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Relive every twist and turn of October with the most unlikely moments of the 2016 postseason

Baseball's regular season provides plenty of time to make sense of things. Sure, there are players and teams that come out of nowhere, nail-biting games and even some shocking twists at the end. But over the course of 162 games, we have a pretty good idea of where things stand.
Then October comes along and turns it all upside down. Goats turn into heroes; unknowns become legends; underdogs become champions. The only rule is that just about anything can happen -- and in the 2016 postseason, just about anything did. To prepare yourself for the offseason, let's relive the five most jaw-dropping, "Wait did that just happen?" moments:
Conor Gillaspie comes through -- twice
With Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner in a duel for the ages during the NL Wild Card Game, it seemed like just one big swing would make the difference. But who would supply it? Hunter Pence or Buster Posey for the Giants? Or one of the Mets' big bats, like postseason dinger extraordinaireYoenis Céspedes?
Sorry, the answer we were looking for was Connor Gillaspie -- he of the 17 home runs over the last three seasons combined:

Gillaspie took Mets closer Jeurys Familia deep for a game-deciding, three-run homer, punching San Francisco's ticket to an NLDS matchup against the Cubs ... where he decided to author one more iconic postseason moment. 
The Giants entered the eighth inning of Game 3 with their backs against the wall: trailing Chicago by a run, just six outs away from elimination, with Aroldis Chapman on the mound. Luckily, Gillaspie was on the case:

His triple gave the Giants the lead, and while Kris Bryant answered with a tying homer in the ninth, San Francisco kept its season alive with a walk-off win in extras. 
Jake Arrieta claims the #PitchersWhoRake crown
Bumgarner is very, very good at pitching. October Bumgarner is a pitching demigod: Entering his start in NLDS Game 3, the lefty hadn't allowed a run in his last 23 postseason innings.
Jake Arrieta, meanwhile, is not exactly known for his hitting. Sure, he's been known to muscle up and launch the occasional dinger, but still -- he's a pitcher. A pitcher, against Bumgarner in October?

Arrieta took his counterpart deep to open the scoring in Chicago's 6-5 loss, thereby taking his rightful place on the #PitchersWhoRake throne.
Josh Donaldson's mad dash
With runners on first and second and just one out in the bottom of the ninth, Toronto was in great position to finish off their sweep of the Rangers in ALDS Game 3. Alas, Russell Martin hit a grounder to short -- perhaps he could have beaten the throw to keep the inning alive, but the walk-off win would have to wait another batter. 
Or so we thought:

Donaldson -- gritting his teeth as he battled a hip injury -- went full Eric Hosmer , and when Rougned Odor's throw briefly got away from first baseman Mitch Moreland, the race was on. 
Clayton Kershaw: Shutdown Closer
The Dodgers were just two outs away from advancing in a tightly contested NLDS Game 5 against the Nationals. There was just one problem: L.A. clung to a 4-3 lead -- with Daniel Murphy set to bat and the tying run on first -- and closer Kenley Jansen had already gotten seven outs on 50 (!) pitches.  
And then, like a beacon in the night, word came down from on high:

Yes, that Clayton Kershaw -- the one who had thrown 110 pitches just two days earlier in Game 4. No worries, though:

Kershaw got Murphy to pop out, then struck out Wilson Difo to send the Dodgers on to the NLCS.
Rajai Davis ties it up
You probably remember this one pretty well. Progressive Field, World Series Game 7, eighth inning, Cleveland trailing 6-3, a 108-year curse on the line, the lights-out Chapman on the mound. Brendan Guyer cut into the Tribe's deficit with an RBI double, and then Rajai Davis stepped up:

Sure, the Cubs would go on to win, setting off a party in Chicago that probably won't settle down until sometime next spring. But still -- we'll remember LeBron's celebration for all time:

Until next time, October.

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