Strange postseason endings
Ramon Hernandez's game-winning bunt is not the only daring postseason play to swing, or win, a series.
Game 4, 1969 World Series: Mets vs. Orioles
In a 1-1 game in the bottom of the 10, and winning run Rod Gaspar on second base, pinch-hitter J.C. Martin dropped a bunt down in front of home plate. Orioles pitcher Pete Richert threw the ball to first to try and retire Martin, but the ball hit off Martin's wrist and caromed into the outfield, allowing Gaspar to score and give the Mets a commanding 3-1 lead in the World Series.
Game 5, 1972 NLCS: Reds vs. Pirates
After tying the game on a Johnny Bench home run in the bottom of the ninth, the Reds pushed the winning run to third base with two outs. Pirates reliever Bob Moose then uncorked a wild pitch to pinch-hitter Hal McRae, allowing pinch-runner George Foster to race home with the winning run as the Reds advanced to the World Series.
Game 6, 1986 World Series: Mets-Red Sox
Game 1, 1969 ALCS: Twins-Orioles
Tied 3-3 in the 12th inning of the first ALCS game ever played, Orioles center fielder Paul Blair beat out a bunt with two outs to score Mark Belanger from third base and defeat the Twins.
Game 3, 1997 ALCS: Orioles-Indians
In a tie game in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Indians' Marquis Grissom represented the winning run on third base with one out. Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel then missed a potential squeeze-play bunt that got by Orioles catcher Lenny Webster. Grissom scored, giving the Indians the win. Originally ruled a passed ball, Grissom was later credited with a steal of home.
Game 4, 1947 World Series: Yankees-Dodgers
Leading the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Yankees starter Bill Bevens found himself one out away from the first no-hitter in postseason history. Dodgers pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto then drilled a double to right field scoring two Dodgers pinch-runners who replaced batters that had walked earlier in the inning, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 win.
Game 2, 1996 ALDS: Rangers-Yankees
Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 12th inning, Charlie Hayes stepped to the plate with runners on first and second with no one out. Hayes' bunt down the third-base line was thrown past Will Clark at first base, allowing Derek Jeter to race around third with the winning run and tying the ALDS at 1 game apiece.
Game 7, 1992 NLCS: Braves-Pirates
Trailing the Pirates 2-1 with two outs and the bases loaded, the Braves sent up Francisco Cabrera, their last position player available, to pinch-hit for Jeff Reardon. Cabrera lined a 2-1 pitch into left field scoring David Justice and Sid Bream to give the Braves a 3-2 win and their second consecutive appearance in the World Series. Game 6, 1999 NLCS: Braves-Mets
Tied 9-9 with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, Mets pitcher Kenny Rogers walked Andruw Jones to score Gerald Williams and give the Braves a 4-2 series win.
Game 3, 2000 ALDS: White Sox-Mariners
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Mariners shortstop Carlos Guillen stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Guillen bunted a 0-1 pitch just out of the reach of White Sox reliever Keith Foulke, scoring pinch-runner Ricky Henderson to complete a three-game sweep for the Mariners.
Mark Kelly is a ESPN researcher. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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