2015 October

1st      The Rangers edge the Angels, 5-3, to clinch a spot in the postseason playoffs.

2ndThe Cubs beat the Brewers, 6-1, behind Jake Arrieta. Arrieta becomes the fifth pitcher in the earned run era (1920) with at least 22 wins, no more than 6 losses, and an ERA under 2.00. The others are Sandy Koufax (1963), Denny McLain (1968), Ron Guidry (1978) and Dwight Gooden (1985).

The White Sox edge the Tigers, 2-1, as Chris Sale (13-11) pitches 7 innings for the win. Sale strikes out 7 to give him the AL lead with 274 whiffs. It also breaks the White Sox strikeout record held by Ed Walsh, who struck out 269 in 1908. Alfredo Simon (13-12) goes the distance in the loss.

At Chase Field, the Astros shoot down the Diamondbacks, 21-5, as Dallas Keuchel wins his 20th.  Colby Rasmus, George Springer and Jose Altuve each hit homers and score 4 runs apiece. Luis Valbuena homers and adds two doubles in the romp.

3rdThe Nationals defeat the Mets, 2-0, as Max Scherzer strikes out 17 and hurls his second no-hitter of the season. His is the first no hitter with no walks and 17 or more K’s. Scherzer becomes just the fifth pitcher to hurl a pair of no-nos in the same regular season, joining Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Virgil Trucks (1952) and Nolan Ryan (1973) in accomplishing the feat. Met hurlers fan 18 Washington batters, making the 2-team total of 35 strikeouts. This breaks the previous mark of 31 for a 9-inning game.

Zack Greinke goes 8 innings and allows one run—a homer to Austin Hedges—as the Dodgers edge the Padres, 2-1. Greinke lowers his ERA to a league-best 1.66 and breaks the Dodgers record of 1.68 set in 1904 by Ned Garvin. Garvin posted a 5-15 record that year.

At Camden Yards, the Orioles take two games from the Yankees, winning 9-2 and 4-3. Dellin Betances throws an inning in the nitecap, striking out 3 to total 131 for the year. He joins Rob Dibble (1989-90) and Dick Radatz (1962-64) as the only big-league pitchers to record 125 or more strikeouts in consecutive seasons without starting a game.

Corey Kluber (9-16) strikes out 9 in 8 shutout innings as the Indians beat the Red Sox, 2-0. Kluber is the first Indian righthander to strike out over 500 batters (505) in combined seasons since Bob Feller K’ed 521 in 1940-41.

4thBehind Cole Hamel’s 3-hitter, the Rangers whip the Angels, 9-2, to clinch the AL West title.

In the first of two, the Braves beat the Playoff-bound Cardinals, 6-0, as Shelby Miller (6-17) snaps his streak of 24 consecutive winless starts. Atlanta’s Matt Wisler follows in game 2 with a 2-0 whitewash, finishing an out shy of completing the game.

Joey Butler belts a 1st-inning grand slam to chase Mark Buerhle and the Rays whip the Blue Jays, 12-3. Butler hits another homer to drive in 6 runs. Making his second start in three days, Buerhle makes a rapid exit. It gives him a total of 198.2 innings pitched for the year depriving him of his 15thyear of reaching 200 IP. He would have been the 15thpitcher to do so: the other 14 are in the Hall of Fame.

Needing 6 strikeouts to finish with 300, Clayton Kershaw fans 7 in 3.2 innings of a 6-3 Dodger win over the Padres. The last 300 strikeout seasons came in 2002 when Johnson and Schilling did it for Arizona. The last Dodger was Sandy Koufax.

The Pirates clinch home-field advantage as the beat the Reds, 4-0, behind a solid performance by J.A. Happ and a long HR by Pedro Alvarez. The Reds end the year 64-98, their most losses since 1937.

In a 7-2 loss to the Phillies,  right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is brought in to pitch the 8th, allowing a run on a pair of doubles. Suzuki, a talented pitcher in high school, had always wanted to pitch in the Majors. He throws 18 pitches, 11 for strikes, and hits 88 MPH on the radar.

6thThe Astros shut out the Yankees, 3-0, behind Dallas Keuchel in the AL Wild Card game. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez homer for Houston.

The Nationals fire Matt Williams as their manager.

7thJake Arrieta hurls a 4-hit shutout to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 win over the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game. Rookie Kyle Schwarber hits a homer and drives in 3 of the Chicago runs.

8thThe Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 5-3, to take the opener of their ALDS. Yovani Gallardo gets the win for Texas, backed by HRs from Robinson Chorines and Rougned Odor. Jose Bautista homered for Toronto.

The Astros beat the Royals , 5-2, in Game 1 of their ALDS. Colin McHugh gets the victory, with George Springer and Colby Rasmus hitting HRs. Kendrys Morales accounts for both KC runs with a pair of homers.

9thThe Mets defeat the Dodgers, 3-1, behind Jacob deGrom, in the opener of their NLDS. deGrom hurls 7 scoreless innings and fans 13, and Daniel Murphy homers for New York.

John Lackey leads the Cardinals to a 4-0 win over the Cubs in the opener of their NLDS. Rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty hit homers for St. Louis.

Rookie Hanser Alberto drives in the go-ahead run in the 14th inning as the Rangers defeat the Blue Jays, 6-4, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their ALDS. Leone Kela gets the win in relief for Texas. Josh Donaldson homers in a losing cause for Toronto.

The Royals edge the Astros, 5-4, to even their ALDS at a game apiece. Ben Zobrist’s 7th-inning single brings home the deciding run for KC, and Wade Davis gets the win in relief. Salvador Perez homers for KC and Colby Rasmus does the same for Houston.

10th   The Cubs beat the Cardinals, 6-3, to even their NLDS at a game apiece. Travis Wood notches the victory, aided by a HR from Jorge Soler. Solo homers by Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk account for the St. Louis runs.

The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Mets, 5-2, and even their NLDS at 1 game each. Zack Greinke overcomes 2nd-inning homers by Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto for the win. A controversial rolling hard slide by Chase Utley that injures SS Ruben Tejada is the key play. Ironically, while Tejada is taken off the field with a fractured leg, a replay shows that he had not touched the bag and Utley is ruled safe, opening the door for another 3 runs to score. Utley will receive a suspension of two games for the slide, but it will be rescinded.

11th   The Astros take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their ALDS as Dallas Keuchel remains unbeaten at home to lead them to a 4-2 win over the Royals. A red-hot Chris Carter homers for Houston while Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon connect for KC.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 5-1, to cut the Texas lead to 2-1 in their ALDS. Marco Estrada gets the victory for Toronto, with Troy Tulowitzki’s 3-run homer being the big blow.

12th   Down 6-2, the Royals score 5 runs in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to defeat the Astros, 9-6, and even their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer homer for KC, with Ryan Madson getting the win in relief. Carlos Correa gets 4 hits for Houston, including a pair of HRs and a double.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-4, to even their ALDS at 2 games apiece. David Price earns the win in relief, backed by HRs from Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar.

The Cubs pound 6 HRs and go on to beat the Cardinals, 8-6, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their NLDS. Jake Arrieta gets the victory. The top 6 hitters in the lineup—Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler and Starlin Castro—homer for Chicago, while Stephen Piscotty and Jason Hayward connect for St. Louis. The 8 round-trippers account for a postseason record.

The Mets wallop the Dodgers, 13-7, to take the lead in their NLDS. Matt Harvey gets the win for New York, aided by homers from Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud.

The 21 homeruns hit in the 4 games played today are the highest combined total for any day in postseason history. The previous record was 15.

13th   Clayton Kershaw leads the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Mets, tying their NLDS at 2 games apiece. Justin Turner’s 2-run double is the deciding blow. Daniel Murphy’s HR accounts for the only New York run.

The Cubs move on to the NLCS with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Trevor Cahill gets the win, backed by homeruns from Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber. Stephen Piscotty hits his 3rd homer of the postseason for St. Louis.

14th   Jose Bautista’s 3-run HR highlights a 4-run 7th inning for the Blue Jays as they goon to defeat the Rangers, 6-3, to win their ALDS and move on to the ALCS. Aaron Sanchez gets the win in relief. Edwin Incarnation also homers for Toronto while Shin-Soo Chin connects for Texas.

Trailing 2-0, the Royals score 7 unanswered runs to defeat the Astros, 7-2, and win their ALDS. Johnny Cueto gets the victory for KC, who get a HR from Kendrys Morales. Luis Valbuena’s homer accounts for Houston’s runs.

15th   Daniel Murphy’s 6th-inning dinger is the deciding blow as the Mets edge the Dodgers, 3-2, to win their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Murphy also drives in another run and scores the 3B. Jacob deGrom gets the win for New York.

16th   Led by Edinson Volquez, 4 Royals pitchers combine to hold the Blue Jays to 3 hits in defeating Toronto, 5-0, in the opener of the ALCS. Salvador Perez accounts for one of the KC runs with a solo HR.

17th   Trailing 3-0, the Royals score 5 runs in the 7th inning and go on to defeat the Blue Jays, 6-3, and take a 2-games-to-none lead in the ALCS. Danny Duffy gets the win in relief as Mike Moustakas drives in a pair of runs for KC.

Matt Harvey hurls the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in the opener of the NLCS. Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud homer for New York and Kyle Schwarber connects for Chicago.

18th   The first 3 Met batters in the game score, with the help of a HR by Daniel Murphy, and New York goes on to defeat the Cubs behind Noah Syndergaard, 4-1. The Mets take a 2-games-to-none lead in the NLCS.

The Cubs release Tsuyoshi Wada, 5-5 over two seasons.

19th   The Blue Jays get HRs from Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins to pound out an 11-8 win over the Royals. Marcus Stroman gets the win as Toronto closes the KC lead in the ALCS to 2-games-to 1. Kendrys Morales homers for the Royals.

20th   The Royals pound out 15 hits and crush the Blue Jays by a score of 14-2 to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Luke Hochevar gets the win in relief, with Ben Zobrist and Alex Rios connecting for HRs.

The Mets young pitchers continue to hold the Cubs in check, as Jacob deGrom defeats Chicago, 5-2. Daniel Murphy hits a HR in his 5th consecutive postseason game, to tie a record set by Carlos Beltran in 2004. Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler homer in a losing cause for the Cubs.

21st    Marco Estrada holds the Royals in check and the Blue Jays come out victorious by a score of 7-1 to close within a game of KC in the ALCS. Troy Tulowitzki’s bases-clearing double is the big hit for Toronto, who also gets a HR from Chris Colabello. Salvador Perez homers for the Royals.

The Mets score 4 runs in the 1st inning on back-to-back HRs by Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud and go on to defeat the Cubs, 8-3. The win gives New York a sweep of the NLCS, sending the Mets to the WS. Daniel Murphy continues his hot hitting, going 4-for-5, including his 7th HR of the postseason. Murphy becomes the first player to hit homers in 6 straight postseason games, and is named the NLCS MVP. Bartolo Colon gets the win for New York. Kris Bryant hits a HR for Chicago in a losing cause. The Mets become the 6th team in ML history to sweep a best-of-7 postseason series, without trailing in a single game.

22nd  The Dodgers announce that Don Mattingly will not return as manager next season.

23rd   The Mariners hire Scott Servais as their new manager.

The Royals edge the Blue Jays, 4-3, to win the ALCS and move on to the WS against the Mets. The lead run scores when Lorenzo Cain comes home all the way from 1B on Eric Hosmer’s single. Wade Davis gets the win in relief, and Mike Moustakas and Ben Zobrist homer for the Royals. Jose Bautista connects twice for Toronto to drive in all 3 runs. Alcides Escobar is named MVP of the ALCS.

27th   The Royals take Game 1 of the WS with a 14-inning, 5-4, win over the Mets. Alex Gordon’s 1-out HR in the bottom of the 9th ties the game, and Eric Hosmer’s sac fly wins it in the 14th. Alcides Escobar hits an inside-the-park HR on Matt Harvey’s first pitch, and Curtis Granderson connects for New York. Chris Young gets the win for KC. The game ties for the longest game by innings in WS history, and is the second-longest in terms of time.

28th   Johnny Cueto hurls a complete-game 2-hitter as the Royals defeat the Mets, 7-1, to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the WS. Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer each drive in a pair of runs for KC.

29th   With an off-day at the World Series, a number of teams announce personnel changes: The Padres hire Diamondbacks’ coach Andrew Green as their new manager. The Blue Jays announce that their GM, Alex Anthopoulis, is leaving the organization. Anthopoulis is named executive of the year by The Sporting News. His departure coincides with the arrival of Mark Shapiro as the new president. Shapiro starts next week. Not yet announced is the hiring of Don Mattingly, late of the Dodgers, as the new manager of the Miami Marlins. Miami also fires GM Dan Jennings, who had spent most o the season as manager. Michael Hill, who had been president o f baseball operations, will assume the GM’s job. The Padres have a new manager, Andy Green, who had managed in the Diamondbacks system and was most recently their 3B coach. Bud Black, who had been the Padres manager, appears to be heading to the Nationals as their manager, according to the Washington Post.

Vin Scully announces that he is eager to return to the Dodgers announcing booth. It will be his 67thyear and is widely expected to be his last.

30th   David Wright hits a HR and drives in 4 runs to power the Mets to a 9-3 win in Game 3 of the WS. Raul Mondesi, Jr. makes his ML debut and strikes out as a pinch hitter for the Royals. He is the first player to make his debut in the WS. Kansas City now leads the Series, 2-games-to-1. Noah Syndergaard gets the win for New York and Curtis Granderson adds a homer.

Andrew McCutcheon of the Pirates is named winner of the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”

31st    The Royals rally for 3 runs in the 8th inning and defeat the Mets, 5-3, to take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Ryan Madson gets the win in relief, while Michael Conforto hits a pair of HRs for New York.

Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper are named winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Awards, given to the players with the best offensive seasons in their respective leagues.