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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Does Omar Vizquel have 201 hits left in him?

Omar Vizquel is going to be 44 next season… and he has a contract to play for the White Sox.

He will be a mentor to the talented young infielders with Chicago. Gordon Beckham at second, Alexei Ramirez at short and Dayan Viciedo at third could be as talented a collection of infielders as you will see in the bigs… and each can learn a little from the master.

Vizquel will always be considered one of the great defensive shortstops in history. And a few years ago I made the case that he belongs in the Hall of Fame regardless of his offensive short comings. He was a good hitter, but his defense and the number of hits and runs he took away I felt put him over the top.

If he can get 201 more hits, that won’t be an issue.
He sits at 2,799 career hits. 201 more gives him 3,000 and the issue is closed. No using his 11 Gold Gloves as his resume highlight.

Obviously he isn’t going to get 201 in 2011 unless he suddenly becomes Ichiro.
But if he gets around 95 hits like he did this past season in Chicago, then it will almost be a foregone conclusion that he will play in 2012 and make a run at it.

He’s played 22 seasons already and if he got 10 more hits each of those years, he’d be past 3,000 already. This reminds me of the Harold Baines dilemma and how close HE came to 3,000 and Cooperstown. But unlike Baines, who by the end of his career didn’t need to OWN a glove, Vizquel remained the gold standard (literally) BECAUSE of his glove, adding to his trophy case as recently as 2006.

The only thing with more range than his defense is the time that Omar stretched across in baseball.

He was a rookie in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners. That was the same year that another rookie named Ken Griffey Jr. made the squad and a minor leaguer named Randy Johnson came over from Montreal. Could that team have had three Hall of Famers on the roster?

Hall of Famers such as George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Carlton Fisk, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Jim Rice were all still active when he broke in… as were names from another era like Fred Lynn, Dwight Evans, Dave Parker, Keith Hernandez, Chet Lemon and Tommy John.

He was a teammate with Ken Griffey Sr on the Mariners… and with Tim Lineccum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson and Pablo Sandoval on the Giants… and with Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Neftali Feliz and C. J. Wilson on the Giants… connecting both 2010 World Series teams with the Big Red Machine.

And was as vital a part of the great Cleveland revival in 1995 as any of the (probably juiced up) sluggers.

He already has more hits than Ozzie Smith, the other standard of shortstop wizardry.

Stick around Omar. Stay in shape. (Clearly Vizquel wasn’t on the juice!) And get 201 more hits… then rehearse that Cooperstown speech.

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Hey Mariners… even YOU can score off of Joe Saunders

I am serious Seattle… I know you have NO bats right now.
I know that Ken Griffey SENIOR could probably crack this line up now.

I know you’ve scored 9 runs all month (and none since Wednesday).

I know you are in a 7 game slide and suddenly that whole “We have Two Aces! We’re going to win the West!” sentiment has started to give way to “I hope we can get some good prospects for Cliff Lee” resignation.

But COME ON! You are facing Joe Saunders tonight.
Yeah I know Joe was an All Star in 2008 and a 16 game winner last year. But in 2010 he is one the main culprits why the three time defending division champion Angels look so pathetic right now.

He’s let up 5 or more runs in 3 of his 6 starts, is a 1-5 pitcher with a 7.04 ERA.
And his lone win (and only solid outing) was a game on April 17th when he threw 8 innings with no earned runs against a Blue Jays team that was in a horrible slump.

How horrible? Joe Saunders shut them down!

Take out that one game and he is 0-5 with a 9.52 ERA.
That’s a run an inning.

You can do it, Mariners. You can score some runs tonight. I bet even the Mariner Moose could go 1-4 against Saunders.

A Mariner win would put the Angels in last place in the loss column.

Let’s see what you’ve got Mariners.

It’s Joe Saunders.

Score a run.

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