Great Games @ Wrigley Field
The Top 10
October 2, 1984
1984 National League Championship Series, Game 1
After 39 years without a playoff game, the Cubs let out a lot of team pent up frustration with a pummeling of the San Diego Padres 13-0. On just the 2nd pitch of the game, Bob Dernier begins the onslaught early with a leadoff the game HR, 2 batters later, Gary “Sarge” Matthews hit the first of 2 home runs he will hit on the day.
While the Cubs hitters were on that day, Rick Sutcliffe pitched just as well, if not better, giving up just 2 Padres hits over 7 innings. Seeing the wind blowing out like it was, Sutcliffe even decided to show what he could do at the plate hitting a home run himself leading off a 3-run 3rd inning. If the early 5-run lead didn’t give a sense of security, Matthews 2nd home run (a 3-run shot) in the 5th inning led to a 6 run inning and an 11-0 lead.
September 28, 1998
1998 Wild Card Playoff Game
In 1998, the Cubs and Giants tied for the Wildcard playoff spot with identical 89-74 record so a one game playoff was necessary to see who would face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Playoffs.
Starting Pitcher, Steve Trachsel came through with 6 scoreless innings against a very good San Francisco Giants line-up that included Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. The Cubs offense was led by Sammy Sosa coming off a magical MVP year after his chase for the home run record with Mark McGwire. McGwire got the record with 70 HR’s to Sammy’s 66, but Sosa got the MVP award and the playoff appearance.
Gary Gaetti was one hitting hero in the game with a 2-run home run off Mark Gardner. Gaetti was acquired in the middle of the season and added a lot of veteran leadership and great hitting to the Cubs line-up. Sparingly used outfielder, Matt Mieske gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead with a 2-out bases loaded single in the 6th inning.
The ninth inning got tense as relievers, Kevin Tapani and Terry Mulholland gave up 3 runs to the Giants before Rod Beck came in get the final 2 outs, the last a pop out to Mark Grace by former Cub, Joe Carter.
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May 2, 1917
The only double no-hitter in MLB history
The Reds, Fred Tony and the Cubs. Hippo Vaughn pitched the only double no-hiker in a single game. Toney was able to complete a 10-inning no-hitter against the Cubs, however Vaughn cements his claim as the best hard luck loser in MLB history after the Reds got a hit, walk & error to bring in the lone run of the game as the Reds defeated the Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings.
October 5, 2003
Another “Win or Go Home” game as the Cubs and Kerry Wood faced elimination in the 2003 playoffs against the Atlanta Braves.
Wood had already helped the Cubs getting the win and driving in 2 runs in the opening game of the Series in a 4-2 victory in Atlanta.
This game he faced Mike Hampton of the Braves who had a record of 14-8 in the 2003 season.
The Cubs took an early lead on a Moises Alou single in the first and Alex Gonzalez homered in the 2nd inning. When Aramis Ramirez hit a 2-run home run in the sixth, that was all the support Wood needed throwing a solid 8 innings of work giving up just one run. Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth inning (with 2 strikeouts) sending the Cubs to the NL Championship Series against the Florida Marlins. Borowski struck out Andruw Jones to complete the first playoff series victory for the Cubs in Wrigley Field.
A Windy Day @ Wrigley Field
Phillies 23 Cubs 22
A little lesson about Wrigley Field, if the score is 7-6 after the 1st inning concludes, the wind is probably blowing out. This windy day saw one of the craziest games in MLB history as the two teams went back and forth hitting home runs and scoring more and more runs.
Where to start, the frustrating part about this game for Cubs players and fans, they never did have the lead in this game. The Phillies had 17-6 lead after the top of the 4th, and the best the Cubs could do was tie the game at 22-22 with 3 runs in the 8th inning, thanks to Barry Foote’s single off Ron Reed driving in Steve Ontiveros.
The hitting stars, too many to mention, for the Cubs, Bill Buckner had a grand slam and 7 RBI, Dave Kingman hit 3 home runs and drove in 6 runs. Ivan Dejesus scored 4 runs and even relief pitcher, Donnie Moore had a tripe and an RBI. For the Phillies, Mike Schmidt hit 2 home runs including the game winner in the 10th inning off Bruce Sutter. Peter Rose had 4 runs scored and 4 RBI, Garry Maddox drove in 4 runs with a home run, 3 hits and also scored 3 runs. Bob Boone hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs. Randy Lerch, the starting pitcher couldn’t last a full inning as a pitcher, but did hit a home run in the first inning before being removed from the game.