2017 October

1stThe Astros edge the Red Sox, 4-3. Jose Altuve goes hitless, but finishes the season with an AL high 204 hits on the year. He becomes the first player in ML history to be his league’s outright leader in hits in each of four consecutive seasons.

Although Detroit’s Brad Ausmus, Philadelphia’s Pete Mackanin and New York’s Terry Collins will not be returning to manage their team next year, 2017 marked just the third time over the last 75 years that every manager who began the season spent the entire season in that position. It also occurred in 2000 and 2006. Ausmus, who the Tigers announced a week go is not returning as manager, turns the reins over to Ian Kinsler. “I saw him in the food room and asked him if he wanted  to do it.” Kinsler manages the team to a 5-1 loss to the Twins. Collins, who will stay on in the front office, endures an 11-0 whitewash by the Phillies, Noel Syndergaard tosses the first two innings, giving up no runs, while Nick Pivetta and three relievers do the same for the Phils.

Joey Votto hits a pair of doubles in a 3-1 Reds win over the Cubs. He has reached base 321 times this season to lead the majors.

3rd  The Twins score 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning, but the Yankees come back with 3 of their own in the bottom half and go on to beat Minnesota, 8-4, in the AL Wild Card game. Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge all homer for NY, while Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario connect for the Twins. David Robertson gets the win in relief for the Yankees, as they move on to play the Indians in the AL Division Series.

4th  The Diamondbacks pound out 17 hits on the way to an 11-8 win over the Rockies in the NL Wild Card game. Paul Goldschmidt and Daniel Descalso homer for Arizona, and Jake Lamb gets 4 hits. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story connect for Colorado. Andrew Chafin gets the win in relief.

5th  Jose Altuve becomes the 9th player to hit 3 HRs in a postseason game as he leads the Astros to an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of their ALDS. His 3 homers travel a combined 1206 feet. Alex Bregman also homers for Houston as Justin Verlander gets the win.

Trevor Bauer holds the Yankees to 2 hits over 6 2/3 innings and leads the Indians to a 4-0 win over New York. Jay Bruce hits a HR and drives in 3 runs for Cleveland

6th  Yan Gomes’s walkout single in the bottom of the 13th inning gives the Indians a 9-8 win and a 2-games-to-0 lead in their ALDS with the Yankees. Francisco Lindor’s 6th-innning grand slam and Jay Bruce’s solo shot in the 8th brings the Tribe back from 5 runs down and sends the game into extra innings. Josh Tomlin gets the win in relief for Cleveland. Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Greg Bird homer in a losing cause for NY.

The Astros defeat the Red Sox, 8-2, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their ALDS. Carlos Correa and George Springer homer for Houston, and Dallas Keuchel gets the win.

The Nationals are held to 2 hits as Kyle Hendricks, Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis combine to shut out Washington, 3-0, in the opener of their NLDS. Anthony Rizzo drives in a pair of runs for Chicago.

The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw surrenders HRs to A.J. Pollock, J.D. Martinez, Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis, but holds on to defeat the Diamondbacks, 9-5, in the opener of their NLDS. Justin Turner homers and drives in 5 runs for LA.

7thThe Nationals score 5 runs in the 8th inning and beat the Cubs, 6-3, to even their NLDS at 1 game apiece. Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman homer for Washington, while Wilson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo connect for Chicago. Oliver Perez gets the win in relief.

The Dodgers defeat the Diamondbacks, 8-5, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their NLDS. Logan Forsythe, Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig lead the LA attack, while Paul Goldschmidt and Brandon Drury homer in a losing cause for Arizona.

8th  Greg Bird’s 7th-inning HR is all the Yankees need as Masahiro Tanaka, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combine to shut out the Indians, 1-0, in Game 3 of their ALDS.

The Red Sox pound out 15 hits as they defeat the Astros, 10-3, to take Game 3 of their ALDS. Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. homer for Boston as Joe Kelly gets the win in  relief. Carlos Correa connects for Houston.

9th      The Astros eliminate the Red Sox with a 5-4 win in Game 4 of their ALDS. Justin Verlander gets the win, and Alex Bregman homers for Houston. Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers all connect in a losing cause for Boston.

Anthony Rizzo drives in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning, and the Cubs go on to edge the Nationals, 2-1, to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their NLDS. Carl Edwards Jr. gets the win in relief for Chicago. Max Scherzer takes a no-hitter into the 7th inning for Washington before leaving the game.

Luis Severino hurls the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Indians to even their ALDS at 2 games apiece. Gary Sanchez homers for NY, while Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez connect for Cleveland.

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks, 3-1, top sweep their NLDS and move on to the NLCS. Yu Darvish gets the win, backed by HRs from Cody Bellinger and Austin Barnes. Daniel Descalso homers for Arizona.

11th    Didn’t take long. The Red Sox fire John Farrell as their manager.

Steven Strasburg fans 12 while hurling 7 scoreless innings to lead the Nationals to a 5-0 win over the Cubs and tie their NLDS at 2 games apiece. Michael Taylor hits a grand slam for Washington.

Didi Gregorius hits a pair of HRs to lead the Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Indians in Game 5 of their ALDS. David Robertson gets the win in relief as NY moves on to the ALCS against Houston.

12th    Addison Russell drives in 4 runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-8 win over the Nationals, and a spot in the NLCS. The 5-hour and 37-minute game was the longest 9-inning contest in postseason history. Brian Duensing gets the win in relief, while Daniel Murphy and Michael Taylor homer for the losing Washington squad.

13th    Dallas Keuchel leads the Astros to a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS. He is the only pitcher since 1912 (when earned runs were first compiled) to debut and win each of his first 4 playoff starts while compiling an ERA below 1.00. Jose Altuve strokes 3 hits for Houston. Greg Bird homers to account for New York’s only run.

14th    Carlos Correa hits a HR, then drives in the winning run with a walkoff 2B in the 9th inning to lead the Astros a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS. Justin Verlander strikes out 13 and goes all the way for the win for Houston, which gives them a 2-games-to-0 lead in the Series.

The Dodgers defeat the Cubs, 5-2, in the opening game of the NLCS. Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig homer for LA while Albert Almora Jr. connects for Chicago. Kenta Made gets the win in relief.

15th    After driving in the tying run with a 5th-inning single, Justin Turner hits a walkout 3-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to give the Dodgers a 4-1 win—and a 2-games-to-0 lead—in the NLCS. Kenley Jansen gets the victory win in relief, while Addison Russell homers for Chicago.

16th    Todd Frazier and Aaron Judge hit 3-run homers to lead the Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS. CC Sabathia hurls 6 scoreless innings for the win.

17th    Trailing 4-0, the Yankees score 2 runs in the 7th inning and 4 in the 8th to defeat the Astros, 6-4, and even the ALCS at 2 games apiece. Gary Sanchez drives in  3 runs, Aaron Judge hits a HR, and Chad Green gets the win in relief for NY.

The Dodgers beat the Cubs 6-1, to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the NLCS. Yu Darvish gets the win for LA, backed by HRs from Andre Ether and Chris Taylor. Kyle Schwarber homers for Chicago.

18th    Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees shut out the Astros, 5-0, to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in the ALCS. Tanaka hurls 7 scoreless innings to get the win, and Gary Sanchez homers for NY.

The Cubs edge the Dodgers, 3-2, to stay alive in the NLCS. Javier Baez hits a pair of HRs and Wilson Contreras adds another solo blast to account for Chicago’s runs, backing Jake Arrieta’s pitching. Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner connect for LA. The 5 combined runs are the most in postseason history among games in which every runs scored came on a solo homer.

19th    The Dodgers crush the Cubs, 11-1, to clinch the NLCS and move on to the World Series. Enrique Hernandez hits 3 HRs and drives in 7 runs for LA, and Clayton Kershaw gets the win. Kris Bryant homers in a losing cause for Chicago. Justin Turner and Chris Taylor are named co-MVPs for the Series.

20th    The Nationals announce that Dusty Baker will not return as the Washington manager next season.

The Astros defeat the Yankees, 7-1, behind Justin Verlander to force a game 7 in the ALCS. Jose Altuve homers and drives in 3 runs for Houston, and Aaron Judge hits homers for NY.

21st     Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers, Jr. hold the Yankees scoreless and lead the Astros to a 4-0 win in Game 7 of the ALCS, sending them to the WS against the Dodgers. Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homer for Houston. Justin Verlander is named the Series MVP.

22nd   The Red Sox name Astros coach Alex Cora as their new manager.

23rd   The Mets hire former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager.

24th    Clayton Kershaw strikes out 11 Astros to lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over Houston in the opening game of the WS. Justin Turner hits a 2-runs homer and Chris Taylor adds another HR for LA. Alex Bregman’s homer accounts for the Astros’ only score.

25th    In a game marked by 8 HRs, the Astros come from behind to defeat the Dodgers, 7-6, in 11 innings to tie the Series at a game apiece. George Springer’s 2-run blast in the 11th inning is the deciding blow, making Chris Devenski the winner in relief. Martin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa also homer for Houston, while Joc Peterson, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and Charlie Culberson connect for LA. The 5 HRs hit in extra innings is a first in over 200,000 regular season and postseason ML games.

26th    The Yankees announce that Joe Girardi will not return as the team’s manager.

27th    Lance McCullers, Jr. and Brad Peacock combine to hold the Dodgers to 4 hits and lead Houston to a 5-3 victory and a 2-games-to-1 lead in the WS. McCullers gets the win, aided by a HR from Yuli Gurriel. The win for the Astros ties the record for longest home winning streak—7 games—within one postseason, previously accomplished by the Phillies in 2008 and the Royals in 2015.

28th    Craig Kimberly of the Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers are named winners of the Reliever of the Year Awards for the AL and NL, respectively.

The Dodgers score 5 runs in the 9th inning and go on to defeat the Astros, 6-2, to tie the WS at 2 games apiece. Joc Peterson hits a 3-run HR to spark LA, as Tony Watson gets the win in relief. George Springer and Alex Bregman homer for Houston to account for the Astros’ only hits and runs.

29th    The Nationals hire Dave Martinez as their new manager.

In a classic, Alex Bregman’s walk-off single in the 10th inning sends the Astros to a 13-12 victory over the Dodgers in the second-longest WS game in history. Houston becomes the second team in ML history to erase two deficits of 3 or more runs in a playoff game. The contest is marked by 7 HRs—Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa and Brian McCann for Houston, and Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig for LA. Joe Musgrove gets the win in relief for the Astros.  The two teams have combined for 22 homeruns in five games, a new ML record.

30th    The Phillies name former OF Gabe Kapler as their new manager.

31st     The Dodgers score a pair of runs in the 6th inning and go on to defeat the Astros, 3-1, to set up a Game 7. Tony Watson gets the win in relief, with Joc Peterson hitting a HR. George Springer connects for Houston’s only run.