Game 4 was, statistically speaking, a disaster for the Phillies. Larry Christenson, who had pitched well against Houston, was torched by the Royals for four runs and only recorded one out before leaving in favor of Dickie Noles. The Phils made it closer, but the Royals would win, 5-3, to even the Series at two games apiece. The game, for Phillies fans, is best known for the Dickie Noles knockdown of George Brett.
World Series Game #4 - October 18, 1980
Game Summary (courtesy of retrosheet.org):
ROYALS 1ST: Wilson singled to left; Wilson was picked off first but was safe on an error by Christenson [Wilson to third]; White flied to right; Brett tripled to right [Wilson scored]; Aikens homered [Brett scored]; McRae doubled to center; Otis doubled [McRae scored]; NOLES REPLACED CHRISTENSON (PITCHING); Hurdle walked; Porter struck out; Washington singled to shortstop [Otis to third, Hurdle to second]; Wilson grounded out (first to pitcher); 4 R, 6 H, 1 E, 3 LOB. Phillies 0, Royals 4.
PHILLIES 2ND: Unser made an out to left; Maddox singled to right; Trillo
forced Maddox (second to shortstop) [Trillo to
ROYALS 2ND: White made an out to center; Brett grounded out (second to first); Aikens homered; McRae doubled; Otis made an out to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 3RD: Smith grounded out (third to first); Rose made an out to left; McBride walked; McBride was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
ROYALS 3RD: Hurdle doubled to left; Porter popped to third in foul territory; Washington grounded out (second to first) [Hurdle to third]; Wilson struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 4TH: Schmidt singled; Unser made an out to center; Maddox grounded out (first unassisted) [Schmidt to second]; Trillo made an out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
ROYALS 4TH: White popped to first in foul territory; Brett struck out; Aikens struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 5TH: Bowa made an out to right; Boone singled to center; Smith grounded into a double play (third to second to first) [Boone out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
ROYALS 5TH: McRae struck out; Otis singled to center; Hurdle walked [Otis to second]; Porter was called out on strikes; Washington popped to third in foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 6TH: Rose grounded out (third to first); McBride doubled; Schmidt grounded out (third to first); Leonard threw a wild pitch [McBride to third]; Unser struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
ROYALS 6TH: SAUCIER REPLACED NOLES (PITCHING); Wilson walked; White made an out to right; Brett made an out to left; Saucier threw a wild pitch [Wilson to second]; Aikens walked; BRUSSTAR REPLACED SAUCIER (PITCHING); McRae forced Aikens (first to shortstop); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Phillies 1, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 7TH: Maddox popped to shortstop; Trillo doubled to right; Bowa singled to left [Trillo to third]; Boone out on a sacrifice fly to left [Trillo scored]; Bowa stole second; Smith grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Royals 5.
ROYALS 7TH: Otis made an out to center; Hurdle grounded out (second to first); Porter walked; Washington grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 2, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 8TH: Rose doubled to left; QUISENBERRY REPLACED LEONARD (PITCHING); McBride grounded out (second to first) [Rose to third]; Schmidt out on a sacrifice fly to right [Rose scored]; Unser singled to right; Maddox grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Phillies 3, Royals 5.
ROYALS 8TH: Wilson grounded out (shortstop to first); White grounded out (second to first); Brett grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Royals 5.
PHILLIES 9TH: Trillo grounded out (third to first); Bowa grounded out
(second to first); Boone grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H,
0 E, 0 LOB. Phillies 3, Royals 5.
From The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory:
Dennis Leonard was called on for his second WS start and Larry Christenson made his first in Game Four.
The Phillies got another chance to come from behind as the Royals bombed Christenson in the first inning. Ten Royals went to bat, four scored as they collected a walk, two singles, two doubles, a triple and one home run.
Willie Wilson hit a 2-1 pitch to left to start the game. He went all the way to third as Christenson threw wildly at first on an attempted pick off. Wilson held third on Frank White's shallow fly ball to Bake McBride.
George Brett tripled down the right field line and rode home on Willie Aikens' home run into the right field waterfall. Hal McRae and Amos Otis followed with back-to-back doubles chasing Christenson.
Washington's throwing error helped the Phillies score an unearned run in the second. Larry Bowa's single drove in Manny Trillo.
Aikens matched that run with a towering blast deep into the Royals bullpen in right field off Dickie Noles.
The two homers made Aikens the only player in World Series history to have two multiple home run games in a single series.
The homer was the only run Noles gave up in his 4.2 innings of work. Six of his 14 outs came via strikeouts. In the fourth, ahead of Brett in the count, 0-2, Noles brushed back the KC superstar with the next pitch.
Royals manager Jim Frey was so incensed, he charged the field yelling at Noles and the umpires. Frey retreated a bit and then went nose-to-nose with Rose in an argument. Both teams were warned by the umpires about any future knock-down pitches.
Noles wound up striking out Brett and Aikens in the inning. In the rest of the series, Brett would get only three more singles, Aikens one hit and the Royals would manage to score just four more runs.
Meanwhile, Leonard held the Phillies scoreless following their second-inning run. Trillo's double and Bowa's RBI single made it 5-2 in the seventh. When Rose began the eighth with a double, Frey called on Dan Quisenberry for the fourth straight game.
Rose advanced on Bake McBride's grounder and scored the third run on Mike Schmidt's fly ball. Del Unser followed with a single but Quisenberry retired the next four to even the series.
"Well, if you've got a book on Willie, I'll use it. I do believe we're not pitching him right. The kid's on a roll." - Dallas Green
"Everybody gets some good pitches to hit in a game. But Aikens is taking advantage of them. Hot hitters do that." - Bob Boone
"I'm just in a streak. Everything is going good for me. When that happens, I'm capable of hitting five or six home runs in a week." - Willie Aikens
"I just told the umpires I wanted it stopped right then. I didn't want one of those wars." - Jim Frey
"Now, it's the best two out of three, with one game in KC and two in Philadelphia. We've been in best of three in Montreal and Houston recently." - Larry Bowa
"We're right back to square one. However, it's not a desperate situation by any means. Right now I just want to get out of here with a win tomorrow. If we can do that, it would put them in a position of having to win two in our place. I'm not worried about this team. We've had our backs against the wall most of the year and we've come through." - Mike Schmidt
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