The #6 seed Montreal Expos take out the #3 seed and NL Champ Phillies 4 games to 3. The Expos would race out to a 3-1 series lead before the Phillies would come back to force Game 7 in Philadelphia. The Expos would bring the bats to Game 7 and crack 3 homers including one by series MVP Marquis Grissom (.483 3HR 9RBI). The Expos will move on to face the winner of the Astros/Mariners series. Recaps below.
Phillies score in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 5-4 and the series 4-2. Jim Eisenrich drives in 11 runs in the series to be named MVP. Phillies move onto the Elite 8 where they will face the winner of the Expos and Orioles series. Box Score below
Sammy Sosa and Ryne Sandberg hit homers but it isn't enough as the Phillies bomb Randy Myers and Bob Scanlan to the tune of 7 runs in the 8th for a 9-4 win. The Phillies have a 3-1 lead now in the series as Game 5 will come to us from Wrigley. Box score below.
Cubs get a huge win down 2-0 in the series as Greg Hibbard goes 6 1/3 scoreless in a 7-4 win. Dwight Smith and Sammy Sosa drive in big runs and the Cubs bullpen barely holds on. Cubs are now back in the series down 1-2 with Game 4 from Wrigley tomorrow. Box Score below.
Phillies win Game 2 7-1 as Tommy Greene scatters 7 hits and only allows 1 run. Jim Eisenrich has 3 big RBI and the Cubs can't get hits with runners in scoring position. Series is now 2-0 Philadelphia as we head back to Chicago for Game 3. Box Score is below.
Next series features the 14 seed Chicago Cubs vs the 3 seed Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies finished the regular season 97-65 and beat the Braves in the NLCS. The would lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. The Cubs finished the season 84-78 and 4th in the NL East to the Phillies. The Phillies win Game 1 6-4 behind a huge 5 run 5th. Curt Schilling gets the win while "Wild Thing' Mitch Williams grabs the save. Game 2 features startes Tommy Greene and Jose Guzman. Box score below.
Phillies sweep this early season series from their cross state rivals. 4-13-81 Phillies 10, Pirates 6 WP: Mike Proly (1-0) LP: Pascual Perez (0-1) HR's: Gary Matthews (3) 4-15-81 Phillies 3, Pirates 2 WP: Steve Carlton (2-0) LP: Rod Scurry (0-2) HR's: None 4-16-81 Phillies 7, Pirates 5 WP: Ron Reed (1-0) LP: Rod Scurry (0-3) HR's: None Rod Scurry with some bad luck takes 2 loses. Phillies got clutch hits in last two games to sweep series. Phillies now at 4-2 and the Pirates drop to 2-4 on the young season.
Opening Day in the 1981 season replay. 162 games here, no strike! Traditional Opening Day from Riverfront Stadium. Phillies vs Reds. The Reds finished with the best record in the National League (66-42) but yet didn't make a playoff appearance. The Phillies won the first half in the East and made the playoffs. Opening Day starters is Steve Carlton (Grade 18) vs Mario Soto (Grade 13). Phillies brought their bats. Pete Rose leads off the year with a triple down the 1st base line. After a strike out Gary Matthews takes a Soto change up over the left field wall. The score would remain 2-0 until the 5th when Bake McBride would double in Rose and would come home himself on a sac fly from Matthews. …
Yankees dominate this Elite 8 matchup with the Phillies 4-0. Game 1 - Yankees 1, Phillies 0 Game 2 - Yankees 2, Phillies 1 Game 3 - Yankees 6, Phillies 2 Game 4 - Yankees 5, Phillies 0 Can't beat the Yankees scoring 3 runs in 4 games. Phillies just could not get any offense going. Grounded into 7 double plays in the series. Series MVP: Lou Piniella - Go ahead hit in 3 of the 4 games. Clutch hits every time the Yankees needed it.