October 8, 1980 - NLCS Game 2 - Houston 7, Phillies 4

Bob Boone looks on helplessly as Rafael Landestoy scores what would become the winning run in the 10th inning.
Bob Boone looks on helplessly as Rafael Landestoy scores what would become the winning run in the 10th inning.

Series tied 1-1.

 

The Phillies may have won Game 2 of the NLCS except for a baserunning blunder. Bake McBride was stopped at third after losing sight of the ball on a Lonnie Smith single that should have easily scored the speedy McBride from second base. The Astros capitalized on the mistake by scoring four runs in the tenth inning to win 7-4, tying the series at a game apiece. The Phillies also failed to take advantages of other opportunities, stranding fourteen baserunners.

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Boxscore: Astros 7, Phillies 4

 

Houston

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

4

-

7

Philadelphia

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

-

4

 

 

 

Houston

AB

R

H

RBI

Puhl, RF

5

1

3

2

Cabell, 3B

4

0

0

0

Morgan, 2B

2

1

1

0

Landestoy, PR-2B

0

1

0

0

Cruz, LF

4

1

2

2

Cedeno, CF

5

1

1

1

Howe, 1B

4

0

0

0

Bergman, 1B

1

0

1

2

Ashby, C

5

0

0

0

Reynolds, SS

3

1

0

0

Ryan, P

1

1

0

0

Sambito, P

0

0

0

0

D. Smith, P

0

0

0

0

Leonard, PH

1

0

0

0

LaCorte, P

1

0

0

0

Andujar, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

36

7

8

7

 

 

 

Houston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Ryan

6.1

8

2

2

1

5

Sambito

0.1

0

0

0

1

1

D. Smith

1.1

2

1

1

1

2

LaCorte (W, 1-0)

1*

4

1

0

1

1

Andujar (S, 1)

1

0

0

0

1

0

 

 

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

4

0

2

0

McBride, RF

5

0

1

0

Schmidt, 3B

6

1

2

0

Luzinski, LF

4

1

2

1

L. Smith, PR-LF

1

1

1

0

Trillo, 2B

3

0

1

0

Maddox, CF

5

0

2

2

Bowa, SS

4

1

2

0

Boone, C

4

0

1

0

Ruthven, P

2

0

0

0

Gross, PH

1

0

0

0

McGraw, P

0

0

0

0

Unser, PH

1

0

0

0

Reed, P

0

0

0

0

Saucier, P

0

0

0

0

G. Vukovich, PH

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

40

4

14

3

 

 

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Ruthven

7

3

2

2

5

4

McGraw

1

2

1

1

0

0

Reed (L, 0-1)

1.1

2

4

4

1

1

Saucier

0.2

1

0

0

1

0

 

 

* LaCorte pitched to two batters in the tenth.

Game-winning RBI- Cruz.

E- Schmidt, McBride, Reynolds. DP- Philadelphia 1. LOB- Houston 8, Philadelphia 14. 2B- Puhl, Morgan, Schmidt, Luzinski. 3B- Bergman. SH- Ryan, Trillo 2, Gross, Cabell. U- Tata, Froemming, Harvey, Vargo, Crawford and Engel. T- 3:34. A- 65,476.

Starting Lineups

 

 

Houston Astros

Philadelphia Phillies

1

Puhl RF

Rose 1B

2

Cabell 3B

McBride RF

3

Morgan 2B

Schmidt 3B

4

Cruz LF

Luzinski LF

5

Cedeno CF

Trillo 2B

6

Howe 1B

Maddox CF

7

Ashby C

Bowa SS

8

Reynolds SS

Boone C

9

Ryan P

Ruthven P

 

Game Summary

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ASTROS 1ST: Puhl made an out to left; Cabell grounded out (shortstop to first); Morgan made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Rose walked; McBride made an out to left; Schmidt made an out to center; Luzinski struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 2ND: Cruz grounded out (third to first); Cedeno grounded out (second to first); Howe grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Trillo grounded out (first unassisted); Maddox made an out to right; Bowa struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 3RD: Ashby grounded out (second to first); Reynolds walked; Ryan made an out to first [Reynolds to second]; Puhl singled to left [Reynolds scored, Puhl to third (error by Schmidt)]; Cabell struck out; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Boone made an out to right; Ruthven struck out (catcher to first); Rose singled to center; McBride grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

ASTROS 4TH: Morgan walked; Cruz made an out to left; Cedeno forced Morgan (shortstop to second); Howe grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Schmidt doubled to right; Luzinski doubled to right [Schmidt scored]; Trillo out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Luzinski to third]; Maddox singled to left [Luzinski scored]; Bowa made an out to left; Maddox was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 5TH: Ashby made an out to center; Reynolds flied to left in foul territory; Ryan was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Boone grounded out (shortstop to first); Ruthven struck out; Rose singled to left; McBride grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 6TH: Puhl grounded out (second to first); Cabell struck out; Morgan walked; Cruz walked [Morgan to second]; Cedeno singled to shortstop [Morgan to third, Cruz to second]; Howe was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Schmidt made an out to center; Luzinski struck out; Trillo singled to left; Maddox struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 7TH: Ashby made an out to right; Reynolds grounded out (first to pitcher); Ryan walked; Puhl doubled to right [Ryan scored, Puhl to third (on throw to home)]; Cabell made an out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: Bowa singled to right; Boone singled to second [Bowa to second]; GROSS BATTED FOR RUTHVEN; Gross out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Bowa to third, Boone to second]; SAMBITO REPLACED RYAN (PITCHING); Rose was walked intentionally; McBride struck out; SMITH REPLACED SAMBITO (PITCHING); Schmidt was called out on strikes; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Astros 2, Phillies 2.

 

ASTROS 8TH: MCGRAW REPLACED GROSS (PITCHING); Morgan doubled to right; Cruz singled to center [Morgan scored]; Cedeno grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Cruz out at second]; Howe grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 3, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: BERGMAN REPLACED HOWE (PLAYING 1B); Luzinski singled to left; SMITH RAN FOR LUZINSKI; Trillo out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Smith to second]; Maddox singled to center [Smith scored, Maddox to second (on throw to home)]; Bowa was walked intentionally; Boone struck out; UNSER BATTED FOR MCGRAW; Unser made an out to left; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Astros 3, Phillies 3.

 

ASTROS 9TH: REED REPLACED UNSER (PITCHING); SMITH STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); Ashby grounded out (second to first); Reynolds grounded out (second to first); LEONARD BATTED FOR SMITH; Leonard was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Astros 3, Phillies 3.

 

PHILLIES 9TH: LACORTE REPLACED LEONARD (PITCHING); Rose made an out to center; McBride singled to right; Schmidt singled to center [McBride to second]; Smith singled to right [McBride to third, Schmidt to second]; Trillo struck out; Maddox popped to first in foul territory; 0 R, 3 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Astros 3, Phillies 3.

 

ASTROS 10TH: Puhl singled to right; Cabell made an out to first [Puhl to second]; Morgan was walked intentionally; LANDESTOY RAN FOR MORGAN; Cruz singled to right [Puhl scored, Landestoy to third, Cruz to second (error by McBride)]; Cedeno reached on a fielder's choice [Landestoy scored, Cruz to third]; SAUCIER REPLACED REED (PITCHING); Bergman tripled to right [Cruz scored, Cedeno scored]; Ashby grounded out (third to first); Reynolds was walked intentionally; LaCorte grounded out (third to first); 4 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Astros 7, Phillies 3.

 

PHILLIES 10TH: LANDESTOY STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 2B); Bowa singled to first; Boone walked [Bowa to second]; VUKOVICH BATTED FOR SAUCIER; ANDUJAR REPLACED LACORTE (PITCHING); Vukovich made an out to left; Rose forced Boone (second to shortstop) [Bowa scored (unearned) (error by Reynolds), Rose to second]; McBride walked; Schmidt made an out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Astros 7, Phillies 4.

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

Dick Ruthven and Nolan Ryan got the assignments to be the starting pitchers for game 2.

 

And, again the Phillies fell behind.

 

A one-out walk to Craig Reynolds was followed by a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single by Terry Puhl.

 

Ryan gave up two runds in his six-plus innings. Those runs put the Phillies in the lead in the fourth. Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski his back-to-back, right-field doubles for one run. Luzinski came home as Garry Maddox singled to left one out later.

 

Houston tied it with a two-out run in the seventh. Puhl doubled Ryan home following a walk to the Houston pitcher.

 

The Phillies had a golden opportunity to regain the lead in their half of the seventh but Houston's bullpen rose to the occasion. Larry Bowa and Bob Boone began with singles and were advanced on Greg Gross' bunt.

 

Lefty Joe Sambito relieved Ryan and walked Pete Rose intentionally to load the bases. He fanned Bake McBride and exited in favor of Dave Smith, a righthander. Smith kept the game even by striking out Mike Schmidt.

 

Houston grabbed the lead by scoring a run off Tug McGraw in the eighth. It was the first earned run off him since Sept. 2nd.

 

Joe Morgan started with a double and scored as Jose Cruz singled.

 

The Comeback Kids came right back to knot the score in the same inning. Luzinski singled and was replaced by Lonnie Smith. Manny Trillo again bunted the runner to second. Smith scored the tying run when Maddox got a base hit to center.

 

Ron Reed replaced Tug, who was lifted for a pinch hitter. The big righthander breezed through the ninth.

 

Frank LaCorte was called on to pitch the Astros' ninth. After getting Rose on a fly ball, McBride and Schmidt each singled to put Bake on second with the winning run. Smith stepped up and sliced a single to right. Puhl decoyed a catch and then fired home but McBride was held at third.

 

LaCorte was in hot water but he survived as he fanned Trillo and got Maddox on an infield fly.

 

Puhl began the 10th with his third hit. After a sacrifice and an intentional walk, Jose Cruz put Houston on top again with a single to right. An error by McBride allowed the runners to move up. Cedeno's grounder produced the second run. Dave Bergman was pinch hitting for Howe and Dallas Green countered with lefty Kevin Saucier to face the lefthanded hitter.

 

Bergman foiled that strategy with a two-run triple and Houston led 7-3.

 

The Phillies managed to scratch a run out of a single and two walks in the 10th but Joaquin Andujar ended the game by getting Schmidt on a fly ball to Puhl for the final out.

Quotes

"Getting out of here with a split was what we were hoping for. Now their work is cut out for them. We play pretty good down there." - Nolan Ryan

 

"I knew it was one out and Bake was playing the ball halfway, as he should have. I knew there was a possibility the ball would be caught. So, I put my hands up out of instinct." - Lee Elia

 

"We had to win two out of three last week in Montreal to get here. We're not scared of playing in the Dome or anywhere else on the road." - Dallas Green