April 17, 1979: Blyleven Shelled in Phillies Rout

A second matchup between future Hall-of-Fame pitchers was badly one-sided as the Phillies jumped all over Bert Blyleven.  Steve Carlton, meanwhile, had less trouble with the Pirates, who dropped a 13-2 blowout to Philadelphia.

Blyleven lasted only two and two-thirds, giving up single runs in the first and second, and a five-spot in the third.  He gave up ten hits in all and all seven runs were earned.  Mike Schmidt and Bake McBride both connected for longballs in the big third inning.

Jim Bibby didn’t fare much better than Blyleven.  He gave up five runs, one unearned, in an inning and two-thirds.  Bibby allowed McBride’s second home run of the game, then walked two batters who scored on a home run by Garry Maddox off Enrique Romo.  Ultimately, Romo managed to put up three and two-thirds innings without allowing any more runs, and he fanned five.  McBride and Maddox each had four hits in the game, with McBride driving in five runs and Maddox four.

The Pirates actually had the lead briefly.  After the Phillies got a run in the first, the Pirates scored two in the bottom half when Bill Robinson touched Carlton for his second homer of the season, with Phil Garner aboard via a walk.  But that’s all the Bucs got.  Willie Stargell, back in the lineup, managed two hits off the lefty, while Robinson and Dave Parker also had two apiece.  All in all, a forgettable game.

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