Atlanta Braves 4, Houston Astros 3
Regular Season Game 8
Played on Saturday, April 16, 1977 (N) at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

HOU N    0  1  0    0  0  0    1  0  1  -   3  8  1
ATL N    0  2  0    0  0  0    2  0  x  -   4  8  0
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Sperring 2b,ss                4   0   1   0       0   0       4   3
Cabell 3b                     4   0   1   0       0   0       0   3
Cedeno cf                     4   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Watson 1b                     4   1   1   0       0   0      10   0
Cruz rf                       3   0   1   1       1   0       1   0
Ferguson c                    4   2   3   1       0   0       2   1
Johnson lf                    4   0   0   0       0   1       3   0
Metzger ss                    2   0   0   0       0   0       0   3
  Boswell ph,2b               1   0   1   1       0   0       3   2
Konieczny p                   2   0   0   0       0   1       0   1
  Crawford ph                 1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sambito p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Forsch p                    0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Totals                       33   3   8   3       1   2      24  15

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Sperring-Boswell-Watson.
E: Metzger (2).

BATTING - 
2B: Ferguson 2 (2,off Messersmith 2).
3B: Boswell (1,off Messersmith).
HR: Ferguson (2,9th inning off Messersmith 0 on 2 out).
GDP: Cabell (2,off Messersmith).
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Watson (1,2nd base off Messersmith/Correll).

Atlanta Braves               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Office cf                     4   1   0   0       1   0       2   1
Royster 3b                    3   0   0   0       1   0       0   1
Montanez 1b                   3   1   0   0       1   1      11   0
Burroughs rf                  3   0   0   0       1   1       1   0
Matthews lf                   3   1   3   2       1   0       3   0
Correll c                     2   1   1   0       0   0       3   0
  Pocoroba ph,c               0   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Gilbreath 2b                  4   0   0   0       0   0       4   2
Rockett ss                    4   0   3   2       0   0       2   5
Messersmith p                 3   0   1   0       0   0       0   2
Totals                       29   4   8   4       5   2      27  11

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Messersmith-Rockett-Montanez.

BATTING - 
SH: Royster (1,off Sambito); Messersmith (1,off Forsch).
HBP: Correll (1,by Konieczny); Pocoroba (1,by Forsch).
GDP: Gilbreath (1,off Forsch).
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Royster (3,2nd base off Konieczny/Ferguson).
CS: Office (1,2nd base by Konieczny/Ferguson).

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Konieczny                     6     6   2   2   2   2   0  27
Sambito L(0-1)                0.1   0   2   2   2   0   0   3
Forsch                        1.2   2   0   0   1   0   0   8
Totals                        8     8   4   4   5   2   0  38

HBP: Konieczny (1,Correll); Forsch (1,Pocoroba).

Atlanta Braves               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Messersmith W(1-1)            9     8   3   3   1   2   1  34


Umpires: HP - Bruce Froemming, 1B - Terry Tata, 2B - Ed Sudol, 3B - Dick Stello
Time of Game: 2:23   Attendance: 13789


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                Atlanta Braves           
1. Sperring            2b        Office              cf
2. Cabell              3b        Royster             3b
3. Cedeno              cf        Montanez            1b
4. Watson              1b        Burroughs           rf
5. Cruz                rf        Matthews            lf
6. Ferguson            c         Correll             c
7. Johnson             lf        Gilbreath           2b
8. Metzger             ss        Rockett             ss
9. Konieczny           p         Messersmith         p

ASTROS 1ST: Sperring singled; Cabell grounded into a double play
(pitcher to shortstop to first) [Sperring out at second]; Cedeno
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Braves 0.

BRAVES 1ST: Office grounded out (second to first); Royster
walked; Royster stole second; Montanez grounded out (third to
first); Burroughs struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0,
Braves 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Watson singled; Watson stole second; Cruz singled
[Watson scored, Cruz out at second (center to shortstop)];
Ferguson doubled; Johnson struck out; Metzger flied out to
center; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 0.

BRAVES 2ND: Matthews walked; Correll was hit by a pitch
[Matthews to second]; Gilbreath grounded out (shortstop to
first) [Matthews to third, Correll to second]; Rockett singled
[Matthews scored, Correll scored]; Messersmith singled [Rockett
to third]; Office flied out to left; Royster grounded out
(second to first); 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

ASTROS 3RD: Konieczny made an out to second; Sperring made an
out to second; Cabell singled; Cedeno made an out to second; 0
R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

BRAVES 3RD: Montanez grounded out (first unassisted); Burroughs
flied out to center; Matthews singled; Correll singled [Matthews
to third]; Gilbreath forced Correll (third to second); 0 R, 2 H,
0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

ASTROS 4TH: Watson flied out to right; Cruz walked; Ferguson
grounded out (third to first) [Cruz to second]; Johnson flied
out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

BRAVES 4TH: Rockett flied out to left; Messersmith flied out to
left; Office reached on an error by Metzger [Office to first];
Office was caught stealing second (catcher to second); 0 R, 0 H,
1 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

ASTROS 5TH: Metzger grounded out (second to first); Konieczny
was called out on strikes; Sperring grounded out (shortstop to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

BRAVES 5TH: Royster grounded out (shortstop to first); Montanez
struck out; Burroughs grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

ASTROS 6TH: Cabell grounded out (shortstop to first); Cedeno
flied out to left; Watson made an out to catcher; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

BRAVES 6TH: Matthews singled; Correll forced Matthews (pitcher
to second); Gilbreath made an out to second; Rockett singled
[Correll to second]; Messersmith flied out to right; 0 R, 2 H, 0
E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1, Braves 2.

ASTROS 7TH: Cruz made an out to first; Ferguson doubled; Johnson
flied out to left; BOSWELL BATTED FOR METZGER; Boswell tripled
[Ferguson scored]; CRAWFORD BATTED FOR KONIECZNY; Crawford made
an out to second; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Braves 2.

BRAVES 7TH: SAMBITO REPLACED CRAWFORD (PITCHING); BOSWELL STAYED
IN GAME (PLAYING 2B); SPERRING CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING SS);
Office walked; Royster out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to
second) [Office to second]; Montanez walked; FORSCH REPLACED
SAMBITO (PITCHING); Burroughs walked [Office to third, Montanez
to second]; Matthews singled [Office scored, Montanez scored,
Burroughs to second]; POCOROBA BATTED FOR CORRELL; Pocoroba was
hit by a pitch [Burroughs to third, Matthews to second];
Gilbreath grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to
first) [Pocoroba out at second]; 2 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros
2, Braves 4.

ASTROS 8TH: POCOROBA STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING C ); Sperring
grounded out (pitcher to first); Cabell grounded out (shortstop
to first); Cedeno made an out to catcher; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 2, Braves 4.

BRAVES 8TH: Rockett singled; Messersmith out on a sacrifice bunt
(pitcher to second) [Rockett to second]; Office grounded out
(second to first) [Rockett to third]; Royster grounded out
(third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 2, Braves 4.

ASTROS 9TH: Watson made an out to first; Cruz flied out to left;
Ferguson homered; Johnson grounded out (shortstop to first); 1
R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 3, Braves 4.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           3   8   1    4
 Braves           4   8   0   10


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