1987 October

1st  Danny Cox pitches a 5-hitter and the Cardinals beat the Expos 8–2 to clinch the NL East championship.

      Mike Aldrete has a 6th inning single for San Francisco’s only hit as they lose to Bob Welsh and the Dodgers, 7-0.

      The Braves steal 7 bases—6 against catcher Ronn Reynolds—but the Astros steal a 6-5 win with a run in the 9th inning. Reynolds leaves the game in the 4th inning after being injured in a collision when the Braves pull off a triple steal by Jeff Blauser, Ken Oberkfell and Gerald Perry.

2ndScotti Madison has 3 doubles and Danny Tartabull hits a grand slam as Kansas City beats the Twins, 6-3. Brett Saberhagen goes the distance for his 18th win. Kirby Puckett is 4-for-4 and will lead the AL with 207 hits.

      Tracy Jones drives in 5 runs and Dave Collins scores 5 as the Reds come from behind to beat Houston, 12-7. Collins is 3-for-3 with two walks and from yesterday’s game through tomorrow will reach base 12 straight times, tying a club record. Despite giving up 6 runs in 5 innings, Dennis Rasmussen improves to 4-1.

3rd  Benito Santiago goes 0-for-3 against Orel Hershiser in San Diego’s 1–0 win over Los Angeles, ending his ML-rookie-record hitting streak at 34 consecutive games. Santiago’s streak is also the longest ever by a catcher. The win snaps the Padres’ 9-game losing streak.

      At Anaheim, Wally Joyner clubs three solo homers and Devon White has 3 hits and 3 stolen bases as California stops the Indians, 12-5. Joyner has a record tying 4 homers in October. For Cleveland, it is their 101st loss of the year.

4th  On the last day of the regular season, Detroit beats 2nd-place Toronto 1–0 at Tiger Stadium to win the AL East title. The Tigers were one game behind the Blue Jays entering their 3-game season-ending showdown, and won each game by a single run (4–3, 3–2, and 1–0). Frank Tanana outduels Jimmy Key in the finale, and Larry Herndon’s 2nd-inning home run provides the game’s only run.

      Boston’s Roger Clemens closes out his season with a 2-hit, 12-strikeout, 4–0 win over the Brewers, improving his record to 20-9. Chris Bosio is the loser.

6th  St. Louis takes the NLCS opener 5–3 over the Giants behind the hitting and pitching of Greg Mathews.

7th  San Francisco’s Dave Dravecky shuts out St. Louis 5–0 to even the NL series.

In the ALCS opener, Gary Gaetti’s 2 HRs are the difference in Minnesota’s 8–5 win over Detroit at home.

8th  Minnesota wins again as Bert Blyleven beats the Bengals ace Jack Morris, 6–3.

9th  Trailing 4–0, the Cardinals rally to down the Giants 6–5 at Candlestick.

10th  Jeffrey Leonard sets a playoff record with a home run in his 4th consecutive game, sparking the Giants to a 4–2 win over the Cardinals that evens the NLCS at 2 games apiece. Leonard’s 4 home runs tie the record for most home runs in one LCS shared by Bob Robertson and Steve Garvey.

      Leading 5–0, the Tigers rally to beat the Twins 7–6.

11th  Minnesota takes a 3-1 edge with a 5–3 win at Detroit.

The Giants take a 3-2 lead in the series, defeating the Cards 6-3.

12th  Minnesota beats Detroit 9–5 in game 5 of the ALCS to wrap up its first AL championship since 1965. 3B Gary Gaetti is named MVP.

      The Reds fire GM Bill Bergesch and will replace him tomorrow with Murray Cook, who had most recently been GM of the Expos.

13th  John Tudor and 2 relievers shut down the Giants 1–0 to even the NLCS at 3-3.

14th  Danny Cox pitches the Cardinals’ 2nd consecutive shutout 6–0 over the Giants in game 7 of the NLCS, to send St. Louis to the World Series for the 3rd time in the 1980s. Giants OF Jeffrey Leonard (.417, 4 HRs) is named series MVP.

17th  In the first indoor World Series game ever (at Minnesota’s Metrodome), Dan Gladden’s grand slam caps a 7-run 4th inning and leads the Twins to a 10–1 win over St. Louis in game one. It is the first World Series grand slam since 1970.

18th  The Twins win their 2nd straight WS game 8–4, tallying 7 runs in the 4th inning. Bush’s bases loaded double is the inning’s big blow to back Bert Blyleven’s 7 innings of solid pitching.

19th  Billy Martin is named manager of the Yankees for a bizarre 5th time, replacing Lou Piniella, who replaced Martin, and who is “promoted” to general manager. Piniella led the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 1987, 4th in the AL East.

20th  The Cards get all their runs in the 7th off reliever Juan Berenguer to win 3–1 in game 3.

21st  With the help of a 3-run HR by the unlikely Tom Lawless—2 hits all season, St. Louis wins 7–2 to even the WS. The Cards score 6 in the 4th inning.

22nd  Danny Cox gives the Redbirds a 4–2 victory in game 5. Ford singles off Blyleven with the sacks full in the 6th to break a scoreless tie.

      Sachio Kinugasa, the Ironman of Japanese baseball, plays the final game of his 23-year career.  Kinugasa never missed a game from October 19, 1970 through today’s game, a streak of 2215 consecutive games played.  He broke in with the Hiroshima Carp in 1965.

24th  In the 6th  frame, Kent Hrbek belts the Twins 2nd grand slam of the World Series to lead a comeback from a 5–2 deficit, and the Twins win game 6, 11–5 to even the series at 3 games apiece. The home team has won all 6 games, with game 7 to be played in Minnesota tomorrow. Today’s match is a last day game in the WS.

25th  Series MVP Frank Viola and reliever Jeff Reardon hold the Cardinals to 6 hits as the Twins capture game seven 4–2 to win their first World Championship in Minnesota. The franchise’s last World Championship came in 1924 as the Washington Senators.

28th  Saying “I’ve needed a baseball man at my side,” Phils president Bill Giles hires Woody Woodward. Giles had acted as GM.

29th  Dallas Green unexpectedly resigns as president and general manager of the Cubs, citing “philosophical differences” with the Tribune Company, which owns the club.