2ndThe Braves beat the Padres, 7–2, behind Pete Smith’s 6+ innings. Smith ends his one winning ML season (out of 9) at a perfect 7–0, after a 7–4 stint at Richmond.
Mariners pitcher Dave Fleming scatters 8 hits in winning his 17th game, 2-0, over the White Sox. The loss goes to Charlie Hough, his 10th straight loss to Seattle.
3rd In a battle of also-rans at Fenway Park, the Red Sox trip the Yankees, 7–5, with the win going to Gardner, who throws 6 2/3 innings of relief. Cooper and Plantier hits HRs for the Sox, who end the season’s power outage with 84 home runs. Except for the strike year of ’94, this is the only season since 1945 the Sox have not reached 100 dingers. Slugger Jack Clark drops from 28 to 5 road homers this year.
At Milwaukee, the A’s knock the 2nd place Brewers out of the race, beating them, 10–3. The A’s, first in the AL West, knock 4 homers including Mark McGwire’s 42nd. Ricky Bones lasts just 1 1/3 innings and takes the loss. Mike Moore wins his 17th.
4th Juan Gonzales has 3 hits, including his AL-high 43rd homer, one better than McGwire, to pace the Rangers to 9–5 win over California. Dean Palmer also homers, both coming off Bert Blyleven, to help Kevin Brown win his 21st.
Greg Litton, pinch hitting in the 13th for Dave Righetti, hits a pinch grand slam to give the Giants a 6-2 win over the visiting Reds. It is the latest pinch slam in ML history.
The Pirates top the Mets, 2–0, behind rookie Tim Wakefield (8-1).
6th The Braves win the opening game of the NLCS with a 5–1 victory over the Pirates. John Smoltz gets the win and Jeff Blauser homers for Atlanta. Ron Gant of the Braves sets a major league record by successfully stealing his 9th consecutive post-season base.
The Reds accept the resignation of manager Lou Piniella. He will be replaced by Tony Perez on October 30th.
7th The A’s win the opening game of the ALCS with a 4–3 victory over the Blue Jays. All but one of the game’s runs are scored by homers, as Mark McGwire, Terry Steinbach and Harold Baines connect for Oakland, and Dave Winfield and Pat Borders for Toronto.
The Braves take a 2–0 lead in the NLCS with a 13–5 pounding of the Pirates. Ron Gant hits a grand slam for Atlanta, the first of his big league career.
8th The Blue Jays even the ALCS at 1 game apiece with a 3–1 win over the A’s. Kelly Gruber’s 2–run HR in the 5th inning is the decisive blow, as David Cone records the victory.
9th Rookie Tim Wakefield hurls Pittsburgh to a 3–2 victory over the Braves, giving the Pirates their first win in the NLCS. He is the first rookie to start an NL playoff game since Philadelphia’s Charles Hudson in 1983. Ron Gant homers for the Braves, but Andy Van Slyke’s sac fly in the 7th provides the margin of victory.
10th The Blue Jays defeat the A’s, 7–5, behind the pitching of Juan Guzman and HRs by Kelly Gruber and Candy Maldonado. Toronto takes the lead in the ALCS by a 2–1 margin.
The Braves take a 3–1 lead in the NLCS, defeating the Pirates, 6–4, behind the hitting, baserunning and pitching of John Smoltz. Smoltz, who had 2 singles and a stolen base, becomes the first NL pitcher to win his first 4 playoff starts.
Mike Ilitch of Little Caesar’s Pizza buys the Detroit Tigers from Tom Monaghan of Domino’s Pizza.
11th The Blue Jays win their 3rd game in a row, defeating the A’s, 7–6, in 11 innings after trailing 6–1 through 8. Roberto Alomar’s 2-run HR ties the game in the 9th, and John Olerud has 4 hits for Toronto.
Pittsburgh P Bob Walk stops the Braves on 3 hits to give the Pirates a 7–1 win in Game 5 of the NLCS. Braves P Steve Avery fails to make it past the 1st inning, marking the quickest exit by a hurler in the NL playoffs since Pittsburgh’s Bob Moose in 1972.
12th Dave Stewart stops Toronto on 8 hits, and reserve IF Jerry Browne strokes 4 himself, as the A’s avoid elimination with a 6–2 win in Game 5 of the ALCS. Ruben Sierra and Dave Winfield homer in the contest.
13th The Pirates even the NLCS at 3 games apiece with a 13–4 rout of the Braves. Tim Wakefield wins his 2nd game of the series. Bobby Bonds and Lloyd McClendon each have 2 hits in Pittsburgh’s 8–run 2nd inning to tie a playoff record.
The Mariners fire manager Bill Plummer.
14th The Blue Jays win the ALCS with a 9–2 victory over Oakland, becoming the first Canadian team to advance to the WS. Joe Carter and Candy Maldonado bash HRs for Toronto while Juan Guzman gets the win.
The Braves come from behind to defeat the Pirates, 3–2, to win the NLCS. Down 2–0 to Doug Drabek entering the 9th, The decisive blow comes with 2 outs, as seldom-used 3rd-string C Francisco Cabrera drives in the tying and winning runs with a pinch-hit single. John Smoltz, who works 6 strong innings without a decision, is named the series MVP.
16th Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in Denver for Coors Field, the future home of the Colorado Rockies.
17th C Damon Berryhill hits a 3-run HR in the 6th inning to give the Braves a 3–1 victory in Game 1 of the WS. The pitching matchup of Tom Glavine and Jack Morris is the first time that a pair of 20–game winners starts the opening game of a WS since 1969. Glavine goes all the way for the win, while Joe Carter homers for the only Toronto run.
18th The Blue Jays even the WS with a 5–4 win over the Braves. Pinch-hitter Ed Sprague’s 2–run HR in the top of the 9th proves to be the margin of victory, marking just the 2nd time in WS history that a 9th-inning HR turns a losing margin into a winning one. The other was Kirk Gibson’s homer in the 1988 Series.
20th The Blue Jays take the WS lead with a 3–2 win over Atlanta on Candy Maldonado’s bases–loaded single in the 9th inning. Duane Ward gets credit for the victory in relief of Juan Guzman, and Joe Carter and Kelly Gruber homer for Toronto. In the 4th inning, Blue Jays’ OF Devon White’s sensational catch nearly results in a triple play. Atlanta OF Deion Sanders was ruled safe on the play, but replays show he should have been the 3rd out. Braves manager is ejected from the game in the 9th, becoming the first manager to be thrown out of a Series game since 1985. By starting in RF, Toronto’s Joe Carter becomes the first player to start the first 3 games of a WS at 3 different positions. He started Game 1 at 1B and Game 2 in LF.
21st Toronto takes a 3–1 lead in the Series with a 2–1 victory in Game 4. Jimmy Key gets the victory and Pat Borders homers for the Blue Jays. It marks a record 10 straight post season games in which Toronto has hit a HR.
22nd The Braves cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 3–2 with a 7–2 win in Game 5. John Smoltz gets the win, with Lonnie Smith’s 5th-inning grand slam being the big blow for Atlanta.
Former Dodger and Yankee broadcaster Red Barber dies at age 84 in Florida of pneumonia and other complications following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.
23rd Florida hires Rene Lachemann as the team’s first manager.
24th The Blue Jays clinch their first WS championship with a 4–3 win over Atlanta in Game 6. Dave Winfield’s 2–out, 2–run double in the top of the 11th gives Toronto a 4–2 lead. The Braves score a run in the bottom half of the inning and have the tying run on third when the final out is made. Jimmy Key wins the game in relief, and Candy Maldonado homers for the Blue Jays. Toronto C Pat Borders, with a .450 BA, is named Series MVP.
26th The Rangers hire Kevin Kennedy as manager.
The Mets trade P Wally Whitehurst, OF D.J. Dozier, and a player to be named to the Padres in exchange for SS Tony Fernandez.
27th The Rockies hire Don Baylor as the team’s first manager.