Cincinnati Reds 9, Houston Astros 7
Regular Season Game 78
Played on Wednesday, July 3, 1968 (N) at Astrodome

CIN N    2  0  2    0  0  2    0  0  3  -   9 12  2
HOU N    1  0  0    0  6  0    0  0  0  -   7  9  2
Cincinnati Reds              AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Rose rf                       4   0   0   0       1   0       0   0
A. Johnson lf                 5   1   1   0       0   0       2   0
Jones cf                      2   2   0   0       3   0       2   0
Perez 3b                      5   2   3   5       0   0       0   1
Bench c                       4   2   2   1       1   1       8   1
May 1b                        5   1   2   2       0   1       8   1
Helms 2b                      4   0   3   0       0   0       6   3
Woodward ss                   3   0   0   0       0   0       0   5
  Pinson ph                   1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Cardenas ss                 0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Cloninger p                   2   1   1   0       0   0       1   1
  Ritchie p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Whitfield ph                1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Carroll p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Pavletich ph                1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Abernathy p                 0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Totals                       37   9  12   8       5   3      27  14

FIELDING - 
E: Helms (10), Carroll (1).

BATTING - 
2B: Helms (20,off Dierker); Bench (20,off Dierker).
3B: Perez (3,off Buzhardt).
HR: Perez (9,1st inning off Dierker 1 on 2 out); May (9,6th inning off Dierker
1 on 1 out).
GDP: Pavletich (4,off Buzhardt).
Team LOB: 6.

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Watson lf                     4   1   1   0       1   1       0   0
Torres ss                     4   1   0   0       1   1       3   5
Staub 1b                      5   1   2   0       0   0       9   1
Wynn cf                       3   1   1   0       2   0       5   0
Menke 2b                      5   1   2   2       0   1       2   4
Rader 3b                      1   1   0   1       3   0       0   2
  Gotay 3b                    1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Colbert rf                    4   1   1   2       0   1       1   1
  Thomas rf                   1   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Bateman c                     4   0   1   1       0   1       4   0
Dierker p                     2   0   1   1       0   0       1   1
  Ray p                       1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Dukes p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Blasingame p                0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Buzhardt p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Totals                       35   7   9   7       7   6      27  14

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Torres-Menke-Staub.
E: Watson 2 (3).

BATTING - 
2B: Staub (21,off Cloninger).
SH: Dierker (8,off Cloninger); Bateman (2,off Ritchie).
IBB: Rader (1,by Carroll).
Team LOB: 10.

PITCHING
Cincinnati Reds              IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Cloninger                     4.1   4   6   6   6   1   0  24
Ritchie                       0.2   3   1   1   0   0   0   5
Carroll                       2     2   0   0   1   4   0   9
Abernathy W(5-1)              2     0   0   0   0   1   0   6
Totals                        9     9   7   7   7   6   0  44

IBB: Carroll (3,Rader).

Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Dierker                       5.1   7   6   6   3   2   2  25
Ray                           1.2   2   0   0   1   1   0   8
Dukes                         0     1   0   0   0   0   0   1
Blasingame                    0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0   1
Buzhardt L(0-2)               1.2   2   3   2   1   0   0   7
Totals                        9    12   9   8   5   3   2  42

Ray faced 2 batters in the 8th inning
Dukes faced 1 batter in the 8th inning
WP: Dierker (12).

Umpires: HP - Bob Engel, 1B - Al Barlick, 2B - Stan Landes, 3B - Ed Vargo
Ejections: Doug Rader by Ed Vargo [Interference non-call (Umpire
struck by throw)]
Time of Game: 3:17   Attendance: 15133


Starting Lineups:

   Cincinnati Reds               Houston Astros           
1. Rose                rf        Watson              lf
2. A. Johnson          lf        Torres              ss
3. Jones               cf        Staub               1b
4. Perez               3b        Wynn                cf
5. Bench               c         Menke               2b
6. May                 1b        Rader               3b
7. Helms               2b        Colbert             rf
8. Woodward            ss        Bateman             c
9. Cloninger           p         Dierker             p

REDS 1ST: Rose grounded out (second to pitcher); A. Johnson
grounded out (pitcher to first); Jones walked; Perez homered
[Jones scored]; Bench struck out; 2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Reds 2,
Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Watson was called out on strikes; Torres flied out
to left; Staub doubled to right; Wynn walked; Menke singled to
left [Staub scored, Wynn to second]; Rader forced Menke
(shortstop to second); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Reds 2, Astros 1.

REDS 2ND: May struck out; Helms grounded out (third to first);
Woodward grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Reds 2, Astros 1.

ASTROS 2ND: Colbert grounded out (second to first); Bateman
singled to right; Dierker out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to
second) [Bateman to second]; Watson grounded out (third to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Reds 2, Astros 1.

REDS 3RD: Cloninger singled to pitcher; Rose walked [Cloninger
to second]; A. Johnson forced Rose (second to shortstop)
[Cloninger to third]; Jones walked [A. Johnson to second]; Perez
singled to right [Cloninger scored, A. Johnson scored, Jones out
at home (right to catcher)]; Bench grounded out (shortstop to
first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Reds 4, Astros 1.

ASTROS 3RD: Torres grounded out (second to first); Staub
grounded out (first to pitcher); Wynn grounded out (shortstop to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Reds 4, Astros 1.

REDS 4TH: May flied out to center; Helms doubled to right;
Woodward lined to second; Cloninger grounded out (shortstop to
first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Reds 4, Astros 1.

ASTROS 4TH: Menke popped to second; Rader walked; Colbert forced
Rader (shortstop to second); Bateman reached on an error by
Helms [Colbert to second, Bateman to first]; Dierker forced
Bateman (shortstop to second); 0 R, 0 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Reds 4,
Astros 1.

REDS 5TH: Rose grounded out (shortstop to first); A. Johnson
flied out to right; Jones flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Reds 4, Astros 1.

ASTROS 5TH: Watson walked; Torres walked [Watson to second];
Staub popped to catcher in foul territory; Wynn walked [Watson
to third, Torres to second]; Menke singled to third [Watson
scored, Torres to third, Wynn to second]; Rader walked [Torres
scored, Wynn to third, Menke to second]; RITCHIE REPLACED
CLONINGER (PITCHING); Colbert singled to right [Wynn scored,
Menke scored, Rader to third]; Bateman out on a sacrifice bunt
(second to first) [Rader scored, Colbert to second]; Dierker
singled to center [Colbert scored]; Watson singled to left
[Dierker to second]; Torres forced Watson (shortstop to second);
6 R, 4 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Reds 4, Astros 7.

REDS 6TH: Perez grounded out (third to first); Bench doubled to
left; Dierker threw a wild pitch [Bench to third]; May homered
[Bench scored]; Helms singled to center; RAY REPLACED DIERKER
(PITCHING); Woodward forced Helms (second to shortstop);
WHITFIELD BATTED FOR RITCHIE; Whitfield struck out; 2 R, 3 H, 0
E, 1 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

ASTROS 6TH: CARROLL REPLACED WHITFIELD (PITCHING); Staub singled
to right; On a bunt Wynn singled to third [Staub to second];
Wynn was picked off first but was safe on an error by Carroll
[Staub to third, Wynn to second]; Menke struck out; Rader was
walked intentionally; Colbert struck out; Bateman struck out; 0
R, 2 H, 1 E, 3 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

REDS 7TH: Rose lined to shortstop; A. Johnson singled to center;
Jones flied out to center; Perez flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H,
0 E, 1 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

ASTROS 7TH: Ray grounded out (pitcher to first); Watson popped
to catcher in foul territory; Torres struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

REDS 8TH: THOMAS REPLACED COLBERT (PLAYING RF); Bench walked;
May singled to left [Bench to second]; DUKES REPLACED RAY
(PITCHING); Helms singled to pitcher [Bench to third, May to
second]; PINSON BATTED FOR WOODWARD; BLASINGAME REPLACED DUKES
(PITCHING); Pinson flied out to right; PAVLETICH BATTED FOR
CARROLL; BUZHARDT REPLACED BLASINGAME (PITCHING); Pavletich
grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first)
[Helms out at second]; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

ASTROS 8TH: CARDENAS REPLACED PINSON (PLAYING SS); ABERNATHY
REPLACED PAVLETICH (PITCHING); Staub flied out to center; Wynn
flied out to center; Menke grounded out (catcher to first); 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Reds 6, Astros 7.

REDS 9TH: Rose grounded out (first to pitcher); A. Johnson
popped to first; Jones walked; Perez tripled to right [Jones
scored]; Bench singled to left [Perez scored, Bench scored
(error by Watson) (error by Watson) (unearned) (no RBI)]; 3B
umpire Ed Vargo was struck by the throw from the outfield; the
ball caromed off Vargo's leg towards the dugout, allowing Johnny
Bench to score; Doug Rader complained that Vargo interfered with
the play and that Bench should not be allowed to score; Rader
was ejected by Vargo; fans threw trash onto the field and Vargo
threatened to forfeit the game if they did not stop; GOTAY
REPLACED RADER (PLAYING 3B); May flied out to center; 3 R (2
ER), 2 H, 2 E, 0 LOB.  Reds 9, Astros 7.

ASTROS 9TH: Gotay struck out; Thomas grounded out (pitcher to
first); Bateman flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Reds
9, Astros 7.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Reds             9  12   2    6
 Astros           7   9   2   10


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