AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Flossmoor Flying Squirrels @ California Quakes
|A.L. West leading California Quakes (92-18) take on the A.L. East leading Flossmoor Flying Squirrels (71-39) in the 1994 campaign.|
|GAME #1 – Greg Maddux 18-6 (1.24) vs. Jeff Fassero 12-1 (3.60)
F. Jose gave G. Maddux the early lead with a lead-off home run in the 1st, and the Flossmoor Flying Squirrels never looked back. Maddux dominated Game 1, allowing only 1 run, a 2nd inning RBI single by L. Whitaker, over 7 innings. Tied 1-1 in the 5th, Flossmoor proceeded to put the game away with a J. Bagwell go-ahead RBI single to score F. Jose. Flossmoor tacked on two more insurance runs in the 7th and one in the 9th to take the series lead.
Final Score: Flossmoor 5 – California 1
|GAME #2 – David Cone 17-3 (2.23) vs. Alex Fernandez 18-3 (2.71)
With the 1-0 series lead, Flossmoor hands the ball to D. Cone while California turns to A. Fernandez to tie it up. The game would remain scoreless until the bottom of the 4th, when California bats exploded for 4 runs, 2 earned, off D. Cone. This time, it was A. Fernandez who dominated the opposing line-up, shutting out Flossmoor for 7 innings. Flossmoor closed the gap in the 8th and 9th innings with RBI by G. Berroa and E. Taubensee, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Final Score: California 5 – Flossmoor 2
|GAME #3 – Kevin Foster 10-1 (3.83) vs. Jimmy Key 12-7 (3.24)
With the series tied up at 1-1, California jumped to an early 2-0 lead off a T. Salmon 2-run home run in the top of the 2nd. Flossmoor answered right back with an RBI single by O. Guillen in the bottom half of the inning. Up 2-1 in the top of the 4th, the California bats exploded for 7 runs to take a 9-1 lead. Coming on in relief, M. Clark spun 5 shutout innings in relief to hold Flossmoor at bay, while California added two more insurance runs to close out the blowout.
Final Score: California 11 – Flossmoor 1
|GAME #4 – Jeff Fassero 12-1 (3.60) vs. Greg Maddux 18-6 (1.24)
The Quakes lead the series 2-1 and hope to put the series out of reach. Flossmoor jumped on the board first with a solo home run by J. Bagwell in the bottom of the 1st. California answered back in the 4th and 5th innings with RBI singles by P. Molitor, J. Valentin, and L. Whitaker, and a sacrifice fly by K. Mitchell. Held without an extra base hit the entire game, the Quakes would rely on the bullpen to win this one. Up 4-1, J. Fassero was yanked in the 5th inning after giving up a 2-run double by O. Guillen that closed the California lead to 4-3. Could California’s bullpen hold on? Nope. Flossmoor tied it up with a K. Puckett RBI double in the 8th and took the lead in the 14th inning off a O. Guillen walk-off single to left-center that scored T. Fryman.
Final Score: Flossmoor 5 – California 4
|GAME #5 – Alex Fernandez 18-3 (2.71) vs. David Cone 17-3 (2.23)
With the series again tied up, 2-2, California again turned to its potent line-up and A. Fernandez to take the series lead. A. Fernandez held the Flying Squirrels scoreless through 5 innings while the Quakes off a 2-run double by J. Valentin and a 2-run home run by P. O’Neill in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Up 4-0 in the 6th, Flossmoor’s H. Baines blasts a 2-run home run to bring the score to 4-2, but that would be all Flossmoor could go offensively. Up 4-2, California put the nail in the coffin with 6 more runs in the final three innings.
Final Score: California 10 – Flossmoor 2
|GAME #6 – Jimmy Key 12-7 (3.24) vs. Kevin Foster 10-1 (3.83)
The Quakes hold a 3-2 series lead, as the pressure begins to mount. In a do-or-die game, Flossmoor comes out swinging. Top of the 3rd, bases loaded, K. Foster walks J. Bagwell, scoring the first run of the game. Up 1-0, bases still loaded, H. Baines grounds it to short and the ball bounces off J. Valentin’s glove! F. Jose and K. Puckett score, J. Bagwell takes 3rd, and H. Baines reaches on a costly error. Runners at the corners, no outs, and Flossmoor up 3-0. K. Foster pitches to G. Berroa, who grounds into a run-scoring double play to give the Flying Squirrels the 4-0 lead in Game 6. California answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th with RBI singles by Valentin and Steinbach, but Flossmoor answered right back with a run in the 5th—a W. Boggs throwing error that allowed H. Baines to score—and a F. Jose sacrifice fly in the 6th. Up 6-2, P. O’Neill blasts a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 7th to close the lead to 1-run, but that would be as close as California would get.
Final Score: Flossmoor 7 – California 5
|GAME #7 – Greg Maddux 18-6 (1.24) vs. Jeff Fassero 12-1 (3.60)
This is it, folks. The series is tied 3-3 as Maddux looks to beat Fassero for the third time in 7 games. California hit the scoreboard first with an RBI single by J. Olerud in the bottom of the 1st, but Flossmoor answered right back with a R. Karkovice solo home run in the top of the 2nd. Both Maddux and Fassero kept the game scoreless until the 7th inning. Leyritz facing Maddux, one out, and Maddux walks Leyritz to put the go-ahead run on 1st. California brings in the speedy L. Frazier, who immediately steals 2nd, his 4th stolen base of the series. Whitaker singles to right field, scoring Frazier and giving California the 2-1 lead. Still one out, W. Boggs singles on a hit and run, putting runners on the corners. P. O’Neill, unable to bring Whitaker home, reaches on a fielder’s choice. Two outs, J. Olerud up and Flossmoor turns to C. McElroy to limit the damage. Olerud blasts the offering to right field, scoring Whitaker, but O’Neill was no match for Puckett’s arm and is thrown out at the plate. Up 3-1 in the 8th, California turns to its bullpen to shut the door on the Flying Squirrels. California wins the series, 4-3.
Final Score: California 3 – Flossmoor 1
|California wins the ALCS 4 games to 3, outscoring Flossmoor 39-23 for the series. Both teams struggled defensively, with California holding .973 FLD% and 5 unearned runs allowed, while Flossmoor had a slightly better fielding percentage (.976 FLD%) but allowed more unearned runs (7 total). California’s pitching, however, made up the difference defensively, finishing the series with a 2.41 ERA compared to Flossmoor’s 4.36 ERA. In the end, California’s offense held the clear advantage. California sported a .260/.362/.394 triple slash, 20 XBH, 11 stolen bases, and a 32/40 k/BB ratio for the series, and Flossmoor sported a .236/.279/.356 triple slash, 20 XBH, 7 stolen bases, and a 37/13 k/BB ratio. While California’s success in the series depended primarily on its stout offense, it was the clutch performance of Alex Fernandez that kept California in the series in the first place. With two strong performances, Fernandez evened the series to 1-1 and gave the Quakes a 3-2 series and finished the series 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 IP.|