Daily Roundup, 09/29/13: End of the Road. Mostly.

The Pirates won 94 games.
– Pedro Alvarez led the NL in home runs.
— The last Pirate to lead the league in homers was Willie Stargell in 1973.
—- In today’s game, Jordy Mercer hit an inside-the-park homer.
—– He finished a double shy of the cycle.

The Orioles won a one-run game.
- That brings them up to 20-31 in such games, after going 29-9 last year.
– Boston led 5-0 in the 5th.
— Quintin Berry homered.
—- Koji Uehara finished the year with a 101/9 K/BB in 74.1 innings and a 0.552 WHIP. That’s a new record for a minimum of 25 innings.

Craig Kimbrel pitched an inning and didn’t strike anyone out.

The Royals won 86 games.
- That’s the most by a KC team since 1989, though they had a higher winning percentage in strike-shortened 1994.
– Brett Hayes homered.
— The White Sox drew four walks.
—- KC won more games than the Yankees.

The Astros entered the day with 1516 strikeouts as a team, 13 shy of the 2010 Diamondbacks’ record.
- They struck out 19 times over 14 innings, the most in any game this season.
– 19 strikeouts is a franchise record for Yankees pitchers.
— Houston lost 15 in a row to end the season at 51-111.
—- That’s the most losses to end a season since the legendarily bad 1899 Cleveland Spiders.

Michael Cuddyer won the NL batting title.

The Giants won on a game-tying home run in the ninth from Francisco Peguero, and then a walkoff single from Hunter Pence.
- With that, the Giants finished tied for third with the Padres.
– The Yankees also finished in third.
— As did the Mets.
—- And the Angels.
—– And the Reds. The Reds are going to the postseason.

This year’s version of the Massive Tie Scenario required the Indians to lose, and the Rays and Rangers to win, which would have triggered two one-game playoffs where the winners would play each other in the Wild Card playoff.
- The Indians quashed that early by winning, clinching a spot in the play-in game.
– Cleveland won their final 10 games, and 15 of their last 17.
— Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 13 Twins over just 6.2 innings.
—- He had a 1.82 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 84 innings over 13 starts after the Break.
—– Scott Diamond struck out just three in six innings.
—— No Twins starter struck out more than 7 batters in a game this season.
——- The Indians and Pirates are both going to the playoffs, the first time that has ever happened in the same season.

More crucial than Cleveland losing was the Rays and Rangers doing the same thing.
- Tampa jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one inning, and led 7-0 by the middle of the 6th.
– Toronto scored three runs in the 6th, and another in the 7th.
— With two on and two out, the Rays turned to Fernando Rodney.
—- Who promptly gave up two singles, making it 7-6.
—– He would pitch out of that, and close it out in the ninth.
—— Considering what happened on the last day of the season two years ago, it’s pretty funny the the Rays were in danger of blowing a 7-0 lead in a must-win game.

While that was going on, the Angels had taken a 1-0 lead on Yu Darvish and the Rangers.
- That lead held until the 5th, when Texas scored twice.
– With 1st and 2nd two outs in the 5th and Josh Hamilton coming up, Ron Washington pulled Darvish in favor of lefty Neal Cotts.
— Hamilton, who has a sub-.600 OPS against lefties this year, singled to tie the game.
—- Texas would retake the lead, and eventually win the game. There will be a one-game playoff tomorrow to determine who plays another one-game playoff in Cleveland.

Henderson Alvarez had a 4.85 ERA last season as a 22 year old in the AL East, pitching 187.1 innings with the lowest K/9 (3.8) in baseball.
- He hit Prince Fielder in the first inning, causing Fielder to leave the game as a precaution.
– After that, Detroit didn’t have another baserunner until Jose Iglesias reached on an error in the 5th.
— After that, they didn’t have another one until Andy Dirks walked with two outs in the ninth.
—- The next batter, Matt Tuiasosopo, struck out, giving Alvarez nine no-hit innings on just 99 pitches.
—– But because the Marlins can’t hit, the game was still tied at 0.
—— Two singles and a wild pitch later, there was 2nd and 3rd one out.
——- After an infield groundout and a walk, Greg Dobbs stepped up with Alvarez on deck, though he had no chance of batting.
——– A breaking ball in the dirt that got past Brayan Pena later, and the Marlins had a walkoff wild pitch to complete a no-hitter.
——— It’s the first no-hitter to end on a walkoff since 1997, and the first ever to end on a wild pitch.

Finally, this marks the end of our Daily Roundups for 2013. We will still be around for the playoffs and offseason, but we wanted to take the time to thank all of you for stopping by and following us on Twitter, supporting YCPB, and being generally great.

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7 Responses to Daily Roundup, 09/29/13: End of the Road. Mostly.

  1. Sam says:

    Another great unpredictable season! Thanks!!

  2. Ember Nickel says:

    Marlins. /Marlins./

    I wish I was a better blogger, but it’s sites like this one in particular that make me so happy to be a baseball fan in this decade. Thank you so much for all you do. You’re all the greatest.

  3. YCPB Fan says:

    Thank you, YCPB, for being predictably entertaining all through the season. :)

  4. Delzethin says:

    Here’s to even more craziness in October, huh?

  5. Chuck M. says:

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