This Day In Baseball October 13
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Events for October 13
In a game against the Unions of Morrisania, Jim Creighton of the Excelsiors hits a sixth-inning home run after doubling in each of his first four times to the plate. When he crosses home, the 21 year-old superstar complains of having broken his belt, that turns out to be a suspected fatal ruptured inguinal hernia caused by the torque created by his all upper-body hard swing with the bat.
The Phillies get four runs early off Boston Red Sox pitcher Rube Foster in Game 5 of the World Series. The Red Sox break a tie in the 9th inning for the third time in the Series, as Harry Hooper hits his second home run of the game off reliever Eppa Rixey. Boston wins, 5 – 4, to take the Series in five games.
The day after Oakland wins the ALCS, Bowie Kuhn announces that A’s shortstop Burt Campaneris, suspended for the rest of the division playoff for throwing his bat at Tiger hurler Lerrin LaGrow in Game 2, will be allowed to participate in the World Series. The commissioner cites the precedent of Yankee shortstop Frank Crosetti, who had been suspended for 30 days due to an ugly late-season incident with an umpire, being permitted to play in the 1942 Fall Classic by AL president Will Harridge, who decided to carry the penalty into next season rather than diminish his circuit’s chances of winning a World Championship.
In a nationwide polling of sportswriters and broadcasters, Orioles’ skipper Frank Robinson is named the Associated Press Manager of the Year, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Don Zimmer of the Cubs. The Hall of Famer guided a young group of players in one of the greatest comeback seasons in the history of the game, finishing the campaign 32.5 games better than the club’s last-place finish the previous year.
At Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win the National League pennant by beating the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS, 6-3. With Tommy Greene out-dueling Greg Maddux and the timely hitting of Darren Daulton, Dave Hollins, and Mickey Morandini, Philadelphia wins its third consecutive game to dethrone the defending champs.
1995 – Jay Buhner, whose error in right field allowed the Indians to tie the game, hits his second home run of the game in the top of the 11th inning to lead the Mariners to a 5 – 2 victory in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Norm Charlton hurls three hitless innings in relief to give the Mariners a 2-1 series lead.
The Atlanta Braves take a two-game lead over the Mets in the NLCS with a 4 – 3 victory. The Braves score all four of their runs in the 6th inning on a pair of home runs by Brian Jordan and Eddie Perez off Mets starter Kenny Rogers. Kevin Millwood gets the win for Atlanta, with John Smoltz making his first relief appearance ever to get the save.
Jorge Posada’s 5th-inning solo home run accounts for all the scoring as the Yankees defeat Oakland, 1 – 0, to stay alive in their ALDS. Pitcher Mike Mussina gives up just four hits in seven innings to get the win. Derek Jeter makes his famous “Flip Play” on a relay throw to the plate to nab Jeremy Giambi, who neglects to slide, and save the game.
The Yankees, being down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, stave off elimination, beating the A’s and Barry Zito, 1-0, thanks to the shutout pitching by Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada’s fifth-inning home run. Shortstop Derek Jeter backing up an errant relay throw down the first base line and flipping it home to cut down Jeremy Giambi as the potential tying run becomes one of the most memorable defensive plays in postseason history.
Joining George Brett (Royals: 1978 ALCS Game 3), Reggie Jackson (Yankees: 1977 World Series Game 6), Bob Robertson (Pirates: 1971 NLCS Game 2), and Babe Ruth, (Yankees: 1928 World Series Game 4 and 1926 World Series Game 4), light-hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three homers in a postseason game, helping the Angels to secure their first World Series berth in the team’s 42 year-old history. Using a ten-run seventh inning, Anaheim beats the Twins 13-5 to capture the ALCS in five games.
A tearful 72 year-old Don Zimmer apologizes for his part in yesterday’s brawl during Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox. During the fourth-inning matinee melee at Fenway, the Yankees’ assistant to the manager is thrown to the ground by Pedro Martinez, after charging the right-hander.
A six-run sixth inning puts the Cardinals out of reach as they outslug the Astros, 10-7, in Game One of the N.L.C.S. in St. Louis. Brandon Backe and Chad Qualls are torched by the league’s most potent offense, despite receiving home run support from Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent and Mike Lamb
2005 – Roy Oswalt works seven innings of five-hit one-run ball and Brad Lidge throws two scoreless innings in relief as the Houston Astros pass the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 – 1. Rookie outfielder Chris Burke keeps up his unlikely postseason hitting, scoring two runs and driving in another with a two-out single. Burke came through in the NLDS with an 18th-inning walk-off home run that knocked out Atlanta, and he had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Houston’s Game 1 loss to St. Louis. Houston evens the best-of-seven series at one game apiece and heads home for the next three contests.
2006 – The Tigers defeat Oakland, 3 – 0, in Game 3 of the ALCS, with Kenny Rogers picking up the win. In the game, Mark Kiger makes his major league debut as a defensive substitute for the A’s, becoming the first player to make his debut in the postseason since Bug Holliday in 1885. Kiger will never play a regular-season game during his short major league career.
Four days after manager Charlie Manuel gets his contract extended, the Phillies re-signed their entire coaching staff for next season. After ending a 14-year postseason drought, the reigning National League East Champs ask Jimy Williams (bench coach), Rich Dubee (pitching coach), Milt Thompson (hitting coach), Davey Lopes (first-base coach), Steve Smith (third-base coach), Ramon Henderson (bullpen coach), and Mick Billmeyer (catching instructor) to return to Philadelphia in 2008.
The Detroit Tigers turn to their ace, Justin Verlander, to stave off elimination in the ALCS. He limits the Texas Rangers’ bats to 2 runs through seven innings, then tires and leaves in the 8th having thrown a career-high 133 pitches. With the Bengals’ bullpen aces too tired to pitch, Phil Coke takes over and gets the last five outs, even though the Rangers manage to pull back 3 runs over the last two frames. Still, the Tigers had built a big lead against C.J. Wilson, with four home runs – two by Delmon Young and one each by Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn – and hang on for a 7 – 5 win.
The Milwaukee Brewers even the NLCS at 2 games apiece with a 4 – 2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Randy Wolf gives up just 6 hits through 7 innings, although he gets off on the wrong foot, allowing solo homers to Matt Holliday in the 2nd and Allen Craig in the 3rd as the Brewers fall behind, 2 – 0. Milwaukee comes back with a pair of runs in the 4th, then chase Kyle Lohse from the game as Ryan Braun hits a go-ahead single in the 5th.
2012 – In Game 1 of the ALCS, Raul Ibanez hits a homer to cap a game-tying four-run outburst against Tigers closer Jose Valverde in the 9th inning, but Detroit manages to overcome the psychological blow to win, 6 – 4, in 12 innings. The Yankees’ Derek Jeter collects the 200th postseason hit of his career in the game – second place on the all-time list is held by his long-time teammate Bernie Williams with 128 – but he then suffers a broken ankle while fielding a ground ball in the 12th, putting him out for the rest of the postseason. Delmon Young drives in 3 runs for Detroit, including a homer in the 8th and the game-winner with a double off David Phelps, the eighth Yankee pitcher of the game.
Trailing 5 – 0 in the middle of the 6th in Game 2 of the ALCS, the Red Sox mount an impressive comeback against the Tigers, highlighted by David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in the 8th, and a game-winning single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia which drive in Jonny Gomes in the bottom of the 9th at Fenway Park. The Series is now tied at one game each.
For the first time in their history, the Cubs clinch a postseason series in Wrigley Field when they defeat the Cardinals, 6 – 4, in Game 4 of the NLDS. The Cardinals take an early lead on a two-run homer by Stephen Piscotty in the 1st, but the Cubs reply with a four-run 2nd, highlighted by a three-run shot by Javier Baez. After the Cardinals tie the score in the 6th, solo homers by Anthony Rizzo in the 6th and Kyle Schwarber in the 7th, both off Kevin Siegrist, send Chicago to the NLCS.
2016 – The Dodgers eliminate the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, 4 – 3, thanks to an epic 7th inning that takes over an hour to play. With the Dodgers trailing 1 – 0, Joc Pederson hits Max Scherzer’s first pitch of the inning for a homer, ending the Nats ace’s night. Dusty Baker uses five relievers in a vain attempt to try to stop the bleeding, but a pinch-hit RBI single by Carlos Ruiz and a two-run triple by Justin Turner give L.A. a three-run lead. Washington comes right back with a walk and a two-run pinch homer by Chris Heisey off Grant Dayton, who then puts another runner on base. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn’t mess around though: he brings in closer Kenley Jansen early, and he gets seven outs even if he walks four batters; when Jansen is out of gas, Roberts brings in his ace, Clayton Kershaw, to retire the final two batters.
A two-run homer by Justin Turner off Jeremy Jeffress in the 8th completes a comeback from a 3 – 0 deficit and gived the Dodgers a 4 – 3 win over the Brewers in Game 2 of the NLCS. The Dodgers overcome solo homers by Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw, and a steal of a potential two-run shot by CF Lorenzo Cain, who snatches David Freese’s hit over the outfield fence in the 1st.
The Astros benefit from some largesse from Boston’s pitchers as they issue 10 walks and hit 3 batters to win Game 1 of the 2018 ALCS, 7 – 2. Four of Houston’s five hits drive in at least a run, including a pair of 9th-inning homers by Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel that provide 4 insurance runs. Justin Verlander also temporarily loses the plate, issuing 3 walks and a wild pitch in the 5th to allow the Red Sox to tie the score at 2, before a hit batsman, an error and a well-timed two-out single by Carlos Correa off Joe Kelly puts Houston ahead to stay in the 6th.
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