Houston Astros 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Regular Season Game 70
Played on Tuesday, June 25, 1968 (N) at Astrodome

CHI N    0  0  0    1  1  0    0  0  0  -   2  5  1
HOU N    1  0  0    0  0  3    0  0  x  -   4 11  0
Chicago Cubs                 AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Kessinger ss                  3   0   1   0       1   0       3   7
Beckert 2b                    3   0   0   1       0   0       3   0
Williams lf                   4   1   1   0       0   1       0   0
Banks 1b                      4   0   0   0       0   2       8   0
Hundley c                     4   0   0   0       0   0       3   0
Hickman rf                    4   0   2   1       0   2       2   0
Elia 3b                       3   0   0   0       0   1       1   1
Phillips cf                   3   1   1   0       0   1       4   0
Niekro p                      1   0   0   0       0   0       0   3
  Lamabe p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Johnson ph                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Regan p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       30   2   5   2       1   7      24  11

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Niekro-Kessinger-Banks, Kessinger-Beckert.
E: Kessinger (13).
PB: Hundley (3).

BATTING - 
2B: Williams (16,off Cuellar); Phillips (10,off Cuellar).
3B: Hickman (1,off Cuellar).
SH: Niekro (5,off Cuellar).
SF: Beckert (3,off Cuellar).
Team LOB: 4.

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Simpson rf                    4   1   0   0       1   0       0   0
Torres ss                     4   1   1   0       0   0       1   2
Staub 1b                      4   1   3   1       0   0      10   0
Wynn cf                       3   0   1   0       1   0       3   0
Menke 2b                      4   0   1   0       0   0       4   3
Rader 3b                      4   1   2   0       0   0       0   3
Watson lf                     4   0   1   1       0   1       1   0
Bateman c                     3   0   1   0       1   0       8   1
Cuellar p                     4   0   1   0       0   2       0   1
Totals                       34   4  11   2       3   3      27  10

BATTING - 
2B: Staub (19,off Regan).
3B: Torres (1,off Niekro).
GDP: Watson (6,off Niekro).
IBB: Bateman (8,by Lamabe); Wynn (6,by Regan).
Team LOB: 9.

PITCHING
Chicago Cubs                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro L(6-6)                 5.2   8   4   3   1   2   0  25
Lamabe                        0.1   0   0   0   1   1   0   2
Regan                         2     3   0   0   1   0   0  10
Totals                        8    11   4   3   3   3   0  37

WP: Niekro (2), Lamabe (1).
IBB: Lamabe (3,Bateman); Regan (1,Wynn).

Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Cuellar W(5-3)                9     5   2   2   1   7   0  33


Umpires: HP - Mel Steiner, 1B - Paul Pryor, 2B - Augie Donatelli, 3B - Tony Venzon
Time of Game: 2:11   Attendance: 13474


Starting Lineups:

   Chicago Cubs                  Houston Astros           
1. Kessinger           ss        Simpson             rf
2. Beckert             2b        Torres              ss
3. Williams            lf        Staub               1b
4. Banks               1b        Wynn                cf
5. Hundley             c         Menke               2b
6. Hickman             rf        Rader               3b
7. Elia                3b        Watson              lf
8. Phillips            cf        Bateman             c
9. Niekro              p         Cuellar             p

CUBS 1ST: Mike Cuellar 108 pitches; Joe Niekro 61
pitches; Kessinger grounded out (shortstop to first);
Beckert popped to shortstop; Williams struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB.  Cubs 0, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Simpson walked; Torres grounded out (pitcher to
first) [Simpson to second]; Staub flied out to center; Wynn
reached on an error by Kessinger [Simpson scored (unearned) (no
RBI), Wynn to first]; Niekro threw a wild pitch [Wynn to
second]; Menke flied out to center; 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.
 Cubs 0, Astros 1.

CUBS 2ND: Banks struck out; Hundley grounded out (third to
first); Hickman tripled to center; Elia grounded out (second to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 0, Astros 1.

ASTROS 2ND: Rader singled to shortstop; Watson grounded into a
double play (pitcher to shortstop to first) [Rader out at
second]; Bateman flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Cubs 0, Astros 1.

CUBS 3RD: Phillips struck out; Niekro grounded out (first
unassisted); Kessinger singled to right; Beckert grounded out
(pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 0, Astros 1.

ASTROS 3RD: Cuellar grounded out (shortstop to first); Simpson
grounded out (third to first); Torres grounded out (shortstop to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Cubs 0, Astros 1.

CUBS 4TH: Williams doubled to center; Banks struck out; Hundley
flied out to center; Hickman singled to second [Williams
scored]; Elia popped to second; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 1,
Astros 1.

ASTROS 4TH: On a bunt Staub singled to third; Wynn singled to
left [Staub to second]; Menke forced Staub (pitcher to third)
[Wynn to second]; Rader lined into a double play (shortstop to
second) [Wynn out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 1,
Astros 1.

CUBS 5TH: Phillips doubled to left; Niekro out on a sacrifice
bunt (catcher to second) [Phillips to third]; Kessinger walked;
Beckert hit a sacrifice fly to center [Phillips scored,
Kessinger to second]; Williams grounded out (second to first); 1
R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 1.

ASTROS 5TH: Watson was called out on strikes; Bateman singled to
right; Hundley allowed a passed ball [Bateman to second];
Cuellar was called out on strikes; Simpson grounded out
(shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 1.

CUBS 6TH: Banks popped to catcher in foul territory; Hundley
grounded out (third to first); Hickman struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 1.

ASTROS 6TH: Torres tripled to right; Staub singled to right
[Torres scored]; Wynn lined to second; Menke flied out to
center; Rader singled to right [Staub to second]; Watson singled
to shortstop [Staub scored, Rader to third, Watson to second (on
throw)]; LAMABE REPLACED NIEKRO (PITCHING); Bateman was walked
intentionally; Lamabe threw a wild pitch [Rader scored, Watson
to third, Bateman to second]; Cuellar struck out; 3 R, 4 H, 0 E,
2 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 4.

CUBS 7TH: Elia struck out; Phillips popped to second; JOHNSON
BATTED FOR LAMABE; Johnson flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 4.

ASTROS 7TH: REGAN REPLACED JOHNSON (PITCHING); Simpson lined to
shortstop; Torres flied out to right; Staub doubled to right;
Wynn was walked intentionally; Menke singled to left [Staub to
third, Wynn to second]; Rader flied out to right; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E,
3 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 4.

CUBS 8TH: Kessinger grounded out (second to first); Beckert
popped to second; Williams grounded out (shortstop to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Cubs 2, Astros 4.

ASTROS 8TH: Watson popped to first; Bateman grounded out
(shortstop to first); Cuellar singled to second; Simpson forced
Cuellar (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Cubs 2,
Astros 4.

CUBS 9TH: Banks flied out to center; Hundley grounded out (third
to first); Hickman struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Cubs 2,
Astros 4.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Cubs             2   5   1    4
 Astros           4  11   0    9


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