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The Oakland Athletics baseball players rose to the occasion and won the AL pennant, by winning 4 straight games from the Boston Red Sox

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Oakland Sweeps The Pennant - 1988
Oct 9, 1988, American League Championship Series, Game 4

The Oakland Athletics, aided by a home run by Jose Canseco, beat the Boston Red Sox today 4-1. The win enabled the A's to complete a four game sweep of the Championship Series for their fourth pennant since moving to Oakland. Winning pitcher Dave Stewart pitched seven strong innings and Dennis Eckersley collected his' 4th save of the series.

Jose Canseco put the A's in front 1-0 with his third homer of the series. The A's scored another run in the 3rd when Walt Weiss and Carney Lansford both singled and Dave Henderson doubled home Weiss. They scored two more in the bottom of the 8th when Canseco singled and stole second, Mark McGwire and Stan Javier followed with two more singles, Luis Polonia walked to fill the bases and Don Baylor hit a sac-fly. Boston's Bruce Hurst was charged with the loss, his second of the series.

Dennis Eckersley was voted the series MVP. Jose Canseco was 5-for-16, .313, 1 D, 3 HRs, 4 runs, 4 RBIs. Mark McGwire, 5-for-15, .333, 1 HR, 4 runs, 3 RBIs. Dave Henderson was 6-for-16, .375, 1 HR, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs.

AL Championship Series Game 3 - Boston at Oakland

The Oakland A's started Bob Welch, 17-9, 3.64 ERA against Boston's Mike Boddicker 13-15, 3.39. Both teams scored early and often and by the 3rd inning both starters were gone. The A's were able to hold on and win 10-6. Welch was pounded for six hits and five runs in 2 2/3 innings. Boddicker pitched no better, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs. Mark McGwire, Carney Lansford, Ron Hassey and Dave Henderson all homered for the winning Athletics. Mike Greenwall homered for the Red Sox.

AL Championship Series Game 2 - Oakland at Boston

Paced by Jose Canseco's two run homer in the 7th inning off loser Roger Clemens, 18-12, 2.93 ERA the A's won 4-3. They scored 3-runs in the fateful 7th and knocked out the two-time Cy Young winner. With the score tied 3-3, Walt Weiss singled in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the 9th off loser Lee Smith. Oakland's starter Storm Davis, 16-7, allowed only 2-runs in 6 1/3 innings. Reliever Gene Nelson was the winning pitcher, Eckersley got the save. Rich Gedman homered for the Red Sox.

AL Championship Series Game 1 - Oakland at Boston

Boston sent Bruce Hurst, 18-6, 3.66 ERA against Oakland's Dave Stewart, 21-12, 3.23 ERA. Oakland won 2-1 on Dave Henderson's RBI single in the 8th inning off loser Bruce Hurst, 18-6, 3.66 ERA. Hurst pitched the whole 9-yards, allowing only 6 hits and 2 runs. Stewart pitched 6 innings, Rick Honeycutt got the win and Dennis Eckersley the save. Jose Canseco homered in the 4th inning.

1988 World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Oakland A's 4 games to 1


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