1984 National League Championship Series
year = 1984
San Diego Padres(3)
champion_games = 92-70, .568, GA: 12
runnerup_games = 96-65, .596, GA: 6½
October 2– October 7
Steve Garvey(San Diego)
television = ABC
Don Drysdale, Earl Weaverand Reggie Jackson
radio_network = CBS Radio
Harry Kalasand Ross Porter
umpires = Dick Cavenaugh, Dave Slickenmeyer, Joe Pomponi, Joe Maher (Games 1-2); Terry Bovey, Frank Campagna, Frank Fisher, John Stewart (Games 3-4);
John Kibler, Paul Runge, John McSherry, Doug Harvey (Game 5)The by|1984 National League Championship Serieswas played between the San Diego Padresand the Chicago Cubsfrom October 2to October 7. San Diego won the series three games to two to advance to the World Series. The 1984 NLCS was the first postseason series ever for the Padres since the franchise's beginning in by|1969, and the first appearance by the Cubs in postseason play since the 1945 World Series. The series took a disastrous turn for Chicago after a promising start, which contributed to the popular mythology of the " Curse of the Billy Goat." The series was also the last best-of-five NLCS. In by|1985, the League Championship Series changed to a best-of-seven format.
(Note: Due to a strike by major league umpires, the first four games were played using local and collegiate umpires, with major league umpires returning for the final game. They rotated positions following Game 1, but not following Game 3. The Game 5 umpires were selected because they lived in the area; only Kibler had originally been scheduled to work the series.)
Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres
San Diego wins the series, 3-2
October 2, 1984at Wrigley Fieldin Chicago, IllinoisLinescore
Rick Sutcliffe(1-0)|LP= Eric Show(0-1)|SV=
Bob Dernier(1), Gary Matthews2 (2), Ron Cey(1), Rick Sutcliffe(1)| Bob Dernierled off the game for the Cubs with a homer, and things went steadily downhill for the Padres as Chicago romped to a crushing 13-0 win in their first postseason game since by|1945. Gary Matthewsalso homered in the first and added a three-run shot in Chicago's six-run fifth. Even starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffewent deep, besides holding the hapless Padres to two hits over seven strong innings. The Cubs' overwhelming victory had Chicago's long-suffering fans dreaming of the franchise's first World Championship since by|1908.
October 3, 1984at Wrigley Fieldin Chicago, IllinoisLinescore
Steve Trout(1-0)|LP= Mark Thurmond(0-1)|SV=Lee Smith (1)|
Chicago's offense was considerably more subdued in Game 2, though their pitching remained almost as strong. Dernier again opened the scoring for the Cubs in the first, singling to left and coming around to score on two groundouts. The Cubs got two more runs in the third, highlighted by
Ron Cey's RBI double. San Diego got one back in the fourth when Tony Gwynndoubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin McReynolds. But Chicago answered in the bottom of the fourth when Ryne Sandbergdoubled in Dernier. San Diego cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Steve Garvey, but the Padres could get no closer against the strong pitching of Steve Trout. Lee Smith came on with one out in the ninth to get the save, and the Cubs were just one victory away from the World Series.
October 4, 1984at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CaliforniaLinescore
Ed Whitson(1-0)|LP= Dennis Eckersley(0-1)|SV=
The series moved to San Diego, and the Padres staved off elimination with a convincing 7-1 win. San Diego actually fell behind 1-0 in the second when Chicago's
Keith Morelanddoubled and came home on Cey's single to center. But the Cubs would get no more off Padres starter Ed Whitson, while San Diego's bats finally came to life with seven runs in the fifth and sixth. Garry Templetonknocked in two runs with a double in the fifth, and McReynolds essentially ended the game with a three-run homer in the sixth. Goose Gossagepitched a dominating ninth inning to wrap up the win for San Diego.
October 6, 1984at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CaliforniaLinescore
Craig Lefferts(1-0)|LP=Lee Smith (0-1)|SV=
Jody Davis(1), Leon Durham(1)|HomeHR= Steve Garvey(1)|
Game 4 proved to be the most dramatic of the series, and it left many Cubs fans dreading another harsh disappointment for the franchise nicknamed the "lovable losers." The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly from Gwynn and a run-scoring double from Garvey. The Cubs actually took the lead in the fourth on a two-run homer by
Jody Davisand a solo shot by Leon Durham, who would suffer ignominy in Game 5. The Padres tied the game in the fifth on another RBI from Garvey, and took the lead in the seventh when Garvey singled in yet another run. A passed ball allowed a second tally in the inning to make the score 5-3 San Diego. The Cubs bounced back in the eighth to tie the game on an RBI single by Moreland and an RBI double from Davis.
With dominating closer Lee Smith on the mound for the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth, Gwynn singled to center with one out. Garvey then capped an extraordinary five-RBI game by launching a two-run
walk-off home runto right center field just over the glove of Cubs right fielder Henry Cottoat the 370 sign. The series was now tied as the Cubs suffered one of their most devastating postseason losses ever.
October 7, 1984at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, CaliforniaLinescore
Craig Lefferts(2-0)|LP= Rick Sutcliffe(1-1)|SV= Goose Gossage(1)
Leon Durham(2), Jody Davis(2)|HomeHR=|
As if to tease their fatalistic fans, the Cubs started out well in the final and deciding game of the series. Durham hit a two-run homer in the first and Davis added a solo homer in the second to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. With
National League Cy Young Awardwinner and Game 1 victor Rick Sutcliffe pitching brilliantly, the Cubs maintained their lead until the bottom of the sixth. Then disaster struck in a way that left many Cubs fans muttering about curses and other storied collapses in the franchise's history.
Chicago's downfall began innocently enough, with San Diego getting two sacrifice flies in the sixth to cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2. But the Padres' seventh proved catastrophic for Chicago.
Carmelo Martínezled off the inning with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Garry Templeton, and scored when Tim Flannery's grounder trickled through Durham's legs for a crucial error. Alan Wigginssingled Flannery to second, and Gwynn doubled both runners home to give the Padres a 5-3 lead. Garvey followed with an RBI single to stretch the lead to 6-3. Steve Trout then replaced Sutcliffe on the mound and got out of the inning unscathed.
The Cubs got three baserunners over the final two innings against Gossage but could not score, and San Diego took home its first National League pennant. The Padres would go on to lose the World Series to the dominant
Detroit Tigersin five games.
1984 NLCS (3-2):
San Diego Padresover Chicago CubsLinescore
San Diego Padres
| Total Attendance: 247,623 Average Attendance: 49,525
Quotes of the Series
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1984_NLCS.shtml Baseball-reference.com page for the 1984 NLCS]
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