The Phillies had their backs against the wall during game four. Houston only needed one win to capture the pennant and send the Phillies home with yet another bitter defeat. The Phils would have none of it, however, as they came back from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead in the 8th. After Houston tied it to send the game to extra innings, the Phillies scored two runs in the 10th to extend the series to the ultimate 5th game.
NLCS Game #4 - October 11, 1980
Game Summary (courtesy of retrosheet.org):
PHILLIES 1ST: Smith grounded out (shortstop to first); Rose lined to left; Schmidt struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 1ST: Puhl struck out; Cabell grounded out (third to first); Morgan grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
PHILLIES 2ND: McBride singled to center; McBride stole second; Trillo grounded out (second to first) [McBride to third]; Maddox struck out; Bowa grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 2ND: Woods made an out to right; Howe doubled to left; Cruz struck out; Pujols made an out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
PHILLIES 3RD: Boone grounded out (shortstop to first); Carlton made an out to center; Smith singled to right; Smith stole second; Rose walked; Schmidt popped to first; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 3RD: Landestoy grounded out (third to first); Ruhle made an out to left; Puhl grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
PHILLIES 4TH: McBride singled to left; Trillo singled to left [McBride to second]; Maddox lined into a double play (pitcher to first) [Trillo out at first]; Bowa grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 0.
ASTROS 4TH: Cabell doubled to left; Morgan grounded out (first unassisted) [Cabell to third]; Woods walked; Howe flied into a double play (left to third) [Cabell scored, Woods out at first]; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 1.
PHILLIES 5TH: Boone grounded out (third to first); Carlton grounded out (second to first); Smith grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 1.
ASTROS 5TH: Cruz made an out to center; Pujols tripled to center; Landestoy singled to left [Pujols scored]; Ruhle was called out on strikes; Landestoy stole second; Puhl walked; Cabell made an out to center; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 2.
PHILLIES 6TH: Rose struck out; Schmidt singled to center; McBride forced Schmidt (first to shortstop) [McBride to second (error by Landestoy)]; Trillo made an out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 2.
ASTROS 6TH: Morgan walked; Woods forced Morgan (third to second); Woods stole second; Howe was walked intentionally; Cruz walked [Woods to third, Howe to second]; NOLES REPLACED CARLTON (PITCHING); Pujols flied into a double play (right to pitcher to third) [Woods out at third]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 2.
PHILLIES 7TH: Maddox grounded out (third to first); Bowa grounded out (second to first); Boone popped to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 2.
ASTROS 7TH: Landestoy grounded out (first to pitcher); Ruhle popped to third; Puhl walked; Puhl stole second; Cabell walked; SAUCIER REPLACED NOLES (PITCHING); Morgan walked [Puhl to third, Cabell to second]; REED REPLACED SAUCIER (PITCHING); WALLING BATTED FOR WOODS; Walling grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Phillies 0, Astros 2.
PHILLIES 8TH: LEONARD REPLACED WALLING (PLAYING RF); BOCHY REPLACED PUJOLS (PLAYING C ); GROSS BATTED FOR REED; Gross singled to center; Smith singled to left [Gross to second]; Rose singled to right [Gross scored, Smith to third, Rose to second (on throw)]; SMITH REPLACED RUHLE (PITCHING); Schmidt singled to second [Smith scored, Rose to third]; SAMBITO REPLACED SMITH (PITCHING); McBride struck out; Trillo flied into a double play (right to catcher to first) [Rose scored, Schmidt out at first]; 3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Astros 2.
ASTROS 8TH: BRUSSTAR REPLACED GROSS (PITCHING); Howe made an out to center; Cruz made an out to center; Bochy lined to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Astros 2.
PHILLIES 9TH: Maddox made an out to right; Bowa singled to center; Boone struck out while Bowa stole second; Brusstar struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 3, Astros 2.
ASTROS 9TH: UNSER REPLACED SMITH (PLAYING RF); MCBRIDE CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); Landestoy walked; Sambito out on a sacrifice bunt (third to second) [Landestoy to second]; Puhl singled to right [Landestoy scored]; Cabell flied into a double play (right to first) [Puhl out at first]; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Astros 3.
PHILLIES 10TH: Unser struck out; Rose singled to center; Schmidt lined to left; LUZINSKI BATTED FOR MCBRIDE; Luzinski doubled to left [Rose scored, Luzinski to third (on throw to home)]; Trillo doubled to center [Luzinski scored]; Maddox was walked intentionally; Bowa struck out; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 5, Astros 3.
ASTROS 10TH: MCGRAW REPLACED LUZINSKI (PITCHING); VUKOVICH REPLACED BRUSSTAR (PLAYING RF); UNSER CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING LF); Morgan was called out on strikes; Leonard made an out to right; Howe made an out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 5, Astros 3.
From The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory:
The Astrodome is referred to as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
The ninth wonder was played in the dome on this date.
The Phillies came back to score three in the eighth to take the lead, watched Houston tie it in the ninth and then win, 5-3, with a pair of runs in the 10th. The game was filled with bizarre plays, missed opportunities and a colossal controversy.
- There were five double plays in the 10-inning thriller, four started by outfielders.
- 4th inning, two Phillies on base. Garry Maddox hit a soft comebacker to pitcher Vern Ruhle. He grabbed the ball and lobbed a throw to first baseman Art Howe. Home plate umpire Doug Harvey called it a trapped ball but first and third base umpires said, 'no, Ruhle caught the ball on the fly.' Following the putout at first which was a double play, Howe ran to second to complete a triple play. The Phillies screamed. Six umpires huddled and then Harvey conferred with League President Chub Feeney. Twenty-minute argument resulted: no triple play, just a double play. Inasmuch as time had been called before Howe tagged Bake McBride, Harvey disallowed that out at second base. Both teams protested the game.
- 4th inning. Enos Cabell lofted a fly to left. Lonnie Smith misjudged it and Cabell wound up on second. He went to third on a grounder to Pete Rose. Gary Woods drew a one-out walk and Art Howe followed with a fly ball to left. Smith caught it but the ball slipped out of his hand while making a throw home. Smith retrieved the ball and then nailed Woods trying to advance from first to third.
- 6th inning, Astros led 2-0. Bases loaded against Carlton, one out. Luis Pujols hit a fly ball to right. Woods tagged at third and romped home but Phillies dugout erupted... screaming Woods left the bag too soon. The Phillies appealed at third base. The umpire there, Bob Engel, dramatically raised the right arm and bellowed: "OUT!"
- 7th, Astros led 2-0. Three walks loaded the bases but Ron Reed got Dennis Walling on a grounder to Rose to keep the score the same.
- 8th, Astros saw 2-0 lead disappear as Comeback Kids scored three times. Greg Gross and Smith singled to start the rally. Pete Rose failed to move runners with a bunt and then singled to right scoring Gross. Jeff Leonard tried to get Smith going to third and the alert Rose took second. Mike Schmidt grounded one up the middle. Joe Morgan grabbed it behind the bag, looked at Rose going to third and threw late to first. McBride fanned but Manny Trillo hit a liner to Leonard. Schmidt decided Leonard trapped the ball and took off for second. Right field umpire Bruce Froemming signaled Leonard caught the ball. Every-heady Rose, remained at third, tagged and scampered home with lead run before Astros doubled Schmidt at first.
- 9th, trailing 3-2, Astros sent game into extra innings as Puhl singled to right scoring scoring Rafael Landestoy. Cabell followed with liner to McBride and Puhl is doubled off first.
- 10th, 3-3 game. Rose, as he has been doing for 18 years, inspired another rally. He singled to center. Schmidt flied to left for the second out. Greg Luzinski is sent in to pinch hit for McBride. The Bull lashed a double off the base of the wall in left. Rose is headed toward home and he isn't going to stop. Cruz relayed to Landestoy who threw the ball toward home. Rose in typical fashion bowled over catcher Bruce Bochy to score the winning run. Big insurance run was driven in on Manny Trillo's double.
- 10th, Phillies lead 5-3. Believe it or not, a normal inning as Tug McGraw struck out Morgan looking, and got the next two Astros on fly balls.
"There has never been a game to compare with that one. There has never been a game I've ever witnessed that has been more exciting, more controversial, more interesting than the game I just saw." - Tug McGraw
"It (the game) was like a motorcycle ride through an art museum... you see the pictures but afterward you don't remember what you saw." - Tug McGraw
"Woods left at least 2½ steps before the ball was caught." - Dallas Green
"What I saw when I came around third was the catcher fighting with the throw. The throw wasn't a good one. It would have been hard for anybody to handle it. So I went in any way I could." - Pete Rose
"This was a strange game where strange things happened. Not a lot of things were new today; I just never saw so many of them in one game." - Bill Virdon, Astros manager
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