Jackson, who gives up a single, double, intentional walk, and a triple and the Angels lead 7-0. Bob Wells comes in to get the final out, Adam Kennedy.