2012 October

1stThe Nationals fall to the Phillies, 2-0, but still clinch the NL East Division title. Davey Johnson becomes the second manager in ML history to lead 4 ML teams to 1st-place finishes. The only other manager to do so was Billy Martin.

The Tigers clinch the AL Central title with a 6-3 win over the Royals. Miguel Cabrera has 4 hits, including a homer in the 5-run 6th. The win eliminates the White Sox, 11-0 winners over Cleveland.

The Yankees win in a rout, stopping the Red Sox, 10-2. New York takes a one-game lead in the AL East. New York takes the tension out of the game with 4 homers in the 2ndinning, just the third time in Yankee history (1977, 2005) they have collected 4 homers in a frame.

At Progressive Field, the White Sox pile on with 6 runs in the 9thto beat the Indians, 11-0.  Hector Santiago (4-1) allows one hit in 7 innings. Dayan Viciedo connects for a 4-run homer in the 9th, off Scott Maine.

The Cards deal a 4-2 loss to the Reds, clinching the second NL wild card.

Andre Ethier hits his 20thhomer, off Matt Cain, as the Dodgers edge the playoff-bound Giants, 3-2, with a run in the 9th.

The Athletics defeat the Rangers, 4-3, to clinch their first playoff berth in 6 years.

The Astros shut out the Cubs, 3-0, handing Chicago its 100thloss of the year.  The last time they lost 100 was in 1966.

2ndIn his last game for Tampa Bay, James Shields fans 15 batters while hurling a 2-hitter against the Orioles, but loses, 1-0, on Chris Davis’ homer. It is the 6thstraight game in which Davis has homered for Baltimore.

The Athletics defeat the Rangers, 3-1. Travis Blackley earns the win for Oakland as the A’s set a ML record with their 53rdwin by a rookie pitcher.

After his extra-inning RBI single wins yesterday’s game, Raul Ibanez belts a 2-run pinch homer in the 9th, off Boston’s Andrew Bailey, to tie the Sox and the Yankees win it, 4-3, in the 13thwhen Cervelli scores after reaching base on a walk. Boston manager Bobby Valentine sustains injuries in the morning while reading a text from Pedroia while bike riding in Central Park. He tumbles down a ravine but has only minor injuries and is at the Stadium by game time.

Miguel Cabrera has 2 hits and 2 runs before leaving the game in the 5thand the Royals rally to beat the Tigers, 4-2.

Rookie Martin Maldonado hits a grand slam and the Brewers beat the Padres, 4-3.

The Marlins edge the Mets, 4-3, in 11 innings, and in a poignant moment, Adam Greenberg strikes out as a PH for Miami. His only other ML appearance came on July 9, 2005, when he was hit in the head by the first pitch he saw in the majors. The Marlins signed him to a 1-day contract to give him another chance to get an official at bat. Throwing out the first pitch today is Fred Van Dusen, who was hit by a pitch in 1955 in his only plate appearance.

The Cardinals lose to the Reds, 3-1, but clinch a playoff berth when the Dodgers lose to the Giants. Chris Carpenter, in just his third game this year, takes the loss. The win goes to Mat Latos (14-4). Joey Votto ties a Canadian—and ML record—by collecting his 44thdouble of the year, doing in it in 374 at bats. He and Larry Walker (in 395 at bats in 1994) are the only players with 40+ doubles in fewer than 400 at bats (as noted by Bill Deane).

3rdThe Athletics trounce the Rangers, 12-5, to win the AL West title.

The Tigers edge the Royals, 1-0, as Miguel Cabrera wraps up the first Triple Crown in 45 years.

At PNC Park, the Braves use 8 pitchers to shut out the Pirates, 4-0.  The 8 pitchers in a shutout is a record. The only pitcher going 2 innings is Julio Teheran. Randall Delgado and Craig Kimbrel each strike out the side.

The Rays defeat the Orioles, 4-1, aided by Evan Longoria’s 3 homers. Longoria has now hit 6 last-game homers, tying Stan Musial for the most in ML history.

The White Sox shut out the Indians, 9-0, as Dan Johnson hits 3 HRs. Gavin Floyd (7 IP) and two relievers combine on the whitewash.

Seattle’s Blake Beavan pitches 8 innings as the Mariners shut out the Angels, 12-0. Casper Wells hits a 3-run homer and drives in 5 runs.

At Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers defeat the Giants, 5-1. Marco Scutero scores the only Giants run and extends his consecutive game hitting streak to 20.

Edwin Jackson (10-11) pitches into the 7thinning and the Nationals defeat Cliff Lee (6-9) and the Phillies, 5-1. Mike Morse has 2 doubles and an 8thinning homer off Phils reliever Jonathon Papelbon. Lee strikes out 7 in 6 innings of work to finish with 207, but his 6 wins is the fewest by any pitcher striking out 200+ (as noted by Bill Deane). As Bill notes, the only previous pitchers with fewer than ten wins and 200+ K’s are Toad Ramsey (8 W, 228 SO in 1888), Sam McDowell (9, 225 in 1966), Bob Johnson (8, 206 in 1970), Nolan Ryan (8, 270 in 1987), and Anibal Sanchez (8, 202 in 2011).

4thThe Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine as their manager.

5thThe Cardinals defeat the Braves, 6-3, in the wild card playoff game to move on to the League Division Series against the Nationals. Kyle Lohse gets the win for St. Louis, aided by a HR by Matt Holliday. David Ross homers for Atlanta in a game that is delayed when fans throw garbage on the field after a controversial infield fly ruling goes against Atlanta.

The Orioles beat the Rangers, 5-1, to move on to the League Division Series against the Yankees. Joe Saunders gets the win for Baltimore.

6thThe Indians hire Terry Francona as their new manager. Francona was briefly an announcer for ESPN after managing the Red Sox.

The Tigers beat the Athletics, 3-1, behind Justin Verlander to take the first game of the AL Division Series. Coco Crisp’s leadoff HR is the only run scored off Verlander. Alex Avila connects for Detroit.

The Reds win the opener of their NL Division Series against the Giants by a score of 5-2. Sam LeCure gets the win in relief after starting P Johnny Cueto is forced to leave due to back spasms after throwing only 9 pitches. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce homer for Cincinnati while Buster Posey connects for SF.

7thJim Tracy resigns as manager of the last-place Colorado Rockies. Tracy was the 2009 manager of the year in the NL.

Don Kelly’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 9thinning gives the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Athletics and a 2-0 lead in the ALDS. Al Alburquerque gets the win in relief foer Detroit while Josh Reddick homers in a losing cause for the A’s.

Tyler Moore’s 2-run 1B in the 8thinning leads the Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Cardinals in the opener of their NLDS. Ryan Mattheus gets the victory in relief for Washington.

The Yankees score 5 runs in the 9thinning on their way to a 7-2 win over the Orioles in the opener of their ALDS. CC Sabathia gets the win for NY, aided by a HR from Russell Martin.

Bronson Arroyo allows just 1 hit in 7 innings as he leads the Reds to a 9-0 win over the Giants and a 2-0 lead in their NLDS. Ryan Ludwick homers for Cincinnati.

8thThe Cardinals clout 4 HRs on their way to a 12-4 win over the Nationals to tie their NLDS at 1 game apiece. Carlos Beltran connects twice and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso once each, while Lance Lynn gets the win in relief.

Wie-Yin Chen outpitches Andy Pettitte and leads the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Yankees to tie their ALDS at a game apiece. Chris Davis drives in a pair of runs for Baltimore.

9thDespite being held to just 1 hit over the first 9 innings, the Giants edge the Reds, 2-1, in 10 innings to stave off elimination in their NLDS. The winning run scores on a Scott Rolen error. Sergio Romo gets the win in relief.

The Athletics shut out the Tigers behind Brett Anderson, 2-0, to avoid elimination in their ALDS. Seth Smith hits a HR for Oakland.

10thThe Cardinals shut out the Nationals, 8-0, behind Chris Carpenter to take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS. Rookie Pete Kozma’s 3-run HR in the 2ndinning was a key blow.

The Giants even their NLDS at 2 games apiece with an 8-3 win over the Reds. Tim Lincecum gets the win in relief, with the help of HRs by Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Gregor Blanco.

The Athletics score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning to come from behind and edge the Tigers, 4-3, and tie their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Seth Smith’s 2-run double ties the game and Coco Crisp’s 2-out 1B brings home the winning run. Ryan Cook gets the win in relief for Oakland. Prince Fielder homers for the Tigers.

The Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-2, in 12 innings. Raul Ibanez hits a pinch HR in the bottom of the 9thinning to tie the game for New York. He then hits a walkoff homer in the 12thto give the Yankees a 2-1 lead in their ALDS. David Robertson gets the win for New York in relief. Ibanez is the first player to collect two post-season homers in a game in which he did not start.

11thThe Giants score 6 runs in the 5thinning and hang on to defeat the Reds, 6-4, to move on to the NLCS. Buster Posey’s grand slam is the big hit for SF. Matt Cain gets the win for the Giants while Ryan Ludwick homers for Cincinnati.

Jayson Werth’s leadoff HR in the bottom of the 9thgives the Nationals a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals to even their NLDS at 2 games apiece. Adam LaRoche also homers for Washington as Drew Storen gets the win in relief.

JJ Hardy’s double in the 13thinning gives the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Yankees, tying their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Nate McLouth homers for Baltimore as Pedro Strop gets the win in relief.

Justin Verlander fans 11 Athletics in shutting out Oakland, 6-0, to move the Tigers into the ALCS. Austin Jackson drives in a pair of runs for Detroit.

12thThe Yankees edge the Orioles, 3-1, behind CC Sabathia, to take their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Sabathia gets by the O’s in the 8th, who load the bases with one out. Curtis Granderson hits a HR for New York.

Trailing 6-0, the Cardinals cap a comeback by scoring 4 runs in the 9thinning to defeat the Nationals, 9-7, and move on to the NLCS. Pete Kozma’s 2-outs, 2-run 1B is the deciding blow. Daniel Descalso homers for St. Louis and Jason Motte gets the win in relief. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse all homer for Washington. The 6-run deficit is the largest ever overcome by a team in a winner-take-all postseason game.

13thTrailing 4-0, the Yankees score 4 runs in the bottom of the 9thinning, highlighted by Raul Ibanez’s HR, to tie the Tigers and send their ALCS opener into extra innings. But Detroit bounces back with a pair of runs in the 12thto defeat New York, 6-4. Delmon Young’s double drives in the winning runs. Young also homers for the Tigers as Drew Smyly gets the win in relief. Ichiro Suzuki also homers for the Yankees.

14thThe Cardinals jump out to the lead in the NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Giants in Game 1. Carlos Beltran and David Freese hit HRs for St. Louis and Edward Mujica gets the win in relief.

15thThe Giants defeat the Cardinals, 7-1, to even the NLCS at a game apiece. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win for SF and Angel Pagan hit a HR.

16thJustin Verlander leads the Tigers to a 2-1 win and a 3-games-to-0 lead over the Yankees in the ALCS. Delmon Young hits a HR for Detroit, becoming the first player in ML history to have a game-winning RBI in 3 consecutive games in one postseason. Eduardo Nunez’s 9th-inning homer accounts for New York’s only run.

17thThe Cardinals defeat the Giants, 3-1, to take the lead in the NLCS. Matt Carpenter’s 2-run HR is the key blow for St. Louis, while Kyle Lohse gets the win.

Game 4 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees is postponed due to the threat of bad weather.

18thThe Tigers pound the Yankees, 8-1, to sweep the ALCS and move on to the WS. Max Scherzer gets the win, backed by a pair of HRs by Jhonny Peralta. Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera also connect for Detroit, while Delmon Young wins the series MVP award by becoming the first player in ML history to record 4 game-winning RBIs in any postseason series.

The Cardinals defeat the Giants, 8-3, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. Adam Wainwright gets the win for St. Louis. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence homer in a losing cause for SF.

19thBarry Zito leads the Giants to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals in the NLCS. Pablo Sandoval hits a HR for SF, cutting St. Louis’ lead in the series to 3-games-to-2.

Buster Posey of the Giants and Fernando Rodney of the Rays are selected as comeback players of the year for 2012.

20thThe Diamondbacks obtain IF Cliff Pennington and minor league IF Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics in exchange for OF Chris Young and cash. They then send Cabrera to the Marlins for P Heath Bell and cash.

The Red Sox hire Blue Jays’ manager John Farrell as their new manager. They obtain his rights, together with P David Carpenter, in exchange for SS Mike Aviles. For Farrell, it is a return home to the team where he was pitching coach.  Farrell is the seventh manager hired where compensation to another team is made.

21stThe Giants defeat the Cardinals, 6-1, to tie the NLCS at 3 games apiece. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win as Marco Scutaro drives in a pair of runs.

22ndThe Giants trounce the Cardinals, 9-0, to win the NLCS and advance on to the World Series against the Tigers. Matt Cain gets the win for SF, sparked by 3 hits from series MVP Marco Scutaro.

23rdAfter one year, the Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen as their manager.

Adam Dunn is named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

24thPablo Sandoval hits 3 homers to lead the Giants to an 8-3 win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the WS. He is only the fourth player in ML history to hit 3 homers in a Series game, joining Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols. Barry Zito gets the win for the Giants while Jhonny Peralta homers for Detroit.

25thMadison Bumgarner hurls 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball as the Giants defeat the Tigers, 2-0, to go up 2-games-to-0 in the WS. Gregor Blanco gets a pair of hits for the Giants.

26thThe Sporting Newsnames Miguel Cabrera its Player of the Year for 2012.

27thMiguel Cabrera and Buster Posey are announced as winners of the Hank Aaron Award as the top offensive players in their league.

The Giants defeat the Tigers, 2-0, to take a commanding 3-games-to-none lead in the WS. Ryan Vogelsong gets the win for SF, with Gregor Blanco and Brandon Crawford driving in the game’s only runs. Doug Fister is struck on the head by a vicious line drive in the 2ndinning hit by Gregor Blanco, but he pitches brilliantly into the 7thinning.

28thThe Giants edge the Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings to win their 2ndworld championship in 3 years. Marco Scutaro drives in the winning run giving Santiago Casilla the win in relief. Buster Posey hits a homer for SF, while Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young homer for Detroit. It marks the first time in ML history that each league’s batting champion homer in the same Series game. Pablo Sandoval is named the Series MVP. Losing P Phil Coke sets a Series record by extending his strikeout streak to 7 consecutive batters.

Dodgers P Clayton Kershaw wins the Roberto Clemente award, given annually to a ML player who gives back through community service in addition to excelling on the field.

30thGold Glove winners are announced, with 9 players being honored for the first time. St. Louis C Yadier Molina and Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira are each named for the fifth time, while Texas 3B Adrian Beltre, Philadelphia SS Jimmy Rollins and Miami P Mark Buehrle become 4-time winners.

31stThe Angels trade P Ervin Santana to the Royals for minor league P Brandon Sisk. Santana set a ML record this year by losing five straight shutouts.