The 1994 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1994 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Sunday, October 9, 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) Houston Astros (Central Division champion, 95–67) vs. (3) Montreal Expos (Eastern Division Champion, 100-62): Astros won series, 3–2. ⦁ (2) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 88-74) vs. (4) Cincinnati Reds (Wildcard, 93–69): Dodgers won series, 3–1. 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. The Astros played the Expos, rather than the wild card Reds, because the Astros and Reds are in the same division. Had the 1994 NLDS been played under the post-1997 arrangement, then Montreal (1) would've played against Cincinnati (4) and Houston (2) would've faced Los Angeles (3). The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Dodgers became the National League champion, and lost to the American League Champion Chicago White Sox in the 1994 World Series. (simulation)
Houston vs. Montreal Game 1, Tuesday, October 4
Game 1 was a matchup between Doug Drabek and Ken Hill. Houston would get on the board first with two RBIs to make at a 2-0 lead for Houston. Montreal, who made their first postseason appearance since 1981, would drive in two RBIs of their own in the second inning to tie the game at 2-2. After both teams added a run, Larry Walker doubled to drive in two runs and make it a 5-3 lead for Montreal. Houston scored a run to make it 5-4, but Montreal would respond with a Darrin Fletcher solo home run to left center field and lead it 6-4. John Wetteland would get the save for Montreal and their first postseason win in thirteen years.
Game 2, Wednesday, October 5
Darryl Kile and Pedro Martinez were the starters for Game 2. Montreal would get on the board first with a 1-0 lead, but Houston would respond to make it 1-1. Tony Eusebio hit a two run home run to right center field in the fourth inning to make it 3-1 for Houston. Later on in the seventh inning, Andujar Cedeno drove in two RBIs to give Houston a 5-1 lead. John Hudek would come on the mound in the ninth inning to get the save for Houston and their first postseason win in eight years. It would also be the last postseason game played in Montreal as they would relocate to Washington, DC prior to the 2005 season to become the Washington Nationals.
Game 3, Friday, October 7 Astrodome in Houston, Texas
Game 3 was between Butch Henry and Greg Swindell. The Astrodome was hosting its first postseason game since 1986. Montreal would start things off with a run in the third inning to give them an early 1-0 lead. It would not last long as RBIs by Luis Gonzalez and Tony Eusebio in the fourth inning gave Houston a 2-1 lead. Houston would add on a run in the sixth inning to make it 3-1. John Hudek would get the save in the ninth to get the win.
Game 4, Saturday, October 8 Astrodome in Houston, Texas
Kirk Rueter and Shane Reynolds were the starters for Game 4. Montreal would start things off with a run in the first inning to make it 1-0. Cliff Floyd would hit a three run home run into left field in the second inning to give Montreal a 4-0 lead. Later that inning, Luis Gonzalez would hit a solo home run into right center field to put Houston on the board and make it 4-1. After Montreal added a run in the fifth inning, and Houston doing the same in the eigth inning, John Wetteland would get the save.
Game 5, Sunday, October 9 Astrodome in Houston, Texas
Game 5 featured a rematch of Game 1 between Ken Hill and Doug Drabek. Montreal would get on the board first in the second inning with an RBI by Mike Lansing to give them an early 1-0 lead. Later that inning, an RBI by Steve Finley would put Houston on the board and make it a 1-1 game. Houston would take the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run by Andujar Cedeno into right center field to make it 2-1. They would add a run with an RBI by Craig Biggio to give Houston a 3-1 lead. After James Mouton hit a triple in the seventh inning, Sid Bream would drive in an RBI to make it 4-1. Montreal would get two runs in the eigth inning to make it a 4-3 game, but Houston would be able to get out of the inning. John Hudek came on the mound in the ninth inning to get the save and win the series for Houston, which was their first postseason series win in franchise history. This would be the last playoff game for the Montreal Expos as they moved to Washington, DC to become the Washington Nationals in 2005. The franchise would not make the playoffs again until 2012.
Los Angeles vs. Cincinnati Game 1, Tuesday, October 4 Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Ramon Martinez faced former 20-game winner John Smiley in Game 1. Los Angeles would start things off with a two run home run down the leftfield line by Mike Piazza in the first inning to make it a 2-0 game. They would add on a run in the sixth inning on an RBI that was driven by Eric Karros to make it 3-0. Cincinnati would get a couple runs in the eighth inning to make it a 3-2 game, but Los Angeles would get a run from a solo home run by Henry Rodriguez as they would close out the game and get the win 4-2.
Game 2, Wednesday, October 5 Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Jose Rijo faced Kevin Gross in Game 2. Los Angeles would start things off by getting two runs in the first inning to make it 2-0. Cincinnati would bounce back in the second inning with four runs to make it a 4-2 lead for Cincinnati. After a run by Los Angeles made it a 4-3 game throughout most of the game, Reggie Sanders would hit a two run home run to left field to give Cincinnati a 6-3 lead. Cincinnati would close out the game in the ninth inning to get the win.
Game 3, Friday, October 7 Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Pete Schourek faced off against Tom Candiotti in Game 3. Cincinnati would get on the board first with a run in the third inning to make it 1-0. Los Angeles would make it 1-1 in the fifth inning. Mike Piazza hit a two run home run down the leftfield line in the sixth inning, and added another run later that inning to make it a 4-1 lead for Los Angeles. Both teams added a run in the eighth inning with an RBI by Reggie Sanders for Cincinnati, and a Henry Rodriguez solo home run to right center field to make it 5-2 for Los Angeles. Todd Worrell would come on the mound to get the save and the win.
Game 4, Saturday, October 8 Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
John Roper would face off against Orel Hershiser in Game 4. Los Angeles would start things off in the first inning with a Brett Butler solo home run to left field to make it 1-0. They would also get a run in the second and third innings to make it a 3-0 lead for Los Angeles. After Cincinnati added a run, Los Angeles would add two more runs to make it a 5-1 lead for Los Angeles. Mike Piazza would hit a two run home run to center field in the eighth inning to make it a 7-1 game for Los Angeles as they would close it out in the ninth to win the game and the series.
Series Quotes "Swing and a miss strike three. Floyd strikes out. Houston prevails over Montreal three games to two. The Astros are moving on to face the Dodgers in the NLCS." -Pete Van Wieren after Game 5 of the NLDS between the Expos and Astros.
"Larkin pops it up into left field. Butler is there to make the catch. Los Angeles wins the series over Cincinnati three games to one. The Dodgers are headed to the NLCS." -Al Michaels after Game 4 of the NLDS between the Reds and Dodgers.