Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 5 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Game 5 from Houston has the Yankees down 3-1 and sending Ron Guidry (22-6 3.27 Grade 14YZ) to the mound opposite Bob Knepper (15-13 3.55 Grade 11Z).   The Astros would score 2 in the first off Guidry. Jose Cruz would single in Bill Doran and Dickie Thon to put the pressure on the Yankees. The Astros would continue that pressure with 3 more in the 4th as Mark Bailey would line a 3 run homer to center. With the score 5-0 the Astros would add more insurance in the 6th as Knepper would help himself with a triple down the right field line to score 2.   This would be more than enough for Knepper as he would go the distance and shutout the Yankees and close out the…
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Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 4 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Astros look to put the Yankees against the wall send Ron Mathis (3-5 6.04 Grade 1) to the mound versus Joe Cowley (12-6 3.95 Grade 6Y) for the Yankees.   The pitchers are in control early as the game stays scoreless through 5 inning. The Yankees would finally dent the scoreboard with a run in the 6th. Rickey Henderson would single and steal second and would be driven home by Don Mattingly. The Astros would answer right back in the bottom half with 2 runs. Kevin Bass would triple home Graig Reynolds and Jose Cruz would single home Bass. The Astros would score another run in the bottom of the 7th courtesy of a pinch hit RBI double by Terry Puhl.   Frank Dipino and Dave Smith would get the…
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Game 3 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

Game 3 – 1985 Tournament Replay Yankees at Astros

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Game 3 from the Astrodome with the Astros leading 2-0 has Phil Niekro (16-12 4.09 Grade 8YW) pitching for the Yankees and Mike Scott (18-8 3.29 Grade 13Y) for the Astros.   Pitchers would come out early in control as Niekro and Scott keep it scoreless through 5 innings. The Yankees would break the ice with a run in the 6th. Willie Randolph would double in Don Mattingly for the 1-0 lead. The Astros would answer with a run in the 7th as Mark Bailey would line a knuckleball out to left to tie it up.   This game like last game would go to extras. Astro and Yankee relivers would keep it 1-1 until the 13th. A 2 out error by Bailey would give the Yankees a base runner,…
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Game 2 – 1985 Tournament Replay Astros at Yankees

Game 2 – 1985 Tournament Replay Astros at Yankees

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Game 2 with the Astros leading 1-0 features a pitching matchup of Nolan Ryan (10-12 3.80 Grade 10X) for the Astros and Joe Niekro (11-13 3.83 Grade 8) for the Yankees.   The Astros once again come out swinging getting 2 runs in the first. Kevin Bass would drive in Graig Reynolds and Bill Doran. The Yankees would get those 2 back plus 1 in the 2nd, as Mike Pagliarulo drives a 3 run homer to right. The Astros tie the game up in the 5th as Jerry Mumphrey again hits a homer, this time to center to tie the game. In the bottom of the 6th Pagliarulo would step to the plate and once again drive a homer to right to tie it at 4.   The score would…
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Game 1 – 1985 Tournament Replay Astros at Yankees

Game 1 – 1985 Tournament Replay Astros at Yankees

1985, 1985 Tournament, Astros, Yankees
Sweet 16 matchup from Yankee Stadium. Houston Astros finished 83-79 and 3rd in NL West, while the New York Yankees finished 97-64 and 2nd in AL East. The Yankees send Ron Guidry (22-6 3.37 Grade 14YZ) to the mound versus Bob Knepper (15-13 3.55 Grade 11Z).   The Astros gets a quick run in the first as Jose Cruz doubles in Bill Doran. In the bottom of the first Rickey Henderson would lead off the game with a homer to left. The score would remain 1-1 until the 4th when Jerry Mumphrey would hit a 2 out, 3 run homer off Guidry. The Yankees would get a run back in the 6th as Butch Wynegar would double in Dave Winfield.   The Yankees would enter the 9th down 4-2. They…
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1981 Season Replay – Braves vs Astros

1981 Season Replay – Braves vs Astros

1981, 1981 Season, Astros, Braves
Astros bounce back from getting swept by the Dodgers to take 2 of 3 from the Braves.   4-13-81 Astros 6, Braves 2 WP: Nolan Ryan (1-0) LP: Rick Mahler (0-1) HR's: Astros - Alan Ashby (2)   4-14-81 Astros 2, Braves 1 WP: Joe Niekro (1-0) LP: Bob Walk (0-1) Save: Joe Sambito (1) HR's: Braves - Chris Chambliss (1)   4-15-81 Braves 4, Astros 2 WP: Gaylord Perry (1-0) LP: Don Sutton (0-2) Save: Rick Camp (2) HR's: Braves - Bruce Benedict (1)
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1981 Season Replay – Astros vs Dodgers

1981 Season Replay – Astros vs Dodgers

1981, Astros, Dodgers
Big time early season matchup between division favorites from Chavez Ravine.   Opening Day - Dodger StadiumĀ  4-9-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0) LP: Dave Smith (0-1) Save: Steve Howe (1) HR's: Astros - Alan Ashby (1) Dodgers - Ken Landreaux (1), Dusty Baker (1)   4-11-81 Dodgers 10, Astros 0 WP: Jerry Reuss (1-0) LP: Don Sutton (0-1) HR's: Dodgers - Ron Cey 2 (2), Pedro Guerrero (1) Reuss with a 3 hit shutout   4-12-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Burt Hooton (1-0) LP: Bob Knepper (0-1) HR's: Astros - Denny Walling (1), Dodgers - Ron Cey (3)   Dodgers send a message with opening series sweep of the Astros.  
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Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

Game 3 – 1978 Tournament Replay Astros vs Twins

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 3 has the Astros with their backs to the wall down 2-0. The Astros send Joe Niekro (14-14 3.86 Grade 7) to pitch against Dave Goltz (15-10 2.49 Grade 16). The Astos have only scored 2 runs so far through 2 games and this one isn't much different. The Astros stranded 5 runners through 3 and it would come back to haunt them. The Twins jump on top 2-0 thanks to a clutch hit by Rob Wilfong, they would add another run in the 7th to make it 3-0. The Astros finally get on the board with a 2 out single by Enos Cabell but Mike Marshall would come on to get the last 4 outs for his second save of the series. Final Score: Twins 3, Astros 1…
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Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 2 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
Game 2 feels like a must win got the Astros here at the Astrodome as they are looking at a Grade A pitcher on Goltz in Game 3. Twins send Geoff Zahn (14-14 3.03 Grade 14) to the mound opposite Mark Lemongello (9-14 3.94 Grade 6). Hitters were quiet through 3 innings until the Twins put a 3 spot up in the 4th made worse for the Astros by an error from centerfielder Terry Puhl. It allowed 2 runs to come home after 2 were out. That would be more than enough for Geoff Zahn as he tosses a complete game shoutout to give the Twins a 2-0 lead heading back to Metropolitan Stadium. Final Score: Twins 6, Astros 0 WP: Geoff Zahn (1-0) LP: Mark Lemongello (0-1) HR's: None…
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