July 18, 1980 - Phillies 7, Atlanta 2

For the second day in a row, the Phillies beat a pitcher named Niekro. This time, the victim was hall-of-famer Phil Niekro, who fell to the Phils and Nino Espinosa 7-2. Espinosa was effective, giving up two solo home runs, the only hits given up in eight innings of work. Mike Schmidt returned to the Phillies lineup and made his presence known, homering off Niekro in the sixth. Lonnie Smith went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while Pete Rose went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs as well as scoring one. Dickie Noles pitched a scoreless ninth to record his sixth save.

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NL East Standings after games of July 18, 1980

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct.

GB

Expos

48

38

.558

-

Pirates

49

39

.557

-

Phillies

47

38

.553

½

Mets

43

45

.489

6

Cardinals

39

50

.438

10½

Cubs

36

50

.419

12

Boxscore: Phillies 7, Atlanta 2

Phillies

0

0

3

0

0

1

1

0

2

-

7

Atlanta

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

-

2

 

Phillies

AB

R

H

RBI

Smith, LF

4

2

2

0

J. Vukovich, 3B

0

0

0

0

Rose, 1B

4

1

2

3

Gross, PR-LF

0

0

0

0

McBride, RF

5

0

1

3

Schmidt, 3B

4

1

1

1

Unser, 1B

0

0

0

0

Maddox, CF

4

0

1

0

Boone, C

3

0

0

0

Bowa, SS

4

0

1

0

Aviles, 2B

4

2

3

0

Espinosa, P

3

1

0

0

Noles, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

35

7

11

7

 

Phillies

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Espinosa (W, 1-1)

7

2

2

2

1

1

Noles (S, 6)

2

1

0

0

1

2

 

Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

Hubbard, 2B

4

0

0

0

Murphy, CF

4

0

0

0

Chambliss, 1B

4

1

1

1

Matthews, RF

4

0

0

0

Horner, 3B

4

1

1

1

Burroughs, LF

2

0

0

0

Benedict, C

2

0

0

0

Pocoroba, PH

1

0

1

0

Nahorodny, C

0

0

0

0

Gomez, SS

2

0

0

0

Lum, PH

1

0

0

0

Blanks, SS

0

0

0

0

Niekro, P

2

0

0

0

Asselstine, PH

0

0

0

0

Garber, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

30

2

3

2

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Niekro (L, 7-12)

8

8

5

5

3

3

Garber

1

3

2

2

0

0

 

Game-winning RBI- McBride.

E- Gomes (10). DP- Atlanta 1. 2B- McBride (19). HR- Schmidt (23), Horner (15), Chambliss (11). SB- Smith (12). CS- Maddox (4). SH- Noles (2). IBB- Niekro (2, Rose). T- 2:05. A- 13,908.

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Phillies

 

Atlanta Braves

Smith LF

1

Hubbard 2B

Rose 1B

2

Murphy CF

McBride RF

3

Chambliss 1B

Schmidt 3B

4

Matthews RF

Maddox CF

5

Horner 3B

Boone C

6

Burroughs LF

Bowa SS

7

Benedict C

Aviles 2B

8

Gomez SS

Espinosa P

9

Niekro P

Game Summary

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PHILLIES 1ST: Smith struck out; Rose made an out to right; McBride grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Braves 0.

 

BRAVES 1ST: Hubbard made an out to center; Murphy grounded out (third to first); Chambliss made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Braves 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Schmidt grounded out (pitcher to first); Maddox grounded out (pitcher to first); Boone walked; Bowa grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Braves 0.

 

BRAVES 2ND: Matthews grounded out (shortstop to first); Horner homered; Burroughs made an out to right; Benedict made an out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Braves 1.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Aviles singled to left; Espinosa forced Aviles (pitcher to shortstop) [Espinosa to second (error by Gomez)]; Smith walked; Rose singled to center [Espinosa scored, Smith to third]; McBride doubled to center [Smith scored, Rose scored]; Schmidt struck out; Maddox grounded out (third to first); 3 R, 3 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

BRAVES 3RD: Gomez lined to left; Niekro struck out; Hubbard lined to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Boone struck out; Bowa singled to center; Aviles grounded out (third to first) [Bowa to second]; Espinosa grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

BRAVES 4TH: Murphy made an out to right; Chambliss made an out to left; Matthews grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Smith grounded out (second to first); Rose popped to third; McBride grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

BRAVES 5TH: Horner popped to first; Burroughs grounded out (shortstop to first); Benedict grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Braves 1.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Schmidt homered; Maddox singled to first; Maddox was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop); Boone made an out to right; Bowa grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 4, Braves 1.

 

BRAVES 6TH: Gomez grounded out (third to first); Niekro grounded out (shortstop to first); Hubbard lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 4, Braves 1.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: Aviles singled to right; Espinosa popped to first; Smith singled to right [Aviles to third]; Smith stole second; Rose was walked intentionally; McBride forced Rose (shortstop to second) [Aviles scored, Smith to third]; Schmidt lined to second; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 5, Braves 1.

 

BRAVES 7TH: Murphy grounded out (second to first); Chambliss homered; Matthews grounded out (shortstop to first); Horner grounded out (third to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 5, Braves 2.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: Maddox popped to shortstop; Boone made an out to center; Bowa grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 5, Braves 2.

 

BRAVES 8TH: Burroughs walked; NOLES REPLACED ESPINOSA (PITCHING); POCOROBA BATTED FOR BENEDICT; Pocoroba singled to left [Burroughs to second]; LUM BATTED FOR GOMEZ; Lum made an out to left; ASSELSTINE BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Asselstine walked [Burroughs to third, Pocoroba to second]; Hubbard popped to second; Murphy struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Phillies 5, Braves 2.

 

PHILLIES 9TH: NAHORODNY REPLACED POCOROBA (PLAYING C ); BLANKS REPLACED LUM (PLAYING SS); GARBER REPLACED ASSELSTINE (PITCHING); Aviles singled to left; Noles out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Aviles to second]; Smith singled to left [Aviles to third, Smith to second (on throw to home)]; Rose singled to left [Aviles scored, Smith scored]; GROSS RAN FOR ROSE; McBride lined into a double play (second to first) [Gross out at first]; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 7, Braves 2.

 

BRAVES 9TH: J. VUKOVICH REPLACED SMITH (PLAYING 3B); GROSS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); UNSER REPLACED SCHMIDT (PLAYING 1B); Chambliss grounded out (second to first); Matthews was called out on strikes; Horner grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 7, Braves 2.