February 28, 2012

April 7, 1984 - Final NL Games

Game #51 - Chicago Cubs, 3 @ San Diego Padres, 6
The Cubs were still undefeated heading into the rematch with their real 1984 NLCS nemesis. The Padres jumped all over Cubs starter Dick Ruthven in the bottom of the second inning. Carmelo Martinez (always loved his named) hit a solo homer, Terry Kennedy batted in Graig Nettles, and pitcher Mark Thurmond squeezed in Gary Templeton to give San Diego the quick 3-0 lead. OF Kevin McReynolds scored on a Ruthven balk in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0. Thurmond was having an easy time through the first six innings when the Cubs had runners on the corners in the seventh with two outs. Ryne Sandberg dug in and promptly launched a three run homer to bring the Cubs back within a run. But Terry Kennedy gave San Diego needed insurance when he hit a two run jack to put the Cubs away for good.

Winning Pitcher - Mark Thurmond
Losing Pitcher - Dick Ruthven
Save - Craig Lefferts
Player of the Game - Terry Kennedy, 3-4, HR, 3RBI's
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn

Game #52 - St. Louis Cardinals, 12 @ San Francisco Giants, 4
So much for White Herzog small ball! The stagnant Cardinal offense finally dusted off the cobwebs and scored some runs. And they did it by hitting an uncharacteristic three home runs. It was scoreless heading into the top of the fourth when David Green exploded for a three run homer and C Darrell Porter added a two run shot. The Giants answered back with two runs of their own, including a Jack Clark solo home run against his future team. The Giants got two more in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 6-4 Cardinals lead, but St. Louis put up four more runs in the seventh to pull away. Jeffrey Leonard struck out four times in five at bats - yowzer.

Winning Pitcher - Jeff Lahti
Losing Pitcher - Jeff Robinson
Player of the Game - Neil Allen. Allen pitched four scoreless innings of relief for the Cards. It was hard to pick an offensive star for the Cardinals because nine different players scored runs and seven different hitters had RBI's.
Hall of Famers in the Game - Ozzie Smith

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