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Dodgers vs. Phillies in NLCS, Part IV

Dodgers vs. Phillies in NLCS, Part IV

For the fourth time between the two franchises, the Dodgers and Phillies will match wits in the National League Championship Series. The last time both clubs tangoed in the NLCS was in 1983, with Los Angeles having beaten Philadelphia twice in their three previous playoff meetings.

Rivalry Revived
The Dodgers and Phillies have faced off in the NLCS three times before this season.
1977:Dodgers win in four games
Pivotal moment:Game 3, two outs, top of the ninth, one run in, Gene Garber pitching and Manny Mota on third. Davey Lopes hits a grounder to third that hits a seam in the artificial turf at Veterans Stadium, deflects off third baseman Mike Schmidt's glove and is grabbed barehanded by shortstop Larry Bowa, who throws to first. Umpire Bruce Froemming calls Lopes safe, but replays from all angles seem to indicate that he was out.
Outcome:Mota scored the tying run, and Bill Russell ultimately knocked in Lopes with a single for the 6-5 win. The next night, Tommy John defeated Steve Carlton in the pouring rain to win the series, 3-1.
1978:Dodgers win in four games
Pivotal moment:Game 4, two outs, bottom of the 10th, Tug McGraw pitching and Ron Cey on first at Dodger Stadium. Dusty Baker hits a line drive to center that was dropped by Garry Maddox, putting runners on first and second.
Outcome:Russell (again) singled home Cey to win the game, 4-3, and the series.
1983:Phillies win in four games
Pivotal moment:Game 1, two outs, top of the first, none on, Jerry Reuss pitching for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and Schmidt at the plate.
Outcome:Schmidt homered for the only run of what was the only close game of the series. Carlton allowed seven hits. Aside from losing Game 2, the Phils dominated with 7-2 wins in Games 3 and 4 at the Vet.

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