Cubs Calendar: September 3, 1984

On their way to a Divisional title, the Cubs won a key September match-up against the Philadelphia Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Cubs starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe threw eight innings and allowed only three runs while striking out fifteen Phillies’ batters. The Cubs scored on solo home runs by Ron Cey and Gary Matthews as well as a Leon Durham ground out that scored Sutcliffe. With the game knotted at three after eight innings, the Cubs brought reliever George Frazier in to pitch. Frazier threw three scoreless innings of relief to keep the Cubs in the game. Finally, in the top of the twelfth inning, Cubs’ pinch-hitter Richie Hebner reached base on an error, but was later thrown out at third base on a Ryne Sandberg ground ball. Fortunately, Sandberg stole second base and then scored with two outs when Gary Matthews hit a ground ball misplayed by Phillies’ back-up shortstop Kiko Garcia. The error allowed the go-ahead run to score as Lee Smith came on in the bottom half of the frame to retire the Phillies in order and to preserve the 4-3 win and earn his twenty-ninth save on the season.

Photo: Leon Durham 8×10 Signed / Kirk Bravender / CC BY 2.0 / Alteration: Cropped