October 4, 1980 - Phillies 6, Montreal 4

The clincher was long game, going 11 innings and marred with three hours of rain delays. The Phils and Expos played in miserable condition, and their play was affected, combining for seven errors in the field (Five by the Phils alone!). Larry Christenson started the game for the Phillies, and gave up just two runs in his six innings of work. Ron Reed and Sparky Lyle gave up two runs in their one inning (Reed's run was unearned). The Phils tied it at four with Bob Boone's two-out ninth-inning RBI single that scored Bake McBride. MVP Mike Schmidt hit what may be the best-known of his 548 homers off Stan Bahnsen in the 11th to seal the game for the Phillies.

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NL East Standings after games of October 4, 1980

Team

Wins

Losses

Pct.

GB

Phillies*

91

70

.565

-

Expos

89

72

.553

2

Pirates

82

79

.509

9

Cardinals

73

88

.453

18

Mets

67

94

.416

24

Cubs

64

97

.398

27

* Clinched division

Boxscore: Phillies 6, Expos 4

Philadelphia

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

0

1

0

2

-

6

Montreal

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

-

4

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

Rose, 1B

5

2

3

1

McBride, RF

5

2

3

0

Schmidt, 3B

5

1

3

2

Luzinski, LF

4

0

2

2

Reed, P

0

0

0

0

Lyle, P

0

0

0

0

Boone, PH

1

0

1

1

Dernier, PR

0

0

0

0

McCormack, C

1

0

1

0

Unser, CF-LF

4

0

1

0

Smith, LF

1

0

0

0

Moreland, C

4

0

0

0

Loviglio, PR

0

0

0

0

Brusstar, P

0

0

0

0

Aviles, PH

1

0

0

0

McGraw, P

1

0

0

0

Trillo, 2B

5

0

1

0

Bowa, SS

4

1

1

0

Christenson, P

2

0

1

0

Gross, PH-LF

1

0

0

0

Maddox, PH-CF

2

0

0

0

TOTALS

46

6

17

6

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Christenson

6

6

2

2

3

3

Reed

0.1

0

1

0

0

1

Lyle

0.2

1

1

1

1

1

Brusstar

1

0

0

0

0

1

McGraw (W, 5-4)

3

1

0

0

0

4

 

Montreal

AB

R

H

RBI

White, LF

3

1

2

3

Scott, 2B

4

0

3

1

Office, RF

5

0

1

0

Dawson, CF

5

0

1

0

Carter, C

4

0

0

0

Cromartie, 1B

5

0

0

0

Parrish, 3B

5

0

1

0

Speier, SS

3

0

0

0

LeFlore, PR

0

1

0

0

Manuel, SS

1

0

0

0

Rogers, P

1

1

0

0

Montanez, PH

0

0

0

0

Tamargo, PH

0

0

0

0

Raines, PR

0

1

0

0

Sosa, P

0

0

0

0

Fryman, P

0

0

0

0

Wallace, PH

1

0

0

0

Bahnsen, P

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

37

4

8

4

 

Montreal

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Rogers

7

11

3

3

3

4

Sosa

0.2

2

0

0

0

0

Fryman

1.1

1

1

1

2

2

Bahnsen (L, 7-6)

2

3

2

2

0

0

 

Game-winning RBI- Schmidt

E- Moreland (9), Trillo 2 (11), Christenson 2 (3), White (6), Parrish (19). DP- Philadelphia 3, Montreal 3. 2B- Schmidt (25), Scott (13). HR- Schmidt (48), White (6). SB- Dawson (34), LeFlore (95), Raines (5). SH- Scott (11). SF- White (3). IBB- Fryman (9, Smith). WP- Rogers (7). T- 3:51. A- 50,794.

 

Final Totals

R

H

E

LOB

Phillies

6

17

5

12

Expos

4

8

2

6

 

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Phillies

 

Montreal Expos

Rose 1B

1

White LF

McBride RF

2

Scott 2B

Schmidt 3B

3

Office RF

Luzinski lF

4

Dawson CF

Unser CF

5

Carter C

Moreland C

6

Cromartie 1B

Trillo 2B

7

Parrish 3B

Bowa SS

8

Speier SS

Christenson P

9

Rogers P

Game Summary

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PHILLIES 1ST: Rose lined to second; McBride walked; Schmidt walked [McBride to second]; Rogers threw a wild pitch [McBride to third]; Luzinski struck out; Unser made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 0.

 

EXPOS 1ST: White popped to shortstop; Scott singled to second [Scott to second (error by Trillo)]; Office hit into a double play (second to first) [Scott out at home (first to catcher)]; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Moreland made an out to center; Trillo grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa grounded out (catcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 0.

 

EXPOS 2ND: Dawson singled to right; Dawson stole second; Carter walked; Cromartie made an out to right; Parrish singled to center [Dawson to third, Carter to second]; Speier grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Parrish out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Christenson struck out; Rose lined to left; McBride singled to first; Schmidt doubled to center [McBride out at third (center to shortstop to second)]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 0.

 

EXPOS 3RD: Rogers walked; Rogers was picked off first but was safe on an error by Christenson [Rogers to second]; Rogers was picked off second but was safe on an error by Christenson [Rogers to third]; White homered [Rogers scored]; Scott singled to right; Office grounded into a double play (second to first) [Scott out at second]; Dawson struck out; 2 R, 2 H, 2 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 2.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Luzinski singled to shortstop; Unser struck out; Moreland forced Luzinski (shortstop to second); Trillo made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 2.

 

EXPOS 4TH: Carter struck out; Cromartie made an out to right; Parrish struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Expos 2.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Bowa walked; Christenson singled to right [Bowa to third]; Rose singled to left [Bowa scored, Christenson to second]; McBride singled to third [Christenson to third, Rose to second]; Schmidt struck out; Luzinski lined into a double play (shortstop to second) [Rose out at second]; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 2.

 

EXPOS 5TH: Speier made an out to center; Rogers grounded out (third to first); White walked; Scott made an out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 2.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Unser grounded out (shortstop to first); Moreland reached on an error by Parrish [Moreland to second (error by White)]; Trillo singled to right [Moreland to third]; Bowa grounded into a double play (shortstop to first) [Trillo out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 2 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 2.

 

EXPOS 6TH: Office singled to right; Dawson popped to first in foul territory; Carter made an out to right; Cromartie grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 2.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: GROSS BATTED FOR CHRISTENSON; Gross grounded out (shortstop to first); Rose singled to right; McBride singled to center [Rose to second]; Schmidt singled to right [Rose to third, McBride to second]; Luzinski singled to center [Rose scored, McBride scored, Schmidt out at home (second to third to first to catcher), Luzinski out at second (center to third to second)]; 2 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Expos 2.

 

EXPOS 7TH: REED REPLACED LUZINSKI (PITCHING); GROSS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); Parrish struck out; Speier reached on an error by Trillo [Speier to first]; LEFLORE RAN FOR SPEIER; LeFlore stole second [LeFlore to third (error by Moreland)]; MONTANEZ BATTED FOR ROGERS; LYLE REPLACED REED (PITCHING); TAMARGO BATTED FOR MONTANEZ; Tamargo walked; RAINES RAN FOR TAMARGO; Raines stole second; White hit a sacrifice fly to center [LeFlore scored (unearned)]; Scott doubled to left [Raines scored (unearned, but earned for the pitcher)]; Office struck out; 2 R, 1 H, 2 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 3, Expos 4.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: MANUEL REPLACED LEFLORE (PLAYING SS); SOSA REPLACED RAINES (PITCHING); Unser singled to right; Moreland forced Unser (shortstop to second); LOVIGLIO RAN FOR MORELAND; Trillo popped to pitcher; Bowa singled to shortstop [Loviglio to second]; FRYMAN REPLACED SOSA (PITCHING); MADDOX BATTED FOR GROSS; Maddox struck out; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 3, Expos 4.

 

EXPOS 8TH: MADDOX STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF); UNSER CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); BRUSSTAR REPLACED LOVIGLIO (PITCHING); BOONE REPLACED LYLE (PLAYING C ); Dawson grounded out (shortstop to first); Carter struck out; Cromartie grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Expos 4.

 

PHILLIES 9TH: Rose walked; McBride forced Rose (second unassisted); Schmidt grounded out (third to first) [McBride to second]; Boone singled to center [McBride scored]; DERNIER RAN FOR BOONE; SMITH BATTED FOR UNSER; Smith was walked intentionally [Dernier to second]; AVILES BATTED FOR BRUSSTAR; Aviles struck out; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 4, Expos 4.

 

EXPOS 9TH: MCGRAW REPLACED AVILES (PITCHING); SMITH STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); MCCORMACK REPLACED DERNIER (PLAYING C ); Parrish struck out; Manuel struck out; WALLACH BATTED FOR FRYMAN; Wallach popped to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 4, Expos 4.

 

PHILLIES 10TH: BAHNSEN REPLACED WALLACH (PITCHING); Trillo popped to second; Bowa lined to first; Maddox popped to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 4, Expos 4.

 

EXPOS 10TH: White singled to left; Scott out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [White to second]; Office grounded out (first unassisted) [White to third]; Dawson struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 4, Expos 4.

 

PHILLIES 11TH: Rose singled to right; McBride popped to catcher in foul territory; Schmidt homered [Rose scored]; McCormack singled to center; Smith made an out to center; McGraw forced McCormack (shortstop to second); 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 6, Expos 4.

 

EXPOS 11TH: Carter popped to first; Cromartie made an out to left; Parrish struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 6, Expos 4.

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

The stage was set for another tense game in Olympic Staduim.

 

Only, the weatherman wasn't cooperating. It was a rainy day, to put it mildly.

 

The 2:15 scheduled afternoon game was held up and up and up. 3 hours and 10 minutes. Some seven hours after that scheduled game time, the Phillies were champions of the National League East for the fourth time in the last five years. It was a crazy game. The Phillies made little use of their 17 base hits. They committed base-running blunders and five errors. But, they battled and battled and pulled out a roller-coaster victory.

 

Greg Luzinski and Bob Boone, who had struggling years at the plate, got the key hits. But Luzinski's two-run single led to a strange inning-ending double play.

 

And, in the end, as usual, there were Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw.

 

Let's go back to the beginning and relive this wacky game.

 

Jerry White had staked the Expos to a 2-0 lead with a third-inning homer off Larry Christenson. The gap got narrowed by a run on a walk to Larry Bowa and successive singles by Christenson, Pete Rose and Bake McBride.

 

Further damage was escaped as Schmidt fanned and Luzinski lined into a double play.

 

Rose, who would up with seven hits in the weekend series, started a rally in the seventh with a one-out single to right. Steve Rogers saw the lead diminish as McBride, Schmidt and Luzinski followed with base hits. The Bull's hit to center ended with a weird double play as he and Schmidt got caught between bases. The scoring on the play read like a telephone number- 8-6-5-4-5-3-2.

 

The Phillies led, but a routine fly by Chris Speier to Manny Trillo dropped out of his glove with one out in the last of the seventh.

 

Ron LeFlore ran for Speier and raced to third on a stolen base and throwing error by Keith Moreland. Pinch hitter John Tamargo walked and White tied the game wiht a sacrifice fly to Garry Maddox.

 

Tim Raines, who ran for Tamargo and stole second with White at bat, scored the go-ahead run when Scott doubled inside the third base bag.

 

The crowd of over 50,000 was deafening. It remained that way as the Phillies left two more on base in the eighth.

 

Rose began the ninth by drawing a four-pitch walk off Woodie Fryman. Two bang-bang plays at first followed. McBride grounded to Scott who tagged Rose for one out. Bake beat the relay to first creating an argument from the Expos.

 

Schmidt topped a 3-2 pitch toward third. He was called out on a close play at first, McBride took second. Boone took a ball from Fryman and then lined a single to center. McBride stumbled rounding third but scored the tying run in another tremendous comeback effort.

 

Dallas Green once again went to the well for Tug McGraw. The ninth was another outstanding inning, two strikeouts and a foul to rookie catcher Don McCormack.

 

The Phillies went down 1-2-3 in the 10th, but Montreal threatened in their turn. White singled to left and was sacrificed to second by Scott. Rowland Office moved White to third with a grounder to Rose.

 

Once again, McGraw rose to the occasion... throwing a fast ball by Dawson for strike three!

 

Once again, Rose started an inning, the 11th. This time, it was his third single. McBride fouled to Gary Carter and up stepped Michael Jack Schmidt.

 

Stan Bahnsen unleashed a 2-0 fast ball and Schmidt rocketed it deep into the left-field seats for a gigantic, two-run homer, his 48th, a new record for a third baseman. There was no doubt about the shot. It was gone and quickly.

 

As an emotional Schmidt rounded the bases, his teammates poured out of the third base dugout. He received a wild reception- jumping, hollering, hugging, hand-slapping- it was all there.

 

From Schmidt, the game was turned over to Tug McGraw... again. And again, he came through.

 

Rose caught Carter's pop-up, Cromartie flied to left and Larry Parrish looked at another called third strike.

 

McGraw leaped into the air and the celebration was on as the Phillies dugout emptied onto the soaked playing field.

 

There was one more regular season game on Sunday. Only the first 161 counted.

Quotes

"Schmitty's done it all year. If he's not the Most Valuable Player, I don't know who is." - Larry Bowa

 

"Maybe we have more heart now than we used to have." - Mike Schmidt

 

"I was very confident, very relaxed when I went up there. Why I don't know. But I just felt good about being able to contribute in the final day." - Bob Boone

 

"Today's ball game was probably one of the most outstanding head-to-head ball games that I can ever remember. It was just an incredible show of two teams that wanted it real bad." - Tug McGraw

 

"Nothing to it." - Bobby Wine