2014 October

1stMadison Bumgarner hurls a 4-hit, complete game shutout as the Giants defeat the Pirates, 8-0, in the NL wild-card game. Brandon Crawford’s 4th-inning grand slam leads the way for SF.

2ndThe Royals edge the Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings to take the 1stgame of the ALDS. Mike Moustakas’ HR is the deciding run. Danny Duffy gets the win in relief. Chris Iannetta and David Freese homer in a losing cause for LA.

The Tigers defeat the White Sox, 6-1, to clinch a spot in the AL playoffs. The Orioles score 8 runs in the 8thinning and rout the Tigers, 12-3, to take the opener of their ALDS. Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy homer for Baltimore, while Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and Miguel Cabrera connect for Detroit. Chris Tillman gets the win for the Orioles with 5 innings of work.

3rdThe Royals win their 3rdstraight extra-inning postseason game, defeating the Angels, 4-1, in 11 innings to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. Eric Hosmer’s 2-run homer is the decisive blow. Brandon Finnegan gets the win in relief for KC.

The Orioles score 4 runs in the 8thinning and defeat the Tigers, 7-6, to take a 2-0 lead in their ALDS. Delmon Young’s pinch 3-run double is the deciding hit. Nick Markakis homers for Baltimore and Brad Brach gets the win in relief. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos hit homers in a losing cause for Detroit.

The Giants edge the Nationals, 3-2, behind Jake Peavy to take the opener in their NLDS. Brandon Crawford gets 3 hits for SF, while Bryce Harper and Asdrubal Cabrera hit homers to account for Washington’s runs.

Down 6-2, the Cardinals score 8 runs in the 7thinning to shockingly knock out LA starter Clayton Kershaw and go on to a 10-9 win over the Dodgers in the opener of their NLDS. Matt Carpenter drives in 4 runs for St. Louis. Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday all hit HRs for the Cardinals, as Marco Gonzales gets the win in relief. A.J. Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez homer for LA.

4thThe Giants edge the Nationals, 2-1, in 18 innings to take a 2-0 lead in their NLDS. Trailing 1-0 with 2 outs in the 9th, SF ties the score on Pablo Sandoval’s double. They win the game on Brandon Belt’s HR 9 innings later in the longest game by time (6 hours, 23 minutes) in postseason history. Yusmeiro Petit hurls 6 scoreless innings in relief to get the victory. Giants starter Tim Hudson pitches 7 innings in the match. In the last post-season game to go 18 innings, Atlanta’s loss to Houston in 2005, Hudson was the starter.

Going to the matt. Matt Kemp’s homerun in the bottom of the 8thinning is the deciding blow in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Cardinals to even their NLDS at 1 game apiece. Matt Carpenter’s HR in the top of the frame had tied the score. Brandon League gets the win in relief for LA.

5thNelson Cruz’s 2-run HR in the 6thinning accounts for all of Baltimore’s runs as the Orioles hold on for a 2-1 victory over the Tigers, and a 3-game sweep of their ALDS. Bud Norris hurls 6 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. Detroit catcher Alex Avila leaves the game when a foul tip cracks off his mask and he sustains his fourth concussion of the season. The injury occurred in the 6th.

The Royals defeat the Angels, 8-3, to sweep their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas homer for KC as Jamie Fields gets the win. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homer in a losing cause for LA.

6thWashington breaks a scoreless tie with 3 runs in the 7thinning and goes on to defeat the Giants, 3-1. Bryce Harper goes deep for the Nationals and Doug Fister gets the win. SF leads the NLDS, 2 games to 1.

Kolten Wong’s 7th-inning HR is the deciding blow as the Cardinals defeat the Dodgers, 3-1, to take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS. John Lackey gets the win for St. Louis, and Matt Carpenter hits a 2B and HR. Carpenter becomes the first player in ML history to have a HR and other extra-base hit in each of 3 consecutive games.

7thMatt Adams’ 3-run, 7th-inning HR accounts for all the Cardinals’ runs as St. Louis defeats the Dodgers, 3-2, to take their NLDS 3-games-to-1 and to move on to the NLCS. Marco Gonzales gets the win in relief for the Cardinals.

The Giants edge the Nationals, 3-2, to take their NLDS 3-games-to-1 and to move on to the NLCS. The Giants score 2 in the 2ndwhen Gio Gonzalez blows a DP ball, then watches with 3B Anthony Rendon when the next batter lays down a bunt that dies in the grass.  A walk and a groundout score 2. The Giants score the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the 7thinning after Bryce Harper homers in the top half of the inning to tie the score at 2-2. Hunter Strickland gets the win in relief for the Giants.

Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett announces his retirement. Despite pitching a no-hitter this season, Beckett missed the last three months of the year with season-ending surgery for left hip impingement. He went on the DL July 8 and made two appearances after that. His 2013 season was cut short by thoracic outlet syndrome, which resulted in surgery. The surgery removed one of his ribs.

10thAlex Gordon and Mike Moustakas each homer in the 10thinning to lead the Royals to an 8-6 win in the opening game of the ALCS. Alcides Escobar also hits a HR and Gordon drives in 4 runs while Wade Davis gets the win in relief.

11thMike Moustakas homers to lead the Royals to a 6-4 victory and a 2-0 lead in their ALCS with the Orioles. Wade Davis again gets the win in relief. Adam Jones hits a HR in a losing cause for Baltimore.

The Giants shut out the Cardinals, 3-0, behind Madison Bumgarner to take the opener of their NLCS. Pablo Sandoval gets 3 hits to lead SF.

12thKolten Wong’s walk-off HR leading off the bottom of the 9thinning give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Giants o tied the NLCS at a game apiece. St. Louis also gets HRs from lefthanded Matt Adams, connecting on a curve from Kershaw, Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. Seth Maness gets the win in relief.

13thGame 3 of the ALCS is postponed due to rain.

14thThe Royals take a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS with a 2-1 win over the Orioles. Jason Frasor gets the win in relief. Billy Butler’s sacrifice fly in the 6thinning brings home the deciding run.

Randy Choate’s throwing error allows the winning run to score in the bottom of the 10thinning to give the Giants a 5-4 win over the Cardinals, and a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Travis Ishikawa drives in 3 runs for SF and Sergio Romo gets the win in relief. Randal Grichuk homers for St. Louis in a losing cause.

The Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman as their new president, signing him to a 5-year $35M contract. Change is a-coming.

15thThe Royals edge the Orioles, 2-1, to sweep the ALCS and move on to the WS. Both KC runs score in the 1stinning. Jason Vargas gets the win for the Royals. Ryan Flaherty’s HR accounts for Baltimore’s only run. Lorenzo Cain is named the ALCS MVP, as the Royals improve to 8-0 in the postseason.

The Giants score 3 runs in the 6thinning to come from behind and defeat the Cardinals, 6-4, and take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. Buster Posey drives in 3 runs for SF, and Yusmeiro Petit gets the win in relief. Kolten Wong homers for the losers.

16thThe Rangers name Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager.

The Giants beat the Cardinals, 6-3, on Travis Ishikawa’s 3-run walk-off HR in the 9thinning to take the NLCS, 3-2. They move on to the WS for the 3rdtime since 2010. Madison Bumgarner hurls 8 solid innings and is named the NLCS MVP. Jeremy Affeldt gets the win in relief. Joe Panik and Michael Morse also homer for SF, while Matt Adams and Tony Cruz homer in a losing cause for St. Louis.

21stThe Giants defeat the Royals, 7-1, in the opener of the WS behind Madison Bumgarner. Salvador Perez’s solo HR in the 7thinning ends Bumgarner’s streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings, the 2ndlongest consecutive scoreless innings streak to start a WS career. He is behind only Christy Mathewson’s 28 innings from 1905 to 1911. Hunter Pence homers for SF, while Pablo Sandoval adds 3 hits.

22nd  The Royals score 5 runs in the 6thinning and go on to beat the Giants, 7-2, to even the WS at a game apiece. Kelvin Herrera gets the win in relief for KC, while Omar Infante homers. Gregor Blanco homers for SF in a losing cause.

24th   The Royals jump out to a 3-0 lead, then hold on to defeat the Giants, 3-2, and take a 2-1 lead in the WS. Jeremy Guthrie gets the win for KC, becoming the first pitcher  in ML history to get a win in the postseason without striking out or walking a single batter. Alcides Escobar gets a pair of hits to lead the Royals’ attack. KC rookie P Brandon Finnegan makes history by becoming the first to play in both the College WS and ML WS in the same year.

Jimmy Rollins and Paul Konerko are named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player who best represents baseball through positive contributions both on and off the field.

Joe Maddon steps down as manager of the Rays, using an opt-out clause that is triggered by the departure of GM Andrew Friedman for the Dodgers. Maddon says he had totally forgotten about it until he got a call from Matt Silverman, head of baseball operations for the Rays.  He will test free agency. But not for long.

25th   The Giants pound out 16 hits on their way to an 11-4 win over the Royals to tie the WS at 2 games apiece. Hunter Pence leads the SF attack with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Yusmeiro Petit gets the win in relief.

26th   Madison Bumgarner hurls a 4-hit shutout to defeat the Royals, 5-0, and give the Giants a 3-2 lead in the WS. Brandon Crawford drives in 3 of the Giants’ runs.

Promising Cardinals rookie OF Oscar Taveras is killed in an automobile accident, together with his girlfriend, in the Dominican Republic. Taveras’s first and last hits were homers, including a pinch homer in the Cardinals Game 2 victory.

28th   The Royals tie the WS at 3 games apiece as they shut out the Giants, 10-0, behind Yordano Ventura. KC scores 7 runs in the 2ndinning, and goes on to put up 15 hits in the contest. Lorenzo Cain drives in 3 runs and Mike Moustakas homers for KC.

29th   The Giants edge the Royals, 3-2, to win the WS for the 3rdtime in the last 5 years. Madison Bumgarner hurls 5 innings of shutout relief for SF and wins the MVP award. Michael Morse drives in 2 of the Giants’ 3 runs. It is Bumgarner’s third WS win in 2014, but an hour later Jeremy Affeldt is given the W after officials confer.  Rule 10.17 gives the win to Affeldt.

31stThe Cubs fire manager Rich Renteria, who had led the team for the past season.  Renteria had been given every assurance that he would be back, but with Joe Maddon available, the Cubs pull the rug from under Renteria.