1st In the Brewers 4-3 win over the Reds, Rickie Weeks gets hit by a pitched ball for the second game in a row. His 25 HBPs leads the NL. Weeks and teammate Prince Fielder (21 HBP) are the first pair of teammates since 1911 to reach the 20 HBP mark. The black and blue duos are Curt Welch and Pete Gilbert of the 1891 Orioles, Hughie Jennings and Dan McGann of the 1898 Orioles, McGann and John McGraw of the 1900 Orioles, Charlie Babb and Billy Gilbert of the 1903 Giants and Kid Elberfeld and Doc Gessler of the 1911 Senators.
Kansas City’s Bruce Chen allows 2 hits as he shuts out the Rays, 7-0. Chen strikes out 7, including Kelly Shoppach twice. Shoppach is the first ML player to strike out 70 times with fewer than 160 at bats.
2ndThe Cardinals edge the Rockies, 1-0. It is the 62nd1-0 game of the year, the most ending in that score since 1976, when there were 72 such contests.
The Rays beat the Royals, 4-0. TB uses 8 pitchers in the game, tying an ML record for most pitchers used to throw a shutout. The AL record is 8 in 10 innings when Boston won 1-0 over Baltimore on October 3, 1999. The Rays remain a half-game behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Jay Bruce has a pair of homers to pace the Reds to a 7-4 win over the visiting Brewers. For Bruce it is his 23rdand 24thof the year. Frank Robinson is the only other Reds player to clout at least 20 homers in each of their first three seasons in the bigs.
The Yankees and Red Sox split a pair of 10-inning games. New York takes the opener, 6-5, with Phil Hughes winning his 18thin relief. Boston takes game 2 by a 7-6 score. New York and Tampa Bay finish with identical 95-66 records. According to MLB’s unofficial timekeeper Philip J. Lowry, this is the seventh longest doubleheader in terms of time: the first game goes 4:18 and the second game lasting 4:00. Andy Pettitte, the starter in game 1, had no decision in his 4+ innings of work and finishes with an 11-3 record. Pettitte has never had a losing season in 16 years—his only .500 year was 2008 when he went 14-14—and he heads that unique club (10 or more seasons) of Deacon Phillippe, Urban Shocker, Dave Foutz, Spud Chandler, Jay Powell, Joe McGinnity and Babe Ruth.
The Mets beat the Nationals, 7-2, and for the second day in a row the loss goes to reliever Tyler Clippard. His 11 wins in relief still leads the staff in victories (as noted by Keith Barnes).
3rdBehind Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants shut out the Padres, 3-0, to clinch the NL West title. Sanchez strikes out 5 in 5 innings to finish with 205 K’s. He and Tim Lincecum are the first right-handed/left-handed Giants tandem to each post at least 200 K’s in the same season since Juan Marichal and Ray Sadecki did it in 1968.
The Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 3-1, as Matt Kemp hits a HR for LA, giving him a homer in each of the team’s last 5 games of the season. He becomes the first player in ML history to do so.
The Braves edge the Phillies, 8-7, to clinch the NL wildcard spot in the playoffs. But the Phillies end the season at 97-65, the best record in the majors. It is the first time in their 128-year club history that they have had the best record in baseball.
The Rays trim the Royals, 3-2, in 12 innings to clinch the AL East title.
The Yankees fall to the Red Sox, 8-4, but clinch the AL wildcard spot.
Seattle loses to Oakland, 4-3 and finishes the year with 101 losses. The Mariners score just 513 runs on the year, 100 fewer than the next AL low scorer, the Orioles. Emblematic of the team’s scoring woes is Ichiro Suzuki, who is 2-for-5 today with a run scored. Ichiro ends the year with a league-high 214 hits but scores just 74 runs: in the NL, Mark Reynolds has the fewest hits (99) of anyone qualifying for the batting title but he outscores Ichiro with 79 runs.
At Shea, the Nationals walk across a run in the 14thto defeat the Mets, 2-1. In what will be his last appearance as a Met, Oliver Perez (0-5) hits a batter and then walks three forcing in a run.
4thFormer ML Matt Murton breaks Ichiro Suzuki’s record for most hits in a season in Japanese Baseball. Murton’s 2-run single in the 2ndfor the Hanshin Tigers against the Yakult Swallows is his 211thhit. Ichiro hit 210 in 1994 when the season consisted of 130 games. Murton was playing in his 142nd.
The Baseball Hall of Fame admits to New York and Chicago newspapers that its Joe Jackson jersey is a fake and the Sox emblem is polyester. Brad Horn, spokesman for the Hall, confirmed what Haulsofshame.com had revealed in an investigative report released in August. Famed collector Barry Halper claimed to have acquired the “Shoeless Joe” items from his widow in the 1950’s including: Jackson’s 1919 jersey; his ”Black Betsy” bat; Jackson’s glove; and a 1919 Pennant gold pocket watch. He sold these items to MLB in 1998 as part of a $7 million dollar transaction.
The Wilpons drop the other shoe and fire Mets GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manual. Even Minaya agrees saying, “I think we need a change here.”
The Milwaukee Brewers fire manager Ken Macha after two losing seasons.
The Pirates fire manager John Russell after three seasons in which the Bucs lost 299 games.
MLB changes the grounds rules for Tropicana Park. From now on ball that hit the upper two catwalks are dead balls and no longer in play. Balls that hit the lower two cat walks in fair territory will continue to be homers.
The Angels fly the most miles (50,509) in the majors this season; the White Sox fly the fewest (22,832).
5thAtlanta P Tim Hudson and Minnesota P Francisco Liriano are voted the comeback players of the year in the NL and AL, respectively.
6thThe Rangers defeat the Rays, 5-1, in the opener of their ALDS series. Cliff Lee gets the win for Texas, while Nelson Cruz and Bengie Molina clout HRs. Ben Zobrist’s homer accounts for TBs only run.
Roy Halladay becomes the 2ndpitcher in history to toss a no-hitter in the postseason as he shuts down the Reds, 4-0, in the opener of their NLDS series. He walks only 1 batter in setting down the best-hitting team in the NL without a safety. Shane Victorino drives in a pair of runs for Philadelphia.
The Yankees come from behind to beat the Twins, 6-4, in the first game of their ALDS series. CC Sabathia gets the win with Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 7thinning the big blow. Michael Cuddyer connects for Minnesota. The Twins have now lost 10 straight post-season games.
7thThe Giants shut out the Braves, 1-0, in the opener of their NLDS. Tim Lincecum hurls a 2-hitter while striking out 14 Braves. Cody Ross drives in the game’s only run, following a controversial safe call by umpire Paul Emmel on Buster Posey’s steal of second.
The Yankees down the Twins, 5-2, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in their ALDS. Andy Pettitte gets the win for NY and Lance Berkman hits a double and a homer. Orlando Hudson homers for Minnesota.
The Rangers shut out the Rays, 6-0, to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. CJ Wilson gets the win, backed by HRs from Michael Young and Ian Kinsler.
8thThe Phillies rally from a 4-0 deficit and defeat the Reds, 7-4, to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. Jose Contreras gets the win in relief for Philadelphia. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homer in a losing cause for Cincinnati.
The Braves bounce back from a 4-0 deficit to edge the Giants, 5-4, in 11 innings on Rick Ankiel’s HR. Kyle Farnsworth gets the win in relief.
9thThe Yankees defeat the Twins, 6-1, to sweep their ALDS series and move on to the ALCS. Phil Hughes gets the win for NY, backed by HRs from Nick Swisher and Marcus Thames.
The Rays beat the Rangers, 6-3, to stay alive in their ALDS. Texas leads the series, 3-games-to-1. Joaquin Benoit gets the win in relief. Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena homer for TB, while Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler connect for the Rangers.
10thThe Rays top the Rangers, 5-2, to force a Game 5 in their ALDS. Wade Davis gets the win for TB, backed by a HR from Evan Longoria. Nelson Cruz blasted his 3rdhomer of the series for Texas. By getting a triple and double in his first 2 ABs, Carlos Pena becomes the first player in ML history with a single, double, triple and homer in 4 consecutive ABs. He homered and singled in his last 2 ABs on Saturday.
The Giants score a pair of runs in the 9thinning to edge Atlanta, 3-2, and take the lead in their ALDS. The Braves pulled ahead on Eric Hinske’s pinch HR in the bottom of the 8th, but Brooks Conrad’s postseason-record tying 3rderror of the game allows the winning run to score in the 9th. Sergio Romo gets the win in relief for SF.
Cole Hamels hurls a 5-hit shutout as the Phillies beat the Reds, 2-0, to sweep their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Chase Utley homers for Philadelphia.
11thThe Giants edge the Braves, 3-2, to take their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Rookie Madison Bumgarner gets the win, backed by a HR by Cody Ross. Brian McCann homers for Atlanta in Bobby Cox’s farewell game.
12thThe Rangers win the first playoff series in their history as the defeat the Rays, 5-1, behind Cliff Lee to move on to the ALCS. Ian Kinsler hit his 3rdHR of the ALDS for Texas.
13thThe Braves hire Fredi Gonzalez as manager, replacing retiring Bobby Cox.
15thThe Yankees score a run in the 7thand 5 runs in the 8thto overcome a 5-0 deficit and defeat the Rangers, 6-5, in the opener of the ALCS. Dustin Moesley gets the win in relief. Robinson Cano homers for NY, while Josh Hamilton connects for Texas in a losing cause.
16thThe Rangers bounce back to tie the ALCS with a 7-2 win over the Yankees. Colby Lewis gets the win for Texas, aided by a HR by David Murphy. Robinson Cano hits his 2ndhomer of the series for NY.
The Giants take the opener of the NLCS, edging the Phillies, 4-3. Tim Lincecum out-duels Roy Halladay for the victory. Cody Ross hits a pair of homers for SF, while Dennis Werth and Carlos Ruiz connect for Philadelphia.
17thThe Phillies defeat the Giants, 6-1, to even up the NLCS at a game apiece. Roy Oswalt gets the win for Philly and Jimmy Rollins drives in 4 runs. Cody Ross hits his 3rdHR of the Series for SF.
18thThe Mariners sign Eric Wedge as their new manager.
The Rangers rout the Yankees, 8-0, behind Cliff Lee to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Lee allows only 2 hits while fanning 13 in 8 innings of work. Josh Hamilton hits his 2ndHR of the Series for Texas.
19thThe Giants shut out the Phillies, 3-0, behind Matt Cain to take a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Cody Ross drives in the game-winning run for the 4thtime in SF’s 6 postseason games.
The Rangers trounce the Yankees, 10-3, to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. Derek Holland gets the win in relief. Josh Hamilton hits his 3rdand 4thHRs of the Series, while Bengie Molina and Nelson Cruz also connect for Texas. Robinson Cano hits his 3rdHR of the Series for NY.
20thThe Yankees defeat the Rangers, 7-2, to avoid elimination in the ALCS. CC Sabathia gets the win, aided by HRs from Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson. Cano’s is his 4thto tie the record for a single LCS. Matt Treanor homers for Texas.
The Giants edge the Phillies, 6-5, to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. Juan Uribe’s sacrifice fly in the 9thbrings home the winning run and gives Brian Wilson the win in relief. Buster Posey gets 4 hits and 2 RBIs for SF.
21stThe Phillies beat the Giants, 4-2, to cut SF’s lead in the NLCS to 3-games-to-2. Roy Halladay gets the win, with backing from a HR by Jayson Werth.
22ndThe Rangers defeat the Yankees, 6-1, to win the franchise’s 1stAL pennant. Colby Lewis gets the win, with help from Nelson Cruz’s HR. Josh Hamilton is named the ALCS MVP.
23rdThe Giants edge the Phillies, 3-2, on Juan Uribe’s 8th-inning HR to win the NLCS and move on to the WS. Javier Lopez wins the game in relief for SF. Cody Ross is named the NLCS MVP.
25th In the first fallout from the Yankees playoff loss, GM Brian Cashman fires pitching coach Dave Eiland, insisting it was not for the pitching staff’s MLB-highest ERA in September. Cashman gives a clear impression that the dismissal is related to Eiland’s missing the month of June due to personal problems.
Toronto hires Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their new manager. He succeeds Cito Gaston who retired after the season. Farrell was player development director for Cleveland before working for Boston.
27thThe Giants take the opener of the WS with an 11-7 win over the Rangers. Tim Lincecum defeats Cliff Lee for the win, backed by a 3-run HR from Juan Uribe. Freddy Sanchez gets 4 hits, including 3 doubles, and also drives in 3 runs.
28thThe Giants score 7 runs in the 8thinning and go on to shut out the Rangers, 9-0, behind Matt Cain. Edgar Renteria homers for SF and drives in 3 runs.
30thMatt Moreland hits a 3-run HR to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Giants in Game Three of the WS. SF now leads, 2-games-to-1. Colby Lewis gets the win. Josh Hamilton also homers for Texas, while Andres Torres and Cody Ross connect for SF.
31stThe Giants shut out the Rangers, 4-0, behind Madison Bumgarner to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the WS. Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey hit HRs for SF. Bumgarner and Posey form the 1stall-rookie starting battery in a WS game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra did so for the 1947 Yankees.