1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 5

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 5

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Astros looking to win 3 in a row and win the World Series send Ken Forsch (12-13 3.20 Grade 13Z) to the hill against Larry Gura (18-10 2.95 Grade 15Z) for the Royals.   The story of this playoff has been the Astros bats and this game was another example as the Astros come out strong getting 3 quick runs off Gura. Joe Morgan and Jose Cruz single in runs and Cesar Cedano again delivers, this time a RBI double. Down 3-0 and their back against the wall the Royals do some damage of their own in the first. After a Hal McRae single, all world George Brett would again go yard to make it 3-2 Astros.   In the 4th the Astros would get an insurance run as Denny…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 4

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 4

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
The Royals look to bounce back after getting drubbed in Game 3 send Dennis Leonard (20-11 3.79 Grade 11YZ) to the mound opposite Vern Ruhle (12-4 2.37 Grade 14Z).   The Astros continue to hit the ball hard jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first as Jose Cruz and Denny Walling drive in runs. In the 3rd they would add another run to that lead as Walling again would single in a run. The Royals would finally wake up in the 3rd as Hal McRae double followed by a long homer by George Brett would make the score 3-2. The Astros bats will not be stopped though as they would those 2 runs right back Enos Cabell and Joe Morgan would have huge 2 out RBI.   With…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 3

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Astros at Royals – Game 3

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Series tied 1-1, huge Game 3 has starters Joe Niekro (20-12 3.55 Grade 13Z) for the Astros vs Rich Gale (13-9 3.92 Grade 6) for the Royals.   Starters come out in control as we are scoreless through 3 innings. In the 4th the Astros would break through with a run as Art Howe hits a sac fly to center scoring Cesar Cedano. In the 5th the Astros would bust the game wide open scoring 6 runs, knocking Gale out of the game and roughing up the Royals bullpen. Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby would huge 2 run doubles a piece the big blows. The Astros would add 2 more runs to the Royals misery in the 6th as Joe Morgan would go deep to right for a 2 run…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 2

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 2

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Game 1 to the Astros as they send Nolan Ryan (11-10 3.35 Grade X) to the mound against lefty Larry Gura (18-10 2.95 Grade 15Z) for the Royals.   The Royals get on the board first as they get 2 runs in the 3rd as Willie Aikens doubles in Willie Wilson and Hal McRae. In the 4th they would get 2 more off Ryan as unbelievably UL Washington would drive a 2 run homer down the line to right. With the score still 4-0 the Royals would get some insurance as Washington would double to drive in Clint Hurdle. Larry Gura was nothing short of outstanding. He would allow only 3 hits in the complete game shut out. The series is now tied as we head to Kansas City for…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 1

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Royals at Astros – Game 1

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, Royals, World Series
Our playoff replay is a "what if" as the Astros beat the Phillies in the NLCS. The Royals send Dennis Leonard (20-11 3.79 Grade 11YZ) to the mound against Ken Forsch (12-13 3.20 Grade 13Z) for the Astros.   The Astros would get the scoring started in the 2nd with a huge inning as the would hit for the cycle in the inning. Cesar Cedano would homer (4th of the post-season!), Art Howe would triple in Denny Walling, and Alan Ashby would double in Walling. Enos Cabell would round out the scoring with a single to score Ashby. With the score 4-0 the Royals would get one back in the 3rd as Willie Wilson would double in UL Washington.   Ken Forsch would take care of the rest as he…
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1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Starting Matchups Games 1-4

1980 Playoff Replay – World Series – Starting Matchups Games 1-4

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros
World Series Game 1 Houston Astrodome Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Dennis Leonard vs Ken Forsch   World Series Game 2 Houston Astrodome Kansas City Royals vs Houston Astros Larry Gura vs Nolan Ryan   Worlds Series Game 3 Royals Stadium Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Joe Niekro vs Rich Gale   World Series Game 4 Royals Stadium Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals Vern Ruhle vs Dennis Leonard
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1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 3 – Phillies at Astros

1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 3 – Phillies at Astros

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, ALCS, Astros, NLCS, Phillies
The Astros having taken both games in Philadelphia send Joe Niekro (20-12 3.55 Grade 13Z) to the mound against Larry Christensen (5-1 4.03 Grade 4YZ) for the Phillies.   The Phillies again come out of the gate a grab an early lead with a run in the 2nd. Bob Boone sends in Greg Luzinski with an RBI single. The Astros would answer with 2 big runs in the 3rd. Joe Morgan singles in Terry Puhl and Jose Cruz singles in Enos Cabell. The Phillies would answer right back with 2 of their own in the 5th. Bake McBride triples in Pete Rose and Mike Schmidt hits a sac fly to center to give the Phillies the 3-2 lead.   The bottom of the 4th was huge for the Astros as…
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1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 2 – Astros at Phillies

1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 2 – Astros at Phillies

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, NLCS, Phillies
The Astros look to take both games in Philly send Nolan Ryan (11-10 3.35 Grade 13X) to the mound against Dick Ruthven (17-10 3.55 Grade 11Z).   The Phillies down 1-0 in the series grab the early lead with a run in the first via Bake McBride solo blast off Ryan. In the 3rd the Phillies would add another run as Pete Rose would double and one out later Mike Schmidt would double down the line to score Rose. Ruthven was pitching great until the Astros finally break through with a run in the 5th as Art Howe hits a curve ball over the centerfield wall.   In the 6th the Astros would get 3 big runs as Jose Cruz would double in Terry Puhl and Cesar Cedano would blast…
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1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 1 – Astros at Phillies

1980 Playoff Replay – NLCS – Game 1 – Astros at Phillies

1980, 1980 Playoff Replay, Astros, NLCS, Phillies
Game 1 of the ALCS has a pitching matchup of Ken Forsch (12-13 3.20 Grade 13Z) for the Astros against Cy Young winner Steve Carlton (24-9 2.34 Grade 19XZ) for the Phillies.   Forsch and Carlton keep the offenses at bay in the first 3 innings. In the 4th the Astros would finally break through against Carlton. Jose Cruz would double in Enos Cabell and then Cesar Cedano would launch a homer to dead centerfield to make it 3-0. The Phillies would dent the scoreboard in the 5th as Mike Schmidt just misses a homer as he triples off the top of the wall in the left center to drive in Pete Rose. In the 8th the Phillies would get a double from Rose and a walk to Bake McBride…
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