1980 Phillies Articles
Phillies vs. Houston- July 17, 1980

Steve Carlton pitched, and the Phils won. A recurring theme from his entire career with the Phillies (1972-1986), and especially in 1980. In this game, Lefty outpitched Astros ace Joe Niekro, who would go on to win 20 games in 1980 for the Western Division champions. The Phils could only score 2 runs against the Houston knuckleballer, but that would be enough for Carlton, who went the distance, striking out 10 Astro batters and giving up just one run, in the ninth inning. Bake McBride scored both runs for the Phils, being knocked in by Bob Boone and scoring on a wild pitch. McBride also stole two bases in the game.

TRANSACTION: Lerrin LaGrow was officially released by the Phillies. This ends his MLB career.

  • Phils' Record: 46-38
  • Place: 3rd Place, ½ game behind Montreal and Pittsburgh.

NL East standings as of July 17, 1980:

Team
Wins
Losses
Pct.
GB
Expos
47
38
.553
-
Pirates
48
39
.552
-
Phillies
46
38
.548
½
Mets
43
43
.500
Cardinals
39
49
.443
Cubs
36
49
.424
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Phillies 2 vs. Astros 1- July 17, 1980

Phillies
AB
R
H
RBI
Houston
AB
R
H
RBI
Smith, LF
4
0
1
0
Landestoy, 2B
4
0
2
1
J. Vukovich, 3B
0
0
0
0
Puhl, RF-LF
5
0
0
0
Rose, 1B
4
0
0
0
Cruz, LF
1
0
0
0
McBride, RF
4
2
2
0
Heep, 1B
2
0
1
0
Moreland, 3B
3
0
0
0
Cedeno, CF
4
0
0
0
Gross, LF
1
0
0
0
Howe, 3B
4
0
1
0
Maddox, CF
4
0
1
0
Leonard, 1B-RF
4
0
1
0
Boone, C
4
0
1
1
Pujols, C
3
1
2
0
Bowa, SS
4
0
0
0
Reynolds, SS
3
0
0
0
Aviles, 2B
4
0
1
0
Walling, PH
1
0
0
0
Carlton, P
3
0
2
0
Niekro, P
3
0
0
0
 
Bochy, PH
1
0
0
0
TOTALS
35
2
8
1
TOTALS
35
1
7
1
Phillies
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
-
2
Houston
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
-
1
Phillies
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Carlton (W, 15-4)
9
7
1
1
3
10
Houston
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Niekro (L, 10-8)
9
8
2
2
0
5

Game-winning RBI- None.

E- Bowa (9). DP- Houston 1. 3B- Landestoy (7). SB- McBride 2 (10), Maddox (16). PB- Pujols (5). Niekro 2 (9). T- 2:18. A- 26,403.

Starting Lineup:
  Philadelphia Phillies Houston Astros
1.
Smith LF Landestoy 2B
2.
Rose 1B Puhl RF
3.
McBride RF Cruz LF
4.
Moreland 3B Cedeno CF
5.
Maddox CF Howe 3B
6.
Boone C Leonard 1B
7.
Bowa SS Pujols C
8.
Aviles 2B Reynolds 2B
9.
Carlton P Niekro P

Game Summary (courtesy of retrosheet.org):

PHILLIES 1ST: Smith made an out to center; Rose grounded out (second to first); McBride grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Landestoy walked; Puhl reached on an error by Bowa [Landestoy to second]; Cruz grounded out (second to first) [Landestoy to third, Puhl to second]; Cedeno lined to second; Howe grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 2ND: Moreland struck out; Maddox struck out; Boone grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Leonard struck out; Pujols singled to first; Reynolds struck out; Niekro made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 3RD: Bowa grounded out (second to first); Aviles lined to third; Carlton singled to right; Smith made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Landestoy popped to second; Puhl lined to right; Cruz walked; Cedeno forced Cruz (shortstop to second); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 4TH: Rose struck out; McBride singled to left; McBride stole second [McBride to third (on wild pitch by Niekro)]; Moreland made an out to left; Cruz collided with Cedeno on Moreland's fly; PUHL CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); HEEP REPLACED CRUZ (PLAYING 1B); LEONARD CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING RF); Maddox struck out but McBride advanced to home and Maddox advanced to first on a wild pitch; Maddox stole second; Boone singled to third [Maddox to third]; Bowa grounded out (first unassisted); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Astros 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Howe struck out; Leonard singled to left; Pujols walked [Leonard to second]; Reynolds grounded out (second to first) [Leonard to third, Pujols to second]; Niekro struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 5TH: Aviles grounded out (shortstop to first); Carlton singled to center; Pujols allowed a passed ball [Carlton to second]; Smith made an out to center; Rose grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Astros 0.

ASTROS 5TH: Landestoy grounded out (first unassisted); Puhl struck out; Heep singled to center; Cedeno made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 6TH: McBride singled to left; McBride stole second; Moreland popped to catcher in foul territory; Maddox singled to left [McBride to third]; Boone grounded out (shortstop to first) [McBride scored, Maddox to third]; Bowa made an out to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 6TH: Howe made an out to center; Leonard struck out; Pujols made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 7TH: Aviles singled to center; Carlton grounded into a double play (third to shortstop to second) [Aviles out at second]; Smith singled to right; Rose grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 7TH: J. VUKOVICH REPLACED SMITH (PLAYING 3B); GROSS REPLACED MORELAND (PLAYING LF); Reynolds popped to second; Niekro popped to second; Landestoy singled to shortstop; Puhl made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 8TH: McBride struck out; Gross lined to second; Maddox popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 8TH: Heep made an out to left; Cedeno struck out; Howe singled to center; Leonard struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

PHILLIES 9TH: Boone grounded out (second to first); Bowa grounded out (first unassisted); Aviles made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 9TH: Pujols singled to right; WALLING BATTED FOR REYNOLDS; Walling struck out; BOCHY BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Bochy struck out; Landestoy tripled to left [Pujols scored]; Puhl grounded out (first unassisted); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Astros 1.

 

Final Totals
R
H
E
LOB
Phillies
2
8
1
6
Astros
1
7
0
10

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