Every Post Season series that ended with a walk off hit

In my latest series of entries, I want to record how each and every post season series ended.
I am doing a blog post for each and every team, listing which pitchers clinched the final out.

And I did a post on some of the more unusual endings, such as a series being clinched with a wild pitch or a runner caught stealing.

I felt it was necessary to list all of the series winning hits.
Sure every baseball fan has thought about how cool it would be to get the hit to win the World Series or close out a playoff series. These 24 are the only ones who can claim to have done it.

To be fair, only 23 are walk off hits. One was a sacrifice fly, but I included that as well.
There are a few massive home runs and one bunt.

So here they are. I list the batter, the game, the pitcher, who scored and what the final score was.

Every Post Season series
that ended with a walk off hit

Larry Gardner
Game 8 1912 World Series

RBI Sacrifice Fly with one out in the bottom of the 10th.

Pitcher: Christy Mathewson
Scoring: Steve Yerkes

Final Score:
RED SOX 3, GIANTS 2

Earl McNeely
Game 7 1924 World Series

RBI double with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th inning.

Pitcher: Jack Bentley
Scoring: Muddy Ruel

Final Score:
SENATORS 4, GIANTS 3

Goose Goslin
Game 6 1935 World Series

RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Larry French
Scoring: Mickey Cochrane

Final Score:
TIGERS 4, CUBS 3

Billy Martin
Game 6 1953 World Series

RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Clem Lebine
Scoring: Hank Bauer

Final Score:
YANKEES 4, DODGERS 3

Bill Mazeroski
Game 7 1960 World Series

Home run to lead off the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Ralph Terry
Scoring: Bill Mazeroski

Final Score:
PIRATES 10, YANKEES 9

Ken Griffey
Game 3 1976 NLCS

RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Tom Underwood
Scoring: Dave Concepcion

Final Score:
REDS 7, PHILLIES 6

Chris Chambliss
Game 5 1976 ALCS

Leadoff home run in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Mark Littell
Scoring: Chris Chambliss

Final Score:
YANKEES 7, ROYALS 6

Bill Russell
Game 4 1978 NLCS

RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th.

Pitcher: Tug McGraw
Scoring: Ron Cey

Final Score:
DODGERS 4, PHILLIES 3

Gene Larkin
Game 7 1991 World Series

RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th.

Pitcher: Alejandro Pena
Scoring: Dan Gladden

Final Score:
TWINS 1, BRAVES 0

Francisco Cabrera
Game 7 1992 NLCS

2 run single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Stan Belinda
Scoring: David Justice and Sid Bream

Final Score:
BRAVES 3, PIRATES 2

Joe Carter
Game 6 1993 World Series

3 run home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Mitch Williams.
Scoring: Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Joe Carter

Final Score:
BLUE JAYS 8, PHILLIES 6

Edgar Martinez
Game 5 1995 Division Series

2 run double with no outs in the bottom of the 11th.

Pitcher: Jack McDowell
Scoring: Joey Cora and Ken Griffey Jr.

Final Score:
MARINERS 6, YANKEES 5

Edgar Renteria
Game 7 1997 World Series

RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 11th.

Pitcher: Charles Nagy
Scoring: Craig Counsell

Final Score:
MARLINS 3, INDIANS 2

Todd Pratt
Game 4 1999 Division Series

Solo home run in the bottom of the 10th with 1 out.

Pitcher: Matt Mantei
Scoring: Todd Pratt

Final Score:
METS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3

Carlos Guillen
Game 3 2000 AL Division Series

RBI bunt single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Keith Foulke
Scoring: Rickey Henderson

Final Score:
MARINERS 2, WHITE SOX 1

Tony Womack
Game 5 2001 NL Division Series

RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Steve Kline
Scoring: Danny Bautista

Final Score:
DIAMONDBACKS 2, CARDINALS 1

Luis Gonzalez
Game 7 2001 World Series

RBI single with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
Scoring: Jay Bell

Final Score:
DIAMONDBACKS 3, YANKEES 2

Kenny Lofton
Game 5 2002 NLCS

2 out RBI single.

Pitcher: Steve Kline
Scoring: David Bell

Final Score:
GIANTS 2, CARDINALS 1

Aaron Boone
Game 7 2003 ALCS

Solo home run leading off the bottom of the 11th.

Pitcher: Tim Wakefield
Scoring: Aaron Boone

Final Score:
YANKEES 6, RED SOX 5

David Ortiz
Game 4 2004 AL Division Series

2 run home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th.

Pitcher: Jarrod Washburn
Scoring: Pokey Reese and David Ortiz

Final Score:
RED SOX 8, ANGELS 6

Chris Burke
Game 4 2005 Division Series

Solo home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 18th.

Pitcher: Joey Devine
Scoring: Chris Burke

Final Score:
ASTROS 7, BRAVES 6

Magglio Ordonez
Game 4 2006 NLCS

3 run home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th

Pitcher: Huston Street
Scoring: Craig Monroe, Placido Polanco and Magglio Ordonez

Final Score:
TIGERS 6, ATHLETICS 3

Jed Lowrie
Game 4 2008 AL Division Series

RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Pitcher: Scot Shields
Scoring: Jason Bay

Final Score:
RED SOX 3, ANGELS 2

Nyjer Morgan
Game 5 2011 NL Division Series

RBI Single with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th.

Pitcher: J. J. Putz
Scoring: Carlos Gomez

Final Score:
BREWERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2

Most of the players listed are solid big leaguers but not superstars.
Only Bill Mazeroski and Goose Goslin were Hall of Famers (and Mazeroski’s inclusion in Cooperstown is one of the most controversial votes ever.)

Rickey Henderson crossed the plate twice on a series ending hit, but never as a member of the A’s. Surely when you think of Rickey, you think of him as a Toronto Blue Jay or a Seattle Mariner.

So why did I do this list?
Well in case anyone out there in the vast internet land happens to wonder out loud “I wonder who got a walk off hit to end a post season series” they would land on this post from your pal Sully.

And I will update it the next time there is a walk off hit to end a post season series.

As of now, Nyjer Morgan’s hit against the Diamondbacks is the last one.

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Sully Baseball Salutes… Jed Lowrie

The Red Sox traded Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Astros for reliever Mark Melancon.

It’s a smart trade. The Red Sox need to rebuild their bullpen and Jed Lowrie is not a long term answer for the infield. Melancon is talented, piled up saves for an awful Astros team and has a good ERA+. And he’s only 26 years old.

But before we bid good bye to Jed Lowrie, let’s salute him.
He was part of that 2005 First Round crop that supposedly was going to replenish the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury has held up his end of the bargain.
When healthy Clay Buchholz has been a stud.
Craig Hansen was supposed to be a the next bullpen ace. It didn’t work out that way.
And Jed Lowrie was going to provide depth SOMEWHERE in the infield.

The Sox got the Lowrie pick as a result of losing Orlando Cabrera to the Angels.

And it was against the Angels that he had his greatest moment.

In 2008 Division Series, the Red Sox were the defending World Champions but the Angels were the best team in the American League. If any team looked like they were in a position to unseat the World Champs, it was this Angels team. But the Sox took the first two games in Anaheim and then lost an extra inning thriller in Game 3.

Game 4 was a back and forth affair with the Angels tying the game in the 8th. In the 9th, Jason Bay dropped a bloop double in front of Reggie Willits. With 1 out, Mark Kotsay hit a linedrive that looked like it was going to clinch the series but Mark Teixeira made a diving catch at first base.

Up stepped Jed Lowrie who swung at Scot Shields’ first pitch and smacked it into right field. Bay came around to score and the Red Sox were off to the ALCS.

It was the 16th post season series won by the Red Sox.
(7 World Series, 4 ALCS and 5 Division Series).

And as of this writing, it was the last playoff series won by Boston.

In those 16 post season series victories, only 3 ended with a walk off hit.
The 1912 World Series ended when Larry Gardner hit a 10th inning sacrifice fly.
The 2004 Division Series ended with a David Ortiz home run.
And the 2008 Division Series ended with Jed Lowrie’s single.

We all jumped up and celebrated that night.

So before you head off to Houston, let’s salute Jed Lowrie and say thank you.

And hopefully the number of Red Sox who ended a post season series with a walk off hit will increase before long.

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You DON’T walk a batter to face Jed Lowrie!


Joe Girardi played with fire tonight.

He walked David Ortiz to face Jed Lowrie in a tie game.

BIG MISTAKE!

He swatted a tie breaking hit in the third inning that gave the Sox the lead. It wasn’t the game winning hit. The Yankees would tie and take the lead before homers by Ellsbury and Varitek gave the Sox the cushion for good.

But the Lowrie hit set the tone for me. It was clear that the Red Sox were in a fighting mood.

Let’s update the tally for GOOD reasons!

DODGED BULLET GAMES – 43

April 8 – 9-6 win against the Yankees. (The Sox end their 6 game losing streak with a slugfest. John Lackey stinks but Phil Hughes stinks even more.)

April 10 – 4-0 win against the Yankees. (Beckett and Sabathia duel in a game that was 1-0 until the late innings.)

April 20 – 5-3 win in Oakland. (Red Sox survive a lead off homer and two bases loaded situations and facing the tying run at the plate to win their first road game.)

April 21 – 4-2 win in Anaheim. (The Red Sox stranded 15 men on base and Josh Beckett’s went 8 strong with no decision. But the Sox rallied in the 11th to win.)

April 22 – 4-3 win in Anaheim. (Peter Bourjos makes a 2 run errors and the Red Sox survive a bizarre passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia that let a run scored from second.)

May 1 – 3-2 win against the Mariners. (Ichiro loses a ball in the sun that turns into a 9th inning triple for Lowrie. Crawford singles him home for the win.)

May 8 – 9-5 win against the Twins. (Dice-K lets up 3 runs in the first but settles down as the Red Sox clobber Carl Pavano.)

May 9 – 2-1 win against the Twins. (A bullpen breakdown cost Beckett the decision but Cark Crawford ended the game with an 11th inning walk off hit.)

May 13 – 5-4 win in the Bronx. (Youkilis homers off of Joba and Bard and Papelbon make it more interesting than it needed to be.)

May 15 – 7-5 win in the Bronx. (Sox fall behind 4-1 but come back as Youk, Papi and Salty all homer.)

May 16 – 8-7 win against the Orioles. (Down 6-0 after 6 innings, the Sox rally and win it with a 2 run walk off double by Adrian Gonzalez)

May 18 – 1-0 win against Detroit. (With 2 outs in the 8th, Salty doubles home Crawford from first for the only run. Papelbon gets himself in and out of 9th inning trouble.)

May 19 – 4-3 win against Detroit. (Bard blows Beckett’s lead but Carl Crawford wins it with a walk off hit.)

May 24 – 4-2 win in Cleveland. (Varitek throws two runners out and homers as the Red Sox win their first game against the Indians.)

May 29 – 4-3 win in Detroit. (The Red Sox blow an early 3-0 lead but David Ortiz wins the game with a pinch 9th inning homer.)

June 3 – 8-6 win against Oakland. (Buchholz lets up 4 runs in the first but the Sox come back thanks to Carl Crawford’s 2 run single.)

June 4 – 9-8 win against Oakland. (Red Sox blow a 4 run 9th inning lead and trail in the 11th before Ellsbury ties it and Drew wins it in 14.)

June 7 – 6-4 win in the Bronx. (Papelbon strikes out A-Rod to end the game with a runner on base.)

June 9 – 8-3 win in the Bronx. (Down 2-0 to Sabathia in the 7th, the Sox score 7 runs as Papi exacts revenge after getting plunked. A 3+ hour rain delay pushed the game past 1:30 AM)
June 15 – 3-0 win in Tampa Bay. (Youkilis homers in the 7th for the only runs in Beckett’s 1 hit masterpiece.)

June 16 – 4-2 win in Tampa Bay. (Papelbon wiggles out of a 2 on, nobody out jam in the 9th thanks to Youk’s diving catch.)

June 26 – 4-2 win in Pittsburgh. (The Pirates make 4 errors and the Red Sox score 2 in the 7th to avoid a sweep by the Bucs.

June 30 – 5-2 win in Philadelphia.(An injury to Cole Hamels leads to the Red Sox bats waking up.)

July 1 – 7-5 win in Houston. (The Sox score 6 in the 7th inning to come back and win.)

July 3 – 2-1 win in Houston. (The Red Sox score a run in the top of the 9th on a walk to break a tie.)

July 5 – 3-2 win against Toronto. (Lester gets hurt but Darnel McDonald throws out the tying run at the plate to end the game.)

July 6 – 6-4 win against Toronto. (The Sox score 4 in the 4th to take the lead and Wakefield and company hang on for dear life.)

July 10 – 8-6 win against Baltimore. (The Orioles score 6 runs off of rookie Kyle Weiland in the second, but the Red Sox hit three homers in the bottom of the second to tie the game and hold for dear life.)

July 16 – 9-5 win in Tampa. (Lackey puts the Sox in a 3-0 first inning hole, but 3 Sox homers bring them back for the win.)

July 17 – 1-0 win in Tampa. (Beckett throws a masterpiece and the bullpen throws 8 amazing innings. But the Sox bats go dead, leaving 17 men on base before Pedroia drove in a run with 2 outs in the 16th inning.)

July 18 – 15-10 win in Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 6-2 lead but score 8 runs in the 8th to take the game.)

July 22 – 7-4 win against Seattle. (John Lackey beat Felix Hernandez and Mike Carp’s error helped the Red Sox score 5 in the 7th to give them some breathing room.)

July 23 – 3-1 win against Seattle. (Ellsbury gets Beckett off the hook in a tight pitchers duel when he got a 2 out, 2 strike 2 run go ahead single in the 8th.)

July 26 – 13-9 win against the Royals. (The Sox trailed in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th before the bats exploded in the 5th.

August 2 – 3-2 win against Cleveland. (Youk tied the game with a 6th inning homer and Salty dove home for the winning run in the 9th.)

August 3 – 4-3 win against Cleveland. (Ellsbury hits a walk off shot in the 9th.)

August 7 – 3-2 win against the Yankees (The Sox rally off of Rivera in the 9th and win on Josh Reddick’s 10th inning single)

August 8 – 8-6 win in Minnesota. (Down 5-1, the Red Sox rally back, then score twice in the 9th to give the Sox the win.)

August 9 – 4-3 win in Minnesota. (Darnell McDonald’s homer ties the game and Ortiz singles home the game winner as Bard worked out of trouble in the 7th.)

August 12 – 6-4 win in Seattle. (Reddick and Ortiz homered to bail out Lackey.)
August 16 – 3-1 win against Tampa Bay. (Pedroia makes a diving catch in the 9th to help preserve the win.)

August 18 – 4-3 win at Kansas City. (Sox hold on despite having three base runners thrown out by the outfielders.)

August 31 – 9-5 win against the Yankees. (Beckett blows a 4-1 lead but homers by Ellsbury and Varitek put the Sox on top.)

TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 36

April 1 – 9-5 loss in Texas. (The Sox tie Opening Day in the 8th with an Ortiz homer only to have Bard implode and the Sox let up 4 in the bottom of the 8th.)

April 5 – 3-1 loss in Cleveland. (The Sox drop their 4th straight as the bats are dead in Cleveland.)

April 7 – 1-0 loss in Cleveland. (Sox blow a great Lester performance on a squeeze bunt and Darnell McDonald overrunning the bag to end the game.)

April 12 – 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay. (A solid Lester performance is wasted as Kyle Farnsworth of all people shuts down the Sox.)

April 15 – 7-6 loss to Toronto. (Bobby Jenks implodes with a 4 run seventh inning as the Red Sox waste Pedroia and Youkilis homers and a clutch RBI double by Scuatro.

April 19 – 5-0 loss in Oakland. (Pedroia gets picked off, the Sox bats go dead and waste a solid Lackey start.)

April 26 – 4-1 loss in Baltimore. (Buchholz pitches tentatively and the Sox let Kevin Gregg of all people to close out the 9th.)

April 27 – 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (The Sox tie the game with a 3 run 8th only to have Bard lose it in the bottom of the 8th.)

April 29 – 5-4 loss to Mariners. (Bobby Jenks blows a 7th inning lead, wasting 2 Mike Cameron homers.)

April 30 – 2-0 loss to Mariners. (The Sox strand 11 runners and let Milton Bradley double home the go ahead run.)

May 4 – 5-3 loss to Angels. (7 hours with rain delays and stranded runners. Marco Scutaro was thrown out at the plate in the 12th)

May 10 – 7-6 loss in Toronto. (8th and 9th inning heroics, including a homer by Adrian Gonzalez, are undone by a walk off sacrifice fly by David Cooper.)

May 21 – 9-3 loss to Cubs. (Up 3-1 in the 8th inning, the bullpen and defense implode. The Cubs score 8 runs while both teams wear their 1918 uniforms.)

May 23– 3-2 loss in Cleveland. (The Sox blow a 2-1 8th inning lead when the Indians rally with 2 outs. Crawford ends the game on a double play.)

May 29 – 3-0 loss in Detroit. (Verlander keeps the Sox off base and prevents the sweep.)

June 1 – 7-4 loss to White Sox. (Konerko drives in three, spoiling a game tying Ortiz homer.)
June 14 – 4-0 loss in Tampa Bay. (Wakefield’s solid outing is spoiled. Longoria scores on a passed ball.)

June 18 – 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. (The Brewers hit three homers early off of Lester and hang on.)

June 21 – 5-4 loss to San Diego. (Ortiz hits a double play in the 9th to stifle a potential winning rally.)
June 24 – 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh. (The Red Sox strand 7 runners in scoring position.)

June 25 – 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh. (The Red Sox fall out of first as Pedroia’s error leads to a Pirates run.)

June 29 – 2-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Vance Worley duels John Lackey and slumping Raul Ibanez drives in both runs.)

July 4 – 9-7 loss to Toronto. (John Lackey’s miserable start puts the Sox in too big a hole to climb out of.)

July 19 – 6-2 loss in Baltimore. (Scutaro gets thrown out stealing and the Orioles tack on 3 big runs late.)
July 25 – 3-1 loss to the Royals. (Scutaro botches a potential game winning squeeze play in the 12th as the Red Sox lose in 14.)
July 28 – 4-3 loss to the Royals. (Crawford’s bid for a walk off homer falls just short.)

July 29 – 3-1 loss to the White Sox. (Sox blow a late 1-0 lead and spoil a solid Wakefield start.)
August 1 – 9-6 loss to Cleveland. (Asdrubal Cabrera’s second home run was an 8th inning tie breaking shot off of Daniel Bard.)
August 4 – 7-3 loss to Cleveland. (Carlos Santana’s homer broke a 3-3 tie.)

August 5 – 3-2 loss to the Yankees. (The Sox leave the bases loaded in the 5th and the Yankees score 3 in the 6th to take the lead.)

August 10 – 5-2 in Minnesota. (The Twins score 3 in the 8th, spoiling Ortiz’s game tying homer.)

August 13 – 5-4 loss in Seattle. (Mariners score 5 in the first and the Red Sox come back falls short.)

August 14 – 5-3 loss in Seattle. (The Red Sox comeback falls short as Wakefield loses a complete game).
August 16 – 6-2 loss against Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox pull a triple play but a late rally by the Rays puts the game out of reach.)
August 21 – 9-4 loss at Kansas City. (The Royals’ 8 run 6th spoils a 4-1 Sox lead and Wakefield’s bid to win 200 games.)

August 30 – 5-2 loss to the Yankees. (Sabathia finally beats the Sox and Cervelli’s homer sparks bean balls.)

Up to +7.

MAGIC NUMBER TO CLINCH THE EAST: 26

It’s been a while since they dodged a bullet.

It feels good.

Do you know what feels better?

Seeing who is pitching tomorrow.

Jon Lester for the Red Sox. A. J. Burnett for the Yankees.

Set your DVRS!

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