1984 NLCS

San Diego Padres vs Chicago Cubs

Cubs general manager, Dallas Green built a great Cubs team that made it to the playoffs for the first time in 39 years (1945).  Ryne Sandberg was named NL MVP  and the Cubs won the first 2 games of the 5 game series, but the rest of this story did not go so well.  A walk-off home run by Steve Garvey, a ground ball that went through Leon Durham's legs and the Padres went to the World Series instead of the Cubs. 

October 2, 1984

NLCS, Game 1

What a great game, the Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres 13-0 in the first game of the National League Championship Series. Bob Dernier led off the game with a home run, Rick Sutcliffe hit a home run and Gary Matthews drove in 4 runs.   Cubs lead the Series 1 game to 0.

October 3, 1984

NLCS, Game 2

In game 2 of the NLCS, the Cubs take a 2-0 lead in the Series with a 4-2 victory. Steve Trout pitches 8 1/3 innings with Lee Smith getting the final 2 outs.

October 4, 1984

NLCS, Game 3

As the Series goes to San Diego, the Padres get their first victory of the NLCS with a 7-1 victory over the Cubs.

October 5, 1984

NLCS, Game 4

A very tough loss for the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS. The lead went back and forth throughout the game.  Jody Davis had a big day with 3 hits and 3 RBI and a home run.  Leon Durham homered as well.  But with the score tied in the ninth inning, Lee Smith faced Steve Garvey who sent the game to a Game 5 with a dramatic walk-off home run.

October 7, 1984
NLCS, Game 5

Game 5 of the NLCS began so well, Leon Durham hit a 2-run home run in the first inning. Jody Davis homered in the 3rd inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. The Padres scored 2 runs in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 3-2 and it was the 7th inning that is so well remembered. Tim Flannery’s ground ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs tied the game and the Padres went on to score 4 runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead and go to the 1984 World Series against the Tigers.