The Story of the World Series Games on Halloween – NBC Los Angeles

The story of the World Series games on Halloween originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Atlanta Braves can make terrible history on Sunday.

By taking a 3-1 lead in the series with a win in Game 4 on Saturday night, the Braves can become the first team to ever claim a win World series Title on Halloween. They’ll host the Houston Astros in Game 5 and have a chance to win their first championship since 1995.

The MLB postseason has only hit Halloween five times in history, with each event occurring after 2000. Here is a brief history of the first five World Series games to be played on October 31st:

2001 World Series, Game 4: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees

The first MLB game ever played on Halloween, as we know, stretched into the next month.

Until the last out and before a possible 3-1 series hole, Tino Martinez stepped on the record to face Byung-hyun Kim. the New York Yankees First baseman then started a two-run homer to tie the score at 3-3 and send the game to additional innings.

It was MLB November baseball for the first time, and Derek Jeter wasted no time creating an instantly iconic moment.

Mr. November’s homer gave the Yankees a 4-3 win, leveling the series 2-2. The Diamondbacks won the walk-off title a few days later in Game 7, crowning one of the biggest MLB post-season streak of all time.

2009 World Series, Game 3: New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Jeter and the Yankees were still playing some Halloween baseball eight years after the famous Mr. November shortstop moment.

This time the Bronx Bombers took care of business for nine innings. The game was delayed by an hour due to rain and was played during a drizzle in Citizens Bank Park. the Philadelphia Phillies jumped 3-0 ahead before the Yankees offense woke up in the fourth inning and scored six unanswered runs until the Phils finally countered in the sixth.

Each team scored three home runs, but it was the Yankees who prevailed with a score of 8-5 and took a 2-1 lead on the way to their first championship since 2000.

2010 World Series, Game 4: San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers

the San Francisco Giants Rookie Battery dominated Game 4 of the 2010 World Series.

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey formed the first pitcher-catcher-rookie duo to start a Fall Classic game together since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra did the Yankees in 1947. Bumgarner allowed only three hits and two walks over eight scoreless innings before Brian Wilson closed the door to a 4-0 Giants win.

Posey wasn’t just great behind the plate. His solo home run in the eighth inning provided additional security as the Giants take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. Beat San Francisco Texas the next night to start their dynasty in the early 2010s.

2015 World Series, Game 4: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets

The 2015 Kansas City Royals celebrated another of their patented late comebacks on Halloween night in Game 4 of the World Series.

the New York Mets were 3-2 before the eighth inning with the hope of a draw even in the series. After the first out in the top half of the inning, Reliever Tyler Clippard gave up two walks and Mets manager Terry Collins turned to Jeurys Familia. Kansas City equalized the game at the next at-bat due to a mistake by second base player Daniel Murphy and took the lead 5-3 in the singles of Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez. Royals closer Wade Davis pitched the last two innings and slammed the Mets’ door.

The Royals won their second World Series the next evening.

2017 World Series, Game 6: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The newest game in the Halloween World Series also featured some late attack and shutdown relief pitching.

The Astros had a chance in game 6 to claim their very first World Series title. They had a 1-0 lead by the time they reached the end of the sixth inning, but then that Los Angeles Dodgers’ Bats woke up against Houston starter Justin Verlander. Losing the bottom of the sixth, LA took the lead 2-1 and, thanks to a solo home run from the insurance company, got a home run Pederson game.

The Dodgers’ bullpen allowed only two hits over 4 1/3 innings to offload starter Rich Hill to secure a game 6 win and force a game 7. The Astros recovered the next evening and clinched their first (controversial) championship in franchise history.

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