Today in Philly Sports History: Carlton vs. Seaver, Round 15, 1981

Today in Philly Sports History: Carlton vs. Seaver, Round 15, 1981

Over the years, Tom Seaver and Steve have become somewhat inextricably linked, as being two of the best pitchers--if not the very two best--of their generation. Their careers spanned nearly the same time period, they both came to define a franchise and won World Series titles as that team's best pitcher, they both racked up Cy Youngs (three for Seaver, four for Carlton) and All-Star appearances (12 for Seaver, ten for Carlton), they even both struck out 19 batters in a game--the two first pitchers to accomplish the feat in the modern era. Despite being compared to Nolan Ryan for much of his life due to the two's sporadic competition for the all-time strikeout lead in the early 80s, it was Seaver that Carlton considered to be his greatest rival.

However, despite the two ending up as rough equivalents in terms of all-time numbers, their numbers when it came to head-to-head matchups were not quite so even-handed. Simply put, Seaver owned Carlton, going 11-3 in games pitched against the Cardinals and Phillies ace--even in Carlton's 27-game 1972 season, two of his ten losses came at the hand of Seaver's Mets. The two met for the 15th time in on August 18th, 1981, with the 36-26 Phils visiting the 38-25 Reds at Riverfront Stadium.

Sadly, the 15th meeting went much like the first 14, with Seaver emerging victorious. Carlton was strong, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, but Seaver was just a little better, going eight and a third and just letting up one run (both struck out five and walked four, oddly). A two-run rally in the sixth for the Reds on RBIs from Ray Knight and Sam Meijas proved to be the difference in the game, as the Reds won the game 3-1. Neither team made the playoffs in that strike-split season, but both came close--the Phillies losing a five-game entry playoff to the Expos, and the Reds missing altogether despite technically having had the best record in the NL over the course of the whole season.

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Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Rhys Hoskins puts on a show at Home Run Derby but runs into some bad luck

Kyle. Freakin'. Schwarber.

Rhys Hoskins put on a show in the Home Run Derby Monday night in Washington, D.C., but he, unfortunately, faced off against Schwarber in the second round and Schwarber went off.

Hoskins hit 20 in the semifinal round, which to that point was the most all night. Schwarber started rather slowly, but began cranking jack after jack and hit his 21st just as the four-minute clock expired.

It was a dramatic walk-off from Schwarber, but he actually had 30 more seconds to play with because he hit two homers farther than 440 feet and was awarded some extra time.

In the other semifinal, Bryce Harper beat Max Muncy 13-12. Smh. Harper went on to knock off Schwarber in the final round to claim the Home Run Derby title.

In all, Hoskins hit 37 homers in two rounds, with the deepest two going 466 and 463 feet. He homered on nearly half of his swings.

An extremely impressive first showing in the derby for Hoskins, who may want to return because of the unfinished business.

First round

Leading off the derby, Hoskins cranked 17 jacks to upset 1-seed Jesus Aguilar, who hit 11.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.

Hoskins just had a much quicker pace than Aguilar, who took his time between swings, as did his pitcher.

Entering the night, Hoskins was 11/2 to win the derby, per Bovada. Aguilar had the second-shortest odds at 7/2, behind only Harper.

A cool moment occurred midway through the first round when Hoskins called his one permitted timeout and fist bumped with Harper, who was expressing awe at the ease of Hoskins' homers.

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