Doylestown Daily Intelligencer - September 30, 1980

Clutch Singles Power Phillies In 15th


Trillo's RBI safety up the middle keeps Phils hot on Expos trail


By Paul Giordano, Intelligencer Writer


PHILADELPHIA-Strange is the only way to describe Monday night's ballgame, very strange.


The Phils edged the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in 15 innings, but...


Forty-five players were used, 24 by the Cubs, 21 by the Phillies.


Tonight's scheduled Chicago starter, Lynn McGlothen, almost beat the Phillies, while Wednesday night's scheduled Chicago starter, Dennis Lamp, was the loser.


Garry Maddox, who was benched after Sunday's game, drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 15th inning, before Manny Trlllo delivered the game-winner.


"You've got to say that was a clutch win," Dallas Green said. "We got something started in that inning (15), maybe it will be the catalyst to get us over the hump. Something has to jar us out of putting zeroes up on the scoreboard "


Something did. As it appeared the Phils were on their way to blowing another one, which would have out them 1½ games behind the Montreal Expos, who defeated the St Louis Cardinals, what they did in inning 15 reversed the trend.


But first things first.


It was a 3 3 ballgame after nine. And from innings 10 thru 14, not much to get excited about.


Then, in the Cubs' 15th, sad times came upon the Phillies.


Running out of players, Cubs' manager Joe Amalfitano sent up McGlothen as a pinch hitter to open the inning. Relief pitcher Dickie Noles walked him.


Then, one out later, Mick Kelleher hit what looked like a double play ground ball back to Noles. Noles fielded the ball, turned to throw to second and threw the ball into centerfield. allowing McGlothen to reach third.


Green replaced Noles with Kevin Saucier.


Scott Thompson followed and hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly to center, scoring McGlothen with the go-ahead run, run number four.


Carlos Lezcano followed with a double, scoring Kelleher and the Cubs had a 5-3 lead before Saucier could get out of the inning by striking out Jim Tracy.


Doug Capilla was called in to pitch for the Cubs. Capilla walked Lonnie Smith on four pitches and followed up with a walk to Pete Rose.


The runners moved up a base on a wild pitch. Then, Bake McBride scored Smith from third on a high chopper to second One out, Rose on third.


Dennis Lamp was brought in to pitch to Mike Schmidt. Schmidt popped Lamp's second (pitch) to second baseman Kelleher All looked lost.


Up stepped Maddox and lined a run-scoring single to center. The game was knotted at five-all. Keith Moreland followed with a single to left and Larry Bowa drew a walk to load the bases.


Trillo followed and stroked Camp's 1-1 pitch through the middle, scoring Maddox with the winning run.


Before the Phils scored three in the 15th, Rose was the main run producer, knocking in tne first three runs with a two-run double in the third and an RBI infield out in the seventh


"You hate to play all night and lose the game," Rose said. "But you've got to give us credit, we bounced back That's the type of game that wins divisions, loses divisions.


"They (Montreal) won and we had to win. Maybe it will give us momentum, especially the way the guys reacted on the field after the game and in the locker room.


"But we did the same thing after Bake's home run (Friday night) and lost two straight. But the game of baseball is 162 games, not 160, or


"We're still even in the loss column. I think we're in the driver's seat. I think we'll play them real tough up there."


EXTRA BASES-Marty Bystrom will go tonight, followed by Steve Carlton Wednesday night and Bob Walk on Thursday night. Dick Ruthven will pitch the opener, Friday night, against Montreal. Manny Tnllo has set personal highs in runs (65), hits (150), doubles (25) and triples (9).