Six months after it started, it's hard to believe we've reached the final day of the regular season. Two-thirds of teams will see their season end Sunday, but fortunately, a few of them left us some "parting gifts" on the way out.
Hunter Renfroe of the San Diego Padres singlehandedly defeated the Dodgers Tuesday. Not with a 1-0 solo shot, but with a grand slam and a three-run homer. Final score: 7-1. Renfroe was the third player in Padres history to hit a slam and a three-run homer in the same game, joining Jack Clark (1989) and Dave Kingman (1977). He was also the second in team history to have seven RBIs and drive in every run for the team; John Kruk did that in a 12-7 loss to the Braves on Aug. 4, 1987. Renfroe followed that up with four more RBIs Wednesday, again becoming a "second" in Padres history. The team's only other player with 11 RBIs in a two-game span was Nate Colbert, who posted 13 in a doubleheader on Aug. 1, 1972.
The No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, Dansby Swanson, recorded a double, a triple and three runs scored for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Swanson won't turn 23 until April; he's the youngest Braves player to do all that in a game since 22-year-old Hank Aaron for Milwaukee on July 18, 1956.
The Cincinnati Reds dropped 22 hits against the Cardinals Monday, their biggest victory in St. Louis since 1960, and their first time in the live-ball era recording 22 hits there. Adam Duvall, Brandon Phillips and Steve Selsky combined for 13 of those, the first Reds trio to do so in one game since Aug. 3, 1969. In a 19-17 slugfest with the Phillies, Johnny Bench had the five-hit game, while Tony Perez and Alex Johnson each had four.
Mark Teixeira kept the New York Yankees' slim postseason hopes alive with a walk-off grand slam Thursday. It was the ninth walk-off slam in Yankees history (last by Alex Rodriguez in 2007), and their third ever to beat the Red Sox. Charlie Keller (1942) and Red Ruffing (1933) hit the others.
We covered Thursday's tie game, and the reason they are so rare these days, in an earlier post. But that wasn't the only game to get a wet blanket thrown on it this week. Wednesday saw two games shortened to either five or six innings, the first time that's happened since April 22, 2004. The Detroit Tigers played their shortest game since Sept. 20, 1983, while Shelby Miller got credit for a shutout by throwing five innings in Washington, the first non-nine-inning shutout in Arizona Diamondbacks history.
Speaking of weird pitching lines, that tie technically meant Ivan Nova got a complete-game no-decision. He's the first Pirate to do so since Doug Drabek in another tie on Sept. 13, 1989. And it marked the first time that three games in two days were shortened to under six innings in 55 years. On Sept. 29 and 30, 1961, also the final week of the regular season, games in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago all fell victim to rain.
Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday: Second loss in team history by the exact score of 13-6. Both have been against the White Sox (also April 11, 2000).
Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday: First time scoring eight or more runs, with all of them coming in one inning, since June 1, 1996.
Carlos Rodon, Friday: First White Sox starter to strike out first seven batters of the game since Joe Cowley on May 28, 1986.
Erik Gonzalez, Tuesday: First Indians batter to have three hits in a game in which the team had four or fewer since Richie Sexson on Aug. 9, 1998.