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@BAL
1
3
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@BOS
0
6
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@CAL
3
4
 
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@CHW
10
3
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@KCR
1
4
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@NYY
1
4
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@TEX
6
2
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@ATL
2
0
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@CIN
4
6
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@NYM
1
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@PHI
3
5
MON
@PHI
3
0
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@PIT
2
5
SDP
@SFG
4
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Tuesday, September 26, 1978, 7:40PM
, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance: 3,089, Time of Game: 2:15
Astros
2
70-87
 Won 1 
5th, 24 GB
at Braves
0
69-88
 Lost 2 
6th, 25 GB
W: Joe Niekro (13-14)
L: Phil Niekro (19-17)
S: Ken Forsch (6)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Astros          1  0  0   1  0  0   0  0  0    2  8  0
Braves          0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0    0  7  1

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Rafael Landestoy SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 5 .272 .299 .301 .600 -0.050 0.54 0.010 -0.060 -0.8 0 3
Jeffrey Leonard LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .308 .308 .308 .615 -0.023 0.55 0.015 -0.038 -0.3 2 1
Terry Puhl CF 2 1 0 0 2 0 4 .292 .345 .372 .717 -0.018 0.81 0.038 -0.056 -0.2 2 0 SB
Jose Cruz RF 3 1 2 1 1 1 4 .313 .374 .456 .831 0.139 0.89 0.181 -0.042 1.5 3 0 2·SB
Enos Cabell 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .295 .321 .399 .721 -0.124 0.95 0.000 -0.124 -1.8 1 2 GDP
Bob Watson 1B 2 0 2 0 2 0 4 .294 .363 .460 .823 0.062 0.67 0.062 0.000 1.0 11 0
   Jimmy Sexton PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .265 .269 .534 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0
   Dave Bergman 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .368 .274 .642 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 2 0
Julio Gonzalez 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .233 .263 .265 .529 0.005 1.03 0.091 -0.086 0.2 1 5 GDP
Luis Pujols C 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .127 .195 .207 .402 -0.058 0.55 0.000 -0.058 -1.2 5 1
Joe Niekro P 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .141 .141 .172 .313 -0.059 0.61 0.000 -0.059 -1.0 0 0
   Ken Forsch P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .192 .192 .192 .385 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 32 2 8 2 5 6 37 .250 .351 .250 .601 -0.126 0.74 0.397 -0.523 -2.5 27 12
TB: J Gonzalez 2; B Watson 2; J Cruz 2; J Leonard; R Landestoy.
GIDP: E Cabell (13); J Gonzalez (7).
RBI: J Gonzalez (13); J Cruz (82).
2-out RBI: J Cruz; J Gonzalez.
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 2 for 9.
Fielding
DP: 2. J Gonzalez-D Bergman; J Leonard-J Gonzalez-L Pujols.
Outfield Assists: J Leonard (G Hubbard at 3rd base).
Baserunning
SB: T Puhl (31, 2nd base off P Niekro/J Nolan); J Cruz 2 (37, 2nd base off P Niekro/J Nolan 2).
Pickoffs: J Cruz (1st base by P Niekro).

Atlanta Braves

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Jerry Royster SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .254 .326 .328 .655 -0.235 1.76 0.063 -0.298 -1.2 1 5 SB,HBP
Rowland Office CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .254 .301 .360 .662 -0.057 1.22 0.034 -0.091 -0.2 1 0 HBP
Gary Matthews RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 .287 .366 .468 .833 0.028 1.31 0.113 -0.085 -0.1 2 0 2B
Jeff Burroughs LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .305 .436 .537 .972 -0.177 1.77 0.000 -0.177 -1.3 0 1
Joe Nolan C 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .234 .342 .354 .696 -0.093 1.47 0.038 -0.131 -0.7 5 1
Dale Murphy 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 .228 .287 .399 .686 0.053 1.34 0.118 -0.064 0.1 12 2
Glenn Hubbard 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .289 .344 .338 .682 0.095 1.95 0.189 -0.094 0.1 4 6
Rod Gilbreath 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .248 .303 .338 .641 -0.102 2.25 0.068 -0.170 -0.5 1 3
Phil Niekro P 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .214 .238 .239 .477 0.059 1.85 0.108 -0.049 0.3 1 1
   Bob Beall PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243 .368 .295 .663 -0.198 4.70 0.000 -0.198 -0.9 GDP
Team Totals 32 0 7 0 2 4 36 .219 .306 .250 .556 -0.627 1.73 0.731 -1.357 -4.5 27 19
2B: G Matthews (20, off J Niekro).
HBP: J Royster (3, by J Niekro); R Office (6, by J Niekro).
TB: G Matthews 3; G Hubbard 2; P Niekro; R Gilbreath; J Nolan.
GIDP: B Beall (4).
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 1 for 10.
Fielding
DP: 2. G Hubbard-D Murphy 2.
PB: J Nolan 2 (14).
E: R Gilbreath (7).
Outfield Assists: J Burroughs (B Watson at 3rd base).
Baserunning
SB: J Royster (27, 2nd base off J Niekro/L Pujols).

Houston Astros

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Joe Niekro, W (13-14) 8 6 0 0 2 4 0 3.96 33 72 0.444 1.50 3.6
Ken Forsch, S (6) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.73 3 1 0 0.183 4.45 0.9
Team Totals 9 7 0 0 2 4 0 0.00 36 72 1 0 0.627 1.73 4.5
J Niekro faced 1 batter in the 9th inning.

Atlanta Braves

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Phil Niekro, L (19-17) 9 8 2 1 5 6 0 2.84 37 66 0.127 0.74 2.5
Team Totals 9 8 2 1 5 6 0 1.00 37 66 0.127 0.74 2.5
Balks: None.
WP: J Niekro (9).
HBP: J Niekro 2 (9; J Royster, R Office).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: P Niekro (4; J Cruz, 1st base).

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Joe West, 1B - Bill Williams, 2B - Dick Stello, 3B - Bruce Froemming.
Time of Game: 2:15.
Attendance: 3,089.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: Night.

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros         Atlanta Braves
1 Rafael Landestoy SS 1 Jerry Royster SS
2 Jeffrey Leonard LF 2 Rowland Office CF
3 Terry Puhl CF 3 Gary Matthews RF
4 Jose Cruz RF 4 Jeff Burroughs LF
5 Enos Cabell 3B 5 Joe Nolan C
6 Bob Watson 1B 6 Dale Murphy 1B
7 Julio Gonzalez 2B 7 Glenn Hubbard 2B
8 Luis Pujols C 8 Rod Gilbreath 3B
9 Joe Niekro P 9 Phil Niekro P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
b7 0-2 1 123 OO ATL J. Royster J. Niekro 27% 87% Double Play: Flyball: LF-2B-C
b9 0-2 1 12- OO ATL B. Beall K. Forsch 20% 100% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B
b9 0-2 0 1-- ATL G. Hubbard K. Forsch -14% 67% Single; Murphy to 2B
b9 0-2 0 12- O ATL R. Gilbreath K. Forsch 13% 80% Flyball: 1B
b7 0-2 1 12- ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro -11% 60% Single to LF; Hubbard to 3B; Gilbreath to 2B

Play By Play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -2% 48% Groundout: 2B-1B
t1 0-0 1 --- O HOU J. Leonard P. Niekro -2% 46% Groundout: SS-1B
t1 0-0 2 --- HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro 1% 47% Walk
t1 0-0 2 1-- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 1% 48% Puhl Steals 2B
t1 0-0 2 -2- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 0% 49% Passed Ball; Puhl to 3B
t1 0-0 2 --3 R HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 9% 58% Single; Puhl Scores
t1 1-0 2 1-- HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro 1% 58% Cruz Steals 2B
t1 1-0 2 -2- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -3% 55% Flyball: RF
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Braves Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 1-2-3
b1 0-1 0 --- ATL J. Royster J. Niekro -4% 52% Hit By Pitch
b1 0-1 0 1-- ATL R. Office J. Niekro -2% 49% Royster Steals 2B
b1 0-1 0 -2- ATL R. Office J. Niekro -3% 46% Hit By Pitch
b1 0-1 0 12- O ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro 6% 51% Strikeout Looking
b1 0-1 1 12- O ATL J. Burroughs J. Niekro 5% 56% Groundout: SS-3B/Forceout at 3B; Office to 2B
b1 0-1 2 12- O ATL J. Nolan J. Niekro 4% 61% Flyball: RF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Top of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 6-7-8
t2 1-0 0 --- HOU B. Watson P. Niekro 3% 64% Walk
t2 1-0 0 1-- OO HOU J. Gonzalez P. Niekro -7% 57% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B
t2 1-0 2 --- O HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro -1% 56% Strikeout (C-1B)
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Braves Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 6-7-8
b2 0-1 0 --- O ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro 3% 58% Strikeout
b2 0-1 1 --- O ATL G. Hubbard J. Niekro 2% 60% Groundout: 3B-1B
b2 0-1 2 --- O ATL R. Gilbreath J. Niekro 1% 61% Flyball: 1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Top of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 9-1-2
t3 1-0 0 --- O HOU J. Niekro P. Niekro -2% 59% Strikeout
t3 1-0 1 --- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -2% 58% Groundout: SS-1B
t3 1-0 2 --- O HOU J. Leonard P. Niekro -1% 57% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 3rd, Braves Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 9-1-2
b3 0-1 0 --- O ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro 3% 59% Flyball: LF
b3 0-1 1 --- O ATL J. Royster J. Niekro 2% 61% Groundout: C-1B
b3 0-1 2 --- O ATL R. Office J. Niekro 1% 63% Groundout: 1B unassisted
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 0.
Top of the 4th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 3-4-5
t4 1-0 0 --- O HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro -2% 60% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t4 1-0 1 --- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 2% 63% Strikeout, Passed Ball; Cruz to 1B
t4 1-0 1 1-- HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro 2% 64% Cruz Steals 2B
t4 1-0 1 -2- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -4% 61% Flyball: RF
t4 1-0 2 -2- HOU B. Watson P. Niekro 1% 62% Walk
t4 1-0 2 12- RO HOU J. Gonzalez P. Niekro 8% 69% Single to LF; Cruz Scores/unER; Watson out at 3B/LF-3B-2B-SS
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 4th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 3-4-5
b4 0-2 0 --- O ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro 3% 72% Groundout: SS-1B
b4 0-2 1 --- O ATL J. Burroughs J. Niekro 2% 74% Strikeout Looking
b4 0-2 2 --- ATL J. Nolan J. Niekro -2% 73% Single
b4 0-2 2 1-- ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro -3% 70% Walk; Nolan to 2B
b4 0-2 2 12- ATL G. Hubbard J. Niekro -2% 68% Wild Pitch; Nolan to 3B; Murphy to 2B
b4 0-2 2 -23 O ATL G. Hubbard J. Niekro 8% 75% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Top of the 5th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 8-9-1
t5 2-0 0 --- O HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro -2% 74% Strikeout
t5 2-0 1 --- O HOU J. Niekro P. Niekro -1% 72% Strikeout
t5 2-0 2 --- HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro 1% 73% Single
t5 2-0 2 1-- HOU J. Leonard P. Niekro 2% 75% Single; Landestoy to 2B
t5 2-0 2 12- O HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro -3% 72% Groundout: 1B-P
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 5th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 8-9-1
b5 0-2 0 --- O ATL R. Gilbreath J. Niekro 3% 75% Flyball: RF
b5 0-2 1 --- O ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro 2% 77% Groundout: 3B-1B
b5 0-2 2 --- O ATL J. Royster J. Niekro 1% 78% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Top of the 6th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 4-5-6
t6 2-0 0 --- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 3% 81% Walk
t6 2-0 0 1-- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -4% 77% Cruz Picked off 1B (P-1B)
t6 2-0 1 --- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -1% 75% Groundout: SS-1B
t6 2-0 2 --- HOU B. Watson P. Niekro 1% 76% Single
t6 2-0 2 1-- O HOU J. Gonzalez P. Niekro -2% 75% Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 6th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 2-3-4
b6 0-2 0 --- O ATL R. Office J. Niekro 3% 78% Flyball: CF
b6 0-2 1 --- ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro -4% 74% Single
b6 0-2 1 1-- O ATL J. Burroughs J. Niekro 4% 78% Flyball: RF
b6 0-2 2 1-- O ATL J. Nolan J. Niekro 3% 82% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Top of the 7th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 8-9-1
t7 2-0 0 --- O HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro -2% 80% Strikeout
t7 2-0 1 --- O HOU J. Niekro P. Niekro -1% 79% Flyball: 3B
t7 2-0 2 --- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -1% 78% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 7th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 6-7-8
b7 0-2 0 --- O ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro 4% 82% Groundout: SS-1B
b7 0-2 1 --- ATL G. Hubbard J. Niekro -5% 78% Single
b7 0-2 1 1-- ATL R. Gilbreath J. Niekro -7% 71% Single; Hubbard to 2B
b7 0-2 1 12- ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro -11% 60% Single to LF; Hubbard to 3B; Gilbreath to 2B
b7 0-2 1 123 OO ATL J. Royster J. Niekro 27% 87% Double Play: Flyball: LF-2B-C
0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Top of the 8th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 2-3-4
t8 2-0 0 --- O HOU J. Leonard P. Niekro -1% 85% Groundout: SS-1B
t8 2-0 1 --- HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro 1% 87% Walk
t8 2-0 1 1-- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 2% 88% Single; Puhl to 2B
t8 2-0 1 12- OO HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -5% 84% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 8th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 2-3-4
b8 0-2 0 --- O ATL R. Office J. Niekro 4% 88% Groundout: 2B-1B
b8 0-2 1 --- ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro -7% 81% Double
b8 0-2 1 -2- O ATL J. Burroughs J. Niekro 7% 87% Strikeout
b8 0-2 2 -2- O ATL J. Nolan J. Niekro 5% 93% Flyball: 1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Top of the 9th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 6-7-8
t9 2-0 0 --- HOU B. Watson P. Niekro 1% 94% Single
Jimmy Sexton pinch runs for Bob Watson (1B) batting 6th
t9 2-0 0 1-- HOU J. Gonzalez P. Niekro 2% 95% Single; Sexton to 2B
t9 2-0 0 12- O HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro -2% 94% Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Sexton out at Hm/3B-2B-1B-C; Gonzalez to 2B; Pujols to 1B
t9 2-0 1 12- O HOU J. Niekro P. Niekro -1% 92% Flyball: 1B
t9 2-0 2 12- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -1% 91% Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 9th, Braves Batting, Behind 0-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 6-7-8
Dave Bergman replaces Jimmy Sexton (PR) playing 1B batting 6th
b9 0-2 0 --- ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro -9% 82% Walk
Ken Forsch replaces Joe Niekro pitching and batting 9th
b9 0-2 0 1-- ATL G. Hubbard K. Forsch -14% 67% Single; Murphy to 2B
b9 0-2 0 12- O ATL R. Gilbreath K. Forsch 13% 80% Flyball: 1B
Bob Beall pinch hits for Phil Niekro (P) batting 9th
b9 0-2 1 12- OO ATL B. Beall K. Forsch 20% 100% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 0.

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