Saturday, November 2, 2013

Dream Series: 1980 vs 2011 Series tied up as we head back to CitizensBank Park

When the first game of our dream postseason began we did not think it would be this close. The 1980 team is supposed to beat the 2011 version easily. But, the 2011 team is better than some of the teams that won the pennant. Truly this will go down to the wire. Both teams have a good offense and solid pitching. But, the edge for pitching has to go to the four aces plus Blanton. But, the 1980 team has arguably the best player in Phillies history, Michael Jack Schmidt and they have possibly one of the greatest hitters of all time Pete Rose. This will be exciting I tell you.

 The Series opened up with game 1 at the Vet. Both the Aces showed their form Early. With Carlton and Halladay with 2 K's thru two innings pitched. But, in the 3rd Carlton got in a jam by walking Ruiz and Polanco to start the inning. The two fielders choices later, the 2011 team has the lead but still have no hits. In the bottom of the inning a Pete Rose double scores Garry Maddox to tie the game at 1. Thru the 5th, the 2001 squad still hasn't acquired a hit off Carlton. But in the top of the inning, a Polanco single gives them their 1st hit of the night. A J-Roll double after a sacrifice bunt by Halladay gives them a 2-1 lead in the to of the 5th. The 1980 squad opens the game up an inning later, scoring 5 runs off Roy Halladay and then 4 more off Mike Stutes. Six of these runs are scored on RBI singles by Manny Trillo, Bob Boone, Larry Bowa and Garry Maddox. Then, after a Pete Rose hit, Mike Schmidt hits a ball into the Right Field corner that Hunter Pence can't get to fast enough. This results in a very rare 3-run inside the park homerun, proving once again Schmidt is the complete Package. Neither team can score again after the sixth, as the 2011 'pen holds the '80 squad to two more hits. But, the player of the game is Steve Carlton, who throws a complete game. He only had one bad inning which resulted in a run and the only to hits of the game. Now the focus shifts to game two at the Vet which pits Dick Ruthven (3.55 ERA) for 1980 vs. Cliff Lee (2.40 ERA) for 2011.

For game 2, the Vet was ready to rock and intimidate the 2011 squad. But, the 2011 team was unfazed getting runs on the board early. A Chase Utley RBI single and an error by Garry Maddox one batter later made it a 2-0 game. Ruthven loads the bases but, strikes out Placido Polanco to end the inning and stop the bleeding. Cliff Lee pitches beautifully for 3 innings with 5 strikeouts and only giving up 1 hit. Ruthven keeps the 2011 team off the board thru the 5th. In the bottom of the inning, Cliff gives up 2 hits and then 4 consecutive walks to let 1980 tie the game up at 2. But, he prevents giving up the lead by striking out Garry Maddox with the bases loaded. Coming up clutch is very important whether you are in the field or at bat. In the 5th Lee pitches they way he should, allowing a walk and no runs. In the 6th the 2011 team gets a double by Ryan Howard, a single by Raul Ibanez and an RBI single by Ruiz to take a 3-2 lead. Thus, ending Dick Ruthven's day. Ron Reed strands runners at 1st and 3rd to keep the score in check. Then in the 6th Mike Stutes relieves Cliff Lee. He loads the bases but, thankfully no runs score. In the top of the 7th J-Roll gets a single, and then Chase Utley hits an RBI double to make it a 4-2 game. In the bottom half of the inning Antonio Bastardo walks two batters in a row but, then gets 2 outs. But, for some reason Charlie Manuel pulls him for david Herndon. Herndon doesn't fair much better, giving up a single to load the bases. But, luckily Bob Boone lines out to Jimmy Rollins to end the inning. In the eighth the 2011 team gets two hits but, cannot score due to Wayne Brusstar shutting the lineup down after coming in the game. Herndon says in for the bottom half and strands Garry Maddox at 2nd. As we enter  the ninth Dallas Green brings in Dickie Noles, who gives up a walk to Chase Utley but, he strands him at 3rd to end the inning. For the bottom of the 9th Charlie Manuel brings in his closer Ryan Madson. He gives up a single to Schmidt to lead off the inning, and then gets an out. He gives up a walk to Greg Luzinski, but he strike out Manny Trillo to get the 2nd out. When Madson walks Bob Boone to load the bases Charlie determined his day was done. Dany Baez comes in the game walking Larry Bowa to make it a 4-3 game. Lukily he gets pinch-hitter Kieth Moreland to ground out to shortstop. 

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