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80's Tournament: League Finals

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Final Four: National League Finals: 1980 Montreal Expos vs. 1980 Houston Astros

 

Game 1: Astros 4, Expos 3

 

Astros come from behind with a three-run 9th, capped by an Enos Cabell two-run double for the win.

 

Game 2: Expos 4, Astros 1

 

Astros tried another 9th inning miracle by loading the bases with one out but Joe Morgan grounded into a game ending double play.

 

Game 3: Expos 8, Astros 6

 

Astros chased Bill Gullickson out of the game in the 4th, building a 6-1 lead, but the Expos score three in the 5th and four in the 6th to comeback for the win. Rodney Scott continues his shockingly good tournament going 4 for 5.

 

Game 4: Expos 3, Astros 1 12 innings

 

Chris Speier hits a walk off homerun off of Dave Smith in the 12th to move the Expos one win away from the finals.

 

Game 5: Expos 6, Astros 4

 

Montreal wraps up the N.L. title with another walk off homerun this time off the bat of Ellis Valentine. They are now a remarkable 14-1 at home in the tournament.

 

Expos win series 4 games to 1

 

Series Stars

Ellis Valentine: 9 for 24, 5 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Warren Cromartie: 9 for 20, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Woodie Fryman: 1-0, 3 G, 2 SV, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER

 

Final Four: American League Finals: 1988 Minnesota Twins vs. 1980 New York Yankees

 

Game 1: Yankees 9, Twins 8

 

The Yankees pound Frank Viola for 7 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and hold off a late Twins rally for the win.

 

Game 2: Twins 10, Yankees 6

 

Twins return the favor by smacking around Ron Guidry to even the series. Tom Herr was 3 for 5 with a homerun.

 

Game 3: Yankees 10, Twins 2

 

Yankees bang out 13 hits and score nine runs in the final three innings to take back the series lead. Bobby Brown went 4 for 5.

 

Game 4: Yankees 13, Twins 11

 

There is no pitching to be found in this series as the two teams combine for 33 hits. The game is highlighted by a six run 8th inning by the Bombers to erase an 11-7 Twins lead. Kent Hrbek goes 3 for 3 with 5 rbi in the loss.

 

Game 5: Yankees 4, Twins 3

 

Finally we get some good pitching in this series but it fittingly ends on offense as Eric Soderholm’s three-run homer in the 9th sends the Yankees to the finals to set up an all 1980 final.

 

Yankees win series 4 games to 1

 

Series Stars

Rick Cerone: 9 for 21, 4 2B, 4 RBI

Eric Soderholm: 6 for 14, 1 HR, 7 RBI

Goose Gossage: 3 SV

 

 

Final Four: Championship

'80 Expos vs. '80 Yankees

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