2014 American League Division Series
The 2014 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers (divisional winners, seeded 1–3 based on regular season record) as well as the Wild Card game winning Kansas City Royals played in the two series. TBS carried all the games.
These matchups were:
- (1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (West Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) Kansas City Royals (Wild Card winner, 89–73)
- (2) Baltimore Orioles (East Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 90–72)
This was the first postseason played under the current divisional alignment, going back to 1995, in which neither the Boston Red Sox nor the New York Yankees competed in an ALDS. It was also the Royals' first appearance in the current version of the ALDS, as their last previous postseason appearance had come in 1985, prior to its conception (although the team had played in one of the 1981 ALDS necessitated by that year's player strike and the resulting split season). It was also the Orioles' first ALDS win since 1997.
Both the Angels and the Royals, and the Tigers and the Orioles, met for the first time in the postseason.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Kansas City Royals
Kansas City won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 2||Kansas City Royals – 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2 (11)||Angel Stadium||4:05||45,321|
|2||October 3||Kansas City Royals – 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1 (11)||Angel Stadium||3:48||45,361|
|3||October 5||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 3, Kansas City Royals – 8||Kauffman Stadium||3:38||40,657|
Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers
Baltimore won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 2||Detroit Tigers – 3, Baltimore Orioles – 12||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||3:42||47,842|
|2||October 3||Detroit Tigers – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 7||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||3:41||48,058|
|3||October 5||Baltimore Orioles – 2, Detroit Tigers – 1||Comerica Park||3:41||43,013|
Los Angeles vs. Kansas City
Game 1, October 2
| WP: Danny Duffy (1–0) LP: Fernando Salas (0–1) Sv: Greg Holland (1)|
KC: Mike Moustakas (1)
LAA: Chris Iannetta (1), David Freese (1)
Mike Moustakas, who is a native of Los Angeles, hit a 374-foot home run deep into right field in the 11th inning to give the Royals a 3–2 victory in Game 1. Closer Greg Holland, who arrived during the 4th inning following a trip to North Carolina for the birth of his son, pitched a perfect bottom half of the 11th to seal the Royals victory. Alcides Escobar had an RBI double in the third inning, allowing Moustakas to score, and Omar Infante's sacrifice fly allowed Alex Gordon to score in the fifth. The Angels' only scores were home runs from Chris Iannetta's in the third and David Freese in the fifth.
This game also started a string of postseason games in which the Royals defense would make a number of highlight reel defensive plays. Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki each had a pair of great catches, which slowed down the Angels' high powered offense.
Game 2, October 3
| WP: Brandon Finnegan (1–0) LP: Kevin Jepsen (0–1) Sv: Greg Holland (2)|
KC: Eric Hosmer (1)
Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and Salvador Perez recorded an RBI infield single in the 11th inning, as the Royals won Game 2, 4–1. Kansas City scored first on Alex Gordon's RBI single in the second, but the Angels tied the game in the sixth with Albert Pujols' RBI single.
Kansas City again came up with a timely defensive gem. In the bottom of the 8th with no outs and pinch runner Collin Cowgill at second base, Jarrod Dyson caught a fly ball to left-center field off of Chris Iannetta, and then threw picture perfect strike to Mike Moustakas at third to double-up Cowgill, who tried to advance on the play.
Game 3, October 5
| WP: James Shields (1–0) LP: C.J. Wilson (0–1)|
LAA: Mike Trout (1), Albert Pujols (1)
KC: Eric Hosmer (2), Mike Moustakas (2)
The Angels' would take their first and only lead of this series with a one out solo home run by Mike Trout in the top of the first. But C.J. Wilson would give up a bases clearing three run triple in the bottom half and was immediately knocked out of the game. Eric Hosmer would add his second home run of this series to make it 5–1 and Kansas City would never look back. As the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Angels to punch their ticket to the 2014 ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles who completed their own three game sweep earlier in the day against the Detroit Tigers.
The defense again showed up for Kansas City. The highlights of the game included back-to-back diving catches in the 5th inning by Lorenzo Cain with a runner on base.
Composite line score
|Kansas City Royals||3||1||3||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||15||21||1|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||6||18||2|
|Total attendance: 131,339 Average attendance: 43,780|
Baltimore vs. Detroit
Game 1, October 2
| WP: Chris Tillman (1–0) LP: Max Scherzer (0–1)|
DET: Víctor Martínez (1), J. D. Martinez (1), Miguel Cabrera (1)
BAL: Nelson Cruz (1), J. J. Hardy (1)
Nelson Cruz's two run home run in the bottom of the first started the scoring for the Orioles. The Tigers would fight back in the top of the second on back-to-back solo home runs by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez to tie the score, but Baltimore pulled ahead on an RBI single by Nick Markakis. The score remained unchanged until Baltimore scored another run in the seventh on a solo home run from J.J. Hardy to make the score 4-2. In the top of the eighth, Ian Kinsler singled, but the next batter Torii Hunter lined sharply to Hardy, who doubled up Kinsler off of first. The play proved to be critical as the next batter, Miguel Cabrera, homered. In the bottom half, after a one out double by Alejandro De Aza, a crucial error by Andrew Romine would open the floodgates as Baltimore erupted for a team postseason record and an LDS record for eight runs in an inning to break open the game, this record would be tied the next day in the Cardinals/Dodgers NLDS series. With the game out of reach, Tommy Hunter came on and pitched out of a bases loaded jam to seal the game.
Game 2, October 3
| WP: Brad Brach (1–0) LP: Joakim Soria (0–1) Sv: Zach Britton (1)|
DET: J. D. Martinez (2), Nick Castellanos (1)
BAL: Nick Markakis (1)
Nick Markakis' two run home run off Tiger starter Justin Verlander in the third put the Orioles on the board. But in the top of the fourth, Torii Hunter singled, Cabrera doubled him to third, Victor Martinez singled to score Hunter, J.D. Martinez homered to put Detroit on top 4–2 and Nick Castellanos homered to push the lead to three runs before the first out was recorded. After the next two outs were recorded, Rajai Davis singled and chased Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen in the process. Kevin Gausman came on and got the final out of the inning without further damage to keep the score 5–2. A two out RBI single by J.J. Hardy cut the score to 5–3 but Verlander escaped without another run crossing the plate. The score stayed at 5–3 until the top of the eighth when Victor Martinez doubled home Hunter to push the lead back to three runs. But for the second straight day Baltimore would fight back against the Tiger bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. Joba Chamberlain came on and got De Aza to ground out, but Adam Jones was hit by a pitch, Nelson Cruz singled Jones to second, and Steve Pearce singled in Jones to make it a 6–4 game. Joakim Soria came on in relief of Chamberlain and walked Hardy to load the bases for former Tiger Delmon Young. Young unloaded the bases with a go-ahead three-run double to put the Orioles back on top 7–6. Zach Britton came on and pitched a perfect ninth to send Baltimore to Detroit up two games to none.
Game 3, October 5
| WP: Bud Norris (1–0) LP: David Price (0–1) Sv: Zach Britton (2)|
BAL: Nelson Cruz (2)
Adam Jones' single and Nelson Cruz's two-run home run that just stayed fair down the right field line off of David Price in the sixth broke a scoreless tie and the backs of the Tigers as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep. The Tigers got back-to-back leadoff doubles from Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the ninth to pull within a run. After Bryan Holaday struck out, an intentional walk to Nick Castellanos put the winning run on base. Britton got Hernan Perez to ground into the game-ending, series-ending double play, sending the Orioles to their first ALCS appearance in 17 years. With the loss, the Tigers lost their first ever ALDS. In their previous four appearances they advanced to the ALCS every time.
Composite line score
|Total attendance: 138,913 Average attendance: 46,304|
- "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Los Angeles - October 2, 2014". MLB.com. October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Los Angeles - October 3, 2014". MLB.com. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Los Angeles vs. Kansas City - October 5, 2014". MLB.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Detroit vs. Baltimore - October 2, 2014". MLB.com. October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Detroit vs. Baltimore - October 3, 2014". MLB.com. October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Baltimore vs. Detroit - October 5, 2014". MLB.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- "Mike Moustakas' HR in 11th sends Royals past Angels in ALDS opener". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- "Eric Hosmer's 2-run HR gives K.C. another extra-inning win, series lead". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- "Royals claim ALCS berth with sweep of regular-season-best Angels". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Orioles set postseason team record with 12 runs in Game 1 win". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- "Delmon Young, Orioles pounce on shaky Tigers bullpen for another win". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
- "Nelson Cruz homer all Orioles need to sweep Tigers, advance to ALCS". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014.