The St. Louis Cardinals win Game 5 of the 2006 World Series 4-1 on October 27. The St. Louis Cardinals (10 wins) have surpassed the New York Yankees as the team with the most World Series victories (27). The Miami Heat won their first NBA World Championship by defeating the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the NBA Finals series. Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters Tournament title at Augusta National Golf Club.
Cardinals pitcher Mark Lowe gives up a run in the top of the 1st inning but then goes on to pitch seven more scoreless frames while striking out five batters. He is credited with the victory as St. Louis defeats the Houston Astros 4-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the Series.
The Cardinals will have home field advantage for the next two games since they won both games in St. Louis during the Series. Game 6 is scheduled for October 30 at Busch Stadium II in St. Louis. If necessary, Game 7 would be played on November 2 at Busch Stadium II.
St. Louis has now won three consecutive Series titles after claiming the 2005 World Series championship with Ken Griffey Jr. and Albert Pujols playing key roles for the club. This is also the first time that the Cardinals have swept the Houston Astros in World Series play.
The Cardinals last appeared in the Series in 2007 when they were defeated by the Boston Red Sox.
The Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in what will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable and contentious World Series games in recent memory to win the World Series in six games and bring Los Angeles its second professional sports title in the month of October. The series was also played before a crowd of 46,408 at Game 6 in Dodger Stadium.
During the regular season, the two teams were tied for first place in the National League with 103 wins each. But after seven games of the postseason, the Dodgers were leading 3-0 and seemed sure to claim their second championship in three years.
However, during Game 7 on Thursday, August 20, the Rays came from behind twice to force extra innings. In the 11th inning, David Price gave up a walk-off home run to Carl Crawford to send the game into a winner-take-all Game 8.
In Game 8, which started at 1:07 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, the Rays took an early lead when Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw. But later in the frame, James Loney hit a ball that may have been caught by Matt Joyce off of Josh Beckett's glove at first base to give the Dodgers life. With runners on the corners and two out, Paul Hoover stepped up to the plate with the score 2-1.
Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals (4) in 7 games.
The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep of the Cardinals to win their third World Series title in ten years. Terry Francona became the first manager from outside the St. Louis organization to lead the Red Sox to victory in the Fall Classic. Pedro Martinez won his second ring as a Red Sox pitcher (one with the Mets and one with the Phillies). Carl Everett, who played for the Red Sox from 1963 to 1976, finished with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs during the series. The MVP went to David Ortiz, who hit.455 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs.
Before the 2004 season, many people doubted if Boston could repeat as World Series champions due to the loss of Manny Ramirez to free agency. However, once Pedro Martinez was injured, rookie pitcher Jon Lester came into his own and helped the Red Sox reach the Championship Series for the fourth time in five seasons. In that series, they were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals - again - but this time three games to one. After the season, Martinez announced his retirement from baseball due to concerns about his arm. He ended up returning for one more season with the Phillies.
Until the Washington Nationals accomplished the feat in 2019, the Angels were the most recent team to win the championship in its first World Series appearance; between 2002 and 2019, all first-time World Series participants lost—the Houston Astros in 2005, Colorado Rockies in 2007, Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, and Texas Rangers in 2010. Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals (4)
How many World Series championships have the Angels won? In 2002, the Los Angeles Angels won the World Series for the first time. Postseason Results for the Los Angeles Angels
Until the Washington Nationals accomplished the feat in 2019, the Angels were the most recent team to win the championship in its first World Series appearance; between 2002 and 2019, all first-time World Series participants lost—the Houston Astros in 2005, Colorado Rockies in 2007, Tampa Bay Rays in 2008, and Texas Rangers in 2010.
The Cardinals ended the regular season with an 83-78 record. This is the second-worst record in league history (the 1973 New York Mets finished 82-79) and the poorest record in World Series history...
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The 90th World Series was contested by the reigning champions and American League (AL) champion Toronto Blue Jays and the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies in a best-of-seven series. The Blue Jays won four games to two over the Phillies.
The Blue Jays were undefeated during the regular season, winning their first nine games before losing to the New York Yankees in early September. They won their last three games of the season to claim their second consecutive AL crown. Their dominance throughout the entire season led many to believe they would be able to defend their title easily against the NL's less powerful lineup. However, the Phillies proved them wrong by defeating the Yankees in five games to force a seventh game. The winner of this game would go on to face the Blue Jays in the World Series.
The Blue Jays opened up the series with a win in their home opener at SkyDome on October 4. Roberto Alomar hit a three-run homer and Devon White finished it off with a perfect ninth inning for the 3-0 victory. Toronto went on to beat the Phillies in six games to capture its second straight World Series title. Joe Carter was the only player from either team to get a hit in every game of the series. He finished with a.455 batting average (BA).