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The Cubs finished the season 93-69 to win the East Division for the second time in franchise history. The Cubs lost the National League Championship Series four games to one to the San Francisco Giants.
Pitchers: CHC - Bielecki, Williams (8), Lancaster (8) SF - Reuschel, Bedrosian (9)
The Giants made it to their first World Series since 1962 with a 3-2 win over the Cubs to win the 1989 National League pennant, four games to one. The final game pitted Mike Bielecki against a well-rested (due to his quick exit from Game 2) Rick Reuschel. Reuschel made amends for his poor start in Game 2 by giving up only one run over eight innings. The one run Reuschel gave up was an unearned run the Cubs scored when Walton reached on an error by Mitchell and then scored on Sandberg's double. The Cubs held the 1-0 lead until the seventh inning when Will Clark tripled and scored on Mitchell's sacrifice fly.
The Cubs did rally, however, in the ninth with three straight singles that made it 3-2. But Sandberg grounded out sending the Giants to their first World Series since 1962.