October 15, 1980 - World Series Game 2 - Phillies 6, Kansas City 4

Ron Reed celebrates after recording the save in the Phils' win in Game 2.
Ron Reed celebrates after recording the save in the Phils' win in Game 2.

Phillies lead series 2-0.

 

Game 2 pitted two lefthanders against each other: 18-game winner Larry Gura of the Royals and Phils ace Steve Carlton, who had 24 in 1980. Though Carlton struggled throughout his outing with control, he managed to keep the Royals to four runs (three earned) in eight innings of work. Once more, the Phils came back from behind to take the game 6-4, and left for Kansas City with a 2-0 Series lead.

 

Note: There is a discrepancy about Willie Wilson's stolen base between the account between Retrosheet's game summary (says 3rd base) and the description in The Road To Victory (says 2nd base). I cannot remember this particular factoid! Both sources are included as they were originally written.

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Boxscore: Phillies 6, Royals 4

 

Kansas City

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

-

4

Philadelphia

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

4

X

-

6

 

 

 

Kansas City

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

K

Wilson, LF

4

1

1

0

1

3

Washington, SS

4

0

1

0

0

2

Brett, 3B

2

0

2

0

1

0

Chalk, 3B

0

1

0

0

1

0

Porter, PH

1

0

0

0

0

1

McRae, DH

4

1

3

0

1

1

Otis, CF

5

1

2

2

0

0

Wathan, C

3

0

0

1

1

1

Aikens, 1B

3

0

1

0

1

1

LaCock, 1B

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cardenal, RF

4

0

0

0

0

2

White, 2B

4

0

1

0

0

1

TOTALS

34

4

11

3

6

12

 

 

Fielding:

·          DP: 2.

Batting:

·          2B: Otis (1, off Carlton).

·          SH: Washington (1, off Carlton).

·          SF: Wathan (1, off Carlton).

·          LOB: 11.

Baserunning:

·          SB: Wilson (1, 3rd base off Carlton/Boone); Chalk (1, 2nd base off Carlton/Boone).

 

 

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Gura

6

4

2

2

2

2

Quisenberry (L, 0-1)

2

4

4

4

1

0

 

 

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

K

Smith, LF

3

0

0

0

0

1

Unser, PH-LF

1

1

1

1

0

0

Rose, 1B

4

0

0

0

0

0

McBride, RF

3

1

1

1

1

0

Schmidt, 3B

4

1

2

1

0

0

Moreland, DH

4

1

2

1

0

0

Maddox, CF

3

1

1

0

0

1

Gross, PH-CF

1

0

0

0

0

0

Trillo, 2B

2

0

0

1

0

0

Bowa, SS

3

0

1

1

0

0

Boone, C

1

1

0

0

2

0

TOTALS

29

6

8

6

3

2

 

 

Fielding:

·          Error: Trillo (1).

·          DP: 4.

Batting:

·          Game Winning RBI: Schmidt (1).

·          2B: Maddox (1, off Gura); Unser (1, off Quisenberry); Schmidt (1, off Quisenberry).

·          SF: Trillo (1, off Gura).

·          LOB: 3.

 

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Carlton (W, 1-0)

8

10

4

3

6

10

Reed (S, 1)

1

1

0

0

0

2

 

 

WP: Carlton (1).

Umpires: Bill Kunkel (AL), Paul Pryor (NL), Don Denkinger (AL), Dutch Rennert (NL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Nick Bremigan (AL).

T- 3:01.

A- 65,775.

 

Starting Lineups

 

Kansas City Royals

 

Philadelphia Phillies

Wilson

1

Smith LF

Washington SS

2

Rose 1B

Brett 3B

3

McBride RF

McRae DH

4

Schmidt 3B

Otis CF

5

Moreland DH

Wathan C

6

Maddox CF

Aikens 1B

7

Trillo 2B

Cardenal RF

8

Bowa SS

White 2B

9

Boone C

Gura

P

Carlton

 

Game Summary

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ROYALS 1ST: Wilson struck out (catcher to first); World Series game 2; Washington grounded out (shortstop to first); Brett singled to center; McRae singled to right [Brett to second]; Otis forced McRae (third to second); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Smith made an out to center; Rose made an out to center; McBride popped to third; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 2ND: Wathan popped to first; Aikens walked; Cardenal was called out on strikes; White struck out but Aikens advanced to second and White advanced to first on a wild pitch; Wilson struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Schmidt grounded out (third to first); Moreland lined to left; Maddox struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 3RD: Washington was called out on strikes; Brett singled to right; McRae singled to left [Brett to second]; Otis grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [McRae out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Trillo made an out to center; Bowa popped to third in foul territory; Boone made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 4TH: Wathan made an out to right; Aikens singled to center; Cardenal grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Aikens out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Smith struck out; Rose lined to center; McBride lined to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 5TH: White grounded out (shortstop to first); Wilson struck out; Washington singled to center; Brett walked [Washington to second]; McRae struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Schmidt grounded out (third to first); Moreland singled to shortstop; Maddox doubled to left [Moreland to third]; Trillo hit a sacrifice fly to right [Moreland scored, Maddox to third]; Bowa singled to left [Maddox scored]; Boone walked [Bowa to second]; Smith made an out to right; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 2.

 

ROYALS 6TH: Otis singled to center; Wathan walked [Otis to second]; Aikens reached on an error by Trillo [Otis scored (unearned), Wathan to third, Aikens to first]; Cardenal struck out; White grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Aikens out at second]; 1 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Royals 1, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: CHALK REPLACED BRETT (PLAYING 3B); Rose made an out to right; McBride walked; Schmidt singled to center [McBride to second]; Moreland grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Schmidt out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 1, Phillies 2.

 

ROYALS 7TH: Wilson walked; Washington out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Wilson to second]; Wilson stole third; Chalk walked; Chalk stole second; McRae walked; Otis doubled to left [Wilson scored, Chalk scored, McRae to third]; Wathan hit into a double play [McRae scored, Otis out at third (center to first to third)]; 3 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 4, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: QUISENBERRY REPLACED GURA (PITCHING); Maddox grounded out (third to first); Trillo grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 4, Phillies 2.

 

ROYALS 8TH: Aikens struck out; Cardenal made an out to right; White singled to left; Wilson singled [White to second]; lined off Rose's glove; Washington struck out; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Royals 4, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: LACOCK REPLACED AIKENS (PLAYING 1B); Boone walked; UNSER BATTED FOR SMITH; Unser doubled [Boone scored]; Rose grounded out (first unassisted) [Unser to third]; McBride singled to right [Unser scored]; Schmidt doubled [McBride scored, Schmidt to third (on throw to home)]; Moreland singled to center [Schmidt scored]; GROSS BATTED FOR MADDOX; Gross grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Moreland out at second]; 4 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 4, Phillies 6.

 

ROYALS 9TH: UNSER STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING LF); GROSS STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF); REED REPLACED CARLTON (PITCHING); PORTER BATTED FOR CHALK; Porter was called out on strikes; McRae singled to center; Otis forced McRae (shortstop to second); Wathan struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 4, Phillies 6.

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

The Phillies take the lead in Game two but in the end, the Comeback Kids do it again in their favorite inning, the eighth.

 

Two lefthanders were the starters, Larry Gura and Steve Carlton.

 

Carlton struggled with his control but kept the Royals off the scoreboard for five innings, stranding seven base runners.

 

Gura was perfect for four innings, 12 up, 12 down.

 

Keith Moreland broket the perfect game effort with a one-out single to deep short in the fifth. Moreland scampered to third when Garry Maddox followed with a double into the left-field corner.

 

Manny Trillo's sacrifice fly brought home Moreland with the first run. Maddox took third on the play and scored when Larry Bowa singled.

 

The Royals finally broke the ice against Carlton in the sixth.

 

Amos Otis singled and John Wathan followed with a four-pitch walk. Willie Aikens hit a little chopper toward Trillo. His throw to first was wild, allowing Otis to score. Carlton then stiffened, striking out Jose Cardenal and getting U.L. Washington to bounce into a double play.

 

The DP was one of three started tonight by Bowa to tie a World Series record held by Phil Rizzuto (New York, 10/10/51) and Maury Wills (Los Angeles, 10/11/61).

 

Kansas City took the lead with a three-spot in the seventh.

 

Carlton's wildness got him into trouble. Willie Wilson walked and stole second (note: retrosheet.com says Wilson stole third after the sacrifice). After a sacrifice, Dave Chalk walked and also stole second. Hal McRae drew the third walk to load the bases.

 

The hot-hitting Otis doubled into the left-field corner for two runs. Wathan's fly ball to Maddox plated the fourth but Otis was out trying for third- Maddox to Rose to Schmidt.

Dan Quisenberry was brought on by Jim Frey to try and hold the 4-2 lead. He set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.

 

Bob Boone got the Phillies going in the eighth by battling Dan Quisenberry for a walk. Magic Del Unser was sent in to bat for Lonnie Smith. Unser brought the 65,775 to their feet with a double to left center, scoring Boone to make it 4-3.

 

Unser advanced when Rose did his job, a grounder to first. Bake McBride tied the game with a bounding single to right field. Mike Schmidt gave the Phillies the lead with a right-field double. He took third on the play at home and scored the fourth run of the inning as Moreland lined a hit to center.

 

Leading, 6-4, Dallas Green turned the ball game over to Ron Reed. The big righthander gave up one hit but struck out two, including Wathan to end the game.

 

The Phillies became the 34th team to sweep the first two games of the Series. In the previous 33 occasions, the club winning those first two went on to win 26 times.

 

The victory was the fifth for the Phillies in post-season play, all five being come-from-behind triumphs.

 

The two clubs headed for Kansas City and an off-day tomorrow.

Quotes

"We were just as lively then (trailing 4-2 in 8th) as before. It proved to Kansas City that we won't quit. And, I know they won't either." - Larry Bowa

 

"Del and I both struggled this year. Whenever we felt down, we'd joke about getting our big hits in the playoffs. We didn't have any idea it would come true." - Greg Gross

 

"Unser has done everything asked of him in 1980. We've asked him to sit on the bench and I'm sure he'd rather have four at-bats a game. But he's produced coming off the bench and I'm not afraid to use him in any situation." - Dallas Green

 

"We thought we had the ball game. Quisenberry has been doing it for us all year. He had 33 saves. He just didn't do it tonight." - Jim Frey

 

"Quisenberry said I hit a good sinker and I did. It was similar to the one I hit off Tekulve in Pittsburgh. They're similar-type pitchers." - Del Unser

 

"It seems like we're waiting for the other team to score first. We know we're going to have a big inning, but you can't keep waiting for that. The good thing about tonight is that this team knows they can hit Quisenberry now." - Pete Rose