On Friday, Oct. 2, San Diego shut out St. Louis to clinch its berth into the National League Division Series. With the loss, the Cardinals had played their last game of 2020 and one of their outfielders, Elk Grove’s Dylan Carlson, became the final product to wrap up his debut season in the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Carlson had played in the cleanup spot in the Cardinals’ 4-0 loss to the Padres, their second straight loss in the three-game series. He went 1 for 4 that day and walked twice the day before during the Cards’ 11- 9 loss in a wild game that produced two homers each by Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers.
Carlson was one of 13 Cardinals to make their MLB debuts this year and wrapped up the postseason by going 3 for 9 with two runs, a double and four walks.
The Cardinals opened up the Wild Card Series with a 7-4 win on Sept. 30 in which Carlson scored on a Yadier Molina single to center in the first and again on another single to center, this time by Paul DeJong.
Carlson, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2016, finished the year with 22 hits, 16 RBI, 11 runs and three home runs in 110 at-bats.
Another Elk Grove High School alum, Nick Madrigal, wrapped up his first MLB season and first postseason with the Chicago White Sox Sept. 1 after Oakland broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single by Chad Pinder and eventually won 6-4.
The win gave the A’s a 2-1 WCS win. Chicago had opened the series with a 4-1 win before the A’s won 5-3 in the second game.
Madrigal went 1 for 4 in the final game against Oakland and 2 for 4 with a run on Sept. 30 in the second game of the series after going 0 for 4 in the series opener.
Madrigal finished the year with a .340 batting average, 35 hits, 11 RBI and eight runs.
Fresh off a return from an knee injury, first baseman Rowdy Tellez had just one at-bat in Toronto’s WCS with the Rays but made the most of it before his team exited the playoffs.
Tellez, who made his MLB debut in 2018, went 1 for 1 with a run after pinch-hitting for Danny Jansen on Sept. 29 in the Blue Jays’ 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. The Rays would go on to win the second game 8-2 for the series win.