The 1994 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1994 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Saturday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were: ⦁ (1) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 95–67) vs. (4) Atlanta Braves (Wildcard, 95-67): Braves won series, 3–1. ⦁ (2) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 87-75) vs. (3) Montreal Expos (Eastern Division Champion, 105–57): Expos won series, 3–0. The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined—a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the conclusion of the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field advantage was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel. Had the 1994 NLDS been played under the 1998-2011 arrangement, Montreal (1) would've still played against Los Angeles (3) and Cincinnati (2) would've still faced Atlanta (4). Under the format adopted in 2012, which removed the prohibition against teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series, the matchups would have been Montreal-Atlanta and Cincinnati-Los Angeles, with the Expos and Reds having home field advantage. The Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Expos became the National League champion, and defeated the American League Champion New York Yankees in the 1994 World Series. (simulation)
Matchups Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds Atlanta won the series, 3–1. Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 1 October 4 Cincinnati Reds– 4, Atlanta Braves– 6 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 2:41 51,347 2 October 5 Cincinnati Reds– 7, Atlanta Braves– 4 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 3:03 52,613 3 October 7 Atlanta Braves– 6, Cincinnati Reds– 1 Riverfront Stadium 2:48 53,161 4 October 8 Atlanta Braves– 10, Cincinnati Reds– 5 Riverfront Stadium 3:11 53,325
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Montreal Expos Montreal won the series, 3–0. Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 1 October 4 Los Angeles Dodgers– 1, Montreal Expos– 4 Olympic Stadium 2:52 44,125 2 October 5 Los Angeles Dodgers– 3, Montreal Expos– 6 Olympic Stadium 3:06 44,567 3 October 7 Montreal Expos– 5, Los Angeles Dodgers– 2 Dodger Stadium 2:35 46,876
Atlanta vs. Cincinnati
The starters were Jose Rijo and Greg Maddux in Game 1. Both teams would score in the first inning, with Atlanta leading 2-1 early. Hal Morris hit a two run home run to right field in the third inning to give Cincinnati a 3-2 lead. Atlanta would score in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Javy Lopez, a wild pitch, and another RBI single by Roberto Kelly to give Atlanta a 5-3 lead. A solo home run into left field by Ryan Klesko in the sixth inning made it 6-3 Atlanta. Cincinnati would score a run in the eighth inning, but that was all they would get as Greg Maddux pitched a complete game for the win.
Former 20-game winner John Smiley and Tom Glavine would be the starters in Game 2. An RBI double by Jacob Brumfield for Cincinnati in the first inning and an RBI Single by Terry Pendleton for Atlanta in the second inning made it a 1-1 game. Kevin Mitchell hit a two run home run into left center field to give Cincinnati a 3-1 lead. A ground rule double by Bret Boone scored two runs and made it a 5-1 game in the seventh inning. Later that inning, Fred McGriff hit a solo home run into right field and David Justice hit a two run home run into left field to make it 5-4. Cincinnati would add on two insurance runs in the ninth inning on another double by Brumfield to make it 7-4 and give Cincinnati the win.
The starters would be John Smoltz and Pete Schourek for Game 3. Cincinnati would get on the board first in the second inning with an RBI double by Eddie Taubensee to make it a 1-0 game. Atlanta would score four runs in the third inning with an RBI single by Smoltz, and a three run home run into left field by Roberto Kelly to give Atlanta a 4-1 lead. Smoltz would pitch seven innings, striking out eight batters. Javy Lopez would hit a two run home run into left field in the ninth inning to make it a 6-1 game and Atlanta would win by that score.
Steve Avery and John Roper were the starters for Game 4. Atlanta would start scoring early with an RBI double by Mark Lemke in the first inning to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Ryan Klesko would hit a two run home run down the rightfield line to make it 3-0 for Atlanta. Solo home runs by Jeff Blauser and Roberto Kelly in the second inning made it 5-0. Cincinnati would bounce back with an RBI single by Kevin Mitchell in the third inning to get on the board. Then they would score three runs in the fourth inning to make it a 5-4 game, and then tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning. Atlanta would score two runs in the seventh inning to give Atlanta a 7-5 lead. They would score three runs in the ninth inning to put the game away with a 10-5 win, and win the series.
Montreal vs. Los Angeles
Ramon Martinez faced Ken Hill in Game 1. Montreal would get on the board first with a solo home run by Larry Walker into right field to give Montreal a 1-0 lead. Los Angeles would score a run in the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. Montreal would get the lead back in the third inning with Walker driving in a run to make it a 2-1 game. They would score two runs in the eighth inning off of a single by Sean Berry and Mike Lansing hitting into a 4-6 fielder's choice to make the score 4-1. John Wetteland would come on the mound in the ninth inning to get the save and the win for Montreal.
Kevin Gross faced Pedro Martinez in Game 2. Los Angeles would get on the board first in the third inning with a single by Tim Wallach to drive in two runs and give them a 2-0 lead. Later that inning Montreal would bounce back and score two runs also with a double from Moises Alou and a single from Wil Cordero to tie the game at 2-2. Montreal would take the lead by scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Cordero, Sean Berry, and Mike Lansing each drove in a run to give Montreal a 5-2 lead. Los Angeles scored a run in the sixth, and Montreal scored a run in the seventh to make it a 6-3 game. John Wetteland would once again get the save and the win for Montreal.
Butch Henry faced off against Tom Candiotti in Game 3. Montreal would score two runs in the second inning off a two run home run by Mike Lansing into right field to make it a 2-0 game early. They would score a run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings from RBIs by Wil Cordero, Marquis Grissom, and Sean Berry respectively to give Montreal a 5-0 lead. Los Angeles would get on the board with an RBI single by Tim Wallach. They would score another run in the eighth inning to make it a 5-2 game. John Wetteland came on the mound to save the game and win the series for Montreal. It was the first time since 1981 that Montreal had won a playoff series. This would be the last time that they won an NLDS as the Montreal Expos as they would relocate to Washington, DC to become the Washington Nationals in 2005. To date, this is the most recent NLDS won by the Expos/Nationals franchise.
Series Quotes "There's a groundball over to Blauser. The throw to first, in time. Atlanta wins the NLDS over Cincinnati three games to one. The Braves will take on the Expos in the NLCS." -Pete Van Wieren after Game 4 of the NLDS between the Braves and the Reds.
"Swing and a miss strike three. Montreal wins the NLDS over Los Angeles three games to none. The Expos are going to the NLCS." -Al Michaels after Game 3 of the NLDS between the Expos and the Dodgers.