The Phils entered Montreal with a simple situation: win two games, go to the playoffs- lose two, and go home. The first game was pivotal: the winner had the leg up, the loser had to sweep the last two. The Phils sent their number two pitcher, Dick Ruthven, to start against Scott Sanderson in a battle of sixteen-game winners. Ruthven was effective and wild, and was removed in the sixth inning though he gave up just three hits (and four walks). Sanderson wasn't wild at all in his seven innings, but he gave up eight hits and met his match in one Mike Schmidt. Schmidt knocked in both of the Phillies' runs: one on a sacrifice fly in the first, the second in the sixth with his 47th home run of the season, which tied him with Eddie Mathews for the most home runs by a third baseman. Sparky Lyle pitched 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Tug McGraw finished the job with a perfect two innings, striking out five of the six batters he faced for his 20th save of the season. With the win, the Phils moved into sole posession of first place and needed just one more win to clinch the East division for the fourth time in five seasons.
NL East standings as of October 3, 1980:
Phillies 2 vs. Expos 1- October 3, 1980
Game Summary (courtesy of retrosheet.org):
PHILLIES 1ST: Rose singled to center; McBride doubled to left [Rose to third]; Schmidt hit a sacrifice fly to right [Rose scored]; Luzinski struck out; Unser struck out; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
EXPOS 1ST: White popped to catcher in foul territory; Scott struck out; Office singled to center; Dawson walked [Office to second]; Carter made an out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
PHILLIES 2ND: Trillo made an out to center; Bowa popped to shortstop; Boone lined to third; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
EXPOS 2ND: Cromartie lined to second; Parrish made an out to center; Speier singled to right; Sanderson grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
PHILLIES 3RD: Ruthven struck out; Rose singled to left; Rose stole second; McBride struck out; Schmidt singled to center [Rose to third]; Rose was caught stealing home (catcher to third to catcher); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
EXPOS 3RD: White made an out to center; Scott walked; Scott was caught stealing second (catcher to second); Office made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
PHILLIES 4TH: Luzinski struck out; Unser made an out to center; Trillo popped to first in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
EXPOS 4TH: Dawson grounded out (third to first); Carter popped to second; Cromartie struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
PHILLIES 5TH: Bowa singled to left [Bowa to second (error by White)]; Boone grounded out (third to first); Ruthven singled to right [Bowa to third]; Bowa was caught stealing home (catcher to third); Rose lined to shortstop; 0 R, 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
EXPOS 5TH: Parrish popped to catcher in foul territory; Speier made an out to center; Sanderson popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Expos 0.
PHILLIES 6TH: McBride grounded out (shortstop to first); Schmidt homered; Luzinski struck out; Unser made an out to center; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 0.
EXPOS 6TH: MADDOX REPLACED LUZINSKI (PLAYING CF); UNSER CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); White doubled to right; Scott walked; Office out on a sacrifice bunt (third to second) [White to third, Scott to second]; Dawson hit a sacrifice fly to center [White scored]; Carter was walked intentionally; LYLE REPLACED RUTHVEN (PITCHING); Cromartie forced Carter (second to shortstop); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
PHILLIES 7TH: Trillo singled to left; Bowa forced Trillo (pitcher to shortstop); Boone grounded into a double play (third to second to first) [Bowa out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
EXPOS 7TH: Parrish popped to first; Speier walked; LEFLORE RAN FOR SPEIER; TAMARGO BATTED FOR SANDERSON; Tamargo singled to left [LeFlore to second]; RAINES RAN FOR TAMARGO; White made an out to left; Scott popped to shortstop; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
PHILLIES 8TH: MANUEL REPLACED LEFLORE (PLAYING SS); BAHNSEN REPLACED RAINES (PITCHING); GROSS BATTED FOR LYLE; Gross walked; LOVIGLIO RAN FOR GROSS; Loviglio was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop); Rose popped to third; McBride made an out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
EXPOS 8TH: MCGRAW REPLACED LOVIGLIO (PITCHING); PATE BATTED FOR OFFICE; Pate struck out; Dawson struck out; Carter struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
PHILLIES 9TH: PATE STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING RF); Schmidt walked; Maddox out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Schmidt to second]; Bahnsen threw a wild pitch [Schmidt to third]; Unser popped to shortstop; Trillo walked; FRYMAN REPLACED BAHNSEN (PITCHING); Bowa forced Trillo (shortstop to second); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
EXPOS 9TH: Cromartie lined to left; Parrish struck out; Manuel struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 2, Expos 1.
From The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory:
Baseball is not like the other professional sports. You have to win your division to earn the right to play in post-season playoffs. Only winners qualify. Second place just doesn't have it, unless you want to finish the season early.
The Phillies and Expos, with 159 games under their belts and tied 89-70 in the standings, face a three-game season.
The Phillies nipped the Expos before over 57,000, 2-1, thanks to the two hottest players on the team, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw.
Schmidt helped the Phillies get on the board early. Pete Rose led off with a single to center and hustled to third as Bake McBride dumped a double to left.
Schmidt sent a fly ball to right allowing Rose to score.
Dick Ruthven and Scot Sanderson went nose-to-nose, pitch-for-pitch until the sixth.
Again, it was Schmidt. This time he crushed a Sanderson fast ball into the lower deck in left center. It was his third homer in three days, eighth in last 14 games.
The Expos, held to a pair of singled through five innings, began to stir in their half of the sixth. Pesty Jerry White began with a double to right and Rodney Scott drew a walk. Both advanced on a bunt.
Following a sacrifice fly RBI by Andre Dawson, Dallas Green chose to walk the hot-hitting Gary Carter intentionally, putting the lead run on first. Sparky Lyle, picked up Sept. 13th to add depth and experience to the bullpen, came in to face Warren Cromartie.
Lyle threw one pitch and Cromartie grounded into a force, Manny Trillo to Larry Bowa.
A one-out walk and single put Lyle in trouble in the seventh but he put down that rally on a fly ball and infield pop up.
Green then made the familiar call to the bullpen... Tug McGraw.
Tug's 56th game turned out to be his most impressive outing of the year:
Bob Pate, struckout.
Andre Dawson, struckout.
Gary Carter, struckout.
Warren Cromartie, lined to left.
Larry Parrish, struckout.
Jerry Manuel, struckout.
The Phillies were one game up with just two to go.
"Last Friday, we got all keyed up and then we went out and lost Saturday and Sunday. So I thought maybe we should change our program a little bit- not get too emotional about winning tonight and it'll be easier getting it together tomorrow. I usually jump up and down and go crazy. But I said 'no' and I just stiffened up." - Tug McGraw
"To win a 2-1 game like this, that's what Tug McGraw has meant." - Mike Schmidt
"A pitcher always has the advantage whether guys have seen him or not. It's always been that way. That's why I'm not a hitter." - Sparky Lyle
:When something like this happens the first thing I do is say there is a lot of baseball still to play. I was nervous tonight. The Expos said they were relaxed, but I admit it- I was nervous." - Mike Schmidt
"I might not have walked Carter if
the guy had not been as hot as a firecracker." - Dallas Green
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