A quick blurb on the September 29 game against the Chicago Cubs, which pulled the Phils even with the Montreal Expos going into the season's final weekend. Interestingly, the UPI must not have gotten the memo about Garry Maddox being benched, because they describe him as being "injured." Mike Schmidt hit his 46th home run, hitting a hot streak at just the right time in the season. Bob Walk pitched a solid six-plus innings to notch his 11th win of the season.
|From The October
3, 1980 edition of The Syracuse Post-Standard:
Phils Win, Set Stage For Showdown In Montreal
By the United Press International
PHILADELPHIA (UPI) - The stage is now set for the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos to play a best 2-of-3 series for the National League Eastern Division title.
The Phillies earned the right to go into Montreal's Olympic Stadium tied with the Expos for the lead Thursday night with a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs, their fourth straight victory and 17 in the last 24 games.
The big scries begins Friday night with Dick Ruthven going against Montreal's Scott Sanderson. "It's certainly better than having to look at the Scoreboard," Phillies manager Dallas Green said of the head-to-head matchup. "At least we can see what's going on.
"We feel rather confident. We know what we have to do. We've played pretty darn good baseball for a long time with our backs to the wall. We're really getting the job done."
It was Mike Schmidt's major league-leading 46th home run that tied the game in the fourth.
Veteran Pete Rose felt confident the Phillies could leave Montreal on Sunday night with their fourth divisional title in the last five years.
"This is a year where a lot of teams are going into other teams' parks and winning," Rose said. 'They're playing with a lot of momentum but I'm glad we played today. I'm sure a team that has won five in a row like they have wanted to go to the ballpark today. I know I don't like to sit around all day thinking about tomorrow."
Unser, starting his fourth straight game in place of the injured Garry Maddox, started the Philadelphia seventh off loser Bill Caudill, 4-6, with a slicing double down the leftfield line. Moreland, playing in his third game in four nights in place of slump-ridden Bob Boone, then lined Caudill's next pitch into right center, scoring Unser easily.
The Phillies added two insurance run in the eighth. Pete Rose reached on a single and scored on a three-base throwing error by Cubs' third baseman Steve Dillard that allowed Mike Schmidt to reach third. Greg Gross then singled in Schmidt.
Rookie Bob Walk, 11-7, pitched 7-1/3 innings, allowing six hits and one run in picking up his first victory since Sept 4.