1980 Expos Articles
Phillies vs. Expos- September 26, 1980

Another game, another pitchers' duel. For the Phils, Dick Ruthven started and pitched extremely well, going seven innings on only one run. However, he Phils' offense could get nothing more than a Garry Maddox solo home run in the second inning off Montreal hurler David Palmer. The game went into the bottom of the ninth, when Bake McBride hit a game-winning home run off of Palmer, who pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on five hits in the game. The home run made a winner out of Tug McGraw, which evened his record for the season with his fourth win. The win over Montreal put the Phils a full 1½ games ahead of the Expos.

  • Phils' Record: 85-68
  • Place: 1st Place, 1½ games ahead of Montreal.

NL East standings as of September 26, 1980:

Team
Wins
Losses
Pct.
GB
Phillies
85
68
.556
-
Expos
84
70
.545
Pirates
80
74
.519
Cardinals
71
83
.461
14½
Mets
63
91
.409
22½
Cubs
61
92
.399
24

Expos 1 vs. Phillies 2- September 26, 1980

Montreal
AB
R
H
RBI
Phillies
AB
R
H
RBI
White LF
3
1
1
0
Rose, 1B
4
0
0
0
Scott 2B
4
0
1
1
McBride, RF
4
1
2
1
Office, RF
4
0
1
0
Schmidt, 3B
3
0
0
0
Dawson, CF
4
0
1
0
Luzinski, LF
2
0
0
0
Carter, C
3
0
0
0
Trillo, 2B
3
0
0
0
Cromartie, 1B
2
0
0
0
Maddox, CF
3
1
1
1
Parrish, 3B
3
0
0
0
Bowa, SS
3
0
1
0
Speier, SS
3
0
0
0
Boone, C
3
0
0
0
Palmer, P
3
0
0
0
Ruthven, P
2
0
1
0
 
McGraw, P
1
0
0
0
TOTALS
29
1
4
1
TOTALS
28
2
5
2
Montreal
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
-
1
Phillies
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
-
2
Montreal
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Palmer (L, 7-6)
8
5
2
2
1
3
Phillies
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
Ruthven
7
4
1
1
2
2
McGraw (W, 4-4)
2
4
0
0
0
1

Game-winning RBI- McBride.

E- None. DP- Montreal 1, Philadelphia 1. 2B- White (7), Dawson (37). HR- Maddox (11), McBride (9). SB- Ruthven (1). CS- Scott (12). BK- Palmer (2). IBB- Ruthven (8, Cromartie).

Starting Lineup:
  Montreal Expos Philadelphia Phillies
1.
White LF Rose 1B
2.
Scott 2B McBride RF
3.
Office RF Schmidt 3B
4.
Dawson CF Luzinski LF
5.
Carter C Trillo 2B
6.
Cromartie 1B Maddox CF
7.
Parrish 3B Bowa SS
8.
Speier SS Boone C
9.
Palmer P Bystrom P

Game Summary (courtesy of retrosheet.org):

EXPOS 1ST: White walked; Scott grounded into a double play (second to first) [White out at second]; Office grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 0.

PHILLIES 1ST: Rose grounded out (third to first); McBride made an out to center; Schmidt made an out to third; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 0.

EXPOS 2ND: Dawson grounded out (third to first); Carter made an out to center; Cromartie grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 0.

PHILLIES 2ND: Luzinski struck out; Trillo made an out to shortstop; Maddox homered; Bowa singled to center; Palmer balked [Bowa to second]; Boone made an out to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 3RD: Parrish popped to catcher in foul territory; Speier made an out to right; Palmer struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 3RD: Ruthven singled to right; Ruthven stole second; Rose struck out; McBride made an out to center; Schmidt lined to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 4TH: White made an out to center; Scott made an out to right; Office singled to center; Dawson forced Office (third to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 4TH: Luzinski walked; Trillo grounded out (first unassisted) [Luzinski to second]; Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa grounded out (first to pitcher); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 5TH: Carter grounded out (third to first); Cromartie made an out to left; Parrish made an out to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 5TH: Boone made an out to center; Ruthven struck out; Rose made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 0, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 6TH: Speier grounded out (pitcher to first); Palmer grounded out (third to first); White doubled to left; Scott singled to shortstop [White scored]; Scott was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1,
Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 6TH: McBride singled to left; Schmidt grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [McBride out at second]; Luzinski grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 7TH: Office grounded out (second to first); Dawson doubled to center; Carter made an out to center; Cromartie was walked intentionally; Parrish was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 7TH: Trillo made an out to left; Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 8TH: MCGRAW REPLACED RUTHVEN (PITCHING); Speier made an out to shortstop; Palmer grounded out (pitcher to first); White made an out to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 8TH: Boone grounded out (third to first); McGraw grounded out (second to first); Rose grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

EXPOS 9TH: Scott made an out to second; Office made an out to left; Dawson struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 1.

PHILLIES 9TH: McBride homered; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Expos 1, Phillies 2.

Final Totals
R
H
E
LOB
Expos
1
4
0
3
Phillies
2
5
0
3

From The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory:

Phillies
84
68
.553
-
Expos
84
69
.549
½
Pirates
80
73
.523

That's the way the National League East looked on Friday morning, September 26. A victory over New York coupled with an Expos loss to St. Louis the night before had put the Phillies back on top again.

The Expos were coming to Philadelphia tonight, the start of 10 final, crucial games of the season for the Phillies.

The weekend started out in thrilling fashion, the Phillies winning a last-inning battle.

Starters Dick Ruthven and Dave Palmer pitched brilliantly before an electrifying crowd of over 50,000.

Comeback victories would become the Phillies trademark but in this one they grabbed the lead first. Garry Maddox hit a solo home run in the second. The Expos tied it in the sixth, a double by Jerry White- only the second hit off Ruthven- was followed by a Rodney Scott single.

Ruthven was lifted after the seventh and replaced by the hottest relief pitcher in the big leagues, Tug McGraw.

McGraw retired all six Expos, only one ball being hit out of the infield. The crowd was alive and Tug fed on it during his two brilliant innings. So, the stage was set for a hero as the two teams went into the last of the ninth, 1-1.

Bake McBride, Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski were due to face Dave Palmer. McBride became the instant hero by picking on the first pitch for a game-winning homer. The emotional victory gave the Phillies a 1½ game lead, their biggest margin of the year.

 

Quotes:

"You could almost reach out and touch the energy from the stands. It's a vibration. That amount of noise creates almost a density in the air. It's like when you turn the stereo up too loud and the lamp vibrates. You can just feel it. The feeling charges up your body, charges up your mind. It gets you pumped up. It's a very positive effect." - Tug McGraw

"It was a curve ball and without a doubt is my biggest thrill in baseball." - Bake McBride

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