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A game-by-game recap of the 1986 American League Championship Series between the East champion Boston Red Sox and the West champion California Angels.

Game 1: Angels 8, Red Sox 1
At Fenway Park, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1986
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Angels starter Mike Witt carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning -- retiring 16 straight Red Sox at one point -- while Cy Young and MVP award winner Roger Clemens gave up a career-high eight runs. Wade Boggs ended the no-hitter with a two-out single in the sixth, and Marty Barrett ended the shutout with an RBI single the same inning, but it was all Boston could manage against the overpowering Witt.

Brian Downing carried the Angels offense, driving in four runs. Downing ripped a two-run double in the fourth to cap a four-run rally and added a two-run single in the eighth to put the finishing touches on a three-run inning and an 8-1 Angel romp.

California    ab r h rbi     Boston      ab r h rbi
Jones rf       4 1 1 1       Boggs 3b     3 0 1 0
 Burleson ph   1 0 0 0       Barrett 2b   4 0 2 1
 White rf      0 0 0 0       Buckner 1b   4 0 0 0
Joyner 1b      4 1 2 1       Rice lf      4 0 0 0
Downing lf     5 0 2 4       Baylor dh    4 0 1 0
Jackson dh     4 0 0 0       Evans rf     4 0 0 0
DeCinces 3b    5 0 1 0       Gedman c     3 0 0 0
Wilfong 2b     5 1 0 0       Armas cf     3 0 0 0
Schofield ss   5 1 1 0       Owen ss      2 1 1 0
Boone c        3 2 2 1        
Pettis cf      3 2 2 1       
 Schiraldi p   0 0 0 0  
TOTALS        39 8 11 8       TOTALS     31 1 5 1

California 041 000 030 -- 8 11 0 Boston 000 001 000 -- 1 5 1 E-Owen. DP-California 1. 2B-Joyner 2 (2), Baylor (1). SB-Schofield (1). Time-2:52. Att.-32,993. California ip h r er bb k Witt W, 1-0 9.0 5 1 1 2 3 BOSTON ip h r er bb k Clemens L, 0-1 7.0 10 8 7 3 5 Sambito 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 Stanley 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 Umpires - Barnett (HP),McCoy (1b), Cooney (2b), Bremigan (3b)

Game 2: Red Sox 9, Angels 2
At Fenway Park, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1986
A wind-blown Fenway Park proved more perilous to the Angels than the Red Sox bats. Errors by Dick Schofield, Bobby Grich, Doug DeCinces and a misplayed groundball by Game 2 starter Kirk McCaskill give Boston a 6-2 advantage going into the eighth. Jim Rice finished off the Angels with a three-run blast in the bottom of the inning.

California    ab r  h rbi     Boston       ab r  h rbi
Burleson dh    5 0  1 0       Boggs 3b      4 1  2 0
Joyner 1b      4 1  2 1       Barrett 2b    5 1  3 2
Downing lf     4 1  1 0       Buckner 1b    4 2  1 1
DeCinces 3b    4 0  1 0        Stapleton 1b 0 0  0 0
Hendrick rf    4 0  0 0       Rice lf       5 2  2 2
Grich 2b       4 0  2 0       Baylor dh     2 1  2 0
Schofield ss   4 0  2 1       Evans rf      5 0  1 2
Boone c        4 0  1 0       Gedman c      4 1  1 1
Pettis cf      4 0  1 0       Armas cf      4 0  0 0
                               Henderson cf 0 0  0 0
                              Owens ss      3 1  1 0
TOTALS        37 2 11 2       TOTALS       36 9 13 8

California 000 110 000 -- 2 11 3 Boston 110 010 33x -- 9 13 2 E-DeCinces, Grich, Boggs, Owen, Schofield. DP-California 1, Boston 1. 2B-Barret (1), Evans (1). 3B-Boggs (1). HR-Joyner (1), Rice (1). S-Boggs. SF-Buckner. T-2:47. Att.-32,786. California ip h r er bb k McCaskill L, 0-1 7.0 10 6 3 3 6 Lucas 0.2 1 2 2 1 0 Corbett 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 Boston ip h r er bb k Hurst W, 1-0 9.0 11 2 1 0 4 Umpires - McCoy (HP), Cooney (1b), Bremigan (2b), Roe (3b).

Game 3: Angels 5, Red Sox 3
At Anaheim Stadium, Friday, Oct. 10, 1986
The first game in California was a pitcher's duel until Angels shortstop Dick Schofield sent Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd's two-out slider sailing over the outfield wall in the seventh. Bob Boone followed with a single and the light-hitting Gary Pettis, who hit just five home runs during the season, went deep to put the Angels ahead 4-1.

In the eighth, Boston rallied against California reliever Donnie Moore, who had been named team MVP a season ago but was hampered by a sore shoulder. A single, a double and a balk cut the Sox's deficit to 4-2. Catcher Rich Gedman drove in another run with a base hit to left before Tony Armas flew out to end the inning.

A Wade Boggs' error and a Ruppert Jones sacrifice fly helped the Angels add another run in the bottom of the inning, but Moore wouldn't need the extra room. He allowed only a Marty Barrett single in the ninth to escape with the save.

Boston        ab r h rbi     California  ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       4 0 0 0       Pettis cf    3 1 1 2
Barrett 2b     5 1 2 0       Joyner 1b    3 1 1 0
Buckner 1b     5 0 0 0       Downing lf   4 0 1 0
Rice lf        3 2 1 0       Jackson dh   3 1 1 1
Baylor dh      3 0 1 0       DeCinces 3b  4 0 1 0
Evans rf       3 0 1 0       Jones rf     3 0 0 1
Gedman c       4 0 3 2        White rf    0 0 0 0
Armas cf       4 0 1 0       Grich 2b     4 0 0 0
Owen ss        3 0 0 0       Schofield ss 3 1 2 1
 Greenwell ph  1 0 0 0       Boone c      3 1 1 0        
TOTALS        35 3 9 2       TOTALS      30 5 8 5

Boston 010 000 020 -- 3 9 1 California 000 001 31x -- 5 8 0 E-Boggs. DP-Boston 1. 2B-Rice (1), Armas (1), Schofield (1). HR-Pettis (1), Schofield (1). SF-Jones. CS-Pettis (1). Time-2:48. Att.-64,206. Boston ip h r er bb k Boyd L, 0-1 6.2 8 4 4 2 3 Sambito 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 Schiraldi 1.0 0 1 0 1 0 California ip h r er bb k Candelaria W, 1-0 7.0 5 1 1 3 5 Moore S, 1 2.0 4 2 2 1 0 Balk-Moore. Umpires - Cooney (HP), Bremigan (1b), Roe (2b), Garcia (3b).

Game 4: Angels 4, Red Sox 3 (11 innings)
At Anaheim Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 11, 1986
Before the game, Maime Mauch, mother of Angels manager Gene Mauch threw out the first pitch to her son. Gene probably spent the next seven innings wondering how to get her in the lineup.

Roger Clemens rebounded from his opening-game disaster to hurl a five-hit shutout through seven. Boston manager John McNamara pulled his starter with a 3-1 lead in the eighth after a leadoff homer by Doug DeCinces and a pair of one-out singles by Dick Schofield and Bob Boone. Reliever Calvin Schiraldi, who led the Boston staff with a 1.41 ERA, immediately surrendered an RBI double to Gary Pettis. Two batters later, Schiraldi plunked Brian Downing to force in the tying run.

Schiraldi was still on the mound in the bottom of the 11th when Bobby Grich, who had been 0-fer in his last 10 at-bats, lined the first pitch into the left field corner to drive home the winning run.

The Angels won the game without first baseman Wally Joyner, who had hit 22 home runs and driven in 100 runs during the regular season. The 24 year-old rookie was hospitalized before the game with an inflamed right leg. Although it was hoped he would return for Game 5, Joyner spent the rest of the playoffs in the hospital.

Boston        ab r h rbi     California  ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       5 0 1 0       Jones rf     2 0 1 0
Barrett 2b     3 1 1 1       Grich 2b     6 0 1 1
Buckner 1b     5 0 1 1       Downing lf   3 0 0 1
Rice lf        5 0 0 0       Jackson dh   5 0 0 0
Baylor dh      5 0 1 0       DeCinces 3b  5 1 2 1
Evans rf       4 0 0 0       Hendrick 1b  5 0 0 0
Gedman c       5 0 0 0       Schofield ss 5 1 1 0
Armas cf       3 1 1 0       Boone c      4 0 2 0
 Henderson cf  1 0 0 0        White pr    0 1 0 0
Owen ss        3 1 1 0        Narron c    1 1 1 0
                             Pettis cf    4 0 3 1       
TOTALS        39 3 6 2       TOTALS      40 4 11 4

Boston 000 001 020 00 -- 3 6 1 California 000 000 003 01 -- 4 11 2 E-DeCinces, Grich, Owen. DP-Boston 1. 2B-Boggs (1), Buckner (1), Baylor (2), Jones (1), Pettis (1). HR-DeCinces (1). S-Barrett, Owen, Pettis. CS-Pettis (2). Time-3:50. Att.-64,223. Boston ip h r er bb k Clemens 8.1 8 3 3 3 9 Schiraldi L, 0-1 2.0 3 1 1 2 2 California ip h r er bb k Sutton 6.1 4 1 1 1 2 Lucas 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 Ruhle 0.2 2 2 1 0 0 Finley 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 Corbett W, 1-0 3.2 0 0 0 1 1 WP-Ruhle. PB-Boone. HBP-Downing by Schiraldi. Umpires - Bremigan (HP), Roe (1b), Garcia (2b), Barnett (3b).

Game 5: Red Sox 7, Angels 6 (11 innings)
At Anaheim Stadium, Sunday, Oct. 12, 1986
Before Bill Buckner was Bill Buckner, Dave Henderson was Bill Buckner. The Red Sox outfielder dashed to the center-field wall to snag a long drive by second baseman Bobby Grich in the sixth, but when Henderson collided with the wall the ball popped out of his glove and bounced harmlessly over the fence for a two-run homer and a 3-2 Angels lead.

California added two more runs in the seventh on a Rob Wilfong RBI double and a Brian Downing sacrifice fly, but it didn't look like Mike Witt would need any additional help. Bidding to become the first pitcher to throw two complete games in an LCS, Witt took the mound in the ninth with a 5-2 lead.

Dave Henderson
Without Dave Henderson's dramatic homer in Game 5 of the ALCS, the Red Sox never would have reached the World Series.
In baseball, three outs make an inning. In the 1986 playoffs, three outs made a lifetime.

Buckner opened the inning with a single. After Jim Rice went down on strikes, Don Baylor hammered a long drive that sailed just over the outstretched glove of Gary Pettis and into the outfield seats, cutting Boston's deficit to 5-4. Witt got Dwight Evans to pop out to third, leaving him one out from a second straight complete game, but Evans would be the last batter he saw. Playing the percentages, Mauch elected to bring in reliver Gary Lucas, who had dominated Boston's Rich Gedman during the regular season. Lucas threw just one pitch -- drilling Gedman and putting the tying run on first base.

Mauch brought in his closer, Donnie Moore, still bothered by a weak shoulder. Moore quickly ran the count 0-2 against Dave Henderson, putting the Angels one strike from the World Series. But Henderson would win the battle, driving a 2-2 split-fingered fastball high and deep into the California sky to give the Red Sox a 6-5 advantage over the stunned Angels.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Angels came within 90 feet of the World Series. Bob Boone singled to start the inning and Gary Pettis bunted to move pinch runner Ruppert Jones into scoring position. Rob Wilfong tied the score with a single and advanced to third on a Dick Schofield single. McNamara ordered an intentional walk to Downing to set up a force out at home, which loaded the bases with just one out. However, the Angels failed to capitalize. Doug DeCinces lofted a fly ball to shallow right field and Bobby Grich hit a soft liner to Boston reliver Steve Crawford to end the rally.

The Red Sox finally finished the game in the 11th. Donnie Moore hit Don Baylor to put the Boston's leadoff batter on base. Dwight Evans followed with a groundball single, and Rich Gedman bunted safely to load the bases with no one out. Dave Henderson finished his heroics, lofting a sacrifice fly to center field to score Baylor and give the Red Sox a come-from-behind win, 7-6.

Boston        ab r h rbi     California    ab r h rbi
Boggs 3b       5 0 1 0       Burleson 2b    2 0 0 0
Barrett 2b     5 0 0 0        Wilfong ph-2b 3 0 2 2
Buckner 1b     4 0 1 0       Schofield ss   5 0 1 0
 Stplton pr-1b 1 1 1 0       Downing lf     3 0 0 1
Rice lf        5 1 1 0       DeCinces 3b    5 1 2 0
Baylor dh      4 2 1 2       Grich 1b       5 1 1 2
Evans rf       5 0 1 0       Jackson dh     5 0 1 0
Gedman c       4 2 4 2       Hendrick rf    3 0 1 0
Armas cf       2 0 0 0        White pr-rf   2 1 1 0
 Henderson cf  2 1 1 3       Boone c        3 1 3 1
Owen ss        2 0 0 0        Jones pr      0 1 0 0
 Greenwell ph  1 0 1 0        Narron c      0 0 0 0
 Romero pr-ss  2 0 0 0       Pettis cf      3 1 1 0        
TOTALS        42 7 12 7       TOTALS      39 6 13 6

Boston 020 000 004 01 -- 7 12 0 California 001 002 201 00 -- 6 13 0 DP-California 2. 2B-Gedman (1), DeCinces 2 (2), Wilfong (1). HR-Baylor (1), Gedman (1), Grich (1), Boone (1), Henderson (1). S-Burleson, Boone, Pettis. SF-Downing, Henderson. CS-Downing (1), White (1). Time-3:54. Att.-64,223. Boston ip h r er bb k Hurst 6.0 7 3 3 1 4 Stanley 2.1 4 3 3 2 1 Sambito 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 Crawford W, 1-0 1.2 1 0 0 2 1 Schiraldi S, 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 California ip h r er bb k Witt 8.2 8 4 4 0 5 Lucas 0.0 0 1 1 0 0 Moore L, 0-1 2.0 4 2 2 1 0 Finley 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 Lucas pitched to one batter in ninth. Sambito pitched to one batter in ninth. HBP-Baylor by Moore, Gedman by Lucas. Umpires - Roe (HP), Garcia (1b), Barnett (2b), McCoy (3b).

Game 6: Red Sox 10, Angels 4
At Fenway Park, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1986
California returned to Boston with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to finish off the series, but it would have been impossible to tell. A visibly dejected Angels team stumbled through a 10-4 loss. The Red Sox broke open a 2-2 game in the third with five runs after Bobby Grich, who was filling in for Joyner at first, made a costly throwing error.

Gary Lucas exacted a small bit of revenge, finally striking out Rich Gedman, but it meant little as the California offense was shut down by "Oil Can" Boyd and Bob Stanley.

California's Reggie Jackson passed George Brett for No. 1 on the all-time ALCS hits list, while Spike Owen led the Red Sox with four hits.

California    ab r h rbi     Boston       ab r h rbi
Pettis cf      5 0 1 0       Boggs 3b      4 2 1 0
Jones rf       4 1 0 0       Barrett 2b    4 1 3 1
Downing lf     5 1 1 1       Buckner 1b    4 1 2 1
Jackson dh     5 1 3 1        Stpltn pr-1b 1 0 1 0
DeCinces 3b    5 0 1 1       Rice lf       5 1 0 1
Schofield ss   4 1 2 0       Baylor dh     4 2 1 0
Grich 1b       3 0 1 0       Evans rf      4 0 2 1
Wilfong 2b     4 0 2 0       Gedman c      4 1 2 0
Boone c        3 0 0 0       Henderson cf  3 1 0 1
 Howell ph     0 0 0 0       Owen ss       4 1 4 2 
 Narron c      0 0 0 0      
TOTALS        38 4 11 3       TOTALS     37 10 16 7

California 200 000 110 -- 4 11 1 Boston 205 010 20x -- 10 16 1 E-Grich, Owen. DP-California 3, Boston 1. 2B-Jackson 2 (2), DeCinces (3), Barret (2). 3B-Owen (1). HR-Downing (1). Time-3:23. Att.-32,998. California ip h r er bb k McCaskill L, 0-2 2.1 6 7 5 2 1 Lucas 1.1 2 0 0 0 1 Corbett 2.2 7 3 3 1 1 Finley 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 Boston ip h r er bb k Boyd W, 1-1 7.0 9 3 3 1 5 Staley 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 PB-Boone. HBP-Grich by Boyd, Baylor by Corbett. Umpires - Garcia (HP), Barnett (1b), McCoy (2b), Cooney (3b).

Game 7: Red Sox 8, Angels 1
At Fenway Park, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1986
What Roger Clemens didn't do to finish the series, the crumbling Angels defense did.

Clemens carried a four-hit shutout into the eighth inning, while Angels starter John Candelaria got tagged for seven runs -- all unearned. The Red Sox scored three runs in the second following a Dick Schofield error. Gary Pettis then muffed Dave Henderson's fly ball in the fourth to set up an RBI single by Spike Owen and a three-run shot by Jim Rice. Clemens' University of Texas teammate Calvin Schiraldi finished off the game.

In the locker room, All-Star second baseman Bobby Grich announced his retirement, drained from the emotional roller coaster of the series. Months later, at the beginning of spring training, his manager followed him into retirement.

"We won it once," Gene Mauch said. "We just couldn't win it twice."

California    ab r h rbi     Boston       ab r h rbi
Jones rf       4 1 1 0       Boggs 3b      5 0 1 2
Wilfong 2b     1 0 0 0       Barrett 2b    4 0 0 0
 Burleson 2b   3 0 2 0       Buckner 1b    2 0 1 0
Downing lf     3 0 1 0        Stpltn pr-1b 1 1 0 0
Jackson dh     4 0 0 0       Rice lf       4 2 1 3
DeCinces 3b    4 0 1 1       Baylor dh     4 1 2 0
Schofield ss   4 0 0 0       Evans rf      3 2 1 1
Pettis cf      4 0 0 0       Gedman c      4 0 0 1
Grich 1b       2 0 0 0       Henderson cf  3 1 0 0
 Howell ph     1 0 0 0       Owen ss       4 1 2 1 
Boone c        2 0 1 0
 Narron ph     1 0 0 0      
TOTALS        33 1 6 1       TOTALS       34 8 8 8

California 000 000 010 -- 1 6 2 Boston 030 400 10x -- 8 8 1 E-Pettis, Owen, Schofield. DP-Boston 1. 2B-Baylor (3). HR-Rice (2), Evans (1). SB-Owen 1. Time-2:39. Att.-33,001. California ip h r er bb k Candelaria L, 1-1 3.2 6 7 0 3 2 Sutton 3.1 2 1 1 0 2 Moore 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 Boston ip h r er bb k Clemens W, 1-1 7.0 4 1 1 1 3 Schiraldi 2.0 2 0 0 0 5 HBP-Grich by Clemens. Umpires - Barnett (HP), McCoy (1b), Garcia (2b), Brenigan (3b).




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