- 1978 National League Championship Series
year = 1978
Los Angeles Dodgers(3)
champion_games = 95-67, .586, GA: 2½
runnerup_games = 90-72, .556, GA: 1½
October 4– October 7
Steve Garvey(Los Angeles)
television = ABC
Al Michaels, Don Drysdale, and Johnny Bench
radio_network = CBS Radio
Ralph Kinerand Jerry Coleman
Lee Weyer, Nick Colosi, Andy Olsen, Satch Davidson, Billy Williams, John McSherryThe by|1978 National League Championship Serieswas a best-of-five matchup for the second straight year between the Western Division champion Los Angeles Dodgersand the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 3 games to 1 once again and would go on to lose the World Series to the New York Yankees, as they had the year before.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles wins the series, 3-1
October 4, 1978at Veterans Stadiumin Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLinescore
WP=Bob Welch (1-0)|LP=
Davey Lopes(1), Steve Garvey2 (2), Steve Yeager(1)|HomeHR= Jerry Martin(1)|
Because of having to start an NL East-clinching game a few days earlier, Phillies ace
Steve Carltonwasn't available for the start of the series, leaving the task to Larry Christenson. Christenson didn't fare well, as he was rocked for seven runs in five innings, the big blows coming on a three-run homer by Steve Garveyin the third inning and a two-run homer by Davey Lopesin the fourth. Garvey also added a triple and run scored in the fifth and another solo homer in the ninth. Steve Yeageralso homered for the Dodgers.
Rookie Bob Welch took the win for the Dodgers.
October 5, 1978at Veterans Stadiumin Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLinescore
Tommy John(1-0)|LP= Dick Ruthven(0-1)|SV=
The Dodgers won their second straight on the road in this series on the strength of a complete-game four-hit shutout by
Tommy John. Davey Lopescontinued to swing a hot bat, driving in three of the runs on a home run, single, and triple.
October 6, 1978at Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Steve Carlton(1-0)|LP= Don Sutton(0-1)|SV=
Greg Luzinski(1), Steve Carlton(1)|HomeHR= Steve Garvey(3)|
Steve Carltonfinally available to pitch, the Phillies cut the series deficit to 2-1 at Dodger Stadium. In addition to pitching a complete game, Carlton helped himself with the bat by hitting a three-run homer in the second off Don Sutton. Carlton added an RBI single in the sixth and scored on a double by Jerry Martin. Greg Luzinskialso homered for the Phillies, while Steve Garveybelted his third homer of the series for the Dodgers.
October 7, 1978at Dodger Stadiumin Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Terry Forster(1-0)|LP= Tug McGraw(0-1)|SV=
Greg Luzinski(2), Bake McBride(1)|HomeHR= Steve Garvey(4), Ron Cey(1)|
With the Phillies fighting for their playoff lives, the Dodgers struck first in the second inning on a double by
Ron Ceyand an RBI single by Dusty Baker. Greg Luzinskiput the Phillies back on top with a two-run homer in the third.
Cey tied it in the fourth with a home run, then
Steve Garveygave the Dodgers the lead with a homer, his fourth of the series, in the sixth. But, Bake McBridetied it once again for the Phillies in the seventh with a home run of his own.
In the bottom of the tenth,
Tug McGrawretired the first two Dodger batters, but then surrendered a walk to Cey. Baker then lifted a fly to center that Garry Maddoxappeared to lose in the sun. Maddox started back on the ball, then charged forward, and the ball glanced off his glove. Now, Cey was on second and Baker on first. The next batter, Bill Russell, lined a base hit to center. Maddox charged, but the ball skipped past him, enabling Cey to score the winning run. Had Maddox fielded the ball cleanly, he had a play on Cey at the plate. But, once again, it was not to be for the Phils.
1978 NLCS (3-1):
Los Angeles Dodgersover Philadelphia PhilliesLinescore
Los Angeles Dodgers
| Total Attendance: 234,269 Average Attendance: 58,567
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