June 28: David Bell hit for the cycle as the Phillies slugged their way to a 14-6 victory over the Expos. Bell went 4-for-4, scored two runs, and knocked a career-high six RBI. He became the third player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Pirates' Daryle Ward and Brewers' Chad Moeller. Coincidentally, Ward and his father Gary Ward accomplished the feat and when Bell achieved the honor, he joined his grandfather, Gus Bell, who turned the trick on June 4, 1951.
July 16: With his solo home run in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 5-1 victory over the Mets, Bobby Abreu joined Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds by reaching the elite 20-homers/20-steal plateau for a sixth straight season. That quartet are the only players to have six straight 20-20 seasons in MLB history. Abreu also became the only member of the quartet with no family connection to Barry, his late father Bobby, or his godfather Willie.
October 1: Ichiro Suzuki surpassed George Sisler's 84-year-old record of 257 hits in a single season. After this game, Ichiro had collected 259 hits in the season with two games left; he finished the season with 262 hits.
October 2: The Anaheim Angels clinched their first AL West Division division title in 18 years after a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Angels also earned their first playoff berth since 2002, when they won the World Series as the wild card. The Angels, who trailed Oakland by one game four days before, were tied for the first place when the three-game series started, and many expected the race to come down to the last day of the season, but Anaheim ended the suspense with two consecutive victories.
October 3: The Houston Astros charged into the playoffs with their 18th consecutive home victory by beating Colorado 5-3 to win the National League wild card. Houston won the final seven games of the regular season and nine of the last 10 to complete an amazing late-season push for the playoffs under manager Phil Garner , who replaced Jimy Williams at the All-Star break. The Astros were a season-worst 56-60 on August 14. Since then, the team compiled a major league-best 36-10.
October 9: At Minneapolis, the New York Yankees rallied for four runs to tie the game in the eighth, then pushed across the winning run in the 11th on a wild pitch. The 6-5 win against the Twins gave them a 3-1 AL Division series victory and sends them back to Yankee Stadium, where they will open against the Red Sox in the best-of-seven ALCS.
October 11: The Houston Astros posted a 12-3 triumph over the Atlanta Braves in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series. Winning a postseason series for the first time in the 43-year history of the franchise, the Astros earned a spot in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.