The 1994 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 1994 National League playoffs, matched the wildcard Atlanta Braves against the East Division champion Montreal Expos. The Expos had the home field advantage. The two teams were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Expos defeating the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers three games to none, and the Braves defeating the Central Division champion Cincinnati Reds three games to one. The Expos won the series four games to three to become the National League champions, and defeated the American League champion New York Yankees in the 1994 World Series. (simulation)
NLCS MVP: Moises Alou
Montreal Expos vs. Atlanta Braves Montreal won the series, 4–3. Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 1 October 11 Atlanta Braves – 5, Montreal Expos – 2 Olympic Stadium 2:55 44,872 2 October 12 Atlanta Braves – 2, Montreal Expos – 7 Olympic Stadium 3:12 45,137 3 October 14 Montreal Expos – 1, Atlanta Braves – 6 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 3:01 51,538 4 October 15 Montreal Expos – 8, Atlanta Braves – 3 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:47 52,741 5 October 16 Montreal Expos – 3, Atlanta Braves – 5 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 3:14 53,156 6 October 18 Atlanta Braves – 4, Montreal Expos – 7 Olympic Stadium 3:10 45,473 7 October 19 Atlanta Braves – 1, Montreal Expos – 5 Olympic Stadium 3:17 45,748
Greg Maddux and Ken Hill would be the starters for Game 1. Atlanta would get on the board first in the fourth inning with an RBI by David Justice, and a three run home run into left center field by Javy Lopez to give them a 4-0 lead. Both teams scored in the sixth inning with another RBI by Javy Lopez for Atlanta, and an RBI single by Wil Cordero for Montreal to make the score 5-1 Atlanta. Moises Alou would add an RBI in the eighth inning to make it a 5-2 game. Atlanta retired the side in the ninth inning as Greg Maddux pitched a complete game to win the first game of the series.
The starters for Game 2 were Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez. Montreal would get on the board first in the first inning with an RBI single by Sean Berry to give them a 1-0 lead. Larry Walker hit a solo home run into center field to make it 2-0 Montreal. They would have a big inning in the fifth inning, scoring four runs to go up 6-0. An RBI single by Mike Lansing in the seventh inning made it 7-0 Montreal. Atlanta would score a run in the eighth and ninth innings before Montreal closed out the game with a 7-2 victory.
Game 3 would feature a matchup between Butch Henry and John Smoltz. Montreal would score a run in the second inning off a solo home run by Darrin Fletcher down the leftfield line to give them an early 1-0 lead. Atlanta would bounce back in the third inning with a solo home run by Terry Pendleton into center field to tie the game at 1-1. They would score two runs in the sixth inning off RBI singles from Ryan Klesko and David Justice to make it 3-1 Atlanta. They would add three runs in the eighth inning with a two run home run by Klesko, and an RBI single by Terry Pendleton to make the score 6-1, which would be the final score.
In Game 4, Kirk Reuter would face off against Steve Avery. Montreal would put up three runs in the first inning off an RBI single by Wil Cordero to drive in a run, and an RBI double by Sean Berry to drive in two runs to give them a 3-0 lead. Terry Pendleton would get a run off an RBI single to put Atlanta on the board to make it 3-1. They would score another run in the sixth inning off an RBI single by Jeff Blauser to make it a 3-2 game. Montreal would score in the last three innings with a solo home run by Cliff Floyd in the seventh, an RBI single from Sean Berry and Mike Lansing in the eighth, and another RBI single by Larry Walker in the ninth inning. Blauser hit a solo home run for Atlanta, but Montreal would close out the game and win it 8-3.
Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 1, which was between Ken Hill and Greg Maddux. Atlanta would get on the board first with an RBI single by Ryan Klesko to make it 1-0. Montreal would tie the game in the next inning with a run driven in by a single from Darrin Fletcher, but Atlanta would respond later that inning with three runs from a triple by Jeff Blauser, a Double by Greg Maddux, and a single by Mark Lemke to give them a 4-1 lead. Montreal scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings to make it a 4-3 game. Atlanta would score a run off a single by Roberto Kelly to give them a 5-3 lead. Greg McMichael would come on the mound in the ninth inning to get the save and the win for Atlanta.
In Game 6, it would be a rematch of Game 2, featuring Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez. Montreal would get on the board first with an RBI single by Cliff Floyd to give them a 1-0 lead. They would score two runs in the fourth innning off a solo home run by Darrin Fletcher, and David Justice misplaying a flyball to score another run to make it 3-0 Montreal. They would score again in the fifth inning to make it a 4-0 game. Atlanta would score two runs in the seventh inning off an RBI from Terry Pendleton and Jeff Blauser to make the score 4-2. They would tie the game in the eighth inning with a two run home run by Ryan Klesko to make it 4-4. Later that inning, Montreal would regain the lead by scoring three runs. One was off of Marquis Grissom hitting into a 4-6 fielder's choice to drive in a run, and a double by Moises Alou to drive in two runs to give Montreal a 7-4 lead. John Wetteland would come on the mound in the ninth inning to get the save and the win for Montreal.
Game 7 would be a rematch of Game 3, featuring John Smoltz facing off against Butch Henry. Montreal would get on the board first with a solo home run by Moises Alou into right center field in the first inning to give them a 1-0 lead. They would score two runs in the fourth inning off an RBI by Larry Walker hitting a sacrifice flyout, and Darrin Fletcher driving in another run with a single to make it 3-0 Montreal. David Justice would hit a solo home run into left center field to put Atlanta on the board and make the score 3-1. Montreal would respond later that inning with another home run by Alou down the rightfield line to give them a 4-1 lead. They would score another run in the eighth inning off a groundout by Larry Walker to make it a 5-1 game. John Wettleland would come on the mound in the ninth inning to retire the side and win the pennant for Montreal. This was their first pennant in franchise history and it would be the only pennant won as the Montreal Expos. They would relocate to Washington, DC in 2005 to become the Washington Nationals. To date, this is the most recent appearance in an NLCS by the Expos/Nationals franchise.
Series quotes "Flyball to left field. Grissom is there to make the catch. The Expos have won the pennant." -Dick Enberg, calling the final out of Game 7 of the NLCS between the Braves and the Expos.