Donaldson leads a wild run on walk-offs
Russell, Flores, Schumaker make it season-high 4 game-ending hits on one day
Tuesday's action marked perhaps the most dramatic night yet in 2015, with a season-high four games ending in walk-off fashion.
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson led the way with a three-run homer to lift Toronto to a 10-9 win over the White Sox. The blast capped an historic night for Donaldson, who went 4-for-4 with two homers, five runs scored and four RBIs.
He was far from the only one to be mobbed by his teammates, though.
Cubs rookie Addison Russell received the walk-off treatment from his Chicago teammates following a game-winning RBI double in a 3-2 victory against the Nationals, his first career walk-off hit. Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores also picked up his first career walk-off hit with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning for a 5-4 decision over the Phillies though Flores did have a walk-off sacrifice fly on Sept. 8 last year.
The other walk-off came courtesy of Reds pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker, who connected for an RBI double to lift Cincinnati to a 2-1 win over the Rockies. It was Schumaker's fifth career walk-off hit and sixth walk-off overall, including a game-winning fielder's choice he grounded into in 2010.
Circling back to Donaldson, the walk-off homer was the sixth of his career -- and his eighth walk-off hit overall.
The four combined walk-offs, meanwhile, were the most on a single day since Sept. 27 last year. The Mets and Reds were also responsible for two of those four walk-offs, while the Dodgers and Mariners chipped in with two others. While that was one of four days last season that had four walk-off victories, none compare to what happened on April 2, 2014.
On that day, the first full slate of games of the 2014 season, five teams clawed out walk-off wins. The Reds, Tigers and Pirates each won on walk-off singles, while the Rangers worked a walk-off walk and the White Sox won on a walk-off wild pitch.
As for Tuesday, it came close to matching that number, as two additional games went to extra innings, but didn't end with walk-offs. The Padres scored four runs in the top of the 10th to beat the Angels, while Kyle Seager hit a solo homer in the top of the 10th to lift the Mariners over the Rays.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com.