2016 October

1stThe Mets defeat the Phillies, 5-3, to clinch home field in the NL Wild Card Game.

At Busch, Jedd Gyorko hits his third solo homer in three games to break a 3-3 tie in the 8thand give the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Pirates. His total of 59 RBIs with 30 homers ties Gyorko with Curtis Granderson for the ML record for fewest ribbies with 30 or more homers. The previous record was 64.

2ndRobin Ventura announces he will not return as manager of the Chicago White Sox. The Sox hire Rick Renteria to replace him.

The Orioles defeat the Yankees, 5-2, and clinch a spot in the AL Wild Card Game.

The Blue Jays edge the Red Sox, 2-1, and clinch a spot in the AL Wild Card Game.

The Giants beat the Dodgers, 7-1, to clinch spot in the NL Wild Card Game.

3rdWalt Weiss announces he will not return as manager of the Colorado Rockies.

The Majors end the season with 5610 homeruns being hit and set a record with 111 individual players hitting 20 or more homers. The only team with none hitting 20 is the Giants.

4thThe Blue Jays defeat the Orioles in the AL Wild Card Game, 5-2, in 11 innings, on Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off HR. Jose Bautista also homers for Toronto, while Mark Trumbo hits a round-tripper for Baltimore. Nelson Liriano gets the win in relief.

5thMadison Bumgarner and the Giants defeat the Mets in the NL Wild Card Game, 3-0, on Conor Gillaspie’s 9th-inning HR. New York’s Noah Syndergaard matches Bumgarner for 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits, while striking out 10. Gillespie’s HR comes against Jeurys Familia.

6thThe Blue Jays rout the Rangers by a score of 10-1 to take Game 1 of their Division Series. Melvin Upton Jr. and Jose Bautista hit HRs for Toronto, while Josh Donaldson goes 4-for-4. Marco Estrada hurls 8 1/3 innings for the win.

The Indians edge the Red Sox, 5-4, to take Game i of their Division Series in a contest featuring 6 HRs. Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor connect for Cleveland, all in the 3rd inning off Rick Porcello. Andrew Benintendi, Sandy Leon and Brock Holt homer for Boston. Andrew Miller gets the win, hurling 2 scoreless innings in relief.

7thThe Blue Jays clout 4 HRs on their way to a 5-3 win over the Rangers in Game 2 of their Division Series. Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera and Edwin Incarnation hit round-trippers in support of winning pitcher J.A. Happ.

The Indians shut out the Red Sox, 6-0, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their Division Series. Corey Kluber gets the win for Cleveland, with Lonnie Chisenhall’s 3-run  HR being the big blow. David Price takes the loss for Boston, setting a record for most consecutive decisions lost in starts in the postseason with 8. He also becomes the 1st player in ML history to pitch in the postseason for a different team in 4 consecutive years.

The Dodgers edge the Nationals, 4-3, in Game 1 of their Division Series. Clayton Kershaw gets the win backed by HRs from Corey Seager and Justin Turner.

Javier Baez’s 8th-inning HR accounts for the game’s only run as Jon Lester and the Cubs defeat the Giants, 1-0, in Game 1 of their Division Series.

8thThe Cubs beat the Giants, 5-2, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their Division Series. Travis Wood gets the win in relief and also hits a HR. He becomes the second reliever in ML history to hit a homer in postseason play. Giants’ P Rosy Ryan did so in Game 3 of the 1924 WS against the Senators.

9thThe Nationals defeat the Dodgers, 5-2, to even their Division Series at a game apiece. Jose Lobaton’s 3-run HR gives Washington a lead which they never relinquish. Blake Treinen gets the win in relief for the Nationals and Corey Seager homers for LA.

The Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 7-6, in 10 innings to sweep their Division Series. Josh Donaldson scores the winning run on a throwing error by Rougned Odor. Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin homer for Toronto, while Elvis Andrus and Odor connect for Texas. Roberto Osuna gets the win in relief.

10th    The Nationals beat the Dodgers, 8-3, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Jason Werth leads Washington with 3 hits, including a HR. Anthony Rendon also homers for the Nats, with Sammy Solis getting the win in relief. Carlos Ruiz hits a round-tripper for LA.

Coco Crisp hits a 2-run HR to lead the Indians to a 4-3 win over the Red Sox, and a sweep of their Division Series. Josh Tomlin notches the win for Cleveland.

Joe Panik’s double in the bottom of the 13th inning gives the Giants a 6-5 win over the Cubs in their Division Series. Chicago leads the series by 2-games-to-1. Ty Blach gets the win in relief, while pitcher Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant homer for the Cubs.

11th    The Dodgers edge the Nationals, 6-5, to even their Division Series at 2 games apiece. Chase Utley drives in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Adrian Gonzalez homers for LA and Joe Blanton get the win in relief.

The Cubs score 4 runs in the 9th inning to come back from a 5-2 deficit to defeat the Giants, 6-5, and win their Division Series, 3-games-to-1. Javier Baez drives home the winning run, while Hector Rondon gets the win in relief. David Ross homers for Chicago.

13th    The Dodgers score 4 runs in the 7th inning and hold on to defeat the Nationals, 4-3, in Game 5 of their Division Series, and win the Series by 3-games-to-2. Joc Pederson homers for LA and Chris Heisey connects for Washington. Julio Urias gets the win in relief and ace Clayton Kershaw gets his first career save.

14th    The Indians shut out the Blue Jays, 2-0, on Francisco Lindor’s 2-run HR in the opening game of the ALCS. Corey Kluber gets the win and Andrew Miller fans 5 batters in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

15th    The Indians edge the Blue Jays, 2-1, in Game 2 of the ALCS to take a 2-games-to-0 lead. Josh Tomlin gets the win, and Andrew Miller strikes out 5 more batters in 2 scoreless innings of relief. Carlos Santana homers for Cleveland.

The Cubs score 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and go on to beat the Dodgers, 8-4, in the opening game of the NLCS. Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand glam is the deciding blow. Dexter Fowler also homers for Chicago, and Aroldis Chapman gets the win in relief. Andre Ether hits a PH HR for LA.

16th    The Dodgers even the NLCS at a game apiece as Clayton Kershaw allows just 2 hits while hurling 7 scoreless innings. Adrian Gonzalez’s HR accounts for the game’s only run.

17th    The Indians defeat the Blue Jays, 4-2, to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. Bryan Shaw gets the win in relief for Cleveland, as Mike Napoli and Jason Kipnis slug homers. Michael Saunders homers for Toronto.

18th    The Blue Jays defeat the Indians, 5-1, to cut Cleveland’s lead in the ALCS to 3-games-to-1. Josh Donaldson homers for Toronto and Aaron Sanchez gets the win.

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs, 6-0, behind Rich Hill to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the NLCS. Hill is backed by HRs from Yasmani Granola and Justin Turner.

19th    The Indians shut out the Blue Jays, 3-0, to defeat Toronto in the ALCS, 4-games-to-1, and move on to the WS. Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp homer for Cleveland and Bryan Shaw gets the win in relief. Andrew Miller is named MVP of the Series, having hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in the Tribe’s 4 wins, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 14 batters.

The Cubs crush the Dodgers, 10-2, to even the NLCS at 2 games apiece. Mike Montgomery gets the win in relief, backed by HRs from Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo.

20th    The Cubs move within a game of the WS with their 8-4 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. Jon Lester hurls 7 innings for the win. Addison Russell’s 2-run HR in the 6th inning give Chicago a lead that it never relinquishes.

22nd   The Cubs shut out the Dodgers, 5-0, behind Kyle Hendrickx to win the NLCS and move on to the WS for the first time since 1945. LA managed just 2 hits off Hendricks and Aroldis Chapman. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered for Chicago. Jon Lester and Javier Baez share MVP honors for the Series.

25th    The Indians shut out the Cubs behind Corey Kluber, 6-0, to take the opener in the WS. In the process, he becomes the first pitcher in history to strike out 8 batters in the first 3 innings of a postseason game. Roberto Perez slugs a pair of HRs and drives in 4 runs for Cleveland.

26th    David Ortiz and Kris Bryant are named recipients of the 2016 Hank Aaron Awards as the most outstanding offensive performers in the AL and NL, respectively.

Jake Arrieta hurls hitless ball into the 6th inning, and the Cubs defeat the Indians, 5-1, to even the WS at a game apiece. Kyle Schwarber gets 2 hits and drives in 2 runs for Chicago.

28th    Four Cleveland pitchers limit the Cubs to no runs and 5 hits as the Tribe defeats Chicago, 1-0, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Coco Crisp drives in the game’s only run, and Andrew Miller gets the win in relief of starter Josh Tomlin. The win is the Indians’ 5th shutout of the postseason, setting a new ML record. Four teams had 4 shutouts.

Curtis Granderson wins the 2016 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.”

29th    Corey Kluber guides the Indians to a 7-2 win over the Cubs, and a 3-games-to-1 lead in the WS. Jason Kipnis gets 3 hits, including a 3-run HR, to lead Cleveland. Carlos Santana also homers for the Tribe, while Dexter Fowler connects for Chicago.

30th    The Cubs score 3 runs in the 4th inning and hold on to take a 3-2 win over the Indians in Game 5 of the WS. Jon Lester gets the win for Chicago. Kris Bryant’s HR ties the game, after Cleveland takes the lead on a Jose Ramirez round-tripper. David Ross’s sac fly drives in the eventual game-winning run.