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Sutcliffe let Frey take him out after seven innings, even though he had given up only two hits and struck out eight. Sutcliffe had a wonderful day, but he had spent a miserable, sleepless night. "I was seeing everybody in the lineup, even Eric Show, hitting me out of the park."
The 13-0 score represented the biggest rout since the advent of the Championship Series, and the largest in postseason play since 1960. "Actually," said Garvey, "I thought our fourth-quarter offense was pretty good, and we blocked that extra point, so a lot of positive things came together for us at the end."
But Game 2 was still negative for San Diego. Although the Cubs won by the more traditional score of 4-2, they did it not with the long ball—there wasn't much wind—but with derring-do. Again, it was Dernier who got them rolling. He singled to left to lead off the Chicago first, and when Padre third baseman Luis Salazar fielded Sandberg's grounder and threw to first, Dernier kept right on going around second and slid safely into third, just ahead of Garvey's throw. Dernier then scored on Matthews' ground ball to short.
In the Cubs' half of the third Moreland singled with one out and Cey doubled to the wall in left center. Third base coach Don Zimmer sent Moreland, not the fastest runner in the world, home, and the gamble paid off as shortstop Templeton's relay throw skipped by Kennedy. A good throw would've nailed Moreland. Zimmer, a former San Diego manager, said, "When I was a manager, what I looked for in a third base coach was someone who drank a little beer and bet a little on the horses." The gamble resulted in two runs because Cey moved up to third on the throw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Davis.
Chicago added another run in the fourth on an RBI double by Sandberg, which was followed by a chorus of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" In the meantime, Trout had the Padres beating the ball into the ground with his sinker.
After the game, the delirious Chicago fans chanted "We want Trout!" and then the more generic, "We want Cubs!" They left the park thinking they had the pennant in hand. As Gwynn said, "It's like we're in 'The National League playoffs, starring the Chicago Cubs. Also with the San Diego Padres.' "
But the San Diego fans had something to say about that when the Padres returned home. "On the plane to San Diego," said Gwynn, "you could see in everybody's face that we were down. But when we got home, two hours late, there were about 3,000 people screaming and yelling, pressing their faces against the window of the bus. They had signs and posters and Cub-Buster T shirts, and it lifted our spirits. It was unbelievable and it moved everybody."
In the Jack Murphy Stadium parking lot before Game 3, the fans were giddily lynching teddy bears and singing, "We ain't 'fraid o' no Cubs," lyrics borrowed from the song Ghostbusters. When the Padres were introduced, the fans were already exuberant, but then Templeton, a man otherwise known for his cool, started waving his cap and whipping the crowd into a frenzy. "They were on a mission to make noise," said Frey.
Again Chicago scored first, on a double by Moreland and a single by Cey with none out in the second, but San Diego got out of the inning without allowing another run. In the fifth, the Padres took the lead for the first time in the series. Kennedy and Kevin McReynolds singled off Dennis Eckersley, and Templeton drove both of them in with a double to left center. Had Templeton not come through, Williams would have pinch-hit for pitcher Ed Whitson, the next batter, but now with a 2-1 lead, Whitson stayed in the game.
In the sixth, McReynolds hit a three-run homer just over the fence in left off reliever George Frazier, and the Padres coasted to a 7-1 victory. Whitson allowed five hits in eight innings before giving way to Gossage.