San Diego batterymates Eric Show and Terry Kennedy knew they were in for a long day after Show's first pitch.
"Right down the middle," said catcher Kennedy, "and he (home plate umpire Dick Cavanaugh) calls it a ball."
Bob Dernier hit Show's second pitch into the left field bleachers to start the Chicago Cubs on their way to a 13-0 rout that included a playoff record five home runs.
"There was no telling where the strike zone was," Kennedy said. "Eric threw a high slider to (Gary) Matthews on 2-2. I knew we had him struck out, but the umpire called it a ball."
Matthews hit the 3-2 pitch over the left-center wall to make it 2-0.
"The umpiring was a little bit disgusting," Show said. "But I had expected worse . . . I'm not going to run away from my responsibility. I just didn't have a good fast ball."
Kennedy agreed with his pitcher. "Eric didn't throw too well," he said.
"We'll come back tomorrow," said first baseman Steve Garvey. "We'll get this out of our systems."
"If you're blown out like this, you're only embarrassed for one day, then you forget about it," Manager Dick Williams said. "A 2-1 loss would have been much tougher."
Show didn't totally agree: "As a pitcher, I'd like to pitch a respectable game."
The only bright spot Williams could find was the fact that the Padres hit the ball hard a number of times.
"We had a lot of line drives," he said. "Unfortunately, they were all 'at 'ems.' Maybe, we have to learn to get the ball up in the air like the Cubs."
One of those line drives that wasn't elevated came with two out and the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Ex-Cub Carmelo Martinez hit a sinking liner to right field. Keith Moreland charged the ball and made a diving shoestring catch.
"That Moreland catch deflated us," said Williams.
"There's no panic among the younger guys," said Garvey, a veteran of four championship series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then he paused, smiled, and said, "I just hope there's no panic among us older guys."