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Padres History

1984 Season Recap
Tony Gwynn
  • Record for Month: 15-8
  • Position: Second Place (1 game behind Los Angeles)
  • Leading Hitters: Gwynn .434 (leading the league), Templeton .338, McReynolds .325
  • Leading Pitchers: Hawkins 3-0, Show 3-1, Gossage 1-1 (7 saves)
  • April 6: Champ Summers double drives in winning run as Padres beat Cubs 3-2.
  • April 13: Nettles, Garvey, & Martinez hit sacrifice flies as Padres down Braves 5-2, for 8-1 record.
  • April 20: Fernando Valenzuela goes the distance in 8-2 win over Padres.
  • April 25: Show & Gossage combine for gem in 3-0 victory over Giants. "Goose" earns save no. 7.
Eric Show
  • Record for Month: 10-13
  • Position: Second Place (1/2 game behind Los Angeles)
  • Leading Hitters (for month): Wiggins .307, Garvey .263, Gwynn .261, Nettles .258
  • Leading Pitchers (for month): Whitson 2-1, Thurmond 2-1, Show 3-2
  • May 3: Braves rally for 6-5 victory over Padres
  • May 9:Kennedy's second home run powers Padres to 3-2 victory over St. Louis.
  • May 17: Alan Wiggins ties modern record with five stolen bases as Padres bread losing streak, 5-4.
  • May 26: Ex-Padre, Sixto Lezcano, homers in 7-2 Phillie win.
  • May 28: Gossage earns his 11th save as Padres top Mets, 5-4.
Graig Nettles
  • Record for Month: 19-10
  • Position: First Place (2 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta)
  • Leading Hitters: Gwynn .361, Garvey .341 (17 RBI), Nettles (6 HRs, 19 RBIs)
  • Leading Pitchers: Whitson 4-1(2.43), Lollar 4-2 (3.02), Dravecky 2-1 (0.57, 4 saves).
  • June 2: Mark Thurmond carries a 1-hitter into the ninth, but Padres require extra innings before winning, 3-2.
  • June 9: Terry Kennedy & and Graig Nettles hit home runs as Padres bomb Reds, 12-2 before 48,805.
  • June 17: Padres leave 18 runners on base in 15-inning, 5-3 loss to Giants. San Francisco takes 3 of 4 from Padres.
  • June 24: Padres score five runs in the 14th inning, three on Tim Flannery's bases-loaded triple, and go on to beat Reds, 8-3.
  • June 30: Tommy Herr double twice and triples to lead the Cards to a 4-1 victory over Padres.
Dave Dravecky
  • Record for Month: 19-11
  • Position: First Place (8 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta)
  • Leading Hitters: Gwynn .398 (15 RBI), Garvey .289 (14 RBI), Wiggins (23 RS, 11 SB)
  • Leading Pitchers: Dravecky 4-1 (1.85), Whitson 4-1( 3.27), Gossage 2-1 (7 saves)
  • July 1: Garry Templeton & Bruce Bochy drive in key runs as Ed Whitson and Goose Gossage combine to beat Cards, 3-1.
  • July 7: Dave Dravecky, Luis De Leon, and Gossage combine to shut out Bucs, 1-0.
  • July 18: Rick Sutcliffe stifles Padrs on six hits, 4-1.
  • July 25: Luis Salazar hits clutch 2-run double in the bottom of the ninth as Padres rally for 6-5 win.
  • July 30: Dravecky throws 1-hitter and Padres rout Dodgers, 12-0.
Tim Flannery
  • Record for Month: 15-14
  • Position: First Place (10 1/2 games ahead of Houston)
  • Leading Hitters: Gwynn .321 (23 runs), Nettles .266 (8 HR, 13 RBI), Wiggins .287 (20RS, 13 SB)
  • Leading Pitchers: Show 3-1 (3.42), Lefferts 1-0 (4 saves), Gossage 3-1 (5 saves)
  • August 1: Kevin McReynolds goes 4-4 with a home run and 3 RBI as Padres sweep Dodgers, 4-3.
  • August 12: Several bench-clearing brawls break out during 5-3 Braves' victory. Nine Padres and five Braves ejected. Padre Manager Dick Williams is later suspended for 10 days.
  • August 15: Carmelo Martinez' ninth-inning single drives in game-winner in 4-3 victory over Phillies.
  • August 31: Padres & Mets split doubleheader. Padres score late in first game to win, 5-1. Mets take the nightcap behind Bruce Berenyi, 4-0.
Terry Kennedy
  • Record for Month: 8-10
  • Sept. 1: Mets sweep doubleheader from Padres, 7-4 and 10-6. Darryl Strawberry homers in both games.
  • Sept. 2: Mets take fourth straight from Padres, 3-2, in 12 innings.
  • Sept. 3: Kevin McReynolds and Terry Kennedy homer in a 4-3 victory over Dodgers.
  • Sept. 4: Padres collect only five hits in 2-1 loss to Dodgers.
  • Sept. 5: Down 7-0 in the third inning, Padres rally to win, 15-11 over Reds. Craig Lefferts earns third victory.
  • Sept. 6: Reds hammer Padres & Eric Show, 10-3.
  • Sept. 7: Phil Garner drives in four runs as Astros beat Padres, 6-4.
  • Sept. 8: Off day.
  • Sept. 9: Padres score eight runs in the first two innings and go on to beat Astros, 8-4.
  • Sept. 10: Off day.
  • Sept. 11: Fernando Valenzuela throws a complete game and cracks a home run as Dodgers beat Padres, 5-2.
  • Kevin McReynolds
  • Sept. 12: Pedro Guerrero homers twice as Dodgers whip Padres again, 8-1.
  • Sept. 14: Kurt Bevacqua's two-run double in the ninth lifts the Padres to a 4-2 victory over Houston, reducing the magic number to 6.
  • Sept. 15: Glen Davis' run-scoring double in the eighth is game-winner as Padres fall to Astros, 3-2.
  • Sept. 16: Astro's erase 9-3 deficit to overcome Padres, 10-9.
  • Sept. 17: Graig Nettles' bloop triple scores winning run in 11th inning as Padres top Reds, 3-2
  • Sept. 18: Dave Dravecky hurls shutout as Padres drop Reds, 10-0. Magic number stands at 4.
  • Sept. 19: Eddie Miller scores the winning run on an error as Padres defeat the Giants, 5-4, in 10 innings.
  • Sept. 20: Tim Lollar smacks a three-run homer to help the Padres to a 5-4 victory over the Giants and clinch at least a tie for the National League West title. Three hours later, the Dodgers defeat the Astros, 6-2, giving the Padres their first divisional title in their 16-year history.
National League Championship Series
Padres (92-70) vs. Cubs (96-65)
San Diego defeats Chicago, 3-2

The National League Championship Series of 1984 was a strange odyssey between two cities starved for recognition and respect. The Padres had never finished above fourth place in their short history, and San Diego seemed a distant outpost to the Eastern-centered media mecca. The Cubs, on the otherhand, had been around for a very long time but had not entered the baseball sweepstakes since Harry Truman was president.

Game 1 in Chicago pitted Eric Show against the Cub's seemingly unbeatable Rick Sutcliffe, who had won 16 of 17 decisions. This one was no contest. Eric Show's second pitch was deposited into the left field bleachers by Bob Derneir, and the rout was on. It didn't end until the Cubs had collected 14 hits, five of them home runs, on the way to 13-0 beating.

The next day was closer, but no happier for the Padres. In Game 2, lefthander Steve Trout pitched eight strong innings, and the Padres left Chicago down by two games after a 4-2 Cub victory.

No National League team had ever come back from two games in arrears, and this fact must have weighed heavily on everyone's mind during the long flight back to San Diego

Game 3, the first post-season play ever witnessed Mission Valley, was more like what Padres fans were accustomed to seeing. Ed Whitson tight-roped his way through the first three innings, but was brilliant thereafter. Shortstop Garry Templeton turned matters in favor of the Padres with a two-run double in the sixth inning. One inning later, Kevin McReynolds decided it with a three run home as the Padres coasted, 7-1.

Game 4 was everything Damon Runyon and Grantland Rice ever wrote about.. exciting, enthralling, exhuberating... the kind of game in which legends were born. It was a game in which Steve Garvey placed his name alongside autumn heroes like Bobby Thompson, Bill Mazeroski and others.

The Padres utilized some timely hitting and a couple of breaks to jump to a 2-0 lead. The Cubs utilized the power of Jody Davis and Leon Durham, who, in two swings, game them a 3-2 lead. A Garvey single tied the game in the fifth, and another Garvey single and a wild pitch gave the Padres a 5-3 lead.

If not for Garvey's ninth-inning drama, Davis' name might well have been legend material. Davis totaled three hits and four RBI for the day, however it wasn't good enough. With one out in the Padres ninth, Garvey, who had already driven in three runs, Steve Garveyanticipated a Lee Smith fastball and drove it toward right-center field. The ball rose higher and higher, as did the crescendo from the crowd. Rightfielder Henry Cotto leapt high, using the fence to aid his jump, but it was no use. The ball struck the permanent wall about five feet above Cotto, and when it did, there was a thunderous explosion in the stands and at home plate. The 7-5 victory left everyone wilted, drained, perhaps too spent to rally one more time.

Pressure. Game 5 had plenty. Rick Sutcliffe was again matched against Eric Show. Show did a little better than Game 1. This time, he left after falling behind 3-0 on home runs by Davis and Durham. But first Andy Hawkins, then Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts, and finally Rich Gossage held steady. The Padres came unstuck from the Sutcliffe magic to squeeze across two runs in the sixth to make it 3-2. Carmelo Martinez walked to open the seventh, and was sacrificed to second. Tim Flannery pinch-hit for Lefferts and squirted a grounder toward Durham at first. By grand design or perhaps divine intervention, the ball scooted through Durham's legs. The game was tied at 3-3. Alan Wiggins pitched a soft wedge shot in front of Gary Matthews in left, putting runners on first and second. Once again, the Padres benefited from a lucky bounce. Gwynn lined a one-hopper toward Ryne Sandberg at second base. The ball struck something and took a crazy hop over Sandberg. Two runs scored. Garvey then finished Sutcliffe with a run-scoring single, giving the Padres a 6-3 lead. Gossage took care of the rest, and the Padres had won the pennant.

World Series
Padres (92-70) vs. Tigers (104-58)
Detroit defeats San Diego, 4-1

Kurt BevacquaThe World Series would match the Padres against the American League Champion Detroit Tigers. The Tigers seemed to lay waste to everything in their path in 1984, winning 104 games and making a mockery of the three-game LCS with Kansas City. The Padres would enter the World Series as underdogs with something missing. Something which had been present in the games against the Cubs. Perhaps, emotions and voices reached a critical point. The World Series... it seemed almost anti-climatic.

Detroit won the series in five games largely due to the misfortunes of the Padres starting pitchers. Not one lasted beyond five innings. The Padres were not without the spotlight, however, as Lefferts, Hawkins, and Dravecky pitched splendidly. Artist Andy Warhol once said everyone is a star sometime in their life, and for Kurt Bevacqua, Game 2 of the World Series was his time. Always playing bit parts, Bevacqua now had a stage... such occurrences are frequent in baseball lore. And his performance merited a curtain call. Bevacqua stroked three hits in Game 2, including a decisive three-run homer off Detroit righthander Milt Wilcox. His dream had become reality, and he took a magical mystery tour around the bases.

The Padres won Game 2, 5-3, but lost Games 1, 3, 4, and 5. No matter. An elusive dream had come to form for the 1984 Padres. Nothing could take the pennant away. San Diego's dream came true by participating in one of sport's premier events.