Reading Eagle - June 21, 1980

Giants Master Phillies


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – There’s something about the Philadelphia Phillies which brings out the best in the San Francisco Giants’ Jack Clark and Allen Ripley.


Clark hammered his 13th homer and a double to power the Giants and Ripley to a 5-1 victory Friday night, extending their mastery over Philadelphia.


Clark’s solo homer, his third in four games against the Phillies, cracked a 1-1 tie in the fifth and gave him his third game-winning RBI in as many days.


Ripley, 2-1, has posted both his National League victories against the Phillies, beating them in relief last week in Philadelphia.  The right-hander went the distance, allowing seven hits for his first complete game in the league.


As a result, the Phillies are merely 1-3 against San Francisco, while going 19-7 against the rest of the league’s western division.  The loss prevented Philadelphia from taking 1st place in the eastern division.


“We got Clark started in Philadelphia last week,” recalled Philies’ manager Dallas Green.  “He’s in a streak and nothing works against him.”


Clark definitely stood out.  A stiff wind blew toward the plate and made it difficult to even hit a long fly.  Yet the torrid Giant smacked a 390-foot homer and 400-foot double, the game’s only extra-base blows.


“It’s funny because I’ve never had much success against the Phillies,” said Clark, who is nine for 13 in the last three games and has guided the Giants to eight wins in 11 games.


Loser Dan Larson, 0-2, had two outs in the fifth before Clark’s homer gave the Giants a lead for good.  They added two unearned runs in the sixth and Clark doubled and scored in the seventh.


“I wasn’t thinking homer,” Clark said.  “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit up the middle.  The way the wind was blowing, I didn’t think anyone could hit one out.”


The Phillies collected three hits and their only run in the first on singles by Pete Rose, Bake McBride and Bob Boone.  They didn’t have a hit after the fifth, Ripley retiring 13 of the last 14 batters.


“I felt strong and the wind helped,” said Ripley.  “It was blowing in, so I figured I’d let them hit and let our fielders make the plays.”


The Giants announced earlier that pitcher Ed Halicki and catcher Marc Hill had been sold on waivers ($20,000) to the Angels and Mariners respectively.  To fill the roster, they activated first baseman Mike Ivie and promoted left-hander Bill Bordley from Phoenix (Pacific Coast League).


The three-game series continued today.