Lancaster started 18 games as a rookie for the Cubs in 1987 but was dispatched to
the bullpen the following year. He played a vital role in the Cubs' 1989 NL East
championship, saving eight games with a 1.36 ERA (4-2) behind stopper Mitch Williams.
He won Game Two of the LCS against the Giants 9-5 with four innings of relief, although
he gave up three runs. He came into the seventh inning of Game Three with a runner
on, the Cubs winning 4-3, and a 1-0 count on Robby Thompson, who had homered off
him the previous day. Thinking the count was 2-0, he threw another ball, then grooved
what he thought was a 3-0 fastball; Thompson hit another HR, and the Giants won 5-4.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 30, 1989: Mark Grace belts a 2-out 3-run homer, off Rick Aguilera, to give the Cubs a 6–4 win over the Mets. Les Lancaster is the winner as the Cubs sweep three from the Mets.