October 7, 1980 - NLCS Game 1 - Phillies 3, Houston 1

Greg Luzinski slams a home run in the Phils' 3-1 win over Houston.
Greg Luzinski slams a home run in the Phils' 3-1 win over Houston.

Phillies lead series 1-0.

 

Game 1 of the NLCS was played in the Phillies' Veterans Stadium. Both team had a tough time clinching the division- with Houston even having to play an extra game to get past the Dodgers. The Phils drew first blood in the first game, winning 3-1 behind Steve Carlton, who threw seven innings of one-run baseball. Tug McGraw earned the save with two scoreless innings. Greg Luzinski hit his only home run of the post-season, which would also be his last as a Phillie.

 

 

 

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Boxscore: Phillies 3, Astros 1

 

Houston

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

-

1

Philadelphia

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

X

-

3

 

 

 

Houston

AB

R

H

RBI

Landestoy, 2B

5

0

0

0

Cabell, 3B

4

0

1

0

Cruz, LF

3

1

1

0

Cedeno, CF

3

0

1

0

Howe, 1B

4

0

0

0

Woods, RF

4

0

2

1

Pujols, C

3

0

0

0

Bergman, PR

0

0

0

0

Reynolds, SS

2

0

0

0

Puhl, PH

1

0

0

0

Forsch, P

2

0

2

0

Leonard, PH

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

32

1

7

1

 

 

 

Houston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Forsch (L, 0-1)

8

8

3

3

1

5

 

 

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

4

1

2

0

McBride, RF

4

0

1

0

Schmidt, 3B

3

0

0

0

Luzinski, LF

4

1

1

2

Unser, LF

0

0

0

0

Trillo, 2B

4

0

0

0

Maddox, CF

3

1

1

0

Bowa, SS

2

0

1

0

Boone, C

3

0

1

0

Carlton, P

2

0

0

0

Gross, PH

1

0

1

1

McGraw, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

30

3

8

3

 

 

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Carlton (W, 1-0)

7

7

1

1

3

3

McGraw (S, 1)

2

0

0

0

1

1

 

 

Game-winning RBI- Luzinski

E- Bowa. DP- Philadelphia 1. LOB- Houston 9, Philadelphia 5. HR- Luzinski (1). SB- McBride, Maddox. SH- Forsch, Bowa. U- Enger, Tata, Froemming, Harvey, Vargo and Crawford. T- 2:35. A- 65,277. 

Starting Lineups

 

 

Houston Astros

Philadelphia Phillies

1

Landestoy 2B

Rose 1B

2

Cabell 3B

McBride RF

3

Cruz LF

Schmidt 3B

4

Cedeno CF

Luzinski LF

5

Howe 1B

Trillo 2B

6

Woods RF

Maddox CF

7

Pujols C

Bowa SS

8

Reynolds SS

Boone C

9

Forsch P

Carlton P

 

Game Summary

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ASTROS 1ST: Landestoy lined to first; Cabell reached on an error by Bowa; Cruz grounded out (second to first) [Cabell to second]; Cedeno walked; Howe struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Rose grounded out (shortstop to first); McBride singled to right; Schmidt struck out; McBride stole second; Luzinski struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 2ND: Woods singled to left; Pujols forced Woods (third to second); Reynolds struck out; Forsch singled to right [Pujols to second]; Landestoy forced Forsch (third to second); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Trillo made an out to left; Maddox made an out to left; Bowa singled to left; Boone singled to right [Bowa to second]; Carlton struck out; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 3RD: Cabell made an out to center; Cruz singled to pitcher; Cedeno singled to center [Cruz to second]; Howe made an out to right; Woods singled to right [Cruz scored, Cedeno to third]; Pujols forced Woods (third to second); 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Rose singled to second; Rose was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop); McBride grounded out (shortstop to first); Schmidt grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 4TH: Reynolds walked; Forsch out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Reynolds to second]; Landestoy grounded out (second to first) [Reynolds to third]; Cabell grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

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

 

ASTROS 5TH: Cruz walked; Cedeno grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [Cruz out at second]; Howe made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Bowa grounded out (second to first); Boone grounded out (third to first); Carlton made an out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 6TH: Woods struck out; Pujols made an out to center; Reynolds grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Rose singled to shortstop; McBride struck out; Schmidt made an out to center; Luzinski homered [Rose scored]; Trillo struck out; 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 7TH: Forsch singled to center; Forsch was picked off first (catcher to second); Landestoy grounded out (second to first); Cabell singled to third; Cruz grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: Maddox singled; Bowa out on a sacrifice bunt (third to second) [Maddox to second]; Boone made an out to left; GROSS BATTED FOR CARLTON; Maddox stole third; Gross singled to left [Maddox scored]; Rose grounded out (first to pitcher); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 3.

 

ASTROS 8TH: MCGRAW REPLACED GROSS (PITCHING); Cedeno grounded out (third to first); Howe made an out to center; Woods grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 3.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: McBride grounded out (first unassisted); Schmidt walked; Luzinski made an out to left; Trillo made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 3.

 

ASTROS 9TH: UNSER REPLACED LUZINSKI (PLAYING LF); Pujols walked; BERGMAN RAN FOR PUJOLS; PUHL BATTED FOR REYNOLDS; Puhl made an out to left; LEONARD BATTED FOR FORSCH; Leonard struck out; Landestoy grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 3.

From "The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory"

Steve Carlton had beaten the Houston Astros six straight times, so the experts figured it was a cinch, the Phillies would defeat the Western Division champions in the first National League Championship Series game at Veterans Stadium.

 

Carlton did beat them, 3-1, but it wasn't easy. But, then again, the Phillies haven't done anything easy over the past 10 games. The victory was the first post-season win for the Phillies at home dating back to Oct. 8, 1915, when they knocked off the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the World Series by the same score.

 

This game was another case for the Comeback Kids as they fell behind Houston, 1-0, in the third.

 

Jose Cruz and Cesar Cedeno collected back-to-back, one-out singles. Art Howe flied to Bake McBride buy Gary Woods put Houston on top with a run-scoring single off Manny Trillo's glove.

 

Ken Forsch survived four Phillies hits in the first three innings to keep them scoreless. He then appeared to settle in a groove, retiring the side 1-2-3 in the fourth and fifth.

 

Pete Rose, who started three rallies in the division-clinching game on Saturday, did it again tonight. He singled into the shortstop hole to start the sixth. Forsch went right back to work, striking out McBride and getting Mike Schmidt on a fly ball to Cedeno.

 

Up stepped Greg Luzinski, the Phillies best offensive player in playoff competition. He went into the game hitting safely in all 11 previous Phillies playoff games.

 

The Bull worked Forsch to a full count, fouled off the next pitch and then sent a towering drive into the 300 level seats in left-center field for a two-run homer. It was his fifth in playoff competition which tied him with Cincinnati's Johnny Bench. Los Angeles' Steve Garvey holds the N.L. playoff record with six.

 

Garry Maddox' legs helped the Phillies get a big insurance run in the next inning.

 

After singling to center, Maddox was bunted to second by Larry Bowa. Bob Boone flied to left and Greg Gross came out to pinch hit for Carlton.

 

While Gross was battling Forsch, Maddox stole third. Gross then looped a single to left and Garry scored.

 

Dallas Green, to no one's surprise, beckoned Tug McGraw to follow Lefty.

 

Three up, three down in the eighth. Luis Pujols worked McGraw for a lead-off walk in the ninth but Tug didn't allow any more damage by retiring the next three hitters, and a Stadium record 65,277 went wild.

Quotes

"I really get charged up for the playoffs. I wasn't worried about my season. We're in the playoffs and the season's past. I usually have a good bat in the playoffs." - Greg Luzinski

 

"I just went after Luzinski and he got the best of me." - Ken Forsch

 

"Forsch made a great pitch. I fought it off and was fortunate to have it fall in for a hit. It's a great feeling to contribute, especially since it's my first playoff game." - Greg Gross