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Scores
Standings
CAL
@CHW
3
10
BOS
@MIL
5
10
KCR
@MIN
5
2
TOR
@OAK
0
3
TEX
@SEA
3
1
SFG
@ATL
2
9
HOU
@CIN
2
5
SDP
@LAD
2
0
CHC
@NYM
1
2
STL
@PHI
5
8
MON
@PIT
3
2
Wednesday, September 30, 1981,
, Riverfront Stadium
Attendance: 24,394, Time of Game: 2:14
Astros
2
59-47
 Lost 2 
3rd, 7 GB
at Reds
5
65-39
 Won 2 
1st
W: Mario Soto (11-9)
L: Vern Ruhle (4-6)
S: Tom Hume (13)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Astros          0  0  1   0  0  0   1  0  0    2  5  1
Reds            0  0  0   0  1  2   2  0  X    5  7  1

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Terry Puhl RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .251 .315 .357 .672 0.073 0.77 0.103 -0.030 0.7 2 1 2B
Phil Garner 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .257 .335 .320 .656 0.017 1.08 0.070 -0.054 0.0 3 2
Tony Scott CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .269 .302 .366 .668 -0.140 1.40 0.000 -0.140 -1.3 3 0
   Joe Sambito P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Jose Cruz LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .268 .319 .431 .750 -0.068 1.22 0.035 -0.103 -0.5 2 1
Alan Ashby C 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 .273 .358 .373 .731 -0.004 1.12 0.074 -0.078 -0.0 2 1
Cesar Cedeno 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 4 .275 .324 .380 .704 -0.031 1.35 0.125 -0.156 -0.4 9 0 HR,GDP
Art Howe 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .297 .360 .407 .767 -0.074 0.74 0.000 -0.074 -0.7 0 3
Craig Reynolds SS 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 .257 .284 .403 .687 0.073 1.04 0.124 -0.051 0.6 2 5 HR
Vern Ruhle P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .250 .400 .292 .692 -0.036 0.75 0.000 -0.036 -0.4 0 0
   Frank LaCorte P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Harry Spilman PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264 .328 .283 .611 -0.020 0.79 0.000 -0.020 -0.1
   Dave Smith P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .571 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Scott Loucks CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 1 0
Team Totals 32 2 5 2 2 3 34 .156 .206 .375 .581 -0.210 1.05 0.531 -0.742 -2.0 24 13
2B: T Puhl (19, off M Soto).
HR: C Reynolds (4, off M Soto, 3rd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to RF); C Cedeno (4, off M Soto, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to LF).
TB: C Cedeno 4; C Reynolds 4; T Puhl 3; P Garner.
GIDP: C Cedeno (6).
RBI: C Reynolds (30); C Cedeno (33).
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 0 for 7.
Fielding
E: A Ashby (10).
Outfield Assists: J Cruz (J Nolan at home plate); T Puhl (R Oester at 2nd base).

Cincinnati Reds

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Dave Collins RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 .280 .361 .393 .754 0.044 1.51 0.095 -0.051 0.2 4 0
   Sam Mejias RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .286 .302 .327 .628 -0.002 0.09 0.000 -0.002 -0.2 0 0
Ken Griffey CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 .308 .370 .410 .780 -0.060 0.64 0.000 -0.060 -0.7 2 0
Dave Concepcion SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .304 .358 .410 .768 0.099 0.43 0.123 -0.024 0.8 2 3 2B
George Foster LF 3 1 1 1 0 0 3 .295 .376 .521 .897 0.128 0.98 0.168 -0.041 0.5 2 0 HR
Johnny Bench 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .331 .393 .524 .918 -0.061 0.84 0.000 -0.061 -0.6 9 0
Joe Nolan C 2 1 1 0 1 0 3 .316 .379 .417 .796 -0.013 0.84 0.051 -0.063 0.0 2 0 CS
   Mike O'Berry C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .254 .231 .485 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 1 0
Ray Knight 3B 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 .253 .317 .358 .676 0.081 0.86 0.121 -0.041 1.1 2 0 2B
Ron Oester 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 3 .267 .331 .392 .723 0.157 0.92 0.175 -0.018 1.0 2 2 3B
   Junior Kennedy 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .255 .273 .528 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 1 1
Mario Soto P 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .071 .088 .071 .159 -0.082 0.68 0.000 -0.082 -0.6 0 3
   Tom Hume P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 29 5 7 4 1 2 30 .241 .267 .483 .749 0.291 0.81 0.733 -0.443 1.5 27 9
2B: D Concepcion (28, off V Ruhle); R Knight (21, off D Smith).
3B: R Oester (7, off V Ruhle).
HR: G Foster (21, off V Ruhle, 5th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to LF).
TB: R Oester 4; G Foster 4; R Knight 2; D Concepcion 2; D Collins; J Nolan.
RBI: D Collins (23); R Oester (41); D Concepcion (65); G Foster (87).
2-out RBI: D Concepcion.
Team LOB: 1.
With RISP: 2 for 4.
Fielding
DP: 1. J Kennedy-J Bench.
E: D Concepcion (21).
Baserunning
CS: J Nolan (2, 2nd base by V Ruhle/A Ashby).

Houston Astros

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Vern Ruhle, L (4-6) 5.2 5 3 3 0 2 1 2.97 21 49 -0.174 0.97 -0.7
Frank LaCorte 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.93 1 1 0 0.018 0.67 0.3
Dave Smith 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 2.84 5 0 0 -0.139 0.58 -1.6
Joe Sambito 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.93 3 0 0 0.005 0.06 0.4
Team Totals 8 7 5 4 1 2 1 4.50 30 49 1 0 -0.290 0.81 -1.5

Cincinnati Reds

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Mario Soto, W (11-9) 8 5 2 2 2 3 2 3.47 32 65 0.073 1.02 0.6
Tom Hume, S (13) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.80 2 2 0 0.137 1.64 1.4
Team Totals 9 5 2 2 2 3 2 2.00 34 65 2 0 0.210 1.05 2.0
M Soto faced 2 batters in the 9th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: M Soto (4).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Bruce Froemming, 1B - Joe West, 2B - Dick Stello, 3B - John Kibler.
Time of Game: 2:14.
Attendance: 24,394.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: Unknown.

Starting Lineups

Houston Astros         Cincinnati Reds
1 Terry Puhl RF 1 Dave Collins RF
2 Phil Garner 2B 2 Ken Griffey CF
3 Tony Scott CF 3 Dave Concepcion SS
4 Jose Cruz LF 4 George Foster LF
5 Alan Ashby C 5 Johnny Bench 1B
6 Cesar Cedeno 1B 6 Joe Nolan C
7 Art Howe 3B 7 Ray Knight 3B
8 Craig Reynolds SS 8 Ron Oester 2B
9 Vern Ruhle P 9 Mario Soto P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
b5 0-1 0 --- R CIN G. Foster V. Ruhle 17% 56% Home Run
b6 1-1 0 --- CIN R. Oester V. Ruhle 16% 73% Triple to CF (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
t9 2-5 0 12- OO HOU C. Cedeno T. Hume 13% 99% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B; Cruz to 3B
t7 1-3 0 --- R HOU C. Cedeno M. Soto -12% 71% Home Run
t3 0-0 0 --- R HOU C. Reynolds M. Soto -12% 38% Home Run

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, Reds' Mario Soto facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- HOU T. Puhl M. Soto -6% 44% Double to RF
t1 0-0 0 -2- O HOU P. Garner M. Soto 4% 48% Groundout: P-1B
t1 0-0 1 -2- O HOU T. Scott M. Soto 4% 52% Fielder's Choice P; Puhl out at 3B/P-SS-3B
t1 0-0 2 1-- O HOU J. Cruz M. Soto 2% 55% Flyball: RF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 0, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Reds Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 1-2-3
b1 0-0 0 --- O CIN D. Collins V. Ruhle -2% 52% Groundout: SS-1B
b1 0-0 1 --- O CIN K. Griffey V. Ruhle -1% 51% Groundout: 2B-1B
b1 0-0 2 --- O CIN D. Concepcion V. Ruhle -1% 50% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Reds 0.
Top of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Reds' Mario Soto facing 5-6-7
t2 0-0 0 --- O HOU A. Ashby M. Soto 2% 52% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t2 0-0 1 --- O HOU C. Cedeno M. Soto 2% 54% Groundout: P-1B
t2 0-0 2 --- O HOU A. Howe M. Soto 1% 55% Flyball: RF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Reds Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 4-5-6
b2 0-0 0 --- O CIN G. Foster V. Ruhle -2% 53% Groundout: 3B-1B
b2 0-0 1 --- O CIN J. Bench V. Ruhle -2% 51% Flyball: RF
b2 0-0 2 --- O CIN J. Nolan V. Ruhle -1% 50% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 0, Reds 0.
Top of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Reds' Mario Soto facing 8-9-1
t3 0-0 0 --- R HOU C. Reynolds M. Soto -12% 38% Home Run
t3 1-0 0 --- O HOU V. Ruhle M. Soto 2% 40% Strikeout
t3 1-0 1 --- HOU T. Puhl M. Soto -2% 37% Single to CF
t3 1-0 1 1-- HOU P. Garner M. Soto -2% 36% Wild Pitch; Puhl to 2B
t3 1-0 1 -2- HOU P. Garner M. Soto -2% 34% Reached on E6 (Ground Ball); Garner to 1B
t3 1-0 1 12- O HOU T. Scott M. Soto 4% 38% Flyball: SS
t3 1-0 2 12- O HOU J. Cruz M. Soto 4% 42% Flyball: RF
1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 3rd, Reds Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 7-8-9
b3 0-1 0 --- O CIN R. Knight V. Ruhle -3% 39% Groundout: SS-1B
b3 0-1 1 --- O CIN R. Oester V. Ruhle -2% 38% Flyball: RF
b3 0-1 2 --- O CIN M. Soto V. Ruhle -1% 36% Strikeout
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 0.
Top of the 4th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Reds' Mario Soto facing 5-6-7
t4 1-0 0 --- O HOU A. Ashby M. Soto 2% 38% Groundout: 2B-1B
t4 1-0 1 --- O HOU C. Cedeno M. Soto 1% 40% Flyball: 1B
t4 1-0 2 --- O HOU A. Howe M. Soto 1% 41% Flyball: 3B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 4th, Reds Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 1-2-3
b4 0-1 0 --- O CIN D. Collins V. Ruhle -3% 38% Groundout: SS-1B
b4 0-1 1 --- O CIN K. Griffey V. Ruhle -2% 36% Flyball: SS
b4 0-1 2 --- O CIN D. Concepcion V. Ruhle -1% 35% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 0.
Top of the 5th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Reds' Mario Soto facing 8-9-1
t5 1-0 0 --- O HOU C. Reynolds M. Soto 2% 37% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t5 1-0 1 --- O HOU V. Ruhle M. Soto 2% 38% Strikeout
t5 1-0 2 --- O HOU T. Puhl M. Soto 1% 39% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 0.
Bottom of the 5th, Reds Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 4-5-6
b5 0-1 0 --- R CIN G. Foster V. Ruhle 17% 56% Home Run
b5 1-1 0 --- O CIN J. Bench V. Ruhle -3% 53% Flyball: CF
b5 1-1 1 --- CIN J. Nolan V. Ruhle 3% 57% Single to CF
b5 1-1 1 1-- O CIN R. Knight V. Ruhle -5% 51% Nolan Caught Stealing 2B (C-2B)
b5 1-1 2 --- O CIN R. Knight V. Ruhle -1% 50% Strikeout
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 1.
Top of the 6th, Astros Batting, Tied 1-1, Reds' Mario Soto facing 2-3-4
t6 1-1 0 --- HOU P. Garner M. Soto -5% 45% Single to RF
t6 1-1 0 1-- O HOU T. Scott M. Soto 5% 50% Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
t6 1-1 1 1-- O HOU J. Cruz M. Soto 4% 54% Flyball: CF
t6 1-1 2 1-- O HOU A. Ashby M. Soto 3% 57% Flyball: RF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 1.
Bottom of the 6th, Reds Batting, Tied 1-1, Astros' Vern Ruhle facing 8-9-1
b6 1-1 0 --- CIN R. Oester V. Ruhle 16% 73% Triple to CF (Fly Ball to Deep CF)
b6 1-1 0 --3 O CIN M. Soto V. Ruhle -7% 66% Groundout: 3B-1B
b6 1-1 1 --3 R CIN D. Collins V. Ruhle 9% 76% Single to RF (Ground Ball thru 2B-1B); Oester Scores
b6 2-1 1 1-- O CIN K. Griffey V. Ruhle -2% 73% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
b6 2-1 2 1-- R CIN D. Concepcion V. Ruhle 12% 85% Double to LF; Griffey Scores
Frank LaCorte replaces Vern Ruhle pitching and batting 9th
b6 3-1 2 -2- O CIN G. Foster F. LaCorte -2% 84% Foul Flyball: 1B
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 1, Reds 3.
Top of the 7th, Astros Batting, Behind 1-3, Reds' Mario Soto facing 6-7-8
Sam Mejias replaces Dave Collins playing RF batting 1st
t7 1-3 0 --- R HOU C. Cedeno M. Soto -12% 71% Home Run
t7 2-3 0 --- O HOU A. Howe M. Soto 4% 75% Flyball: 2B
t7 2-3 1 --- O HOU C. Reynolds M. Soto 3% 78% Groundout: 2B-1B
Harry Spilman pinch hits for Frank LaCorte (P) batting 9th
t7 2-3 2 --- O HOU H. Spilman M. Soto 2% 80% Flyball: CF
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Reds 3.
Bottom of the 7th, Reds Batting, Ahead 3-2, Astros' Dave Smith facing 5-6-7
Dave Smith replaces Harry Spilman (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b7 3-2 0 --- O CIN J. Bench D. Smith -2% 79% Groundout: 3B-1B
b7 3-2 1 --- CIN J. Nolan D. Smith 2% 80% Walk
b7 3-2 1 1-- R CIN R. Knight D. Smith 12% 93% Double to LF (Deep LF Line); Nolan Scores/Safe on E2 (catch)/unER; Knight to 3B/Adv on throw to Hm
b7 4-2 1 --3 RO CIN R. Oester D. Smith 2% 94% Single to RF; Knight Scores; Oester out at 2B/RF-2B
b7 5-2 2 --- O CIN M. Soto D. Smith -0% 94% Groundout: SS-1B
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Reds 5.
Top of the 8th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-5, Reds' Mario Soto facing 1-2-3
Mike O'Berry replaces Joe Nolan playing C batting 6th
Junior Kennedy replaces Ron Oester playing 2B batting 8th
t8 2-5 0 --- O HOU T. Puhl M. Soto 2% 96% Flyball: SS
t8 2-5 1 --- O HOU P. Garner M. Soto 1% 97% Flyball: LF
t8 2-5 2 --- O HOU T. Scott M. Soto 1% 98% Strikeout
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Reds 5.
Bottom of the 8th, Reds Batting, Ahead 5-2, Astros' Joe Sambito facing 1-2-3
Joe Sambito replaces Tony Scott (CF) pitching and batting 3rd
Scott Loucks replaces Dave Smith (P) playing CF batting 9th
b8 5-2 0 --- O CIN S. Mejias J. Sambito -0% 97% Flyball: 2B
b8 5-2 1 --- O CIN K. Griffey J. Sambito -0% 97% Flyball: LF
b8 5-2 2 --- O CIN D. Concepcion J. Sambito -0% 97% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Astros 2, Reds 5.
Top of the 9th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-5, Reds' Mario Soto facing 4-5-6
t9 2-5 0 --- HOU J. Cruz M. Soto -3% 94% Walk
t9 2-5 0 1-- HOU A. Ashby M. Soto -7% 86% Walk; Cruz to 2B
Tom Hume replaces Mario Soto pitching and batting 9th
t9 2-5 0 12- OO HOU C. Cedeno T. Hume 13% 99% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-1B; Cruz to 3B
t9 2-5 2 --3 O HOU A. Howe T. Hume 1% 100% Groundout: SS-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Astros 2, Reds 5.

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