2004 October

1st     The Mariners defeat the Rangers, 8-3, as Ichiro Suzuki gets 3 hits to give him a new ML-record 259 for the season. The old mark of 257 was set by George Sisler 84 years ago. Suzuki’s single in the 1st inning was the 919th hit of his career to break Bill Terry’s record for most hits over a four-year span.

2ndSteve Finley’s walk off grand slam caps a 7-run 9th inning rally to give the Dodgers a 7-3 win over the Giants and the NL West title.

The Angels clinch the AL West title with a 5-4 win over the Athletics.

The Marlins down the Phillies, 4-3, hours after Larry Bowa is fired as Philadelphia’s manager.

Josh Fogg (11-10) goes 6 innings as the Pirates beat the Reds, 3-1. Todd Van Poppel gives up 3 runs in 5 innings to finish the year with a 6.09 ERA and a career ERA of 5.58. His 5.58 moves him ahead of Pat Mahomes (5.47) for the highest ERA for any pitcher with 300 or more appearances in the bigs.

Shawn Estes goes 4 innings, his shortest start in the past 27, as his Rockies lose to the Astros, 9-3.  Houston rockets 6 home runs, 2 each by Jeff Kent and Craig Biggio.

3rd  In the final Expos game, in New York, Tom Glavine wins his 11th, going 6 innings as the Mets stop Montreal, 8-1. Todd Zeile, in his last ML at bat, belts a 3-run homer. After Endy Chavez grounds out for the final out, long-time Expos Frenchannouncer Jacques Doucet signs off for the final time with these words: “I thank you all for being there. . . and if by chance our paths should ever cross upon the street, within the shopping mall, or by the lakeside on a fishing trip, I will be honored to reach out and shake your hand, proud baseball devotee, proud Expos fan.”

At Busch, the Cardinals down the Brewers, 9-4. Ray Lankford hits a 2-run pinch homer in his last ML at bat, and Albert Pujols scores twice to push his lead in that department to 133. Lyle Overbay has a pair of doubles to move 2 ahead of Pujols for the NL lead.

4thThe Mariners fire Bob Melvin as their manager.

5thThe Twins shut out the Yankees behind Johan Santana, 2-0, to take the opener of their Division Series. Minnesota turns a postseason-record 5 DPs in the contest and Jacque Jones hits a HR.

The Red Sox take the opener of their Division Series against the Angels behind Chuck Schilling, 9-3. Boston scores 7 runs in the 4th inning to break open the game. Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar homer for the Sox, while Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus connect for Anaheim.

The Cardinals clout 5 HRs to tie the NL record for a postseason game and go on to defeat the Dodgers, 8-3, in the game 1 of their Division Series. Larry Walker homers twice, while Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, and Mike Matheny hit one round-tripper apiece for St. Louis. Tom Wilson hits a solo blast for LA in the 9th. Woody Williams gets the victory while Odalis Perez is charged with the loss.

6thThe Yankees edge the Twins, 7-6, in 12 innings to even their Division Series at a game apiece. Alex Rodriguez gets 4 hits for NY, including a HR. Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield also homer for the Bronx Bombers while Torii Hunter connects for Minnesota.

The Red Sox take a 2-to-0 lead in their Division Series with the Angels with an 8-3 victory behind Pedro Martinez. Jason Varitek homers for Boston.

The Astros down the Braves, 9-3, behind Roger Clemens. Carlos Beltran, Jason Lane, Lance Berkman, and Brad Ausmus homer to lead the Houston attack. Andruw Jones also homers for Atlanta.

7thThe Cardinals again down the Dodgers by a score of 8-3 to take a 2-to-0 lead in their division Series. Mike Matheny drives in 4 runs for St. Louis, while Milton Bradley, Shawn Green, and Jason Werth all homer for LA.

The Braves even their Division Series against Houston with a 4-2 win in 11 innings. Rafael Furcal’s walkoff homer is the deciding blow. Raul Chavez and Jeff Bagwell clout round-trippers for the Astros.

The Cubs fine OF Sammy Sosa $87,400 (one day’s pay) for arriving late and leaving early at the Cubs’ regular-season finale at Wrigley Field on Sunday. This incident leads to speculation that he’s going to be on the trading block.

8thThe Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for NY while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.

The Red Sox complete a 3-game sweep over the Angels in their Division Series on David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff HR in the bottom of the 10th inning. Vladimir Guerrero brings Anaheim back from a 6-1 deficit with a grand slam in the 7th inning, but Ortiz’s 4th hit of the game wins it for Boston.

9thThe Yankees finish off the Twins with a come-from-behind 6-5 win in 11 innings to win their Division Series. Ruben Sierra’s 3-run HR ties the game in the 8th inning and Alex Rodriguez scores the winning run on a wild pitch. Henry Blanco homers for Minnesota.

The Astros move a game up on the Braves in their Division Series with an 8-5 win. Carlos Beltran’s homer paces Houston while Andruw Jones and Johnny Estrada connect for Atlanta.

The Dodgers stave off elimination in their Division Series with the Cardinals behind Jose Lima’s 5-hit shutout, winning by a score of 4-0. Shawn Green hits a pair of homers to pace LA.

10th   Houston blows a 3-run lead and loses to Atlanta, 6-5, to even their Division Series at 2 games apiece. Adam LaRoche’s 3-run homer in the 6th inning ties the score at 5-5, and J.D. Drew’s single in the 9th wins it for the Braves. Craig Biggio hits a HR for the Astros.

The Cardinals top the Dodgers, 6-2, to win their Division Series and move on to the NLCS. Jeff Suppan hurls 7 innings of 2-hit ball for St. Louis. Albert Pujols and Reggie Sanders homer for the Cardinals, and Jason Werth for LA.

11thThe Houston Astros move on to the NLCS for the first time in their history, defeating the Braves, 12-3, to take their Division Series. Carlos Beltran is the hero for Houston with 4 hits, including 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs. Jeff Bagwell also homers for the Astros, while Johnny Estrada and Rafael Furcal connect for Atlanta.

Ken Caminiti, the 1996 NL MVP, dies at 41.  After he stopped playing Caminiti admitted in a cover article in Sports Illustrated that he used steroids.

12thThe Yankees take the opening game of the ALCS with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. NY almost blows an 8-0 lead, but holds on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui (5 RBIs). Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.

13th   The Yankees go up 2-to-0 over the Red Sox with a 3-1 win. Jon Lieber gets the victory with John Olerud’s 2-run homer in the 6th inning the key blow.

The Cardinals trounce the Astros, 10-7, in the opener of the NLCS. Albert Pujols homers for St. Louis, while Mike Lamb, Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent, and Carlos Beltran all connect in a losing cause for Houston.

14thThe Cardinals use the long ball to go one up in their NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Astros. Scott Rolen hit a pair of HRs, with Albert Pujols and Larry Walker also connecting for St. Louis. Morgan Ensberg and Carlos Beltran homer for Houston.

16th   Roger Clemens keeps Houston’s hopes alive in the NLCS with a 5-2 win over St. Louis. Lance Berkman, Carlos Beltran, and Jeff Kent homer for the Astros; Jim Edmonds and Larry Walker connect for the Cardinals.

The Yankees maul the Red Sox, 19-8, to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for NY with 5 hits, 5 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Four of the hits are for extra bases, which ties the post-season record. Alex Rodriguez also score 5 for the Yankees. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of HRs, and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homer for Boston.

17th   The Red Sox stay alive in the ALCS with a 6-4, 12 inning win over the Yankees. David Ortiz’s 2-run walkoff homer wins it in the 12th after the Sox tied the score off Mariano Rivera in the 9th. Ortiz drives home 4 runs for Boston, while Alex Rodriguez homers for NY.

The Astros tie the NLCS match with the Cardinals with a 6-5 victory. Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman homer for Houston, and Albert Pujols for St. Louis. Beltran’s blast makes 5 consecutive post-season games in which he has homered for a new record.

18thThe Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in 14 innings to force a Game 6 of their ALCS. David Ortiz again is the hero, driving home the winning run with a bloop single. Ortiz also homers, as does Bernie Williams for NY.

The Astros win their 3rd in a row, shutting out St. Louis 3-0 on Jeff Kent’s 9th inning walkoff HR. The Cardinals manage only 1 hit off Brandon Backe (8 innings) and Brad Lidge (1 inning)—Tony Womack’s single in the 6th.

19thIn another thriller, the Red Sox even their ALCS with the Yankees by defeating the Yankees by a score of 4-2. Chuck Schilling pitches 7 solid innings for Boston, while Mark Bellhorn hits a HR. Bernie Williams homers for the Yanks.

20thThe Red Sox defeat the Yankees, 10-3, to become the first team in history to come back from a 3-to-0 deficit and win a postseason series. Johnny Damon is the hero for Boston with a pair of HRs, including a grand slam, and 6 RBI. David Ortiz and Mark Bellhorn also homer for the Sox.

The Cardinals tie their NLCS with the Astros with a 6-4, 12-inning victory. Jim Edmonds’ walkoff HR is the deciding blow. Albert Pujols also homer for St. Louis, while Mike Lamb connects for Houston.

The Seattle Mariners name Mike Hargrove as their manager.

21st    The Cardinals advance to the WS with a 5-2 win in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Astros. Scott Rolen homers for St. Louis, while Craig Biggio connects for Houston.

23rd   The Red Sox take the opener of the WS with an 11-9 win over the Cardinals. Mark Bellhorn’s 2-run 8th inning HR is the deciding blow as Boston bounces back after blowing an early 7-2 lead. David Ortiz also homered for the Sox, while Larry Walker connected for St. Louis.

24th   Boston takes a 2-game lead in the WS with a 6-2 win over St. Louis in Game 2. Curt Schilling gets the win for the Red Sox. Orlando Cabrera, Mark Bellhorn, and Jason Varitek each drive in a pair of runs.

26th   The Red Sox win Game 3 of the WS with a 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Pedro Martinez hurls 7 shut out innings for Boston to put St. Louis in a 3-games-to-0 hole. Manny Ramirez homers and drives in a pair of runs for the Sox, while Larry Walker hits one out for the Cards.

27th  The Red Sox win their first WS in 86 years with a 3-0 victory over the Cardinals behind Derek Lowe. Johnny Damon hits a HR for the Sox. Manny Ramirez is voted Series MVP, as he leads Boston to the 4-game sweep with a .412 BA and 4 RBI.