Padres look sharp even if play wasn’t

Posted: 05/22/2014 in baseball
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The San Diego Padres pulled their best uniforms out of the storage shed for Thursday’s opener of a four-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

It didn’t prompt the Padres to play like the 1984 team that is still revered in San Diego as the franchise’s first-ever World Series club. The Padres have played in only one other World Series — that coming in 1998.

San Diego wore its famous uniforms as part of the 30-year anniversary of that famous club that rallied to beat the Cubs in three straight games to win the five-game National League Championship Series after dropping the first two contests in Chicago.

Tony Gwynn was emerging as a star and Steve Garvey hit the most famous homer in Padres history to win Game 4. San Diego pounded Cubs starter Rick Sutcliffe (16-1 in the regular season) into submission in Game 5, a contest also known for Chicago first baseman Leon Durham letting an easy roller by Tim Flannery go right through his legs to fuel the Padres’ uprising.

Thursday’s game belonged to the Cubs as former San Diego first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and Jake Arrieta pitched six strong innings in a 5-1 victory. Seth Smith homered for the Padres’ lone run. (see stellar recap here —


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