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 Stadium  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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Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

Game 1 – 1978 Tournament Replay Twins vs Astros

1978, 1978 Tournament, Astros, Twins
The next match up in the play in round features the #18 seed Minnesota Twins vs the #17 seed Houston Astros. The Twins finished 73-89 and finished 4th in the AL West while the Astros finished 74-88 and finished 5th in the NL West. Game 1 is a showdown between Roger Erickson (14-13 3.96 Grade 8) vs. JR Richard (18-11 3.11 Grade 14). Pitchers would control the early game as through 4 the Twins had scratched across a lone run and led 1-0. The Twins would open the game up some in the 4th with back to back homers, a 2 run shot by Willie Norwood and a solo shot from Roy Smalley. Leading 4-0 the Astros finally dent the scoreboard with a run in the 5th and a solo…
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