Don Zimmer managed a great 1989 Chicago Cubs team that had some great players that included Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, Andre Dawson & Mark Grace. Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams made things interesting all year as the Cubs closer in the bullpen.
The 1989 NLDS was very well known for a battle between 2 great hitters, the Cubs Mark Grace and the Giants, Will Clark. In the end, Clark and the Giants were just a little bit better than the Cubs.
October 4, 1989
NLDS, Game 1
The 1989 NLDS was the Cubs versus the Giants, but the Series certainly turned out to be more Will Clark vs Mark Grace. Both first baseman had great Series and game 1 was all Will Clark. The Giants scored 8 runs in the first 4 innings in a game started by Greg Maddux and Clark drove in 6 of those runs including a Grand Slam. Grace tried to help the Cubs get back into the game with a home run, 3 hits and 3 RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the Giants take a 1-0 Series lead with a 11-3 victory at Wrigley Field.
October 5, 1989
NLDS, Game 2
The Cubs made a great comeback from a Game 1 disaster against the Giants knocking out former Cub, Rick Reuschel in the first inning. Will Clark was the hitting hero in Game 1 and Mark Grace returned the favor in Game 2 beginning the scoring driving in Ryne Sandberg with a double in the Cubs 6-run 1st inning and putting the game out of reach in the 6th inning with a bases loaded double that drove in 3 runs. The Series goes to San Francisco and Candlestick Park with the Series tied 1 game to 1 after a 9-5 Cubs victory at Wrigley Field.
October 7, 1989
NLDS, Game 3
A very tough loss for the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLDS. At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the lead changes hands multiple times until the Cubs take the lead in the top of the 7th on Ryne Sandberg’s sacrifice fly scoring Greg Maddux (pinch running for Rick Sutcliffe). In the bottom of the inning, Robbie Thompson’s 2-run home run off Les Lancaster to give the Giants a 5-4 they will hold onto to win Game 3. Giants lead Series 2 games to 1.
October 8, 1989
NLDS, Game 4
Another close game that went back in forth in this exciting NLDS between the Cubs and Giants (even if the final outcome wasn’t that great, Cubs fans!). Greg Maddux struggled again giving up 4 runs in just 3 1/3 innings and Will Clark was right in the middle of the Giant’s offense as he doubles to lead off the 5th inning and scores in front of Matt Williams 2-run home run that proved to be the game winner. The Giants take a 3 games to 1 Series lead with a 6-4 victory at Candlestick Park. Back to Wrigley for Game 5.
October 9, 1989
NLDS, Game 5
In a Series dominated more by hitting than pitching, Game 5 was a very well-pitched game. Rick Reuschel came back from a horrible game 2 (getting knocked on in a 6-run inning for the Cubs) and Mike Bielecki for the Cubs had pitched the game into the 8th inning with a 1-1 tie. Unfortunately, it was Bielecki’s 3 walks to load the bases that set the stage again for Will Clark. Don Zimmer brought in the left-handed pitcher, Mitch Williams to face Clark, but as he did all Series, Will Clark had the big hit, a 2-run single to give the Giants a 3-1 lead. The Cubs made a great attempt in the ninth inning to come back getting 3 straight singles (Curtis Wilkerson, Mitch Webster & Jerome Walton) to cut the lead to 3-2, but Ryne Sandberg grounded out leaving the tying and winning runs on base to end the Cubs season. The Giants win the Series 4 games to 1.