COMPLETE GAME VICTORIES TO CLINCH DIVISION SERIES (Updated with Chris Carpenter)

Last year I wrote a post about pitchers who threw a complete game victory to clinch the Division Series.

In the 2010 Division Series I added Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

Tonight both Hamels and Lee sat in Citizens Bank Ballpark and saw Chris Carpenter put himself on the list.

Let’s update it.

Complete Game Division Series Clinchers

John Smoltz
1997 ATLANTA BRAVES
Game 3
4-1 victory against Houston Astros


Bobby Jones
2000 NEW YORK METS
Game 4
4-0 victory against San Francisco Giants


Curt Schilling
2001 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Game 5
2-1 victory against St. Louis Cardinals


Cole Hamels
2010 PHILADELPHIA PHLLIES
Game 3
2-0 victory against Cincinnati Reds

Cliff Lee
2010 TEXAS RANGERS
Game 5
5-1 victory against Tampa Bay Rays

Chris Carpenter
Game 5
1-0 victory against Philadelphia Phillies

The 2001 Series didn’t end with Schilling on the mound getting the last out. The series ended with a walk off single by Tony Womack.

For sticklers of details, they played the Division Series in 1981 as well and two more complete games clinched series THAT year.

Steve Rogers
1981 MONTREAL EXPOS
Game 5
3-0 victory against Philadelphia Phillies

Jerry Reuss
1981 LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Game 5
4-0 victory against Houston Astros

But while relievers were being used more frequently then, the whole specialization of EVERY bullpen role (and the cheapening of the save) didn’t come around until the late 1980s.

So welcome to Division Series immortality, Chris Carpenter.
And you are welcome Bobby Jones for reminding everyone of your great feat!

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Did you see what happened in Arizona tonight?

Daniel Hudson was pitching for the Diamondbacks tonight against his old team, the White Sox.

He’s a 24 year old pitcher going up against Edwin Jackson, the guy he was traded for.

He was throwing a shutout into the 7th, but a Paul Konerko homer made it a game and he let base runners on in the 8th and 9th.

Do you know what Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson did?
He let him pitch through it. He didn’t baby him.

And now he got a complete game win and has the experience of working through his own jams.
Hudson is now 8-5 with a good 3.56 ERA and is averaging 6 2/3 innings a start.

The Diamondbacks now have a good young pitcher who they can count on to go deep into games. And they got that because THEY LET HIM PITCH!

It sounds so simple. And yet so few teams do that.

But I covered that in the last Sully Baseball video.

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Good for Ron Roenicke

Good for him for getting his first win as Brewers manager.
But also good for him for not panicking nor “going by the book.”
It’s early in the season and everyone is soiling their pants with pitch counts. Meanwhile Yovani Gallardo chucked 8 innings of 2 hit ball in a 1-0 game. Did Roenicke go to the closer like everyone on the planet Earth is told they should do?
Nope. He let Gallardo finish it. An ace is established. Confidence is built. More wins to come.
Also good for him for employing one of the Iorg brothers.
I always confused them. Then again, I also confused the Roenickes.
Maybe that’s why he hired him.

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