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4
1
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0
0
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@KCR
6
2
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14
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5
3
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10
8
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5
3
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@MON
5
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5
12
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3
4
Thursday, July 12, 1979, 7:35PM
, Astrodome
Attendance: 22,956, Time of Game: 2:44
Pirates
5
44-38
 Won 4 
3rd, 4½ GB
at Astros
3
53-38
 Lost 6 
1st
W: Bert Blyleven (7-3)
L: Joe Niekro (13-4)
S: Kent Tekulve (13)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Pirates         0  0  0   1  0  0   2  2  0    5  7  1
Astros          1  0  0   1  0  0   0  0  1    3  7  0

Pittsburgh Pirates

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Omar Moreno CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 .297 .758 -0.034 0.71 0.023 -0.057 -0.2 2 0 SB
Tim Foli SS 4 1 1 1 0 0 .278 .672 0.062 0.91 0.121 -0.059 0.6 2 3
Dave Parker RF 4 0 2 1 0 0 .299 .892 0.104 0.89 0.132 -0.029 1.0 1 0
Willie Stargell 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 .307 .977 -0.034 1.16 0.139 -0.173 -0.1 12 1 HR,GDP
John Milner LF 2 1 0 0 1 0 .248 .809 -0.004 0.65 0.024 -0.028 -0.1 3 0
   Bill Robinson LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .859 -0.003 0.10 0.000 -0.003 -0.2 0 0
Bill Madlock 3B 3 1 2 2 1 0 .275 .732 0.507 0.85 0.509 -0.002 2.3 0 3 HR,SB
Ed Ott C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .262 .690 -0.096 0.99 0.000 -0.096 -0.8 4 0
Rennie Stennett 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .561 -0.117 1.19 0.000 -0.117 -0.9 2 9 GDP
Bert Blyleven P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .163 .349 -0.053 1.09 0.000 -0.053 -0.4 1 0
   Kent Tekulve P 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .900 -0.014 0.60 0.000 -0.014 -0.1 0 0
Team Totals 32 5 7 5 2 2 .219 .671 0.318 0.89 0.948 -0.631 1.0 27 16
HR: W Stargell (17, off J Niekro; 4th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to RF); B Madlock (8, off J Niekro; 7th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to LF).
TB: B Madlock 5; W Stargell 4; D Parker 2; T Foli; O Moreno.
GIDP: R Stennett (6); W Stargell (2).
RBI: B Madlock 2 (47); T Foli (30); W Stargell (39); D Parker (54).
2-out RBI: B Madlock 2; D Parker; T Foli; W Stargell.
Team LOB: 2.
With RISP: 2 for 3.
Fielding
DP: 1. R Stennett-T Foli-W Stargell.
E: R Stennett (5).
Baserunning
SB: O Moreno (34, 2nd base off J Niekro/A Ashby); B Madlock (14, 2nd base off J Niekro/A Ashby).

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Terry Puhl CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 .284 .728 0.011 1.22 0.077 -0.066 -0.3 0 0 SH
Julio Gonzalez SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .225 .510 0.073 1.66 0.128 -0.055 0.1 3 5
Cesar Cedeno 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .270 .767 -0.335 1.69 0.022 -0.357 -1.7 13 0 SB,GDP
Jose Cruz LF 2 1 1 1 2 0 .285 .788 0.195 1.15 0.218 -0.023 1.8 2 0 2B,SB
Enos Cabell 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 .265 .645 0.050 1.09 0.120 -0.070 0.2 0 0
Denny Walling RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .293 .865 -0.045 0.79 0.000 -0.045 -0.6 2 0
Art Howe 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 .236 .644 -0.054 0.98 0.049 -0.103 -0.4 5 8 2B
Alan Ashby C 3 0 0 0 1 0 .225 .589 -0.086 1.31 0.009 -0.096 -0.3 2 0 IW
Joe Niekro P 3 0 2 0 0 0 .118 .269 0.041 1.28 0.086 -0.045 0.1 0 3
   Joe Sambito P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 1.071 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Jeffrey Leonard PH 1 0 0 1 0 0 .276 .673 -0.030 1.18 0.000 -0.030 0.2
Team Totals 33 3 7 3 3 4 .212 .551 -0.180 1.25 0.709 -0.890 -1.0 27 16
2B: A Howe (12, off K Tekulve); J Cruz (20, off B Blyleven).
SH: T Puhl (6, off B Blyleven).
IBB: A Ashby (7, by B Blyleven).
TB: J Niekro 2; A Howe 2; J Cruz 2; T Puhl; C Cedeno; E Cabell.
GIDP: C Cedeno (10).
RBI: E Cabell (38); J Cruz (48); J Leonard (21).
2-out RBI: J Cruz.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 2 for 13.
Fielding
DP: 2. A Howe-J Gonzalez-C Cedeno 2.
Baserunning
SB: C Cedeno (24, 2nd base off B Blyleven/E Ott); J Cruz (22, 2nd base off B Blyleven/E Ott).

Pittsburgh Pirates

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Bert Blyleven, W (7-3) 6.1 6 2 2 3 4 0 3.66 28 54 -0.081 1.10 0.2
Kent Tekulve, S (13) 2.2 1 1 1 0 0 0 3.73 9 2 0 0.263 1.75 0.7
Team Totals 9 7 3 3 3 4 0 3.00 37 54 2 0 0.182 1.25 1.0

Houston Astros

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Joe Niekro, L (13-4) 7.2 6 5 5 2 1 2 3.02 29 46 -0.270 1.00 -0.8
Joe Sambito 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.00 5 1 1 -0.048 0.22 -0.3
Team Totals 9 7 5 5 2 2 2 5.00 34 46 1 1 -0.318 0.89 -1.0
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: B Blyleven (7; A Ashby).
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Satch Davidson, 1B - Jim Quick, 2B - Fred Brocklander, 3B - Paul Pryor.
Time of Game: 2:44.
Attendance: Not Given.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: Unknown.

Starting Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates         Houston Astros
1 Omar Moreno CF 1 Terry Puhl CF
2 Tim Foli SS 2 Julio Gonzalez SS
3 Dave Parker RF 3 Cesar Cedeno 1B
4 Willie Stargell 1B 4 Jose Cruz LF
5 John Milner LF 5 Enos Cabell 3B
6 Bill Madlock 3B 6 Denny Walling RF
7 Ed Ott C 7 Art Howe 2B
8 Rennie Stennett 2B 8 Alan Ashby C
9 Bert Blyleven P 9 Joe Niekro P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
t7 1-2 2 1-- RR PIT B. Madlock J. Niekro 43% 67% Home Run; Milner Scores
b7 2-3 1 123 OO HOU C. Cedeno K. Tekulve 31% 76% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-SS-1B
t7 1-2 0 1-- OO PIT W. Stargell J. Niekro -14% 22% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-SS-1B
t4 0-1 2 --- R PIT W. Stargell J. Niekro 14% 46% Home Run
b7 2-3 1 12- HOU J. Gonzalez K. Tekulve -13% 45% Reached on E4 (Ground Ball); Niekro to 3B; Puhl to 2B; Gonzalez to 1B

Play By Play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Pirates Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- O PIT O. Moreno J. Niekro -2% 48% Groundout: 2B-1B
t1 0-0 1 --- O PIT T. Foli J. Niekro -1% 46% Flyball: RF
t1 0-0 2 --- O PIT D. Parker J. Niekro -1% 45% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 1-2-3
b1 0-0 0 --- O HOU T. Puhl B. Blyleven 2% 48% Strikeout
b1 0-0 1 --- O HOU J. Gonzalez B. Blyleven 1% 49% Groundout: 2B-P
b1 0-0 2 --- HOU C. Cedeno B. Blyleven -1% 48% Single to LF
b1 0-0 2 1-- HOU J. Cruz B. Blyleven -1% 47% Cedeno Steals 2B
b1 0-0 2 -2- R HOU J. Cruz B. Blyleven -11% 36% Double to LF; Cedeno Scores
b1 1-0 2 -2- O HOU E. Cabell B. Blyleven 3% 39% Flyball: RF
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 2nd, Pirates Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 4-5-6
t2 0-1 0 --- O PIT W. Stargell J. Niekro -2% 36% Groundout: 1B unassisted
t2 0-1 1 --- O PIT J. Milner J. Niekro -2% 35% Flyball: 2B
t2 0-1 2 --- PIT B. Madlock J. Niekro 1% 36% Walk
t2 0-1 2 1-- PIT E. Ott J. Niekro 1% 37% Madlock Steals 2B
t2 0-1 2 -2- O PIT E. Ott J. Niekro -3% 34% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 6-7-8
b2 1-0 0 --- O HOU D. Walling B. Blyleven 2% 35% Strikeout Looking
b2 1-0 1 --- O HOU A. Howe B. Blyleven 1% 37% Flyball: SS
b2 1-0 2 --- O HOU A. Ashby B. Blyleven 1% 38% Lineout: CF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 3rd, Pirates Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 8-9-1
t3 0-1 0 --- O PIT R. Stennett J. Niekro -3% 35% Groundout: SS-1B
t3 0-1 1 --- O PIT B. Blyleven J. Niekro -2% 33% Strikeout
t3 0-1 2 --- O PIT O. Moreno J. Niekro -1% 32% Groundout: P-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 9-1-2
b3 1-0 0 --- HOU J. Niekro B. Blyleven -3% 29% Single to LF
b3 1-0 0 1-- O HOU T. Puhl B. Blyleven 1% 30% Bunt Groundout: 1B-2B/Sacrifice; Niekro to 2B
b3 1-0 1 -2- O HOU J. Gonzalez B. Blyleven 3% 33% Groundout: 2B-1B; Niekro to 3B
b3 1-0 2 --3 O HOU C. Cedeno B. Blyleven 3% 36% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 4th, Pirates Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 2-3-4
t4 0-1 0 --- O PIT T. Foli J. Niekro -3% 34% Groundout: P-1B
t4 0-1 1 --- O PIT D. Parker J. Niekro -2% 32% Groundout: 2B-1B
t4 0-1 2 --- R PIT W. Stargell J. Niekro 14% 46% Home Run
t4 1-1 2 --- O PIT J. Milner J. Niekro -1% 44% Groundout: 2B-1B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 4th, Astros Batting, Tied 1-1, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 4-5-6
b4 1-1 0 --- HOU J. Cruz B. Blyleven -4% 40% Walk
b4 1-1 0 1-- HOU E. Cabell B. Blyleven -3% 37% Cruz Steals 2B
b4 1-1 0 -2- R HOU E. Cabell B. Blyleven -12% 25% Single to RF; Cruz Scores; Cabell to 2B/Adv on throw to Hm
b4 2-1 0 -2- O HOU D. Walling B. Blyleven 1% 25% Groundout: 2B-1B; Cabell to 3B
b4 2-1 1 --3 O HOU A. Howe B. Blyleven 6% 31% Strikeout
b4 2-1 2 --3 HOU A. Ashby B. Blyleven -1% 30% Intentional Walk
b4 2-1 2 1-3 O HOU J. Niekro B. Blyleven 4% 35% Groundout: 3B-1B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 2.
Top of the 5th, Pirates Batting, Behind 1-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 6-7-8
t5 1-2 0 --- PIT B. Madlock J. Niekro 5% 40% Single to 3B
t5 1-2 0 1-- O PIT E. Ott J. Niekro -5% 35% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
t5 1-2 1 1-- OO PIT R. Stennett J. Niekro -7% 28% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-SS-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 2.
Bottom of the 5th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-1, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 1-2-3
b5 2-1 0 --- O HOU T. Puhl B. Blyleven 2% 30% Flyball: LF
b5 2-1 1 --- O HOU J. Gonzalez B. Blyleven 1% 31% Strikeout
b5 2-1 2 --- O HOU C. Cedeno B. Blyleven 1% 32% Flyball: LF
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 2.
Top of the 6th, Pirates Batting, Behind 1-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 9-1-2
t6 1-2 0 --- O PIT B. Blyleven J. Niekro -4% 29% Flyball: RF
t6 1-2 1 --- O PIT O. Moreno J. Niekro -2% 26% Groundout: 2B-1B
t6 1-2 2 --- O PIT T. Foli J. Niekro -2% 25% Flyball: 2B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 2.
Bottom of the 6th, Astros Batting, Ahead 2-1, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 4-5-6
b6 2-1 0 --- HOU J. Cruz B. Blyleven -3% 22% Walk
b6 2-1 0 1-- O HOU E. Cabell B. Blyleven 3% 24% Groundout: SS-2B/Forceout at 2B
b6 2-1 1 1-- O HOU D. Walling B. Blyleven 1% 26% Groundout: 2B-1B; Cabell to 2B
b6 2-1 2 -2- O HOU A. Howe B. Blyleven 3% 29% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 1, Astros 2.
Top of the 7th, Pirates Batting, Behind 1-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 3-4-5
t7 1-2 0 --- PIT D. Parker J. Niekro 7% 36% Single to RF
t7 1-2 0 1-- OO PIT W. Stargell J. Niekro -14% 22% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-SS-1B
t7 1-2 2 --- PIT J. Milner J. Niekro 2% 24% Walk
t7 1-2 2 1-- RR PIT B. Madlock J. Niekro 43% 67% Home Run; Milner Scores
t7 3-2 2 --- O PIT E. Ott J. Niekro -1% 66% Flyball: 2B
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 3, Astros 2.
Bottom of the 7th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-3, Pirates' Bert Blyleven facing 8-9-1
b7 2-3 0 --- O HOU A. Ashby B. Blyleven 5% 71% Flyball: CF
b7 2-3 1 --- HOU J. Niekro B. Blyleven -5% 66% Single to LF
b7 2-3 1 1-- HOU T. Puhl B. Blyleven -8% 58% Single to 3B; Niekro to 2B
Kent Tekulve replaces Bert Blyleven pitching and batting 9th
b7 2-3 1 12- HOU J. Gonzalez K. Tekulve -13% 45% Reached on E4 (Ground Ball); Niekro to 3B; Puhl to 2B; Gonzalez to 1B
b7 2-3 1 123 OO HOU C. Cedeno K. Tekulve 31% 76% Ground Ball Double Play: 2B-SS-1B
0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Pirates 3, Astros 2.
Top of the 8th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 3-2, Astros' Joe Niekro facing 8-9-1
t8 3-2 0 --- O PIT R. Stennett J. Niekro -2% 74% Groundout: SS-1B
t8 3-2 1 --- O PIT K. Tekulve J. Niekro -1% 73% Groundout: P-SS-1B
t8 3-2 2 --- PIT O. Moreno J. Niekro 1% 74% Single to CF
t8 3-2 2 1-- PIT T. Foli J. Niekro 1% 75% Moreno Steals 2B
t8 3-2 2 -2- R PIT T. Foli J. Niekro 12% 87% Single to LF; Moreno Scores; Foli to 2B/Adv on throw to Hm
Joe Sambito replaces Joe Niekro pitching and batting 9th
t8 4-2 2 -2- R PIT D. Parker J. Sambito 6% 93% Single to LF; Foli Scores
t8 5-2 2 1-- O PIT W. Stargell J. Sambito -1% 93% Groundout: 2B-1B
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Pirates 5, Astros 2.
Bottom of the 8th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-5, Pirates' Kent Tekulve facing 4-5-6
Bill Robinson replaces John Milner playing LF batting 5th
b8 2-5 0 --- O HOU J. Cruz K. Tekulve 2% 95% Groundout: 2B-1B
b8 2-5 1 --- O HOU E. Cabell K. Tekulve 1% 97% Groundout: 3B-1B
b8 2-5 2 --- O HOU D. Walling K. Tekulve 1% 97% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 5, Astros 2.
Top of the 9th, Pirates Batting, Ahead 5-2, Astros' Joe Sambito facing 5-6-7
t9 5-2 0 --- O PIT B. Robinson J. Sambito -0% 97% Flyball: 2B
t9 5-2 1 --- O PIT B. Madlock J. Sambito -0% 97% Flyball: 2B
t9 5-2 2 --- O PIT E. Ott J. Sambito -0% 97% Strikeout
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 5, Astros 2.
Bottom of the 9th, Astros Batting, Behind 2-5, Pirates' Kent Tekulve facing 7-8-9
b9 2-5 0 --- HOU A. Howe K. Tekulve -5% 92% Double to LF
b9 2-5 0 -2- O HOU A. Ashby K. Tekulve 4% 96% Groundout: 2B-1B; Howe to 3B
Jeffrey Leonard pinch hits for Joe Sambito (P) batting 9th
b9 2-5 1 --3 RO HOU J. Leonard K. Tekulve 3% 99% Groundout: SS-1B; Howe Scores
b9 3-5 2 --- O HOU T. Puhl K. Tekulve 1% 100% Groundout: 3B-1B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Pirates 5, Astros 3.

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