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Scores
Standings
CLE
@BOS
8
7
 
(11)
TOR
@CAL
4
3
MIL
@DET
1
2
SEA
@KCR
3
15
TEX
@MIN
2
5
BAL
@NYY
2
5
CHW
@OAK
9
5
CHW
@OAK
10
3
CIN
@ATL
4
2
PHI
@CHC
5
2
PHI
@CHC
0
14
LAD
@HOU
1
4
NYM
@MON
2
1
SFG
@SDP
7
3
PIT
@STL
5
7
Sunday, September 27, 1981, 7:35PM
, Astrodome
Attendance: 41,686, Time of Game: 2:23
Dodgers
1
60-43
 Lost 2 
2nd, 4 GB
at Astros
4
58-45
 Won 2 
3rd, 6 GB
W: Don Sutton (11-8)
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Dodgers         0  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  1    1  2  1
Astros          0  0  1   0  0  0   3  0  X    4  7  0

Los Angeles Dodgers

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Davey Lopes 2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .206 .289 .285 .574 -0.058 1.12 0.000 -0.058 -0.5 1 1
   Steve Sax 2B 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 .298 .320 .383 .703 -0.014 0.33 0.002 -0.016 0.9 4 2 HR
Ken Landreaux CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .249 .294 .362 .656 -0.086 1.33 0.074 -0.160 -0.6 1 0
Dusty Baker LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .316 .358 .441 .799 -0.055 0.79 0.000 -0.055 -0.3 0 2
Steve Garvey 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .279 .320 .405 .725 -0.053 0.73 0.000 -0.053 -0.4 6 1
Rick Monday RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .304 .397 .600 .997 -0.055 0.77 0.000 -0.055 -0.5 3 0
Pedro Guerrero 3B 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .298 .364 .467 .831 -0.036 0.50 0.000 -0.036 -0.3 2 3
Mike Scioscia C 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .281 .358 .338 .697 0.027 0.54 0.042 -0.016 0.2 6 2
Bill Russell SS 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .227 .278 .279 .557 -0.073 1.61 0.000 -0.073 -0.5 0 1
   Jay Johnstone PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .219 .278 .384 .662 -0.007 0.28 0.000 -0.007 -0.2
Fernando Valenzuela P 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .258 .270 .290 .560 -0.042 1.18 0.000 -0.042 -0.3 1 1
   Tom Niedenfuer P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Reggie Smith PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .212 .333 .333 .667 -0.003 0.12 0.000 -0.003 -0.1
Team Totals 28 1 2 1 1 9 29 .071 .103 .179 .282 -0.455 0.85 0.118 -0.574 -2.7 24 13
HR: S Sax (2, off D Sutton, 9th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to LF).
TB: S Sax 4; K Landreaux.
RBI: S Sax (9).
2-out RBI: S Sax.
Team LOB: 1.
With RISP: 0 for 1.
Fielding
E: M Scioscia (7).
Outfield Assists: D Baker (A Howe at 2nd base); D Baker (T Puhl at 2nd base).
Baserunning
Pickoffs: K Landreaux (1st base by D Sutton).

Houston Astros

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Terry Puhl RF 3 0 1 2 0 0 4 .255 .320 .361 .680 0.025 0.89 0.058 -0.033 0.5 1 0 SF
Phil Garner 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .259 .335 .321 .657 -0.014 0.34 0.010 -0.023 -0.3 3 3
Tony Scott CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .268 .302 .368 .670 -0.047 0.47 0.000 -0.047 -0.6 2 0
Jose Cruz LF 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 .273 .323 .436 .759 -0.010 0.54 0.026 -0.035 -0.0 1 0
Cesar Cedeno 1B 2 1 1 0 1 0 3 .278 .327 .377 .704 0.150 0.83 0.159 -0.009 1.7 10 0 2B,SB
Art Howe 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 3 .303 .368 .417 .785 -0.068 1.13 0.018 -0.085 -0.8 0 1
Luis Pujols C 3 0 1 1 0 2 3 .237 .296 .307 .603 -0.027 0.90 0.025 -0.052 0.1 9 0
Dickie Thon SS 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 .267 .333 .322 .656 0.078 0.76 0.087 -0.009 0.9 1 4 SB
Don Sutton P 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .137 .214 .137 .352 -0.041 0.94 0.000 -0.041 -0.8 0 1 SH
Team Totals 27 4 7 4 2 6 31 .259 .300 .296 .596 0.046 0.73 0.383 -0.334 0.7 27 9
2B: C Cedeno (19, off F Valenzuela).
SF: T Puhl (5, off F Valenzuela).
SH: D Sutton (5, off F Valenzuela).
TB: D Thon 2; C Cedeno 2; A Howe; P Garner; L Pujols; T Puhl.
RBI: T Puhl 2 (28); A Howe (34); L Pujols (14).
2-out RBI: T Puhl.
Team LOB: 3.
With RISP: 3 for 6.
Baserunning
SB: C Cedeno (12, 2nd base off F Valenzuela/M Scioscia); D Thon (6, 3rd base off F Valenzuela/M Scioscia).

Los Angeles Dodgers

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Fernando Valenzuela, L (13-6) 7 7 4 4 2 5 0 2.59 28 50 -0.047 0.81 -1.1
Tom Niedenfuer 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.96 3 0 0 0.002 0.02 0.4
Team Totals 8 7 4 4 2 6 0 4.50 31 50 0 0 -0.045 0.73 -0.7

Houston Astros

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Don Sutton, W (11-8) 9 2 1 1 1 9 1 2.59 29 87 0.455 0.85 2.7
Team Totals 9 2 1 1 1 9 1 1.00 29 87 0.455 0.85 2.7
Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: D Sutton (2; K Landreaux, 1st base).

Other Info

Umpires: HP - Joe West, 1B - Dick Stello, 2B - John Kibler, 3B - Bruce Froemming.
Time of Game: 2:23.
Attendance: 41,686.
Start Time Weather: 72° F, In Dome.

Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Dodgers         Houston Astros
1 Davey Lopes 2B 1 Terry Puhl RF
2 Ken Landreaux CF 2 Phil Garner 2B
3 Dusty Baker LF 3 Tony Scott CF
4 Steve Garvey 1B 4 Jose Cruz LF
5 Rick Monday RF 5 Cesar Cedeno 1B
6 Pedro Guerrero 3B 6 Art Howe 3B
7 Mike Scioscia C 7 Luis Pujols C
8 Bill Russell SS 8 Dickie Thon SS
9 Fernando Valenzuel P 9 Don Sutton P

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
t7 0-1 0 1-- O LAD D. Baker D. Sutton 12% 76% Landreaux Picked off 1B (P-1B)
b7 1-0 0 1-- HOU C. Cedeno F. Valenzuela 8% 91% Double to LF; Cruz to 3B
t7 0-1 0 --- LAD K. Landreaux D. Sutton -7% 65% Single to CF
b2 0-0 1 --3 O HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela -7% 54% Groundout: SS-1B
b2 0-0 1 1-- HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela 5% 61% Cedeno Steals 2B; Cedeno to 3B/Adv on E2 (throw to 2B)

Play By Play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Dodgers Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Don Sutton facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 --- O LAD D. Lopes D. Sutton 2% 52% Groundout: SS-1B
t1 0-0 1 --- O LAD K. Landreaux D. Sutton 1% 53% Flyball: 2B
t1 0-0 2 --- O LAD D. Baker D. Sutton 1% 54% Strikeout
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 1-2-3
b1 0-0 0 --- O HOU T. Puhl F. Valenzuela -2% 52% Groundout: 1B-P
b1 0-0 1 --- O HOU P. Garner F. Valenzuela -1% 51% Groundout: 2B-1B
b1 0-0 2 --- O HOU T. Scott F. Valenzuela -1% 50% Strikeout
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 0.
Top of the 2nd, Dodgers Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Don Sutton facing 4-5-6
t2 0-0 0 --- O LAD S. Garvey D. Sutton 2% 52% Flyball: CF
t2 0-0 1 --- O LAD R. Monday D. Sutton 1% 54% Flyball: 2B
t2 0-0 2 --- O LAD P. Guerrero D. Sutton 1% 55% Strikeout Looking
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 4-5-6
b2 0-0 0 --- O HOU J. Cruz F. Valenzuela -2% 52% Strikeout Looking
b2 0-0 1 --- HOU C. Cedeno F. Valenzuela 3% 55% Walk
b2 0-0 1 1-- HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela 5% 61% Cedeno Steals 2B; Cedeno to 3B/Adv on E2 (throw to 2B)
b2 0-0 1 --3 O HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela -7% 54% Groundout: SS-1B
b2 0-0 2 --3 O HOU L. Pujols F. Valenzuela -4% 50% Strikeout Looking
0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 0.
Top of the 3rd, Dodgers Batting, Tied 0-0, Astros' Don Sutton facing 7-8-9
t3 0-0 0 --- LAD M. Scioscia D. Sutton -4% 46% Walk
t3 0-0 0 1-- O LAD B. Russell D. Sutton 4% 50% Strikeout
t3 0-0 1 1-- O LAD F. Valenzuela D. Sutton 2% 51% Groundout: 2B-1B; Scioscia to 2B
t3 0-0 2 -2- O LAD D. Lopes D. Sutton 4% 55% Groundout: 3B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 0.
Bottom of the 3rd, Astros Batting, Tied 0-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 8-9-1
b3 0-0 0 --- HOU D. Thon F. Valenzuela 4% 59% Single to LF
b3 0-0 0 1-- O HOU D. Sutton F. Valenzuela -2% 58% Bunt Groundout: C-1B/Sacrifice; Thon to 2B
b3 0-0 1 -2- HOU T. Puhl F. Valenzuela 4% 61% Thon Steals 3B
b3 0-0 1 --3 RO HOU T. Puhl F. Valenzuela 4% 65% Flyball: RF/Sacrifice Fly; Thon Scores
b3 1-0 2 --- O HOU P. Garner F. Valenzuela -1% 64% Flyball: 3B
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 4th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Don Sutton facing 2-3-4
t4 0-1 0 --- O LAD K. Landreaux D. Sutton 3% 67% Flyball: CF
t4 0-1 1 --- O LAD D. Baker D. Sutton 2% 69% Flyball: LF
t4 0-1 2 --- O LAD S. Garvey D. Sutton 1% 70% Strikeout Looking
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 4th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 3-4-5
b4 1-0 0 --- O HOU T. Scott F. Valenzuela -2% 68% Groundout: 3B-1B
b4 1-0 1 --- O HOU J. Cruz F. Valenzuela -1% 67% Flyball: CF
b4 1-0 2 --- O HOU C. Cedeno F. Valenzuela -1% 66% Lineout: 2B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 5th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Don Sutton facing 5-6-7
t5 0-1 0 --- O LAD R. Monday D. Sutton 3% 69% Strikeout Looking
t5 0-1 1 --- O LAD P. Guerrero D. Sutton 2% 71% Flyball: RF
t5 0-1 2 --- O LAD M. Scioscia D. Sutton 1% 73% Foul Flyball: 1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 5th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 6-7-8
Steve Sax replaces Davey Lopes playing 2B batting 1st
b5 1-0 0 --- O HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela -2% 71% Flyball: RF
b5 1-0 1 --- O HOU L. Pujols F. Valenzuela -1% 69% Strikeout Looking
b5 1-0 2 --- O HOU D. Thon F. Valenzuela -1% 69% Strikeout Looking
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 6th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Don Sutton facing 8-9-1
t6 0-1 0 --- O LAD B. Russell D. Sutton 4% 72% Strikeout
t6 0-1 1 --- O LAD F. Valenzuela D. Sutton 2% 74% Groundout: SS-1B
t6 0-1 2 --- O LAD S. Sax D. Sutton 2% 76% Groundout: SS-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 6th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 9-1-2
b6 1-0 0 --- O HOU D. Sutton F. Valenzuela -2% 74% Flyball: RF
b6 1-0 1 --- O HOU T. Puhl F. Valenzuela -1% 73% Groundout: 2B-1B
b6 1-0 2 --- HOU P. Garner F. Valenzuela 1% 74% Single to RF
b6 1-0 2 1-- O HOU T. Scott F. Valenzuela -2% 72% Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Top of the 7th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-1, Astros' Don Sutton facing 2-3-4
t7 0-1 0 --- LAD K. Landreaux D. Sutton -7% 65% Single to CF
t7 0-1 0 1-- O LAD D. Baker D. Sutton 12% 76% Landreaux Picked off 1B (P-1B)
t7 0-1 1 --- O LAD D. Baker D. Sutton 3% 79% Flyball: SS
t7 0-1 2 --- O LAD S. Garvey D. Sutton 2% 81% Flyball: 2B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 1.
Bottom of the 7th, Astros Batting, Ahead 1-0, Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela facing 4-5-6
b7 1-0 0 --- HOU J. Cruz F. Valenzuela 3% 83% Walk
b7 1-0 0 1-- HOU C. Cedeno F. Valenzuela 8% 91% Double to LF; Cruz to 3B
b7 1-0 0 -23 RO HOU A. Howe F. Valenzuela 2% 93% Single to LF; Cruz Scores; Cedeno to 3B; Howe out at 2B/LF-3B-2B
b7 2-0 1 --3 R HOU L. Pujols F. Valenzuela 2% 95% Single to LF; Cedeno Scores
b7 3-0 1 1-- HOU D. Thon F. Valenzuela 1% 96% Single to CF; Pujols to 2B
b7 3-0 1 12- O HOU D. Sutton F. Valenzuela -1% 95% Groundout: P-3B/Forceout at 3B; Thon to 2B
b7 3-0 2 12- RO HOU T. Puhl F. Valenzuela 2% 97% Single to LF; Thon Scores; Sutton to 3B; Puhl out at 2B/LF-C-2B
3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 4.
Top of the 8th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-4, Astros' Don Sutton facing 5-6-7
t8 0-4 0 --- O LAD R. Monday D. Sutton 1% 98% Strikeout Looking
t8 0-4 1 --- O LAD P. Guerrero D. Sutton 1% 99% Strikeout
t8 0-4 2 --- O LAD M. Scioscia D. Sutton 0% 99% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 4.
Bottom of the 8th, Astros Batting, Ahead 4-0, Dodgers' Tom Niedenfuer facing 2-3-4
Tom Niedenfuer replaces Fernando Valenzuela pitching and batting 9th
b8 4-0 0 --- O HOU P. Garner T. Niedenfuer -0% 99% Strikeout Looking
b8 4-0 1 --- O HOU T. Scott T. Niedenfuer -0% 99% Groundout: 2B-1B
b8 4-0 2 --- O HOU J. Cruz T. Niedenfuer -0% 99% Flyball: 2B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 0, Astros 4.
Top of the 9th, Dodgers Batting, Behind 0-4, Astros' Don Sutton facing 8-9-1
Jay Johnstone pinch hits for Bill Russell (SS) batting 8th
t9 0-4 0 --- O LAD J. Johnstone D. Sutton 1% 100% Groundout: SS-1B
Reggie Smith pinch hits for Tom Niedenfuer (P) batting 9th
t9 0-4 1 --- O LAD R. Smith D. Sutton 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-1B
t9 0-4 2 --- R LAD S. Sax D. Sutton -0% 100% Home Run
t9 1-4 2 --- O LAD K. Landreaux D. Sutton 0% 100% Strikeout
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Dodgers 1, Astros 4.

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