May 24, 1980 - Phillies 5, Houston 4

Mike Schmidt tags out Cesar Cedeno after a pickoff throw from Bob Boone.
Mike Schmidt tags out Cesar Cedeno after a pickoff throw from Bob Boone.

This was Don Larson's first game of the 1980 season. Larson was a pitcher who ping-ponged between the Phils and the minor leagues from 1978 through 1981, pitching a total of 21 games over four years. Larson pitched decently on this day, but was denied the win in the 6th inning when Kevin Saucier allowed one of Larson's runners to score on a sacrifice fly. Saucier himself was credited with his second victory when the Phils were able to reclaim the lead on Larry Bowa's sixth inning single. Tug McGraw earned his third save of the season, even though he gave up two runs in his three innings of work. Remember when the "closer" so often worked two, even three innings?  

NL East Standings after games of May 24, 1980

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct.

GB

Pirates

22

14

.611

-

Phillies

19

15

.558

2

Expos

18

17

.514

Cubs

16

19

.457

Mets

15

21

.416

7

Cardinals

14

24

.368

9

Boxscore: Phillies 5, Astros 4

 

Houston

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

-

4

Phillies

0

0

2

0

0

2

1

0

X

-

5

 

 

 

Houston

AB

R

H

RBI

Landestoy, 2B

4

2

2

0

Reynolds, SS

4

1

1

0

Puhl, RF

3

0

1

2

Cruz, LF

4

0

1

1

Walling, 1B

4

1

1

1

Cabell, 3B

4

0

0

0

Cedeno, CF

2

0

0

0

Ashby, C

2

0

0

0

Leonard, PH

1

0

0

0

Andujar, P

2

0

0

0

Sambito, P

0

0

0

0

Morgan, PH

1

0

0

0

Smith, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

31

4

6

4

 

 

 

Houston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Andujar (L, 0-2)

5.2

7

4

4

2

2

Sambito

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

Smith

2

1

1

1

2

0

 

 

 

Phillies

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

3

1

0

0

McBride, RF

4

1

2

0

Schmidt, 3B

3

1

1

1

Luzinski, LF

3

1

2

1

Gross, PR-LF

0

0

0

0

Boone, C

3

0

0

1

Maddox, CF

4

1

0

0

Bowa, SS

4

0

2

1

Trillo, 2B

4

0

1

1

Larson, P

2

0

0

0

Saucier, P

0

0

0

0

G. Vukovich, PH

0

0

0

0

Moreland, PH

1

0

0

0

McGraw, P

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

32

5

8

5

 

 

 

Phillies

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Larson

5.1

3

2

2

2

1

Saucier (W, 2-0)

0.2

1

0

0

0

0

McGraw (S, 3)

3

2

2

2

1

1

 

 

Game-winning RBI- Bowa.

E- None. 2B-Cruz (5), Reynolds (2), Luzinski (7). 3B- Puhl (1), McBride 2 (4), Schmidt (2). HR- Walling (1). SB- Cedeno (14), Landestoy (3), Bowa 2 (3), Luzinski (2). SF- Puhl (1). WP- Larson (1). BK- Larson (1). IBB- Smith (1, Schmidt). T- 2:28. A- 28,539.

 

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Landestoy 2B

1

Rose 1B

Reynolds SS

2

McBride RF

Puhl RF

3

Schmidt 3B

Cruz LF

4

Luzinski LF

Walling, 1B

5

Boone C

Cabell 3B

6

Maddox CF

Cedeno CF

7

Bowa SS

Ashby C

8

Trillo 2B

Andujar P

9

Larson P

Game Summary

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ASTROS 1ST: Landestoy made an out to left; Reynolds made an out to right; Puhl tripled to center; Cruz grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Rose lined to pitcher; McBride tripled to center; Schmidt popped to first; Luzinski grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 2ND: Walling homered; Cabell made an out to right; Cedeno walked; Cedeno stole second; Larson threw a wild pitch [Cedeno to third]; Cedeno was picked off third (catcher to third); Ashby walked; Larson balked [Ashby to second]; Andujar made an out to left; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Boone grounded out (second to first); Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa singled to center; Bowa stole second; Trillo struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 3RD: Landestoy grounded out (shortstop to first); Reynolds grounded out (shortstop to first); Puhl grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Larson was called out on strikes; Rose walked; McBride grounded out (third to first) [Rose to second]; Schmidt tripled to center [Rose scored]; Luzinski singled to right [Schmidt scored]; Luzinski stole second; Boone made an out to left; 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 4TH: Cruz made an out to left; Walling popped to first; Cabell grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

PHILLIES 4TH: Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa grounded out (second to first); Trillo grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 5TH: Cedeno made an out to center; Ashby grounded out (first unassisted); Andujar struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Larson grounded out (pitcher to first); Rose grounded out (second to first); McBride grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 6TH: Landestoy singled to center; Landestoy stole second; Reynolds grounded out (first to pitcher) [Landestoy to third]; SAUCIER REPLACED LARSON (PITCHING); Puhl hit a sacrifice fly to right [Landestoy scored]; Cruz doubled to right; Walling grounded out (first to pitcher); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Schmidt made an out to right; Luzinski doubled to center; Boone walked; Maddox forced Boone (shortstop to second) [Luzinski to third]; Bowa singled to right [Luzinski scored, Maddox to third]; Bowa stole second; Trillo singled to shortstop [Maddox scored, Bowa to third]; G. VUKOVICH BATTED FOR SAUCIER; SAMBITO REPLACED ANDUJAR (PITCHING); MORELAND BATTED FOR G. VUKOVICH; Moreland struck out; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 4.

 

ASTROS 7TH: MCGRAW REPLACED MORELAND (PITCHING); Cabell made an out to right; Cedeno walked; Ashby made an out to shortstop; MORGAN BATTED FOR SAMBITO; Morgan popped to first in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 4.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: SMITH REPLACED MORGAN (PITCHING); Rose grounded out (second to first); McBride tripled to center; Schmidt was walked intentionally; Luzinski walked [Schmidt to second]; GROSS RAN FOR LUZINSKI; Boone grounded out (third to first) [McBride scored, Schmidt to third, Gross to second]; Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 5.

 

ASTROS 8TH: GROSS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); Landestoy singled to right; Reynolds doubled to right [Landestoy to third]; Puhl grounded out (shortstop to first) [Landestoy scored, Reynolds to third]; Cruz grounded out (first unassisted) [Reynolds scored]; Walling grounded out (second to first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 4, Phillies 5.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: Bowa grounded out (first unassisted); Trillo grounded out (pitcher to first); McGraw grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 4, Phillies 5.

 

ASTROS 9TH: Cabell grounded out (third to first); Cedeno made an out to left; LEONARD BATTED FOR ASHBY; Leonard struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 4, Phillies 5.