Atlanta Braves 3, Houston Astros 2
Regular Season Game 34
Doubleheader Opener
Played on Monday, May 17, 1976 (D) at Astrodome

ATL N    2  0  0    0  0  1    0  0  0  -   3  7  1
HOU N    0  0  0    0  1  0    0  0  1  -   2  7  0
Atlanta Braves               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Office cf                     3   0   1   0       2   2       2   0
Perez ss                      4   1   0   0       1   1       1   1
Wynn lf                       4   2   2   0       0   2       1   0
Evans 1b                      4   0   2   2       0   1      10   1
Henderson rf                  1   0   1   1       2   0       0   0
Lacy 2b                       4   0   0   0       0   2       4   3
Pocoroba c                    4   0   0   0       0   1       7   2
Royster 3b                    3   0   1   0       1   0       0   2
Messersmith p                 3   0   0   0       1   2       2   4
Totals                       30   3   7   3       7  11      27  13

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Pocoroba-Lacy.
E: Evans (3).

BATTING - 
2B: Wynn (4,off Richard); Royster (4,off Forsch).
SF: Henderson (2,off Richard).
GDP: Lacy (5,off Forsch).
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Evans (3,2nd base off Richard/Johnson).
CS: Office (3,2nd base by Richard/Johnson).

Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Gross rf                      4   0   0   0       0   1       4   0
Andrews 2b                    4   0   1   0       0   0       4   4
Cedeno cf                     4   0   0   0       0   0       2   0
Johnson c                     3   0   0   0       1   0      11   1
Cruz lf                       4   1   1   0       0   1       0   0
Watson 1b                     4   0   2   0       0   0       5   0
Boswell 3b                    4   1   2   1       0   0       1   0
  Howard pr                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Metzger ss                    3   0   1   0       0   1       0   2
  Roberts ph                  1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
Richard p                     2   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Milbourne ph                1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Forsch p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Totals                       34   2   7   1       1   4      27   9

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Metzger-Andrews-Watson.
PB: Johnson (7).

BATTING - 
3B: Watson (1,off Messersmith).
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING - 
CS: Howard (4,2nd base by Messersmith/Pocoroba).

PITCHING
Atlanta Braves               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Messersmith W(1-4)            9     7   2   1   1   4   0  35


Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Richard L(5-3)                7     5   3   3   7   9   0  31
Forsch                        2     2   0   0   0   2   0   7
Totals                        9     7   3   3   7  11   0  38


Umpires: HP - Dick Stello, 1B - Jim Quick, 2B - Bill Williams, 3B - Harry Wendelstedt
Time of Game: 2:23   


Starting Lineups:

   Atlanta Braves                Houston Astros           
1. Office              cf        Gross               rf
2. Perez               ss        Andrews             2b
3. Wynn                lf        Cedeno              cf
4. Evans               1b        Johnson             c
5. Henderson           rf        Cruz                lf
6. Lacy                2b        Watson              1b
7. Pocoroba            c         Boswell             3b
8. Royster             3b        Metzger             ss
9. Messersmith         p         Richard             p

BRAVES 1ST: Office singled; Perez forced Office (shortstop to
second); Wynn singled [Perez to second]; Evans singled [Perez
scored, Wynn to third]; Evans stole second; Henderson hit a
sacrifice fly to right [Wynn scored]; Lacy struck out; 2 R, 3 H,
0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 1ST: Gross grounded out (second to first); Andrews
singled; Cedeno popped to catcher in foul territory; Johnson
lined to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

BRAVES 2ND: Pocoroba grounded out (second to first); Royster
flied out to right; Messersmith struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Cruz struck out; Watson tripled; Boswell reached on
a fielder's choice [Watson out at home (pitcher to catcher)];
Metzger struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

BRAVES 3RD: Office walked; Office was caught stealing second
(catcher to second); Perez popped to second; Wynn struck out; 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Richard popped to catcher in foul territory; Gross
popped to shortstop; Andrews grounded out (shortstop to first);
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

BRAVES 4TH: Evans grounded out (second to first); Henderson
walked; Lacy struck out; Henderson was picked off first (pitcher
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Cedeno grounded out (pitcher to first); Johnson
walked; Cruz forced Johnson (pitcher to second); Watson grounded
out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros
0.

BRAVES 5TH: Pocoroba flied out to center; Royster lined to
right; Messersmith walked; Office walked [Messersmith to
second]; Perez flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Braves
2, Astros 0.

ASTROS 5TH: Boswell singled; Metzger singled [Boswell to
second]; Richard popped to pitcher; Gross grounded out (second
to first) [Metzger to second, Boswell to third]; Andrews reached
on an error by Evans [Boswell scored (unearned) (no RBI),
Metzger to third]; Cedeno popped to second; 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1
E, 2 LOB.  Braves 2, Astros 1.

BRAVES 6TH: Wynn doubled; Evans singled [Wynn scored]; Henderson
walked [Evans to second]; Johnson allowed a passed ball [Evans
to third]; Lacy flied out to center; Pocoroba struck out;
Royster walked [Henderson to second]; Messersmith was called out
on strikes; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

ASTROS 6TH: Johnson grounded out (third to first); Cruz grounded
out (second to first); Watson singled; Boswell grounded out
(first unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

BRAVES 7TH: Office struck out; Perez walked; Wynn struck out;
Evans struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

ASTROS 7TH: Metzger grounded out (catcher to first); MILBOURNE
BATTED FOR RICHARD; Milbourne grounded out (first to pitcher);
Gross struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

BRAVES 8TH: FORSCH REPLACED MILBOURNE (PITCHING); Henderson
singled; Lacy grounded into a double play (shortstop to second
to first) [Henderson out at second]; Pocoroba grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

ASTROS 8TH: Andrews popped to second; Cedeno flied out to
center; Johnson flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Braves 3, Astros 1.

BRAVES 9TH: Royster doubled; Messersmith reached on a fielder's
choice [Royster out at third (pitcher to third)]; Office struck
out; Perez struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 1.

ASTROS 9TH: Cruz singled; Watson grounded out (third to first)
[Cruz to second]; Boswell singled [Cruz scored]; HOWARD RAN FOR
BOSWELL; ROBERTS BATTED FOR METZGER; Roberts struck out while
Howard was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 1 R, 2 H,
0 E, 0 LOB.  Braves 3, Astros 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Braves           3   7   1    8
 Astros           2   7   0    6


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