New York Mets 2, Houston Astros 1
Regular Season Game 126
Played on Tuesday, August 23, 1977 (D) at Shea Stadium

HOU N    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  1  0  -   1  8  1
NY  N    0  0  0    0  0  0    0  1  1  -   2 11  0
Houston Astros               AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Puhl cf                       4   1   1   0       0   1       4   0
Cabell 3b                     4   0   0   0       0   0       2   3
Cruz rf                       4   0   3   1       0   1       3   0
Watson 1b                     2   0   0   0       2   1       8   1
Howe 2b                       4   0   1   0       0   1       2   2
Howard lf                     3   0   1   0       0   0       2   0
Herrmann c                    3   0   2   0       0   0       2   1
  Gardner pr                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Dixon p                     0   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
  Boswell ph                  1   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
  Sambito p                   0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Sperring ss                   4   0   0   0       0   1       1   3
Bannister p                   2   0   0   0       0   1       0   1
  Ferguson c                  1   0   0   0       0   0       1   0
Totals                       32   1   8   1       2   6      25  12

FIELDING - 
DP: 1. Sperring-Howe-Watson.
E: Howe (7).

BATTING - 
2B: Herrmann (6,off Espinosa); Puhl (9,off Espinosa).
SH: Howard (6,off Espinosa).
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING - 
SB: Cruz 2 (38,2nd base off Espinosa/Grote 2).
CS: Cruz (19,2nd base by Espinosa/Grote).

New York Mets                AB   R   H RBI      BB  SO      PO   A
Randle 3b                     5   0   3   1       0   0       1   3
Flynn ss                      4   0   0   0       0   0       0   1
Henderson lf                  4   1   2   0       0   0       6   0
Vail rf                       3   0   1   0       1   0       2   1
Stearns 1b,c                  4   0   0   0       0   0       4   1
Grote c                       2   0   1   0       1   0       8   1
  Kranepool ph,1b             1   0   1   1       0   0       1   0
Mazzilli cf                   4   0   1   0       0   1       1   0
Foster 2b                     4   1   1   0       0   0       3   1
Espinosa p                    3   0   1   0       0   2       1   1
  Lockwood p                  0   0   0   0       0   0       0   0
Totals                       34   2  11   2       2   3      27   9

BATTING - 
2B: Kranepool (15,off Dixon).
SH: Lockwood (3,off Sambito).
GDP: Randle (11,off Bannister).
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING - 
CS: Randle (18,2nd base by Bannister/Herrmann).

PITCHING
Houston Astros               IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Bannister                     6     6   0   0   2   2   0  25
Dixon                         2     3   1   1   0   1   0   9
Sambito L(5-5)                0.1   2   1   1   0   0   0   3
Totals                        8.1  11   2   2   2   3   0  37

WP: Sambito (1).
BK: Dixon (1).

New York Mets                IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP
Espinosa                      7.2   8   1   1   2   6   0  31
Lockwood W(3-6)               1.1   0   0   0   0   0   0   4
Totals                        9     8   1   1   2   6   0  35


Umpires: HP - Dick Stello, 1B - Bruce Froemming, 2B - Jim Quick, 3B - Bill Williams
Time of Game: 2:35   Attendance: 9071


Starting Lineups:

   Houston Astros                New York Mets            
1. Puhl                cf        Randle              3b
2. Cabell              3b        Flynn               ss
3. Cruz                rf        Henderson           lf
4. Watson              1b        Vail                rf
5. Howe                2b        Stearns             1b
6. Howard              lf        Grote               c
7. Herrmann            c         Mazzilli            cf
8. Sperring            ss        Foster              2b
9. Bannister           p         Espinosa            p

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl struck out; Cabell flied out to left; Cruz
singled to shortstop; Cruz stole second; Watson walked; Howe
flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

METS 1ST: Randle reached on an error by Howe [Randle to first];
Randle was caught stealing second (catcher to shortstop to
first); Flynn flied out to center; Henderson singled to
shortstop; Vail singled to shortstop [Henderson to second];
Stearns flied out to left; 0 R, 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets
0.

ASTROS 2ND: Howard made an out to second; Herrmann flied out to
right; Sperring struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Mets 0.

METS 2ND: Grote singled to left; Mazzilli singled to left [Grote
to second]; Foster forced Grote (pitcher to third) [Mazzilli to
second]; Espinosa struck out; Randle singled to third [Mazzilli
to third, Foster to second]; Flynn flied out to right; 0 R, 3 H,
0 E, 3 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Bannister grounded out (second to first); Puhl flied
to left in foul territory; Cabell flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

METS 3RD: Henderson flied out to right; Vail flied out to
center; Stearns made an out to shortstop; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 0, Mets 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Cruz struck out; Watson struck out; Howe struck out;
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

METS 4TH: Grote grounded out (shortstop to first); Mazzilli
struck out; Foster flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. 
Astros 0, Mets 0.

ASTROS 5TH: Howard singled to center; Herrmann doubled to center
[Howard to third]; Sperring reached on a fielder's choice
[Howard out at home (third to catcher), Herrmann stayed at
second]; Bannister struck out; Puhl flied out to left; 0 R, 2 H,
0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

METS 5TH: On a bunt Espinosa singled; Randle grounded into a
double play (shortstop to second to first) [Espinosa out at
second]; Flynn grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

ASTROS 6TH: Cabell grounded out (third to first); Cruz singled
to second; Cruz was caught stealing second (catcher to second);
Watson flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets
0.

METS 6TH: Henderson grounded out (third to first); Vail walked;
Stearns grounded out (third to first) [Vail to second]; Grote
walked; Mazzilli lined to third; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros
0, Mets 0.

ASTROS 7TH: Howe singled to left; Howard out on a sacrifice bunt
(pitcher to second) [Howe to second]; Herrmann singled to right
[Howe out at home (right to catcher), Herrmann to second (on
throw to home)]; GARDNER RAN FOR HERRMANN; Sperring grounded out
(first unassisted); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Mets 0.

METS 7TH: FERGUSON REPLACED BANNISTER (PLAYING C ); DIXON
REPLACED GARDNER (PITCHING); Foster grounded out (pitcher to
first); Espinosa struck out; On a bunt Randle singled; Flynn
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0,
Mets 0.

ASTROS 8TH: Ferguson grounded out (shortstop to first); Puhl
doubled to right; Cabell grounded out (first to pitcher) [Puhl
to third]; Cruz singled to right [Puhl scored]; Cruz stole
second; Watson walked; LOCKWOOD REPLACED ESPINOSA (PITCHING);
Howe flied out to right; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 1, Mets 0.

METS 8TH: Henderson singled to shortstop; Dixon balked
[Henderson to second]; Vail flied out to right; Stearns flied
out to center [Henderson to third]; KRANEPOOL BATTED FOR GROTE;
Kranepool doubled to right [Henderson scored]; Mazzilli flied
out to center; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 1, Mets 1.

ASTROS 9TH: KRANEPOOL STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 1B); STEARNS
CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING C ); Howard flied out to left;
BOSWELL BATTED FOR DIXON; Boswell made an out to third; Sperring
grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 1,
Mets 1.

METS 9TH: SAMBITO REPLACED BOSWELL (PITCHING); Foster singled to
center; Lockwood out on a sacrifice bunt (first to second)
[Foster to second]; Sambito threw a wild pitch [Foster to
third]; Randle singled to center [Foster scored]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 1, Mets 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           1   8   1    7
 Mets             2  11   0   10


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