Postseason slugfests galore on MLBN Thursday

June 17th, 2020

There will be no shortage of homers and high-scoring affairs Thursday on MLB Network, when a handful of classic postseason slugfests will be replayed in their entirety.

Here's a closer look at the full schedule (all times ET):

8 a.m.: 2004 American League Championship Series Game 3 -- Yankees vs. Red Sox
After winning the first two games of the 2004 ALCS, the Yankees appeared to all but wrap up the AL pennant with a dominant 19-8 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3. The Yankees' 19 runs remain the second-most in a postseason game in MLB history, trailing only a 23-run outburst by Boston in Game 4 of the 1999 AL Division Series. Hideki Matsui led the way for the Bronx Bombers, going 5-for-6 with two homers, five RBIs and five runs scored. He's the only player in postseason history with at least five hits, five RBIs and five runs in a single game. Gary Sheffield chipped in four hits and four RBIs and Alex Rodriguez had three of New York's 13 extra-base hits. The Red Sox, of course, rallied to win each of the next four games to become the only team in MLB history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

11 a.m.: 1991 World Series Game 5 -- Twins vs. Braves
This one didn't have the makings of a slugfest early on, with the teams exchanging zeroes through the first three innings. Even with David Justice putting the Braves on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, it was still a 5-3 game entering the bottom of the seventh. That all changed when Atlanta put up a six-spot, then followed it up with three more runs in the eighth en route to a 14-5 victory that put the Braves one win away from a World Series title. Minnesota, however, won each of the next two games in walk-off fashion to win the championship.

2 p.m.: 1979 ALCS Game 2 -- Angels vs. Orioles
The Orioles appeared to be cruising toward a Game 2 victory after jumping out to a 9-1 lead through three innings, but the Angels made it interesting late. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray led the way for the O's early, hitting an RBI single in the first inning to put Baltimore on the board before adding a three-run homer in the second. The Orioles' 9-1 lead held until the sixth inning, but the Angels scored one apiece in the sixth and seventh before putting up a three-spot in the eighth to cut it to 9-6. The Halos scored two more in the ninth and had the bases loaded with two outs, but couldn't convert in the 9-8 loss.

5 p.m.: 2007 ALCS Game 2 -- Indians vs. Red Sox
Though this game was a high-scoring affair through nine innings, it took on the slugfest label when the Indians more than doubled their score with a seven-run 11th inning. Knotted at 6-6 at the end of nine, it remained that way until Cleveland's 11th-inning outburst that led to a 13-6 victory to even the series at a game apiece. Boston starter Curt Schilling allowed five runs over 4 2/3 innings, while Eric Gagne, Javier Lopez and Jon Lester combined to allow the seven runs in the 11th. This proved to be par for the course in this series, as the clubs averaged a combined 11.9 runs per game over the seven-game set, capped by the Red Sox scoring double-digit runs in Games 6 and 7 to claim the pennant.

8 p.m.: Fever Pitch
This "Bleacher Features" film, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, centers around a Red Sox superfan (Fallon) who believes finding romance is about as likely as his beloved team winning the World Series -- but that all seems to change when he meets Lindsey Meeks (Barrymore).

10 p.m.: 2000 National League Championship Series Game 4 -- Cardinals vs. Mets
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead courtesy of a Jim Edmonds two-run homer in the top of the first, but the Mets immediately responded in the bottom half. New York started its turn at bat with four consecutive doubles, including an RBI knock by Edgardo Alfonzo and a two-run two-bagger by Robin Ventura. Benny Agbayani later added a fifth double to cap the four-run frame, and the Mets scored three more runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead en route to a 10-6 victory. The Mets scored their 10 runs on just nine hits, all but one of which came in the first two innings.