2005 October

1st      The Yankees clinch their 8thstraight AL East title with an 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Although Boston could still tie NY with a win on Sunday, the Yankees won the season series to ensure them first place in the division. The Yankees and Red Sox both set new home attendance records this season; the Sox passed the three million mark at Fenway for the first time and the Yankees joined the Blue Jays and Rockies as the only teams to draw four million in a season.

2ndThe Phillies defeat the Nationals, 9-3, as Jimmy Rollins hits safely in his 36thconsecutive game. The hit gives him sole possession of the 9th-longest streak in ML history.

The Marlins down the Braves, 7-6, in 10 innings. Juan Pierre gets 5 hits to lead Florida. Following the game, Jack McKeon announces his retirement as manager of the Marlins. McKeon had had problems with his players during the year and at one point faulted relievers Matt Perisho and Nate Bump for a team-wide insurrection. When the two were dumped, Perisho accused McKeon of calling him “Mike” when delivering the news.

The Astros defeat the Cubs, 6-4, to clinch the NL wild card spot in the playoffs. Roy Oswalt wins his 20thgame of the season for Houston.

The Red Sox down the Yankees, 10-1, to clinch the AL wild card spot in the playoffs. The Sox lead the majors in runs scored for the 3rdstraight year: the last team to do it three straight was the Dodgers in 1951-53, and the last AL club to do it was the Red Sox of 1948-50.

Alan Trammell is fired as manager of the Tigers. Tomorrow they name former Pittsburgh skipper Jim Leyland as their new manager.

The Reds cuff Cards starter Matt Morris in the 3rd inning as Felipe Lopez, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns hit consecutive homers to knock him out of the box. Down 5–1, the Cardinals use 8 relievers to emerge with a 7-5 win. Reggie Sanders and Chris Duncan, with his first ML HR, go back-to back in the 5th.

3rdThe Dodgers announce that manager Jim Tracy will step down as manager after five seasons at the helm.

4thThe Yankees score 3 runs in the 1stinning on Robinson Cano’s bases-loaded triple, then hold on for a 4-2 victory over the Angels in the opening game of their Division Series. Mike Mussina gets the win for NY, while Bengie Molina homers in a losing cause for Los Angeles.

The White Sox pound out an ALDS-record 5 HRs, including a pair by A.J. Pierczynski, to rout the Red Sox, 14-2, in the opener of the Division Series. Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe, and Scott Posednik also connect for Chicago, while Jose Contreras gets the win.

The Cardinals down the Padres, 8-5, behind Chris Carpenter to take the first game of their division Series. Reggie Sanders hits a grand slam for St. Louis and sets an NLDS record with 6 RBIs. Jim Edmonds also homers for the Cards and Eric Young connects for SD.

Jon Daniels, 28, succeeds John Hart as the Rangers GM. Tampa Bay will follow suit by hiring 28-year-old Andrew Friedman as GM.

5thOrlando Cabrera’s 2-run single in the 7thinning leads the Angels to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Yankees to even their Division Series at 1 game apiece. Three errors help bury NY. Jorge Posada homers for the Yanks, and Juan Rivera and Bengie Molina connect for Los Angeles. Kelvim Escobar gets the win in relief.

Morgan Ensberg knocks in 5 runs to pace the Astros to a 10-5 win over the Braves in the first game of their Division Series. The win goes to Andy Pettitte, his 14thin postseason play to tie him with John Smoltz for the ML record. Chipper and Andruw Jones each homer for Atlanta.

Tadahito Iguchi hits a 3-run HR to lead the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox and a 2-games-to-0 lead in their Division Series. Tony Graffanino’s error on a potential double play grounder sets the stage for Iguchi’s heroics. Mark Buehrle gets the win for Chicago.

Ken Macha and the Athletics are unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, ending his term as Oakland’s manager.

6thThe Cardinals down the Padres, 6-2, behind Mark Mulder to take a 2-games-to-0 lead over the Padres in their Division Series.

The Braves even their Division Series with the Astros behind John Smoltz, winning 7-1. Rookie Brian McCann’s 3-run HR off Roger Clemens is the big blow for Atlanta. The victory is Smoltz’s 15th in postseason play, breaking a tie with Andy Pettitte for most postseason wins.

7thThe White Sox eliminate the Red Sox with a 5-3 victory to give them a sweep of their Division Series. Freddy Garcia gets the win for Chicago with help from Orlando Hernandez out of the bullpen. Paul Konerko homers for the ChiSox while David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez connect for Boston.

The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rdHR of the series for LA. Garret Anderson—who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs—also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.

8thThe Cardinals clinch their Division Series with the Padres with a 7-4 victory. Matt Morris gets the win and David Eckstein homers for St. Louis. Reggie Sanders drives home 2 runs for the Cards to give him an NLDS record 10. Dave Roberts and Ramon Hernandez homer for SD.

The Astros take Game 3 of their Division Series with the Braves, 7-3, behind Roy Oswalt. Mike Lamb homers for Houston, and Craig Biggio adds 3 hits. Morgan Ensberg and Jason Lane each drive in a pair of runs.

Game 4 of the Yankees-Angels Division Series is postponed because of rain.

9thThe Yankees down the Angels, 3-2, to even their Division Series. Al Leiter gets the win for NY in relief of Shawn Chacon.

Chris Burke’s 18thinning, walkoff HR off Joey Devine ends the longest postseason game in ML history, giving the Astros a 7-6 win over the Braves and moving them into the NLCS. Lance Berkman and Brad Ausmus also homer for Houston, while Adam LaRoche hits a grand slam and Brian McCann a solo blast for the Braves.

10thThe Angels beat the Yankees, 5-3, to win their Division Series. Rookie Ervin Santana gets the win in relief of Bartolo Colon who is forced to leave the game in the 2ndinning with a shoulder injury. Garret Anderson homers for LA while Derek Jeter connects for NY.

11thThe Angels defeat the White Sox, 3-2, in the opener of the ALCS. Paul Byrd gets the win for LA with the aid of a HR by Garret Anderson. Joe Crede homers for Chicago.

Former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy signs a three-year pact to manage the Pirates.

12thInterim manager Sam Perlozzo signs a three-year contract to manage the Orioles.

13thThe Astros down the Cardinals, 4-1, behind Roy Oswalt to even the NLCS at a game apiece. Albert Pujols homers to account for the only St. Louis run.

14thThe White Sox defeat the Angels, 5-2, to take the lead in the ALCS. Jon Garland hurls a 4-hit complete game for the win and Paul Konerko gets 3 hits, including a HR, and drives in 3 runs for Chicago. Orlando Cabrera’s 2-run homer accounts for both Los Angeles runs.

15thThe White Sox take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead over the Angels in the ALCS with an 8-2 victory behind Freddy Garcia. Paul Konerko hits a 3-run HR for Chicago, while AJ Pierzynski also connects.

The Astros defeat the Cardinals, 4-3, to take the lead in the NLCS. Roger Clemens gets credit for the victory, and Mike Lamb hits a 2-run HR for Houston.

16thThe White Sox clinch their first pennant since 1959 as they defeat the Angels, 6-3, behind Jose Contreras. Joe Crede homers and drives in 3 runs for Chicago and Paul Konerko is named MVP of the ALCS.

The Astros take a 3-games-to-1 lead over the Cardinals with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS. Jason Lane homers for Houston, and Brad Qualls gets the win in relief.

17thAlbert Pujols’ 3-run HR off Brad Lidge with 2 outs in the 9thinning gives the Cardinals a 5-4 comeback win over the Astros and keeps their pennant hopes alive. Lance Berkman’s 3-run homer in the 7th had given Houston a 4-2 lead. The Astros still lead the Series, 3-games-to-2. Jason Isringhausen gets the win in relief for St. Louis.

18thBill King, the voice of the A’s for the past 25 years, passes away.

19thThe Astros clinch the first pennant in their history as they defeat the Cardinals, 5-1, to win the NLCS 4-games-to-2. Roy Oswalt gets the victory for Houston while Jason Lane hits a HR. Oswalt is named the series MVP for his 2 victories. Bill James, in an essay on “big game pitchers 1950-2013” lists Oswalt as number one.

20thThe Marlins sign Yankees coach Joe Girardi as their new manager.

22ndThe White Sox take Game 1 of the WS with a 5-3 victory over the Astros. Jose Contreras gets the win for Chicago, and Joe Crede homers and makes a pair of great defensive plays in the field. Jermaine Dye also homers for Chicago while Mike Lamb connects for Houston. Contreras hits 3 batters in the game to tie a WS record set by Bruce Kison.

23rdScott Posednik’s walkoff HR in the bottom of the 9h inning off Brad Lidge gives the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Astros and a 2-ges-to-0 lead in the WS. Paul Konerko’s GS in the 7thput Chicago in the lead. Morgan Ensberg hits a solo HR for Houston, while Neal Cotts gets the win in relief.

25thGeoff Blum’s 14thinning HR off Ezequiel Astacio leads the White Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the WS. Houston led, 4-0, before Chicago scored 5 runs in the 5thinning off Roy Oswalt to take the lead. Joe Crede also homers for the Sox, while Jason Lane connects for the Astros. Damaso Marte gets the win in relief. At 5 hours 41 minutes, the contest is the longest in Series history in terms of time. It also ties the mark for longest game in terms of innings played.

Braves P John Smoltz is announced as the winner of the 2005 Roberto Clemente Award for the player who best exemplifies baseball both on and off the field.

26thThe White Sox shut out the Astros, 1-0, to sweep the WS and win their first championship since 1917. Freddy Garcia gets credit for the win, as Jermaine Dye drives home the game’s only run. Dye is named the Series MVP.

28thThe Washington Nationals sign free agent IF Damian Jackson to a contract.

29thThe Dodgers abruptly shift from a manager search to a general manager search dismissing Paul DePodesta two years into his five-year contract. Owner Frank McCourt delivers the news to DePodesta in the morning and holds an afternoon press conference.

31stAfter protracted negotiations between Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino about a new contract, the GM abruptly resigns, leading to Epstein’s infamous escape from Fenway Park in a Halloween gorilla costume to avoid the media. Epstein then follows Pearl Jam on tour in South America during his hiatus, before returning to his old job in January 2006.