October 12, 1980 - NLCS Game 5 - Phillies 8, Houston 7

Unser receives congratulations from Pete Rose after scoring in the 8th.
Unser receives congratulations from Pete Rose after scoring in the 8th.

Phillies win series 3-2.

 

The deciding game of the National League Championship Series was, like the series itself, incredibly close and competitive. Houston had a three run lead, in the eighth inning, with Nolan Ryan pitching- and the Phillies took the lead. The Phillies had a two-run lead, in the eighth inning, with Tug McGraw pitching- and Houston tied it up again. In the end, the Phillies out-lasted the Astros and took the deciding game 8-7. Manny Trillo (3-for-5, triple, 2 RBI), Del Unser (2-for-2, 2 runs, RBI, Larry Bowa (2-for-5, run) and Bob Boone (2-for-3, run, 2 RBI) were stellar offensively. Trillo, who hit .381 for the five games, was named the MVP of the NLCS.

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Introduction to NLCS Game 5 on WPHL17

NLCS Game Five - Last Out

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Boxscore - Phillies 8, Astros 7

 

Philadelphia

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

1

-

8

Houston

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

2

0

0

-

7

 

 

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

3

0

1

1

McBride, RF

3

0

0

0

Moreland, PH

1

0

0

1

Aviles, PR

0

1

0

0

McGraw, P

0

0

0

0

G. Vukovich, PH

1

0

0

0

Ruthven, P

0

0

0

0

Schmidt, 3B

5

0

0

0

Luzinski, LF

3

0

1

0

Smith, PR

0

0

0

0

Christenson, P

0

0

0

0

Reed, P

0

0

0

0

Unser, PH-RF

2

2

2

1

Trillo, 2B

5

1

3

2

Maddox, CF

4

1

1

1

Bowa, SS

5

1

2

0

Boone, C

3

1

2

2

Bystrom, P

2

0

0

0

Brusstar, P

0

0

0

0

Gross, LF

2

1

1

0

TOTALS

39

8

13

8

 

 

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Bystrom

5.1

7

2

1

2

1

Brusstar

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

Christenson

0.2

2

3

3

1

0

Reed

0.1

1

0

0

0

0

McGraw

1

4

2

2

0

2

Ruthven (W, 1-0)

2

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

Houston

AB

R

H

RBI

Puhl, CF

6

3

4

0

Cabell, 3B

5

1

1

0

Morgan, 2B

4

0

0

0

Landestoy, 2B

1

0

1

1

Cruz, LF

3

0

2

2

Walling, RF

5

2

1

1

LaCorte, P

0

0

0

0

Howe, 1B

4

0

2

1

Bergman, PR-1B

1

0

0

0

Pujols, C

1

0

0

0

Ashby, PH, C

3

0

1

1

Reynolds, SS

5

1

2

0

Ryan, P

3

0

0

0

Sambito, P

0

0

0

0

Forsch, P

0

0

0

0

Woods, PH-RF

1

0

0

0

Heep, PH

1

0

0

0

TOTALS

43

7

14

6

 

 

 

Houston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Ryan

7*

8

6

6

2

8

Sambito

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

Forsch

0.2

2

1

1

0

1

LaCorte (L, 1-1)

2

3

1

1

1

1

 

 

* Ryan pitched to four batters in the eighth.

Game-winning RBI- Maddox (1)

E- Trillo, Luzinski. DP- Houston 2. LOB- Philadelphia 5, Houston 10. 2B- Cruz, Reynolds, Unser, Maddox. 3B- Howe, Trillo. SB- Puhl. SH- Cabell, Boone. WP- Christenson. U- Vargo, Crawford, Engel, Tata, Froemming and Harvey. T- 3:38. A- 44, 802.

Starting Lineups

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Houston Astros

1

Rose 1B

Puhl CF

2

McBride RF

Cabell 3B

3

Schmidt 3B

Morgan 2B

4

Luzinski LF

Cruz LF

5

Trillo 2B

Walling RF

6

Maddox CF

Howe 1B

7

Bowa SS

Pujols C

8

Boone C

Reynolds SS

9

Bystrom P

Ryan P

 

Game Summary

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PHILLIES 1ST: Rose was called out on strikes; McBride made an out to left; Schmidt popped to first in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

 

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl singled to left; Cabell made an out to right; Puhl stole second; Morgan made an out to center [Puhl to third]; Cruz doubled to right [Puhl scored]; Walling grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 1.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Luzinski was called out on strikes; Trillo singled to center; Maddox walked [Trillo to second]; Bowa grounded out (pitcher to first) [Trillo to third, Maddox to second]; Boone singled to center [Trillo scored, Maddox scored]; Bystrom forced Boone (shortstop unassisted); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

ASTROS 2ND: Howe popped to second; Pujols walked; Reynolds doubled to right [Pujols out at home (right to second to catcher), Reynolds to third (on throw to home)]; Ryan grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Rose singled to left; McBride struck out; Rose was caught stealing second (catcher to second); Schmidt struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

ASTROS 3RD: Puhl singled to right; Cabell popped to catcher in foul territory; Morgan made an out to center; Cruz walked [Puhl to second]; Walling made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Luzinski was called out on strikes; Trillo singled to right; Maddox grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Trillo out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

ASTROS 4TH: Howe singled to center; Pujols forced Howe (third to second); Reynolds grounded out (second to first) [Pujols to second]; Ryan was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Bowa was called out on strikes; Boone made an out to right; Bystrom struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

ASTROS 5TH: Puhl grounded out (first unassisted); Cabell singled to left; Morgan grounded out (first unassisted) [Cabell to second]; Cruz reached on an error by Trillo [Cabell out at home (first to catcher)]; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Rose lined to pitcher; McBride struck out; Schmidt popped to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

ASTROS 6TH: Walling reached on an error by Luzinski; Howe grounded out (third to first) [Walling to second]; ASHBY BATTED FOR PUJOLS; Ashby singled to center [Walling scored (unearned)]; BRUSSTAR REPLACED BYSTROM (PITCHING); Reynolds made an out to center; Ryan made an out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 2.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: ASHBY STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING C ); Luzinski singled to right; SMITH RAN FOR LUZINSKI; Trillo made an out to center; Maddox grounded into a double play (third to second to first) [Smith out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 2.

 

ASTROS 7TH: CHRISTENSON REPLACED SMITH (PITCHING); GROSS REPLACED BRUSSTAR (PLAYING LF); Puhl singled to right; Cabell out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Puhl to second]; Morgan grounded out (third to first); Cruz walked; Walling singled to right [Puhl scored, Cruz to third]; Christenson threw a wild pitch [Cruz scored, Walling to second]; REED REPLACED CHRISTENSON (PITCHING); Howe tripled to right [Walling scored]; BERGMAN RAN FOR HOWE; Ashby made an out to left; 3 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 5.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: BERGMAN STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 1B); Bowa singled to center; Boone singled to pitcher [Bowa to second]; Gross singled to third [Bowa to third, Boone to second]; Rose walked [Bowa scored, Boone to third, Gross to second]; SAMBITO REPLACED RYAN (PITCHING); MORELAND BATTED FOR MCBRIDE; Moreland forced Rose (second to shortstop) [Boone scored, Gross to third]; FORSCH REPLACED SAMBITO (PITCHING); LANDESTOY REPLACED MORGAN (PLAYING 2B); AVILES RAN FOR MORELAND; Schmidt was called out on strikes; UNSER BATTED FOR REED; Unser singled to right [Gross scored, Aviles to second]; Trillo tripled to left [Aviles scored, Unser scored]; Maddox made an out to center; 5 R, 5 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 7, Astros 5.

 

ASTROS 8TH: UNSER STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); MCGRAW REPLACED AVILES (PITCHING); Reynolds singled to second; WOODS BATTED FOR FORSCH; Woods was called out on strikes; Puhl singled to right [Reynolds to third]; Cabell was called out on strikes; Landestoy singled to right [Reynolds scored, Puhl to second]; Cruz singled to center [Puhl scored, Landestoy to third]; Walling forced Cruz (shortstop to second); 2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 7, Astros 7.

 

PHILLIES 9TH: WOODS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); LACORTE REPLACED WALLING (PITCHING); Bowa singled to left; Boone out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Bowa to second]; Gross grounded out (first unassisted) [Bowa to third]; Rose was walked intentionally; VUKOVICH BATTED FOR MCGRAW; Vukovich grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 7, Astros 7.

 

ASTROS 9TH: RUTHVEN REPLACED VUKOVICH (PITCHING); Bergman grounded out (second to first); Ashby grounded out (second to first); Reynolds made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 7, Astros 7.

 

PHILLIES 10TH: Schmidt struck out; Unser doubled to right; Trillo made an out to center; Maddox doubled to center [Unser scored]; Bowa lined to second; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 8, Astros 7.

 

ASTROS 10TH: HEEP BATTED FOR WOODS; Heep popped to shortstop; Puhl lined to center; Cabell made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 8, Astros 7.

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

Dallas Green made some decisions which took guts. He made them and stood behind them. He broke camp with five rookies. He used rookies in key spots all season.

 

Now, as the Phillies stood on the doorsteps of their first World Series appearance in 30 years, Green again looked to a rookie- pitcher Marty Bystrom. His opponent would be veteran Nolan Ryan.

 

Bystrom, who was added to the post-season roster because of an injury to Nino Espinosa, gave up a run in the first inning but then held the Astros at bay until the sixth. Terry Puhl started the game with a single and scored two outs later when Jose Cruz doubled to right.

 

For the fifth straight game, the Phillies were on the short end of the score. It wasn't for long, however. Bob Boone came through with a clutch, two-out single in the second to give the Phillies the lead.

 

Greg Luzinski couldn't hold on to Dennis Walling's liner to left center starting the sixth and it cost the Phillies. Alan Ashby's single drove home Walling with the tying run.

 

Houston jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the seventh. Walling's single produced one run, a wild pitch accounted for the second and Art Howe tripled in the third.

 

It was time again for the Comeback Kids... could they do it one more time?

 

Ryan had the Phillies completely under control in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. He fanned six through these innings.

 

But pesky Larry Bowa got it all started with a lead-off single in the 8th. Bob Boone followed with a grounder that Ryan couldn't handle for a second base hit. Greg Gross laid down a textbook bunt to load the bases with no outs.

 

It was now a classic battle. Ryan vs. Rose. The count went to 2-2, then ball three, a foul and finally ball four. The walk forced in Bowa to make it 5-3 and sent Ryan to the showers.

 

Joe Sambito was brought in to face Bake McBride. Bake had trouble with the Houston lefty in the series so Dallas Green switched to Keith Moreland. The rookie dribbled a grounder to second. Houston had just one play, a force at second. Boone scored to make it 5-4 and the Phillies had runners on first and third and still only one out.

 

Playing the percentages all the way, Bill Virdon lifted Sambito and brought Ken Forsch in to pitch to Mike Schmidt. Forsch fanned Schmidt for the second out.

 

Del Unser, pinch hitting for Christenson, tied the game with a clutch single to right. Up stepped Manny Trillo. The second baseman brought everybody in the Dome and every Phillies fan watching the thriller on TV to their feet by tripling in two runs with a liner into the left-field corner. The Phillies led 7-5.

 

Houston wasn't finished. Tug McGraw was roughed up for four singles which produced two runs to even the count, 7-7, after eight. The two runs scored on two-out hits by Rafael Landestoy and Jose Cruz.

 

The Phillies threatened in the 9th before Frank LaCorte retired George Vukovich on a grounder to short with two men on base.

 

Dick Ruthven became the Phillies' sixth pitcher. He was perfect in the ninth. The Phillies were headed for their sixth extra inning game in the last seven.

 

LaCorte ran into trouble again in the 10th. This time he didn't escape. Unser came through again by doubling to right with one out. Trillo flied to center but Garry Maddox got the hit of his life, a double to center sending Unser home with the lead run.

 

Ruthven took the mound for the 10th. Danny Heep pinch hit for LaCorte and sent a pop-up which Larry Bowa caught.

 

Here came Terry Puhl again. He had four hits in this game. Ruthven got him on a fly ball to Maddox. Two down.

 

Enos Cabell was the last obstacle between the Phillies and the World Series. Ruthven repeated by getting Cabell to loft an easy fly ball to Maddox.

 

The Phillies exploded out of the dugout as if they were shot from a cannon. Ruthven leaped off the mound. Maddox was raised to the shoulders of his jubilant teammates and back in Philadelphia there was noise everywhere.

 

The Phillies duplicated the wild clubhouse celebration seen in Montreal eight days ago. Champagne was everywhere. Trillo, who hit .381 and fielded brilliantly, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for the championship series, which has to go down in history as the most exciting.

 

The ghosts of 1976, 1977 and 1978 were dead!

Quotes

"When we were down 5-2 in the 8th, I was leading off, Rose says get on and we'll win this thing." - Larry Bowa

 

"I'm overwhelmed with my own feelings and the feelings I have for all the people who were rooting for us to win this thing." - Garry Maddox

 

"I grabbed Manny and said 'I love you, I love you.' I didn't want to kiss him, so I bit him on the arm. Gave him a pretty good bite, too. Manny looked kinda startled." - Lee Elia

 

"If you shine, it's because somebody puts a light on you. We shined in this series because the Astros put a light on us. They pushed us harder than anyone has ever pushed us." - Del Unser

 

"When Manny got that triple, all the other Phillies wives cheered. I sat there and cried." - Maria Trillo

 

"I've never been through such excitement in all my life." - Jose Cruz

 

"The real winners tonight are the fans. They have waited so many years for this moment." - Ruly Carpenter

 

"I'll always remember this series as one in which there were no losers." - Bill Virdon

 

"It was a great championship series, probably the finest ever played. I don't see how anything can top it. I'm sure it got the whole country excited." - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn

 

"Cripes, what a thrill, to come up in September and play a part in a pennant." - Marty Bystrom

 

"Let them say we don't have any heart anymore. We proved to the world that we don't have a quitter on this team." - Greg Luzinski

 

"Everybody thought we were a team of destiny. They were wrong. The Phillies were a team of destiny in this series." - Terry Puhl