9. Oct. 3-5, 1980 — Dodgers force one-game playoff against Houston Astros

Dodger Stadium was the site of one of the greatest regular-season finishes of all-time. The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000015" title="Los Angeles Dodgers" href="/topic/sports/baseball/los-angeles-dodgers-ORSPT000015.topic">Dodgers</a> swept the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000013" title="Houston Astros" href="/topic/sports/baseball/houston-astros-ORSPT000013.topic">Houston Astros</a> in their season-ending three-game series to erase a three-game deficit to their division-leading visitors and force a one-game playoff. Each of the three games was decided by the narrowest of margins. Joe Ferguson's 10th-inning walk-off home run won the first game, 3-2. Jerry Reuss outdueled <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT006413" title="Nolan Ryan" href="/topic/sports/nolan-ryan-PESPT006413.topic">Nolan Ryan</a> and pitched a complete game to win the second game, 2-1. Roy Cey hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT007155" title="Don Sutton" href="/topic/sports/don-sutton-PESPT007155.topic">Don Sutton</a> came out of the bullpen in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory in the third game. However, the Dodgers ran out of magic a day later. Starter Dave Goltz lasted only three innings as the Astros blasted the Dodgers 7-1 to advance to the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15007002" title="National League" href="/topic/sports/baseball/national-league-15007002.topic">National League</a> Championship Series.

( Richard Drew / Associated Press )

Dodger Stadium was the site of one of the greatest regular-season finishes of all-time. The Dodgers swept the Houston Astros in their season-ending three-game series to erase a three-game deficit to their division-leading visitors and force a one-game playoff. Each of the three games was decided by the narrowest of margins. Joe Ferguson's 10th-inning walk-off home run won the first game, 3-2. Jerry Reuss outdueled Nolan Ryan and pitched a complete game to win the second game, 2-1. Roy Cey hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and Don Sutton came out of the bullpen in the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory in the third game. However, the Dodgers ran out of magic a day later. Starter Dave Goltz lasted only three innings as the Astros blasted the Dodgers 7-1 to advance to the National League Championship Series.

  • Email E-mail
  • add to Twitter Twitter
  • add to Facebook Facebook