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10/16/05 5:50 PM ET

ALCS Game 5 pregame notes

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: Doug DeCinces and Bobby Grich, members of the Angels' '82 and '86 playoff teams




Game One - Tues., Oct. 11
Los Angeles 3, at Chicago 2
WP: Byrd
LP: Contreras
S: Rodriguez
Atten: 40,659

Game Two - Wed., Oct. 12
at Chicago 2, Los Angeles 1
WP: Buehrle
LP: Escobar
Atten: 41,013

Game Three - Fri., Oct. 14
Chicago 5, at Los Angeles 2
WP: Garland
LP: Lackey
Atten: 44,725

Game Four - Sat., Oct. 15
Chicago 8, at Los Angeles 2
WP: Garcia
LP: Santana
Atten: 44,857


Game Five - Sun., Oct. 16
Angel Stadium, 5:15 p.m. PDT

*Travel Day - Mon., Oct. 17
Time: TBA

*Game Six - Tues., Oct. 18
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:20 p.m. CDT

*Game Seven - Wed., Oct. 19
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:20 p.m. CDT

*if necessary

GAME FIVE WITH A 3-1 LEAD: The White Sox hold a 3-1 series lead after Saturday's Game Four 8-2 victory...Chicago is the 13th club in ALCS history to hold a 3-1 series lead in a best-of-seven series...Of the previous 12 to hold a 3-1 lead, nine have advanced to the World Series...The only teams failing to advance after building 3-1 leads in the ALCS have been Toronto in 1985 (losing to Kansas City), the Angels in 1986 (losing to Boston) and the Yankees in 2004 (losing to Boston)...In LCS play (AL and NL), 23 clubs have held a 3-1 advantage, with 18 advancing to the World Series...In postseason history of best-of-seven series, 62 times has a team built a 3-1 lead...In the history of post-season play, only 10 times has a team failed to advance after building a 3-1 series lead in a best-of-seven series.

GAME FIVE AT-A-GLANCE: Teams with a 3-1 series advantage have posted a 7-5 record in ALCS Game Fives...In 2 of the last 4 ALCS with a team holding a 3-1 advantage, the trailing team has won Game Five (Boston in 2004 and Seattle in 2001)...Of the 5 teams to have lost Game Five with a 3-1 ALCS edge, only twice has the Game Five winner won the Series (Boston in 2004 and Boston in 1986)...The White Sox are 3-2 all-time in Game Fives of postseason series, losing at Comiskey Park in the 1919 World Series (5-0 to Cincinnati) and in the 1993 ALCS at Toronto, 5-3...Anaheim is 2-3 all-time in Game Fives, with victories coming as the clincher to the 2002 ALCS against Minnesota and the clincher to the 2005 ALDS against New York, both here at Angel Stadium.

COMPLETE GAMES: The White Sox are the first club to hurl three consecutive complete games in a single postseason since the 1973 NLCS, when the New York Mets' TOM SEAVER, JON MATLACK and JERRY KOOSMAN pitched complete games in the first three efforts of the series (Seaver was a 2-1 loser in Game One and pitched 8.1)...According to Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time three teammates earned the win in three consecutive complete games since the 1968 World Series when Detroit's MICKEY LOLICH (Game Five), DENNY McLAIN (Game Six) and LOLICH (Game 7) won three straight to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals...The three complete games in a single postseason series are the most in one postseason series since the 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the most by an A.L. club in a single postseason series since the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 World Series...According to Elias, the last team to throw four consecutive complete games in a postseason series was the 1956 New York Yankees in the World Series against Brooklyn...In that series, WHITEY FORD (Game 3), TOM STURDIVANT (Game 4), DON LARSEN (perfect Game 5), and BOB TURLEY (Game 6) each hurled four consecutive complete game efforts...The last team to thrown four complete games in a single postseason was the 1969 Orioles.

CHICAGO STARTERS: Chicago starters have pitched at least 8.0 innings in each of the first four games of this series...Starters have worked all but 0.2 of the 36 innings in this series...Chicago starters have posted a 2.04 era (8 er/35.1 ip) in four games...The Sox starters are the first four starting pitchers to work at least 8.0 innings in four consecutive postseason games within one series since the 1963 Dodgers in the World Series against the Yankees, with SANDY KOUFAX (Games 1 and 4, 9 ip), JOHNNY PODRES (Game 2, 8.1 ip) and DON DRYSDALE (Game 3, 9 ip)...Not since the 1956 World Series featuring the Yankees (see above note on complete games) has a club featured five consecutive starts of at least 8.0 innings in length within a single postseason series.

THREE WINS IN A ROW: For the second time in their postseason history, the White Sox have won three straight playoff games, previously sweeping the Red Sox, three games to none, in the 2005 ALDS...This marks the 5th time in the last 8 years that a club has won 3 straight ALCS games...The last team to win 4 straight LCS games was the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS...In LCS history (38 series), a team has won 4 straight games five times...The Angels won 4 straight in 2002 after losing the opener to Minnesota....The other three series featuring 4 straight wins were LCS sweeps (1988, Oakland over Boston; 1990, Oakland over Boston; 1995: Atlanta over Cincinnati)...The Angels have never lost more than 3 playoff games in a row (4 times, including recent streak)...

GOING FOR THREE IN A ROW ON THE ROAD: Only 3 times in LCS play has a club won three successive games of a series on the road...All three have gone on to win the World Series...In postseason history, 10 teams have won three successive road games of a Series, Games 3-5, unless noted:

2001 NLCSArizonaat Atlanta1961 WSNew York (A)at Cincinnati
1996 WSNew York (A)at Atlanta1949 WSNew York (A)at Brooklyn
1996 ALCSNew York (A)at Baltimore1942 WSSt. Louisat New York (A)
1991 ALCSMinnesotaat Toronto1941 WSNew York (A)at Brooklyn
1983 WSBaltimoreat Philadelphia1903 WSBostonat Pittsburgh (Games 5-7)

LACKING FIREPOWER: Through three games, the Angels are batting .177 (22-124) with six extra base hits, the fewest number of extra base hits in ALCS play since Oakland collected 4 in 4 games of the 1990 ALCS...The average would be the lowest team figure in an LCS series of any length since the 1984 Royals hit .170 (18-106) as a club in a 3-game sweep to the Tigers...The 8 runs scored in the first 4 games of the series are the fewest totaled by a team in the first 4 LCS games since Minnesota scored 7 runs in the first 4 games against the Angels of the 2002 ALCS...

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: The Angels pay tribute to their past today with former Angels All-Stars DOUG DECINCES and BOBBY GRICH throwing out today's ceremonial first pitch...Both were members of the 1982 and 1986 California Angels playoff teams.

JOSE CONTREREAS (0-1, 3.24) will be making his second start of this series in Game Five, and third of this postseason, taking the loss in Game 1 (8.1 ip, 7 h, 3 r-er, 1 hr, 1 bp, 4 so), a 3-2 Angels win...Surrendered a solo home run to GARRET ANDERSON in the 2nd inning and 2 runs in the 3rd inning on an RBI single by ORLANDO CABRERA and a fielder's choice by VLADIMIR GUERRERO...Is 1-1, 2.81 (5 er/16 ip) this postseason...Including the Game 1 defeat, Contreras is 0-3, 4.74 (13 er/24.1 ip) lifetime against the Angels...He is 0-2, 9.00 (10 er/10 ip) in his career at Angel Stadium...Contreras' 11 regular season wins since the All-Star Break tied ANDY PETTITE for most in the major leagues in that span.

PAUL BYRD (0-0, 9.82) is making his 3rd postseason start, his 2nd of this series, earning the win in Game One (6+ ip, 5 h, 2 r-er, 1 bb, 1 so, 1 hr, 1 hp)...Threw 73 pitches...Is 6-2, 4.45 (28 er/56.2 ip) in 8 career games against the White Sox...Here at Angel Stadium, was 6-3, 3.69 (41 er/100 ip) in 15 games this season.

CONTRERAS and BYRD will be meeting for the 3rd time this season, with both squaring off in a 10-7 Angels win on June 1 at U.S. Cellular...Byrd (6 ip, 6 h, 5 r) earned the win, Contreras took no decision (6 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 2 er).

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