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 would get a pinch hit double from Dan Pasqua that bring in Willie Randolph, but Dave Smith would get the Henderson to win the game 4-3.
Final Score: Astros 4, Yankees 3
WP: Bob Knepper (1-0)
LP: Ron Guidry (0-1)
Save: Dave Smith (1)
HR’s: Astros – Jerry Mumphrey (1), Yankees – Rickey Henderson (1)