April 15, 1980

In the late 1970s, Randy Lerch had developed into a dependable fourth starter - not spectacular, but fairly solid.  Even in the 1979 season, when the Phillies' starting rotation was beaten up and bloodied, Lerch managed to pitch over 200 innings with a respectable 3.77 ERA to go with a 10-13 record.  In 1980, however, Lerch would fall apart.  In the course of a 4-14 record for a presumed pennant contender, Lerch's collapse would leave a gaping hole in the Phils' rotation - and openings for pitchers such as Bob Walk and Marty Bystrom.

NL East Standings after games of April 15, 1980

 

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct.

GB

Pirates

4

1

.800

-

Expos

2

2

.500

Phillies

2

2

.500

Cardinals

2

3

.400

2

Cubs

2

3

.400

2

Mets

2

3

.400

2

 

Scoreboard

National League

 

Phillies 2

St. Louis 7

 

San Francisco 3

Cincinnati 8

 

Atlanta 2

Houston 6

 

Montreal 7

New York 3

 

Los Angeles 5

San Diego 9

 

American League

 

Kansas City 2

Baltimore 12

 

Minnesota 1

California 3

 

New York 3

Chicago 4

 

Seattle 3

Oakland 12

 

Cleveland 0

Texas 3

Transactions

Phillies

None

 

National League

None

 

American League

None