Houston Astros 3, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Regular Season Game 26
Played on Friday, May 7, 1976 (N) at Busch Stadium II

HOU N    1  0  1    1  0  0    0  0  0  -   3  8  0
STL N    0  0  0    0  0  0    1  0  0  -   1  6  0
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Milbourne 2b                  4   2   1   0       1   0       3   2
Cabell 3b                     3   0   0   0       0   2       0   2
Cruz cf                       4   0   2   2       0   1       1   0
Watson 1b                     4   0   0   0       0   0       8   1
Johnson c                     2   0   0   0       2   2       6   1
Gross rf                      4   1   1   0       0   0       3   0
Howard lf                     4   0   2   0       0   0       5   0
Metzger ss                    2   0   2   0       2   0       1   2
Richard p                     3   0   0   1       0   1       0   2
Totals                       30   3   8   3       5   6      27  10

BATTING - 
2B: Howard 2 (3,off Forsch 2).
SH: Cabell (1,off Forsch).
SF: Richard (1,off Forsch).
GDP: Gross (2,off Frisella).
IBB: Metzger 2 (2,by Forsch 2).
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Cruz (1,2nd base off Forsch/Simmons).
CS: Cruz (1,2nd base by Forsch/Simmons).

St. Louis Cardinals          AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Brock lf                      4   0   1   0       1   1       1   0
Harris 2b                     3   0   1   0       1   1       1   1
McBride cf                    3   0   2   0       1   0       3   0
Simmons c                     4   0   0   0       0   1       7   3
Crawford rf                   4   0   0   0       0   1       1   0
Hernandez 1b                  3   0   1   0       1   0       8   2
Cruz 3b                       4   1   1   1       0   1       0   0
Kessinger ss                  3   0   0   0       1   0       4   3
Forsch p                      2   0   0   0       0   1       0   3
  Melendez ph                 1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Frisella p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       2   0
  Fairly ph                   0   0   0   0       1   0       0   0
  Richard pr                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       31   1   6   1       6   6      27  12

FIELDING - 
DP: 2. Simmons-Harris, Harris-Kessinger-Hernandez.

BATTING - 
HR: Cruz (2,7th inning off Richard 0 on 1 out).
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING - 
CS: Brock (4,2nd base by Richard/Johnson); Hernandez (1,2nd base by Richard/Johnson).

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Richard W(5-1)                9     6   1   1   6   6   1  37


St. Louis Cardinals          IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Forsch L(0-1)                 7     7   3   3   4   6   0  30
Frisella                      2     1   0   0   1   0   0   7
Totals                        9     8   3   3   5   6   0  37

WP: Forsch (2).
IBB: Forsch 2 (2,Metzger 2).

Umpires: HP - Frank Pulli, 1B - Terry Tata, 2B - Doug Harvey, 3B - John Kibler
Time of Game: 2:21   Attendance: 15141


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                St. Louis Cardinals      
1. Milbourne           2b        Brock               lf
2. Cabell              3b        Harris              2b
3. Cruz                cf        McBride             cf
4. Watson              1b        Simmons             c
5. Johnson             c         Crawford            rf
6. Gross               rf        Hernandez           1b
7. Howard              lf        Cruz                3b
8. Metzger             ss        Kessinger           ss
9. Richard             p         Forsch              p

ASTROS 1ST: Milbourne walked; Forsch threw a wild pitch
[Milbourne to second]; Cabell grounded out (first unassisted);
Cruz singled to center [Milbourne scored]; Cruz stole second;
Watson grounded out (shortstop to first); Johnson walked; Gross
forced Johnson (first to shortstop); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. 
Astros 1, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 1ST: Brock singled to third; Brock was caught stealing
second (catcher to shortstop); Harris walked; McBride singled to
center [Harris to second]; Simmons struck out; Crawford grounded
out (second to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1,
Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Howard grounded out (pitcher to first); Metzger
singled to right; Richard hit into a double play (catcher to
second) [Metzger out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros
1, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 2ND: Hernandez walked; Hernandez was picked off and
caught stealing second (pitcher to first to second); Cruz popped
to second; Kessinger walked; Forsch struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 1, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Milbourne singled to left; Cabell out on a sacrifice
bunt (catcher to first) [Milbourne to second]; Cruz singled to
center [Milbourne scored]; Cruz was caught stealing second
(catcher to shortstop); Watson flied out to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Astros 2, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 3RD: Brock grounded out (shortstop to first); Harris
was called out on strikes; McBride walked; Simmons grounded out
(pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Johnson struck out; Gross singled to center; Howard
doubled to right [Gross to third]; Metzger was walked
intentionally; Richard hit a sacrifice fly to center [Gross
scored, Howard to third]; Milbourne grounded out (pitcher to
first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 4TH: Crawford struck out; Hernandez singled to right;
Cruz flied out to right; Kessinger flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H,
0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 5TH: Cabell struck out; Cruz struck out; Watson grounded
out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 3,
Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 5TH: Forsch flied out to right; Brock struck out;
Harris grounded out (first unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 6TH: Johnson struck out; Gross flied out to left; Howard
doubled to left; Metzger was walked intentionally; Richard
struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 6TH: McBride flied out to center; Simmons grounded out
(shortstop to first); Crawford flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

ASTROS 7TH: Milbourne grounded out (pitcher to first); Cabell
struck out; Cruz flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 3, Cardinals 0.

CARDINALS 7TH: Hernandez flied out to left; Cruz homered;
Kessinger flied out to left; MELENDEZ BATTED FOR FORSCH;
Melendez popped to second; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 3,
Cardinals 1.

ASTROS 8TH: FRISELLA REPLACED MELENDEZ (PITCHING); Watson flied
out to center; Johnson walked; Gross grounded into a double play
(second to shortstop to first) [Johnson out at second]; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 1.

CARDINALS 8TH: Brock walked; Harris singled to right [Brock to
second]; McBride singled to third [Brock to third, Harris to
second]; Simmons flied out to left; Crawford flied out to left;
Hernandez grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. 
Astros 3, Cardinals 1.

ASTROS 9TH: Howard grounded out (first to pitcher); Metzger
singled to center; Richard popped to pitcher; Milbourne popped
to shortstop; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 1.

CARDINALS 9TH: Cruz was called out on strikes; Kessinger
grounded out (third to first); FAIRLY BATTED FOR FRISELLA;
Fairly walked; RICHARD RAN FOR FAIRLY; Brock grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 3, Cardinals 1.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           3   8   0    7
 Cardinals        1   6   0    9


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