1974 National League Championship Series
The 1974 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that matched the East Division champion Pittsburgh Pirates against the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won the Series three games to one and lost the 1974 World Series to the Oakland Athletics.
|1974 National League Championship Series|
|Umpires||Nick Colosi, Paul Pryor, Lee Weyer, John McSherry, Shag Crawford, Satch Davidson|
|TV announcers||Jim Simpson and Maury Wills (Game 1)|
Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek (Games 3–4)
NBC did not televise Game 2 due to conflicts with its NFL coverage.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh PiratesEdit
Los Angeles won the series, 3–1.
|1||October 5||Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, Pittsburgh Pirates – 0||Three Rivers Stadium||2:25||40,638|
|2||October 6||Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, Pittsburgh Pirates – 2||Three Rivers Stadium||2:44||49,247|
|3||October 8||Pittsburgh Pirates – 7, Los Angeles Dodgers – 0||Dodger Stadium||2:41||55,953|
|4||October 9||Pittsburgh Pirates – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 12||Dodger Stadium||2:36||54,424|
|WP: Don Sutton (1–0) LP: Jerry Reuss (0–1)|
The Dodgers had been winless in six games played at Pittsburgh during the regular season but they remedied that situation in postseason play. In the opening game, Don Sutton of the Dodgers was opposed to Jerry Reuss. The Pirate lefty yielded just one run in seven innings (on a bases-loaded walk to Davey Lopes in the second), but left the game in favor of an ineffectual pinch-hitter. Dave Giusti came on in the eighth inning and gave up two insurance runs in the ninth on Jim Wynn's RBI double with one on, followed by Joe Ferguson's RBI single. Meanwhile, Sutton set the Pittsburgh club down on four hits and no runs.
|WP: Andy Messersmith (1–0) LP: Dave Giusti (0–1)|
LAD: Ron Cey (1)
The Dodgers struck first in Game 2 on Steve Garvey's RBI single in the first with two on off of Jim Rooker. Ron Cey's leadoff home run in the fourth extended their lead to 2–1. The Pittsburgh string of scoreless innings was extended to 15 before the Pirates finally got on the board in the seventh inning off of Andy Messersmith. After two leadoff singles and sacrifice bunt, one run came in on a Richie Hebner groundout and the other on an Al Oliver high bouncer that escaped third baseman Cey's glove and was scored on a single. With the game tied going into the eighth inning, it was a battle between ace relievers Mike Marshall, of Los Angeles, and Dave Giusti. Giusti could not retire even one batter. After a leadoff double and subsequent single, back-to-back RBI singles by Willie Crawford and Manny Mota aided by an error by catcher Manny Sanguillén put the Dodgers back in front 4–2. Davey Lopes's RBI single off of Larry Demery extended their lead to 5–2 while Marshall retired six straight batters in the last two innings to give the Dodgers a 2–0 series lead heading to Los Angeles.
|WP: Bruce Kison (1–0) LP: Doug Rau (0–1)|
PIT: Willie Stargell (1), Richie Hebner (1)
A record crowd for Dodger Stadium (55,953) showed up for Game 3 with the home team one win away from the World Series, but the Pirates hammered starter Doug Rau in the top of the first. After a leadoff single and one-out walk, Willie Stargell's three-run home run put the Pirates up 3–0. One out later, an error, the first of five the Dodgers committed in the game, allowed Bob Robertson to reach base before Richie Hebner's two-run home run extended the lead to 5–0. In the fourth, back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Hebner and Mario Mendoza with two on off of Charlie Hough made it 7–0 Pirates. Bruce Kison gave up only two hits in the six and two-thirds innings he worked and his reliever Ramón Hernández, slammed the door on the Dodgers the rest of the way as the Pirates staved off elimination.
|WP: Don Sutton (2–0) LP: Jerry Reuss (0–2)|
PIT: Willie Stargell (2)
LAD: Steve Garvey 2 (2)
Don Sutton and Jerry Reuss, as in the opener, were the opposing pitchers in the fourth game. Sutton was just as good as he ever was, permitting but one run (on Willie Stargell's home run in the seventh) and three hits and striking out seven in eight innings of work before allowing the ubiquitous Mike Marshall to close.
Reuss and three relievers, on the other hand, were hammered. Davey Lopes walked to lead off the first, stole second and scored on Jim Wynn's double. In the third, Steve Garvey's home run after a walk made it 3–0. In the fifth, Garvey's second home run of the game, also after a walk off of Ken Brett, extended the lead to 5–0. Next inning, Steve Yeager drew a leadoff walk off of Larry Demery, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a triple by Davey Lopes, who himself scored on second baseman Rennie Stennett's errant throw to third. Next inning, after a leadoff single and walk, Dave Giusti relieved Demery and allowed RBI singles to Bill Russell and Don Sutton to extend the Dodgers' lead to 9–1. In the eighth, Giusti allowed a one-out single and walk before Joe Ferguson's RBI single made it 10–1 Dodgers. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Russell's two-run single capped the game's scoring at 12–1 as the Dodgers advanced to the 1974 World Series with the largest margin of victory in a championship series game.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||2||1||2||1||2||2||2||6||2||20||37||7|
|Total attendance: 200,262 Average attendance: 50,066|
- "1974 NLCS Game 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1974 NLCS Game 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1974 NLCS Game 3 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1974 NLCS Game 4 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- Baseball-Reference.com – 1974 NLCS