2002 October

1st  The Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and defeat the Angels, 8–5, in the first game of their division series. Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams, and Rondell White all homer for NY while Troy Glaus hits a pair of HRs for Anaheim. Steve Karsay gets the win in relief. This is the Angels first time in the playoffs since 1986, but hey face the same starting pitcher today as they did in their last playoff appearance: Roger Clemens.

The Cardinals pound Randy Johnson for 6 runs in 6 innings and go on to defeat Arizona, 12–2, in the opener of their division series. Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen homer for St. Louis while Matt Morris gets the victory.

In a sloppily played game, the Twins bounce back from a 5–1 deficit to beat Oakland by a score of 7–5 in their division series opener. Corey Koskie and Doug Mientkiewicz go deep for Minnesota and Brad Radke gets credit for the win.

The Mets fire manager Bobby Valentine. In Texas, the Rangers do the same to manager Jerry Narron.

2ndThe Angels even their series with the Yankees at 1 game apiece by coming from behind to take an 8–6 decision. Anaheim gets HRs from Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Troy Glaus, and Scott Spiezio while Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter stroke round–trippers for NY. Francisco Rodriguez gets his first ML win in relief.

The Giants shock the Braves by pounding Tom Glavine for 6 runs in 5 innings on their way to an 8–5 win in the first game of their division series. Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez homer in the 8th to make the game close, but Robb Nen comes in to save the game for starter Russ Ortiz.

The Athletics pummel the Twins, 9–1, to even their division series at 1 game each. Christian Guzman homers for Minnesota’s run while Eric Chavez hits a round–tripper for Oakland. Mark Mulder gets the win with 6 strong innings for the A’s.

The Brewers fire manager Jerry Royster.

Alex Cabrera hits his 55th HR of the season, off Osaka reliever Akira Okamoto, to tie the Japanese League record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by Tuffy Rhodes last year. Like Rhodes, Cabrera will see few good pitches for the remaining games.

3rdThe Cardinals take a commanding 2 games to none lead in their series with the Diamondbacks by eking out a 2–1 victory. JD Drew homers for St. Louis and Jeff Fassero gets the win in relief.

The Braves defeat the Giants, 7–3, to even their series at 1 game apiece. Kevin Millwood hurls 6 strong innings for the victory while Javy Lopez and Vinny Castilla support his pitching with HRs. Rich Aurilia, Barry Bonds, and JD Snow all homer in a losing cause for SF.

4thThe Yankees blow a 6–1 lead as the Angels bounce back for a 9–6 victory and a 2-to-1 game lead in their division series. Tim Salmon and Adam Kennedy homer for Anaheim and Francisco Rodriguez again gets the win in relief.

The A’s hit 4 HRs and Barry Zito hurls the club to a 6–3 win over the Twins to give Oakland a 2 games to 1 lead in their division series. Ray Durham hits an inside–the–park homer to open the game and Scott Hatteberg follows with another round–tripper. Jermaine Dye and Terrance Long also homer for Oakland.

5thThe Angels shock the Yankees by scoring 8 runs in the 5th inning and going on to a 9–5 victory. The win give Anaheim its first postseason series victory ever, as they win their divisional matchup, 3 games to 1. Shawn Wooten homers for Anaheim while Jorge Posada adds a round–tripper for NY. Jarrod Washburn gets the victory for the Angels.

The Cardinals oust the defending world champion Diamondbacks by taking a 6–3 win to sweep into the NLCS. David Dellucci and Rod Barajas homer for Arizona, but it’s not enough to stop St. Louis. Jeff Fassero picks up his second win of the series in relief.

The Braves take a 2–1 lead in their series with SF by pounding the Giants, 10–2. Keith Lockhart homers for Atlanta and Barry Bonds for SF. Greg Maddux goes the first 6 innings for the victory.

The Twins even their series with the A’s behind Eric Milton, winning by a score of 11–2. Doug Mientkiewicz homers for Minnesota and Miguel Tejada for Oakland.

6thThe Twins defeat the A’s, 5–4, to take their division series and move on to the ALCS against the Anaheim Angels. Brad Radke wins his second game of the series for Minnesota while being backed by AJ Pierzynski’s HR. Ray Durham and Mark Ellis homer for Oakland in a losing cause. The Twins win comes one month to the day after they ended Oakland’s 20–game winning streak.

The Giants even their division series at 2 games apiece by defeating the Braves, 8–3. Livan Hernandez gets the win while Tom Glavine takes his second loss in the series. Rich Aurilia homers for SF.

7thThe Giants beat the Braves, 3–1, to move on to the NLCS against St. Louis. Russ Ortiz gets his second win of the series while Barry Bonds hits HR number 3.

8thThe Twins take the opener of the ALCS, defeating the Angels, 2–1, behind 8 innings of 4–hit pitching by Joe Mays. Corey Koskie and AJ Pierzynski drove in runs for Minnesota.

9thThe Angels jump out to a 4–0 lead then hold on to defeat the Twins, 6–3, to even the ALCS at a game apiece. Russ Ortiz’s pitching is backed by HRs by Darin Erstad and Brad Fullmer.

Kirk Reuter hurls the Giants to a 9–6 win over the Cardinals in the opener of the NLCS. Kenny Lofton, Benito Santiago, and David Bell homer for SF while Albert Pujols, Miguel Cairo, and JD Drew connect for St. Louis.

The Tigers name Alan Trammell as their new manager.

10thThe Giants take a 2–games–to–0 lead in the NLCS with a 4–1 win over the Cardinals. Jason Schmidt pitches shutout ball into the 8th inning while SS Rich Aurilia drives home 3 of SF’s runs with a pair of HRs.

11thThe Angels defeat the Twins, 2–1, to take the lead in the ALCS. Troy Glaus’ 8th inning HR is the deciding blow. Jarrod Washburn hurls 7 strong innings for Anaheim, with Francisco Rodriguez getting the win in relief.

The Rangers sign Buck Showalter as their new manager, giving him a four-year contract.

12thThree Cardinals HRs help St. Louis to a 5–4 win over the Giants, who lead their NLCS by 2 games to 1. Jim Edmonds, Eli Marerro, and Mike Matheny clout round–trippers for the Cards while Barry Bonds adds one for SF. Chuck Finley gets the win for St. Louis.

The Angels take a commanding 3–games–to–1 lead over the Twins in the ALCS with a 7–1 victory. Rookie John Lackey hurls 7 3–hit shutout innings for Anaheim to get the win. Brad Fullmer and Bengie Molina each drive in a pair of runs for the Angels.

13thThe Angels score 10 runs in the 7th inning on their way to a 13–5 win over the Twins to give Anaheim its first pennant in the team’s history. Adam Kennedy is the hero for Anaheim with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. Scott Spiezio also homers for the Angels, with Francisco Rodriguez getting the win in relief.

The Giants defeat the Cardinals, 4–3, to move within 1 game of the World Series. Benito Santiago’s 2–run HR in the 8th inning is the deciding blow. Tim Worrell wins the game in relief for the Giants.

14thThe Giants beat the Cardinals, 2–1, to take the NLCS and move on to the World Series against Anaheim. Kenny Lofton’s base hit in the bottom of the 9th scores David Bell with the winning run. Tim Worrell gets the win in relief for SF.

19thThe Giants take the WS opener with a 4–3 win over the Angels. Barry Bonds, Reggie Sanders, and JT Snow homer for SF as Jason Schmidt gets the win. Troy Glaus hits a pair of round–trippers for Anaheim.

20thThe Angels even the Series with an 11–10 win over the Giants. Tim Salmon goes 4–4 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs for Anaheim. Reggie Sanders, David Bell, Jeff Kent, and Barry Bonds connect for SF. Postseason sensation Francisco Rodriguez gets the win in relief.

22ndThe Angels pound out 16 hits in a 10–4 win over the Giants. Ramon Ortiz goes 5 innings for the victory. Rich Aurilia and Barry Bonds homer for SF while Scott Spiezio drives in 3 runs for Anaheim.

Cleveland 1B Jim Thome is announced as the winner of the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on and off the field.

23rdDavid Bell drives home a run in the bottom half of the 8th inning to lead the Giants to a 4–3 victory to even the Series at two games apiece. Troy Glaus homers for Anaheim and Tim Worrell gets the win in relief for the Giants.

24thThe Giants stroke 16 hits in a 16–4 rout of Anaheim in Game 5 of the WS. Jeff Kent hits a pair of HRs and drives home 4 runs for the Giants while Rich Aurilia also hits a round–tripper. Chad Zerbe gets the win in relief.

26thWith the Giants leading 5–0 after 6 1/2 innings, the Angels score 3 runs in the 7th and 3 more in the 8th to come away with a 6–5 victory that evens the Series at 3 games apiece. Scott Spiezio hits a 3–run homer for Anaheim while Darin Erstad also connects. Brendan Donnelly gets the win in relief. Shawon Dunston and Barry Bonds homer for SF.

27thThe Angels win their first WS ever as they defeat the Giants, 4–1, in Game 7. Rookie John Lackey gets the Series–clinching win. Garret Anderson’s bases loaded double in the 3rd inning scores 3 runs for Anaheim. Troy Glaus is named Series MVP.

28thThe Mets name former Oakland manager Art Howe as their new skipper.

Lou Piniella is named manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Mariners send SS Antonio Perez to Tampa Bay for OF Randy Winn as part of the compensation package.

29th  The Athletics name coach Ken Macha as their new manager, replacing Art Howe.

The Indians name Eric Wedge as their new manager. At 35, he is the youngest manager in the ML.

The Brewers name Ned Yost as their new manager.

31stThe Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association votes 9–6 to prohibit the use of metal bats in the state high school tournament in 2003. Twenty five of 40 leagues will switch to wood for the regularly season. The state is the first to outlaw metal bats.