Houston Astros 6, Chicago Cubs 4
Regular Season Game 98
Doubleheader Nightcap
Played on Sunday, July 24, 1977 (D) at Wrigley Field

HOU N    0  0  1    2  1  0    1  1  0  -   6 10  0
CHI N    1  0  2    0  0  0    1  0  0  -   4 10  2
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Puhl lf                       5   0   1   1       0   1       1   0
Cabell 3b                     5   2   2   1       0   1       1   1
Cruz rf                       5   0   0   0       0   0       2   0
Watson 1b                     5   0   1   1       0   2       7   1
Howe 2b                       5   1   1   1       0   3       2   2
Cedeno cf                     4   1   1   0       0   1       3   0
Herrmann c                    3   2   3   1       1   0       7   0
Metzger ss                    3   0   1   1       1   0       3   4
Niekro p                      2   0   0   0       1   1       1   1
Totals                       37   6  10   6       3   9      27   9

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Niekro-Metzger-Watson.

BATTING - 
2B: Herrmann (3,off Renko); Metzger (3,off Renko); Cabell (22,off Moore).
HR: Howe (7,4th inning off Renko 0 on 0 out); Cabell (10,7th inning off Moore
0 on 0 out).
SH: Niekro (1,off Moore).
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Cedeno (30,2nd base off Todd/Mitterwald).

Chicago Cubs                 AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
De Jesus ss                   4   1   1   0       1   1       1   2
Gross lf                      4   1   2   1       0   0       1   0
  Todd p                      0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  G. Hernandez p              0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Biittner 1b                   3   0   1   1       0   0       6   2
Murcer rf                     4   1   1   2       0   2       1   0
Ontiveros 3b                  4   0   1   0       0   2       3   2
Wallis cf                     4   0   3   0       0   0       1   0
Trillo 2b                     4   0   0   0       0   0       1   2
Swisher c                     2   0   0   0       0   0       9   0
  Cardenal ph                 1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Mitterwald c                1   0   0   0       0   1       2   0
Renko p                       1   0   0   0       0   1       0   0
  Moore p                     1   0   0   0       0   0       0   2
  Morales ph,lf               2   1   1   0       0   0       2   0
Totals                       35   4  10   4       1   7      27  10

FIELDING - 
E: Biittner (10), Mitterwald (4).

BATTING - 
2B: Morales (26,off Niekro); Wallis (2,off Niekro).
HR: Murcer (14,3rd inning off Niekro 1 on 2 out).
SF: Biittner (1,off Niekro).
GDP: Trillo (8,off Niekro).
Team LOB: 6.

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Niekro W(5-3)                 9    10   4   4   1   7   1  37

WP: Niekro (3).

Chicago Cubs                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Renko                         3.1   4   3   2   2   3   1  17
Moore L(3-1)                  3.2   4   2   2   0   4   1  15
Todd                          0     1   1   1   0   0   0   1
G. Hernandez                  2     1   0   0   1   2   0   8
Totals                        9    10   6   5   3   9   2  41

Todd faced 1 batter in the 8th inning

Umpires: HP - Ed Vargo, 1B - Harry Wendelstedt, 2B - Satch Davidson, 3B - Terry Tata
Time of Game: 2:46   Attendance: 25963


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                Chicago Cubs             
1. Puhl                lf        De Jesus            ss
2. Cabell              3b        Gross               lf
3. Cruz                rf        Biittner            1b
4. Watson              1b        Murcer              rf
5. Howe                2b        Ontiveros           3b
6. Cedeno              cf        Wallis              cf
7. Herrmann            c         Trillo              2b
8. Metzger             ss        Swisher             c
9. Niekro              p         Renko               p

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl grounded out (second to first); Cabell grounded
out (third to first); Cruz grounded out (shortstop to first); 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs 0.

CUBS 1ST: De Jesus singled to center; Gross singled to center
[De Jesus to third]; Biittner hit a sacrifice fly to left [De
Jesus scored]; Murcer popped to second; Ontiveros singled to
right [Gross to third]; Wallis made an out to shortstop; 1 R, 3
H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs 1.

ASTROS 2ND: Watson struck out; Howe struck out; Cedeno grounded
out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs
1.

CUBS 2ND: Trillo popped to second; Swisher popped to third in
foul territory; Renko was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E,
0 LOB.  Astros 0, Cubs 1.

ASTROS 3RD: Herrmann walked; Metzger reached on an error by
Biittner [Herrmann to third, Metzger to first]; Niekro walked
[Metzger to second]; Puhl singled to center [Herrmann scored
(unearned), Metzger to third, Niekro to second]; Cabell forced
Metzger (first to catcher) [Niekro to third, Puhl to second];
Cruz forced Niekro (first to catcher) [Puhl to third, Cabell to
second]; Watson struck out; 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 3 LOB.  Astros
1, Cubs 1.

CUBS 3RD: De Jesus walked; Gross forced De Jesus (second to
shortstop); Biittner popped to first in foul territory; Murcer
homered [Gross scored]; Ontiveros was called out on strikes; 2
R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1, Cubs 3.

ASTROS 4TH: Howe homered; Cedeno popped to third; Herrmann
doubled to right; Metzger doubled to left [Herrmann scored];
MOORE REPLACED RENKO (PITCHING); Niekro struck out; Puhl was
called out on strikes; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 3, Cubs 3.

CUBS 4TH: Wallis singled to right; Trillo flied out to center;
Swisher flied out to right; Moore flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H,
0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 3, Cubs 3.

ASTROS 5TH: Cabell doubled to left; Cruz grounded out (second to
first) [Cabell to third]; Watson singled to right [Cabell
scored]; Howe was called out on strikes; Cedeno struck out; 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 3.

CUBS 5TH: De Jesus grounded out (shortstop to first); Gross
flied out to center; Biittner singled to center; Murcer struck
out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 3.

ASTROS 6TH: Herrmann singled to center; Metzger lined to third;
Niekro out on a sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Herrmann to
second]; Puhl grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 3.

CUBS 6TH: Ontiveros grounded out (first to pitcher); Wallis
singled to first; Trillo grounded into a double play (pitcher to
shortstop to first) [Wallis out at second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Astros 4, Cubs 3.

ASTROS 7TH: Cabell homered; Cruz flied out to left; Watson lined
to center; Howe flied out to right; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 5, Cubs 3.

CUBS 7TH: CARDENAL BATTED FOR SWISHER; Cardenal grounded out
(shortstop to first); MORALES BATTED FOR MOORE; Morales doubled
to left; De Jesus grounded out (third to first); Niekro threw a
wild pitch [Morales to third]; Gross singled to right [Morales
scored]; Biittner grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 5, Cubs 4.

ASTROS 8TH: TODD REPLACED GROSS (PITCHING); MORALES STAYED IN
GAME (PLAYING LF); MITTERWALD REPLACED CARDENAL (PLAYING C );
Cedeno singled to center; Cedeno stole second [Cedeno to third
(error by Mitterwald)]; G. HERNANDEZ REPLACED TODD (PITCHING);
Herrmann singled to right [Cedeno scored]; Metzger walked
[Herrmann to second]; On a bunt Niekro forced Herrmann (third to
shortstop) [Metzger to second]; Puhl flied out to left; Cabell
struck out; 1 R, 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 6, Cubs 4.

CUBS 8TH: Murcer struck out; Ontiveros was called out on
strikes; Wallis doubled to right; Trillo grounded out (shortstop
to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 6, Cubs 4.

ASTROS 9TH: Cruz popped to left; Watson lined to third; Howe
struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 6, Cubs 4.

CUBS 9TH: Mitterwald struck out; Morales flied out to right; De
Jesus was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros
6, Cubs 4.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           6  10   0    8
 Cubs             4  10   2    6


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