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Standings
DET
@BAL
2
13
TOR
@BOS
4
6
KCR
@CAL
4
0
SEA
@MIL
8
1
CHW
@MIN
6
5
 
(10)
CLE
@NYY
3
6
OAK
@TEX
2
5
HOU
@ATL
4
9
NYM
@CHC
8
3
SDP
@CIN
3
4
STL
@PHI
5
11
MON
@PIT
1
10
LAD
@SFG
8
4
Wednesday, September 26, 1979, 8:02PM
, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
Attendance: 2,248, Time of Game: 2:34
Astros
4
87-72
 Lost 1 
2nd, 2½ GB
at Braves
9
64-93
 Won 1 
6th, 24½ GB
W: Phil Niekro (20-20)
L: Joe Niekro (20-11)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Astros          0  0  0   0  1  0   0  1  2    4  8  2
Braves          0  2  2   0  3  2   0  0  X    9 12  2

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Terry Puhl CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .287 .354 .378 .732 -0.026 0.63 0.024 -0.050 -0.1 3 0
Craig Reynolds SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .262 .290 .332 .621 -0.057 0.53 0.000 -0.057 -0.9 2 3
Cesar Cedeno 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .262 .349 .369 .718 -0.032 0.31 0.000 -0.032 -0.8 7 0
Jose Cruz LF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .289 .368 .423 .791 0.049 0.37 0.063 -0.014 0.1 1 1 2B
Enos Cabell 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 4 .272 .299 .366 .664 -0.023 0.40 0.001 -0.023 -0.1 1 2 2B
Denny Walling RF 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 .329 .394 .503 .897 -0.075 0.54 0.003 -0.078 -0.3 3 0
Luis Pujols C 3 1 0 0 0 1 3 .235 .257 .294 .551 -0.022 0.64 0.019 -0.041 -0.6 5 0 GDP
   Danny Heep PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .154 .091 .245 -0.002 0.07 0.000 -0.002 -0.3
Rafael Landestoy 2B 4 0 2 2 0 1 4 .275 .344 .348 .692 0.021 0.47 0.047 -0.026 1.8 2 3
Joe Niekro P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .123 .143 .148 .291 -0.017 0.67 0.000 -0.017 -0.2 0 0
   Rick Williams P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .324 .290 .614 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 1
   Art Howe PH 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 .245 .312 .350 .662 -0.007 1.51 0.000 -0.007 0.1
   Tom Dixon P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Randy Niemann P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .133 .188 .133 .321 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Pete Ladd P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Bert Roberge P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Dave Bergman PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .444 .444 .778 1.222 0.001 0.01 0.001 0.000 1.0 HR
   Mike Mendoza P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Alan Ashby PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .202 .262 .277 .538 -0.001 0.05 0.000 -0.001 -0.2
Team Totals 35 4 8 4 1 6 36 .229 .250 .371 .621 -0.191 0.48 0.158 -0.348 -0.5 24 10
2B: J Cruz (33, off P Niekro); E Cabell (30, off P Niekro).
HR: D Bergman (1, off P Niekro, 8th inn, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: D Bergman 4; R Landestoy 2; E Cabell 2; T Puhl 2; J Cruz 2; D Walling.
GIDP: L Pujols (3).
RBI: R Landestoy 2 (30); D Bergman (1); A Howe (32).
2-out RBI: R Landestoy 2.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 9.
Fielding
PB: L Pujols (4).
E: C Cedeno (16); C Reynolds (22).
Outfield Assists: J Cruz (B Benedict at home plate).

Atlanta Braves

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Eddie Miller CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 .310 .349 .320 .669 -0.058 0.44 0.000 -0.058 -1.4 1 0
Jerry Royster 2B 4 2 1 0 1 0 5 .273 .337 .343 .680 0.050 0.37 0.069 -0.019 1.2 1 6 2B
Gary Matthews RF 5 2 2 3 0 0 5 .304 .363 .505 .868 0.036 0.30 0.045 -0.009 1.7 3 0 HR
Bob Horner 3B 4 1 2 0 1 0 5 .316 .347 .554 .900 0.013 0.36 0.036 -0.022 0.8 2 1
Dale Murphy 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 .283 .349 .482 .831 -0.035 0.45 0.014 -0.049 -1.0 13 0
Barry Bonnell LF 4 2 2 2 1 0 5 .259 .311 .430 .741 0.183 0.80 0.184 0.000 2.5 1 0 SB
Darrel Chaney SS 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 .161 .277 .205 .482 -0.002 0.60 0.020 -0.023 -0.3 0 1 2B
Bruce Benedict C 3 0 1 0 1 1 4 .221 .326 .271 .598 -0.001 0.66 0.017 -0.018 -0.6 6 0 IW
Phil Niekro P 4 0 2 4 0 1 4 .202 .220 .252 .472 0.124 0.88 0.131 -0.007 2.0 0 3 2B
Team Totals 37 9 12 9 5 4 42 .324 .405 .486 .891 0.310 0.54 0.516 -0.205 5.0 27 11
2B: P Niekro (6, off J Niekro); J Royster (24, off J Niekro); D Chaney (5, off P Ladd).
HR: G Matthews (27, off P Ladd, 6th inn, 1 on, 0 outs).
IBB: B Benedict (3, by T Dixon).
TB: G Matthews 5; P Niekro 3; B Bonnell 2; J Royster 2; B Horner 2; D Chaney 2; B Benedict; D Murphy.
RBI: P Niekro 4 (11); G Matthews 3 (89); B Bonnell 2 (45).
2-out RBI: P Niekro 2.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 6 for 13.
Fielding
DP: 1. P Niekro-J Royster-D Murphy.
PB: B Benedict (8).
E: B Bonnell (4); D Murphy (20).
Baserunning
SB: B Bonnell (6, 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, L (20-11) 2.1 6 4 4 2 1 0 3.02 15 28 -0.257 1.03 -3.4
Rick Williams 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.26 5 2 0 0.045 0.37 1.4
Tom Dixon 0.2 4 3 3 1 1 0 6.66 7 0 0 -0.092 0.49 -2.9
Randy Niemann 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.76 1 2 0 0.004 0.14 0.4
Pete Ladd 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2.92 7 0 0 -0.009 0.03 -1.5
Bert Roberge 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.69 4 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.5
Mike Mendoza 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.5
Team Totals 8 12 9 8 5 4 1 9.00 42 28 4 0 -0.309 0.54 -5.0

Atlanta Braves

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Phil Niekro, W (20-20) 9 8 4 3 1 6 1 3.43 36 62 0.191 0.48 0.5
Team Totals 9 8 4 3 1 6 1 3.00 36 62 0.191 0.48 0.5
Balks: None.
WP: J Niekro (19).
HBP: None.
IBB: T Dixon (1; B Benedict).
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Satch Davidson, 1B - Dave Pallone, 2B - Paul Pryor, 3B - Ed Vargo.
Time of Game: 2:34.
Attendance: 2,248.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: 65° F, Showers.

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros         Atlanta Braves
1 Terry Puhl CF 1 Eddie Miller CF
2 Craig Reynolds SS 2 Jerry Royster 2B
3 Cesar Cedeno 1B 3 Gary Matthews RF
4 Jose Cruz LF 4 Bob Horner 3B
5 Enos Cabell 3B 5 Dale Murphy 1B
6 Denny Walling RF 6 Barry Bonnell LF
7 Luis Pujols C 7 Darrel Chaney SS
8 Rafael Landestoy 2B 8 Bruce Benedict C
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
b2 0-0 1 123 RRO ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro 9% 74% Double; Bonnell Scores; Chaney Scores; Benedict out at Hm/LF-SS-C; Niekro to 3B/Adv on throw to Hm
t2 0-0 0 --- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro -6% 44% Double
t2 0-0 1 --3 O HOU D. Walling P. Niekro 6% 51% Strikeout
b2 0-0 1 12- ATL B. Benedict J. Niekro 5% 64% Passed Ball; Bonnell to 3B; Chaney to 2B
b3 3-0 1 12- R ATL B. Bonnell J. Niekro 5% 91% Single; Matthews Scores; Horner 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 T. Puhl P. Niekro 2% 52% Flyball: RF
t1 0-0 1 --- O HOU C. Reynolds P. Niekro 2% 54% Groundout: P-1B
t1 0-0 2 --- O HOU C. Cedeno P. Niekro 1% 55% Groundout: 1B unassisted
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Braves Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 1-2-3
b1 0-0 0 --- O ATL E. Miller J. Niekro -2% 53% Groundout: 1B unassisted
b1 0-0 1 --- O ATL J. Royster J. Niekro -2% 51% Lineout: 3B
b1 0-0 2 --- ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro 1% 52% Reached on E6 (Ground Ball); Matthews to 1B
b1 0-0 2 1-- O ATL B. Horner J. Niekro -2% 50% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 0.
Top of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 4-5-6
t2 0-0 0 --- HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro -6% 44% Double
t2 0-0 0 -2- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro 2% 45% Groundout: 2B-1B; Cruz to 3B
t2 0-0 1 --3 O HOU D. Walling P. Niekro 6% 51% Strikeout
t2 0-0 2 --3 O HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro 4% 55% Strikeout
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Braves Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 5-6-7
b2 0-0 0 --- O ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro -2% 53% Flyball: CF
b2 0-0 1 --- ATL B. Bonnell J. Niekro 3% 55% Walk
b2 0-0 1 1-- ATL D. Chaney J. Niekro 2% 57% Bonnell Steals 2B
b2 0-0 1 -2- ATL D. Chaney J. Niekro 2% 59% Walk
b2 0-0 1 12- ATL B. Benedict J. Niekro 5% 64% Passed Ball; Bonnell to 3B; Chaney to 2B
b2 0-0 1 -23 ATL B. Benedict J. Niekro 1% 65% Single; Bonnell stays at 3B
b2 0-0 1 123 RRO ATL P. Niekro J. Niekro 9% 74% Double; Bonnell Scores; Chaney Scores; Benedict out at Hm/LF-SS-C; Niekro to 3B/Adv on throw to Hm
b2 2-0 2 --3 O ATL E. Miller J. Niekro -3% 71% Groundout: SS-1B
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 2.
Top of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Behind 0-2, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 8-9-1
t3 0-2 0 --- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro 2% 74% Foul Flyball: 3B
t3 0-2 1 --- O HOU J. Niekro P. Niekro 2% 76% Groundout: 3B-1B
t3 0-2 2 --- HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro -1% 74% Single
t3 0-2 2 1-- HOU C. Reynolds P. Niekro -1% 73% Passed Ball; Puhl to 2B
t3 0-2 2 -2- O HOU C. Reynolds P. Niekro 3% 77% Strikeout
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 2.
Bottom of the 3rd, Braves Batting, Ahead 2-0, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 2-3-4
b3 2-0 0 --- ATL J. Royster J. Niekro 4% 81% Double
b3 2-0 0 -2- ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro 2% 83% Wild Pitch; Royster to 3B
b3 2-0 0 --3 R ATL G. Matthews J. Niekro 3% 86% Single; Royster Scores
b3 3-0 0 1-- ATL B. Horner J. Niekro 3% 88% Single; Matthews to 2B
b3 3-0 0 12- O ATL D. Murphy J. Niekro -2% 86% Strikeout
b3 3-0 1 12- R ATL B. Bonnell J. Niekro 5% 91% Single; Matthews Scores; Horner to 2B
Rick Williams replaces Joe Niekro pitching and batting 9th
b3 4-0 1 12- O ATL D. Chaney R. Williams -1% 90% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B; Horner to 3B
b3 4-0 2 1-3 O ATL B. Benedict R. Williams -2% 88% Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B
2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 4.
Top of the 4th, Astros Batting, Behind 0-4, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 3-4-5
t4 0-4 0 --- O HOU C. Cedeno P. Niekro 2% 90% Groundout: P-1B
t4 0-4 1 --- O HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 1% 91% Strikeout
t4 0-4 2 --- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro 1% 91% Groundout: SS-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 4.
Bottom of the 4th, Braves Batting, Ahead 4-0, Astros' Rick Williams facing 9-1-2
b4 4-0 0 --- O ATL P. Niekro R. Williams -1% 91% Flyball: RF
b4 4-0 1 --- O ATL E. Miller R. Williams -0% 90% Groundout: P-1B
b4 4-0 2 --- O ATL J. Royster R. Williams -0% 90% Foul Flyball: 1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Braves 4.
Top of the 5th, Astros Batting, Behind 0-4, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 6-7-8
t5 0-4 0 --- O HOU D. Walling P. Niekro 2% 92% Flyball: LF
t5 0-4 1 --- HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro -2% 90% Reached on E3 (Ground Ball); Pujols to 1B
t5 0-4 1 1-- HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -5% 85% Single to LF; Pujols to 3B/Adv on E7
Art Howe pinch hits for Rick Williams (P) batting 9th
t5 0-4 1 1-3 RO HOU A. Howe P. Niekro 1% 86% Groundout: 2B-1B; Pujols Scores/unER; Landestoy to 2B
t5 1-4 2 -2- O HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro 3% 89% Foul Flyball: 3B
1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 4.
Bottom of the 5th, Braves Batting, Ahead 4-1, Astros' Tom Dixon facing 3-4-5
Tom Dixon replaces Art Howe (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b5 4-1 0 --- O ATL G. Matthews T. Dixon -1% 88% Flyball: RF
b5 4-1 1 --- ATL B. Horner T. Dixon 1% 89% Single
b5 4-1 1 1-- ATL D. Murphy T. Dixon 1% 90% Single; Horner to 2B
b5 4-1 1 12- R ATL B. Bonnell T. Dixon 4% 94% Single; Horner Scores; Murphy to 2B
b5 5-1 1 12- O ATL D. Chaney T. Dixon -1% 93% Strikeout
b5 5-1 2 12- ATL B. Benedict T. Dixon 1% 94% Intentional Walk; Murphy to 3B; Bonnell to 2B
b5 5-1 2 123 RR ATL P. Niekro T. Dixon 4% 98% Single; Murphy Scores; Bonnell Scores; Benedict to 2B
Randy Niemann replaces Tom Dixon pitching and batting 9th
b5 7-1 2 12- O ATL E. Miller R. Niemann -0% 97% Lineout: RF
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 7.
Top of the 6th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-7, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 2-3-4
t6 1-7 0 --- O HOU C. Reynolds P. Niekro 1% 98% Groundout: 2B-1B
t6 1-7 1 --- O HOU C. Cedeno P. Niekro 0% 98% Strikeout
t6 1-7 2 --- O HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 0% 99% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 7.
Bottom of the 6th, Braves Batting, Ahead 7-1, Astros' Pete Ladd facing 2-3-4
Pete Ladd replaces Randy Niemann pitching and batting 9th
b6 7-1 0 --- ATL J. Royster P. Ladd 0% 99% Reached on E3 (Ground Ball); Royster to 1B
b6 7-1 0 1-- RR ATL G. Matthews P. Ladd 1% 100% Home Run; Royster Scores/unER
b6 9-1 0 --- ATL B. Horner P. Ladd 0% 100% Walk
b6 9-1 0 1-- O ATL D. Murphy P. Ladd -0% 100% Foul Flyball: 1B
b6 9-1 1 1-- O ATL B. Bonnell P. Ladd -0% 100% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
b6 9-1 2 1-- ATL D. Chaney P. Ladd 0% 100% Double; Bonnell to 3B
b6 9-1 2 -23 O ATL B. Benedict P. Ladd -0% 100% Strikeout
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 9.
Top of the 7th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-9, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 5-6-7
t7 1-9 0 --- O HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro 0% 100% Flyball: RF
t7 1-9 1 --- HOU D. Walling P. Niekro -0% 100% Single
t7 1-9 1 1-- OO HOU L. Pujols P. Niekro 0% 100% Ground Ball Double Play: P-2B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 9.
Bottom of the 7th, Braves Batting, Ahead 9-1, Astros' Bert Roberge facing 9-1-2
Bert Roberge replaces Pete Ladd pitching and batting 9th
b7 9-1 0 --- O ATL P. Niekro B. Roberge -0% 100% Strikeout
b7 9-1 1 --- O ATL E. Miller B. Roberge -0% 100% Flyball: CF
b7 9-1 2 --- ATL J. Royster B. Roberge 0% 100% Walk
b7 9-1 2 1-- O ATL G. Matthews B. Roberge -0% 100% Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Braves 9.
Top of the 8th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-9, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 8-9-1
t8 1-9 0 --- O HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro 0% 100% Strikeout
Dave Bergman pinch hits for Bert Roberge (P) batting 9th
t8 1-9 1 --- R HOU D. Bergman P. Niekro -0% 100% Home Run
t8 2-9 1 --- HOU T. Puhl P. Niekro -0% 100% Single
t8 2-9 1 1-- O HOU C. Reynolds P. Niekro 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-1B; Puhl to 2B
t8 2-9 2 -2- O HOU C. Cedeno P. Niekro 0% 100% Flyball: RF
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 9.
Bottom of the 8th, Braves Batting, Ahead 9-2, Astros' Mike Mendoza facing 4-5-6
Mike Mendoza replaces Dave Bergman (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b8 9-2 0 --- O ATL B. Horner M. Mendoza -0% 100% Groundout: 3B-1B
b8 9-2 1 --- O ATL D. Murphy M. Mendoza -0% 100% Flyball: LF
b8 9-2 2 --- O ATL B. Bonnell M. Mendoza 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Braves 9.
Top of the 9th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-9, Braves' Phil Niekro facing 4-5-6
t9 2-9 0 --- O HOU J. Cruz P. Niekro 0% 100% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t9 2-9 1 --- HOU E. Cabell P. Niekro -0% 100% Double
t9 2-9 1 -2- HOU D. Walling P. Niekro -0% 100% Walk
Danny Heep pinch hits for Luis Pujols (C) batting 7th
t9 2-9 1 12- O HOU D. Heep P. Niekro 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-1B; Cabell to 3B; Walling to 2B
t9 2-9 2 -23 RR HOU R. Landestoy P. Niekro -0% 100% Single; Cabell Scores; Walling Scores
Alan Ashby pinch hits for Mike Mendoza (P) batting 9th
t9 4-9 2 1-- O HOU A. Ashby P. Niekro 0% 100% Groundout: 1B unassisted
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 4, Braves 9.

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