1980 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Dodger Jerry Reuss got the win. Former Dodger Tommy John took the loss.
Resss struck out all three AL'ers he faced: Darrell Porter, Buddy Bell and John.
Ken Griffey (Sr.) homered off John in the 5th.
Griffey hit John at a .431 pace over his career.
The only other time Griffey had homered off John at Dodger Stadium was in a mid September game in 1977 when the pennant race was over.
For whatever unknown reason, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda had left a battered John in a 8-7 game heading into the top of the 9th. After Pete Rose singled, Griffey tagged John to give Cincinnati a 9-8 lead, the Reds holding on for the win, the Dodgers blowing a 8-3 lead they held after 7 innings.
John pitched 49 innings in his 6 starts that September. The Phillies pounced on him early in NLCS game 1 (John getting a ND). But TJ then won the pennant for the Dodgers with a masterful performance in the rain in game 4 in Philadelphia. But his overuse down the stretch might have been a factor in his only World Series game v the Yankees when he gave up 9 hits and walked 3 over 6 innings in the Yankees 5-3 win in game 3 at Dodger Stadium.
John could have pitched later in the series on 3 days rest, but Lasorda infamously "saved" John for "game 7."
Of course we all know what happened in game 6.