Wilmington Evening Journal - April 22, 1980
Phillies met their match in Ray Burris
By Hal Bodley, Sports Editor
PHILADELPHIA – On any given night, etc.
Phillies' Manager Dallas Green can accept that.
The New York Mets, fired by a brilliant pitching effort by right-hander Ray Burris, choked off the Phillies 3-0 at Veterans Stadium last night.
It was a game in which everything went right for Burris and the Mets. He allowed just four hits before leaving in the eighth inning when he tired and his hand became numb. Reliever Neil Allen put down the Phils with just one hit the rest of the way.
"I'll accept this game tonight," said Green. "Every now and then a guy goes out to the mound and does what Ray Burris did. You have to give him the credit; there's no question about that."
Last night was the first time this year the Phils' offense went flat. Burris, who mixed his slider and fastball to keep the hitters off-balance, was never in trouble.
"I think the real test will come tomorrow night," said Green. "It is going to be very interesting to see what kind of an approach we have. Tonight, I think we had an excuse. The guy just pitched a helluva game. Tomorrow will be a different story."
In tonight's game, Tom Hausman, who has an 0-1 record and a 3.75 earned run average, will go up against the Phillies' Dick Ruthven. Ruthven is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA.
"Let's face it," said Green. "If we are going to do anything, this is a team we've got to beat. Tonight, we did not do it."
Burris, who had an 8-4 record against the Phils when he pitched for the Chicago Cubs, seemed headed to his first shutout since May 28, 1978 when he began to tire.
"After I walked Mike Schmidt in the eighth, Joe Torre (Mets' manager) came out to the mound," said Burris, who has two of the four Mets' victories. "I told him I was tired and was having trouble gripping the ball because of numbness. I don't really know what caused it, but it was best I left the game."
"That's about as good as Ray Burris has pitched against us," said Greg Luzinski, who had one of the Phils five hits. He had excellent location and was turning the fastball over."
"He kept our hitters off-stride with the slider and busted them with the fastball," added Green. "On a night like this, you have to give him the credit. There's no question about that. We just did not generate any offense at all. In fact, this is the only game this year we nave not been in.
"Like I said, every now and then you are going to run into a guy who is going to crank one up like that. I'll tell you one thing, Lefty (Steve Carlton) is going to win 90 percent of his games if he pitches as well as he did tonight. Two runs should not beat this team."
Burris, who was with the Yankees last year until the Mets claimed him on waivers Aug. 20, felt control was the key to last night's success.
"I had good command of all my pitches," he said. "I had good location from the first inning on. I was able to mix the pitches. I really think I am a better pitcher than my overall record and think tonight's game helped get me over the hump."
"He was not overpowering tonight," said catcher Stearns, "but he was able to keep the hitters off-stride. We were a little concerned when his hand and wrist began to bother him because that is the wrist he fractured last September."
The Phils' best chances of scoring came in the third and seventh innings. With two down in the third, Rose singled and went to second on an error and to third on a wild pitch. Rose, who had three of the Phillies' hits, tripled in the seventh, but that came with two out and Bake McBride followed with a fly to left field.
EXTRA POINTS - Carlton has always had his problems with the Mets. Last night's setback left him with a 23-26 lifetime record against New York... Allen has saved all four Mets' victories, having appeared in six of their 10 games... Rose raised his average from.189 to.244 with bis three-for-four night... The Phils' team earned run average is 4.50... Green is concerned Manny Trillo's sprained ankle is not progressing as well as he hoped. Trillo was examined by Dr. Phillip Marone, who said the second baseman probably will not be able to return within a week. The manager said he has no plans to place Trillo on the disabled list.
8 Phils on All-Star Game Ballot
NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Phillies are each represented by eight players on the official All-Star Game ballot announced yesterday by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.
Since the voting was turned over to the fans in 1970, the All-Star balloting has become the biggest non-political election in the United States with more than 12 million votes cast in each of the last three years.
The 1980 ballot contains 144 nominees nine per position, plus 27 outfielders in each league. Fans can vote for the nominees or write in their own selections for the starting line-ups, except for pitchers. Pitchers and reserves will be chosen by the league offices.
The All-Star Game is scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the evening of Tuesday, July 8.
The voting will be conducted from May 9 through June 25 at major and minor league ballparks and at thousands of retail stores featuring the All-Star display. Rankings will be announced each week during the voting, with the final returns disclosed about a week before the All-Star Game.
Eight clubs have seven nominees each – Baltimore, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Eight players have appeared on every ballot since the voting began 11 years ago. They are Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench, St. Louis outfielder Bobby Bonds, California first baseman Rod Carew, Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson, Philadelphia first baseman Pete Rose, Los Angeles outfielder Reggie Smith, Pittsburgh first baseman Willie Stargell and Boston first baseman Carl Yastrzemski.
Twenty-four players are on the ballot for the first time, 12 in each league.
First Base – Willie Aikens, Kansas City, Bruce Bochte, Seattle; Rod Carew, California, Cecil Cooper, Milwaukee; John Mayberrv, Toronto; Eddie Murray, Baltimore; Jason Thompson, Detroit; Andre Thornton, Cleveland, Carl Yastremski, Boston.
Second Base – Julio Cruz, Seattle; Rich Dauer, Baltimore; Bobby Grich, California; Duane Kuiper, Cleveland; Paul Moll or, Milwaukee; Willie Randolph, New York; Jerry Remy, Boston; Lou Whltaker, Detroit; Frank White, Kansas City
Shortstop – Rick Burleson, Boston; Bucky Dent, New York; Kiko Garcia, Baltimore; Alfredo Griffin, Toronto; Fred Patek, California, Roy Smalley, Minnesota; Alan Trammel , Detroit; Tom Vervzer, Cleveland; Robin Yount, Milwaukee
Third Base – Buddy Bell, Texas; George Brett, Kansas City; John Castino, Minnesota; Doug DeCinces, Baltimore; Toby Harrah, Cleveland; Richie Hebner, Detroit; Butch Hobson Boston; Carney Lansford, California; Graig Nettles, New York.
Catcher – Rick Cerone, New York; Rick Dempsev, Baltimore; Brian Downing, California, Carlton Fisk, Boston; Jeff Newman, Oakland, Lance Parrish, Detroit; Dorrell Porter, Kansas City, Jim Sundberg, Texas; Butch Wynegar, Minnesota
Outfield – Don Baylor, California; Al Bumbrv, Baltimore; Al Cowens, California;. Dwight Evans, Boston; Dan Ford, California; Mike Hargrove, Cleveland; Larry Hisle, Milwaukee; Reggie Jackson, New York; Ruppert Jones, New York; Steve Kemp, Detroit, Ken Landreaux, Minnesota; Chet Lemon, Chicago; Sixto Lezcano, Milwaukee; Fred Lvnn, Boston; Rick Manning, Cleveland; Hal McRae, Kansas City; Ben Ogllvle, Milwaukee; Al Oliver, Texas; Amos Otis, Kansas City; Mitchell Page, Oakland; Lou Plnlella, New York; Jim Rice, Boston; Mickey Rivers, Texas; Ken Singleton, Baltimore; Gorman Thomas. Milwaukee; Willie Wilson, Kansas City; Richie Zisk, Texas.
First Base – Bill Buckner, Chicago; Chris Chambilss, Atlanta; Dan Driessen, Cincinnati; Sieve Garvev, Los Angeles; Keith Hernandez, St. Louis; Mike Ivie, San Francisco; Lee Mazzllli. New York; Pele Rose, Philadelphia; Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh.
Second Base – Dave Cash, San Diego; Doug Flynn, New York; Phil Garner, Pittsburgh; Davey Lopes, Los Angeles; Ken Oberkfell, St. Louis; Jerry Rovster, Atlanta; Rodney Scott, Montreal; Rennie Stennett, San Francisco; Manny Trillo, Philadelphia.
Shortstop – Larry Bowa, Philadelphia; Dave Concepcion, Cincinnati; Ivan DeJesus, Chicago; Tim Foli, Pittsburgh; Craig Reynolds, Houston; Bill Russell, Los Angeles; Ozzle Smith, San Diego; Frank Taveras, New York; Garry Templeton, St. Louis.
Third Base – Enos Cabell, Houston; Ron Cey, Los Angeles, Darrell Evans, San Francisco; Bob Horner, Atlanta; Ray Knight, Cincinnati; Bill Madlock, Pittsburgh; Larry Parrish, Montreal; Ken Reitz, St. Louis; Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia.
Catcher – Alan Ashby, Houston; Johnny Bench, Cincinnati; Bob Boone, Philadelphia; Gary Carter, Montreal; Barry Foote, Chicago; Ed Ott, Pittsburgh; Ted Simmons, St. Louis; John Stearns, New York; Steve Yeager, Los Angeles.
Outfield – Dusty Baker, Los Angeles; Bobby Bonds, St. Louis; Cesar Cedeno, Houston; Jack Clark, San Francisco; Dave Collins, Cincinnati; Jose Cruz, Houston; Andre Dawson, Montreal; George Foster, Cincinnati; Ken Griffey, Cincinnati; Steve Henderson, New York; George Hendrick, St. Louis; Dave Kingman, Chicago; Ron LeFlore, Montreal; Greg Luzinski, Philadelphia; Garry Maddox, Philadelphia; Jerry Martin, Chicago; Gary Matthews, Atlanta; Bake McBride, Philadelphia; Omar Moreno, Pittsburgh; Dale Murphy, Atlanta; Bill North, San Francisco; Dave Parker, Pittsburgh; Terry Puhl, Houston; Reggie Smith, Los Angeles; Ellis Valentine, Montreal; Dave Winfield, San Diego; Joel Youngblood, New York.