Chicago Cubs 8, Houston Astros 4
Regular Season Game 14
Doubleheader Opener
Played on Sunday, April 28, 1968 (D) at Wrigley Field

HOU N    0  0  1    0  0  1    0  2  0  -   4  9  1
CHI N    2  0  0    3  0  0    3  0  x  -   8 13  2
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Davis cf                      5   0   1   0       0   0       5   0
Menke 2b                      5   0   2   1       0   1       3   3
Wynn lf                       2   0   0   0       3   0       2   0
Staub rf                      5   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Aspromonte 3b                 4   1   1   0       0   1       0   1
Rader 1b                      4   2   2   0       0   1       8   0
Bateman c                     4   0   2   2       0   0       5   0
Torres ss                     4   0   0   1       0   0       0   5
Wilson p                      1   1   1   0       0   0       0   2
  Miller ph                   1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Blasingame p                1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Thomas ph                   1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Dukes p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       37   4   9   4       3   5      24  11

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Torres-Menke-Rader.
E: Davis (1).

BATTING - 
2B: Wilson (1,off Niekro); Bateman (1,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 9.

Chicago Cubs                 AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Kessinger ss                  5   1   2   1       0   0       1   5
Beckert 2b                    5   2   3   2       0   0       3   0
Williams lf                   3   1   0   0       1   0       3   0
Santo 3b                      4   1   1   0       0   0       0   2
Banks 1b                      4   0   1   1       0   0       7   0
  Nen 1b                      0   0   0   0       0   0       3   0
Johnson rf                    4   1   2   1       0   1       2   0
Hundley c                     4   1   2   1       0   0       6   0
Phillips cf                   4   1   2   1       0   1       2   0
Niekro p                      3   0   0   0       0   2       0   2
  Regan p                     1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Totals                       37   8  13   7       1   5      27   9

FIELDING - 
E: Kessinger (4), Santo (5).

BATTING - 
2B: Johnson (6,off Wilson); Phillips (2,off Dukes).
3B: Phillips (1,off Wilson).
HR: Beckert (1,7th inning off Blasingame 1 on 0 out).
GDP: Santo (3,off Wilson).
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Kessinger (2,2nd base off Wilson/Bateman).

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Wilson L(1-2)                 4     8   5   5   1   3   0  20
Blasingame                    3     4   3   2   0   1   1  14
Dukes                         1     1   0   0   0   1   0   4
Totals                        8    13   8   7   1   5   1  38

WP: Blasingame (2).

Chicago Cubs                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro W(3-1)                 7     9   4   3   3   5   0  34
Regan SV(1)                   2     0   0   0   0   0   0   6
Totals                        9     9   4   3   3   5   0  40

Niekro faced 3 batters in the 8th inning

Umpires: HP - Ed Vargo, 1B - Bob Engel, 2B - Al Barlick, 3B - Stan Landes
Time of Game: 2:44   


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                Chicago Cubs             
1. Davis               cf        Kessinger           ss
2. Menke               2b        Beckert             2b
3. Wynn                lf        Williams            lf
4. Staub               rf        Santo               3b
5. Aspromonte          3b        Banks               1b
6. Rader               1b        Johnson             rf
7. Bateman             c         Hundley             c
8. Torres              ss        Phillips            cf
9. Wilson              p         Niekro              p

ASTROS 1ST: Joe Niekro 119 pitches; Don Wilson 73
pitches; Davis singled to shortstop [Davis to second (error
by Kessinger)]; Menke was called out on strikes; Wynn walked;
Staub popped to second; Aspromonte grounded out (pitcher to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs 0.

CUBS 1ST: Kessinger grounded out (second to first); Beckert
singled to right; Williams walked [Beckert to second]; Santo
flied out to right; Banks singled to right [Beckert scored,
Williams to second]; Johnson singled to left [Williams scored,
Banks to second]; Hundley grounded out (pitcher to first); 2 R,
3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs 2.

ASTROS 2ND: Rader struck out; Bateman grounded out (third to
first); Torres flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros
0, Cubs 2.

CUBS 2ND: Phillips was called out on strikes; Niekro struck out;
Kessinger flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Cubs 2.

ASTROS 3RD: Wilson doubled to left; Davis reached on an error by
Santo [Wilson to third, Davis to first]; Menke singled to left
[Wilson scored (unearned), Davis to second]; Wynn popped to
first in foul territory; Staub flied out to left; Aspromonte
grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. 
Astros 1, Cubs 2.

CUBS 3RD: Beckert singled to center; Williams flied out to
center; Santo grounded into a double play (shortstop to second
to first) [Beckert out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros
1, Cubs 2.

ASTROS 4TH: Rader grounded out (shortstop to first); Bateman
flied out to center; Torres flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Astros 1, Cubs 2.

CUBS 4TH: Banks grounded out (shortstop to first); Johnson
doubled to center; Hundley singled to center [Johnson scored];
Phillips tripled to right [Hundley scored]; Niekro struck out;
Kessinger singled to center [Phillips scored]; Kessinger stole
second; Beckert grounded out (pitcher to first); 3 R, 4 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 1, Cubs 5.

ASTROS 5TH: MILLER BATTED FOR WILSON; Miller struck out; Davis
grounded out (shortstop to first); Menke singled to center; Wynn
walked [Menke to second]; Staub popped to shortstop; 0 R, 1 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1, Cubs 5.

CUBS 5TH: BLASINGAME REPLACED MILLER (PITCHING); Williams flied
out to left; Santo grounded out (shortstop to first); Banks
flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1, Cubs 5.

ASTROS 6TH: Aspromonte struck out; Rader singled to third;
Bateman singled to center [Rader to third]; Torres forced
Bateman (shortstop to second) [Rader scored]; Blasingame was
called out on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Cubs 5.

CUBS 6TH: Johnson struck out; Hundley singled to right; Phillips
forced Hundley (shortstop to second); Niekro forced Phillips
(shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Cubs 5.

ASTROS 7TH: Davis flied out to left; Menke flied out to center;
Wynn walked; Staub grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Cubs 5.

CUBS 7TH: Kessinger singled to shortstop; Beckert homered
[Kessinger scored]; Williams flied out to center; Santo singled
to center; Blasingame threw a wild pitch [Santo to second];
Banks flied out to left; Johnson reached on an error by Davis
[Santo scored (unearned) (no RBI), Johnson to second]; Hundley
grounded out (third to first); 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. 
Astros 2, Cubs 8.

ASTROS 8TH: NEN REPLACED BANKS (PLAYING 1B); Aspromonte singled
to center; Rader singled to right [Aspromonte to second];
Bateman doubled to left [Aspromonte scored, Rader scored]; REGAN
REPLACED NIEKRO (PITCHING); Torres popped to catcher in foul
territory; THOMAS BATTED FOR BLASINGAME; Thomas grounded out
(first unassisted) [Bateman to third]; Davis grounded out (third
to first); 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 8.

CUBS 8TH: DUKES REPLACED THOMAS (PITCHING); Phillips doubled to
left; Regan struck out; Kessinger grounded out (second to first)
[Phillips to third]; Beckert flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 8.

ASTROS 9TH: Menke grounded out (shortstop to first); Wynn flied
out to left; Staub popped to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 4, Cubs 8.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           4   9   1    9
 Cubs             8  13   2    6


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