APBAlone Project – 1969 Tourney Update: (#8) Dodgers rally vs the (#9) Astros

PRELIMINARY ROUND (Best of Three)

SERIES #8

Series #8 of my 1969 APBA MLB tournament has the #8 Los Angeles Dodgers (85-77) vs the #9 Houston Astros (81-81).

The winner of this series will advance to play the #1 NL seed in the NL Quarterfinals, the New York Mets.

Game 1:  Los Angeles (Singer AXZ, 0-0) at Houston (Dierker AYZ, 0-0)

singer_bill_1969_topps  VS  dierker_larry_1969_topps

A pitchers dual between Bill Singer and Larry Dierker.  0-0 through 4.  The Dodgers score a run in the 5th, lead 1-0.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Astros finally tally, when Joe Morgan singles and steals 2nd, and Jimmy Wynn goes deep for a 2-run homer.  Final score: Astros 2, Dodgers 1.  The Astros lead the series, 1 game to 0.

Game #1
 The Astrodome

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (0-0) at HOUSTON ASTROS (0-0)
 Singer(LAD) vs. Dierker(HOU)

                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
                      - - - - - - - - -   - - -
 LOS ANGELES DODGERS  0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 4 0
 HOUSTON ASTROS       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 x   2 8 1

 W- Ray(1-0) L- Singer(0-1)

 HR- (HOU) Wynn(1),in 8th 
 2B- (LAD) Haller(1) 
 SB- (HOU) Morgan(1) Morgan(2) 
 (LAD) Kosco(1) 
 CS- (LAD) Wills(1) 

Houston leads series 1 game to 0.

Game 2:  Houston (Lemaster BYZ, 0-0) at Los Angeles (Osteen BYZ, 0-0)

lemaster_denny_1969_topps  VS  osteen_claude_1969_topps

Game 2 in Los Angeles, the Astros jumped out in front on Jimmy Wynn’s 2nd 2-run homer of the series (after a Morgan single and SB).  2-0 thru 3.  In the bottom of the 4th, Bill Sudakis went deep for LA, tying the score 2-2 after 4.  The game remained tight thru 9.  The first extra inning game of the tournament.  In the top of the 10th, the Astros score a run on a sac-fly.  3-2 Astros lead.  Dodgers down to their last chance to stay alive in the tourney, with 1 out and bases loaded, Manny Mota comes through with a 2-run single, winning the game in dramatic fashion for the Dodgers in 10 innings.  The final score:  Los Angeles 4, Houston 3.  The series is tied, 1-1.

Game #2
 Dodger Stadium

HOUSTON ASTROS (1-0) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (0-1)
 Lemaster(HOU) vs. Osteen(LAD)


                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E
                      - - - - - - - - -  -   - - -
 HOUSTON ASTROS       2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1   3 6 1
 LOS ANGELES DODGERS  0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  2   4 7 0

 W- Osteen(1-0) L- Lemaster(0-1)

 HR- (LAD) Sudakis(1),in 4th 
 (HOU) Wynn(2),in 1st 
 2B- (HOU) Edwards(1) 
 SB- (LAD) Crawford(1) 
 (HOU) Morgan(3) Wynn(1) Morgan(4) 
 SH- (HOU) Lemaster(1) 
 SF- (HOU) Alou(1) 

The series is tied, 1-1.

Game 3:  Houston (Wilson CXY, 0-0) at Los Angeles (Sutton CYZ, 0-0)

wilson_don_1969_topps  VS  sutton_don_1969_topps

Game #3
 Dodger Stadium

HOUSTON ASTROS (1-1) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (1-1)
 Wilson(HOU) vs. Sutton(LAD)

                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
                      - - - - - - - - -   -  - -
 HOUSTON ASTROS       0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1   3  9 2
 LOS ANGELES DODGERS  0 0 0 3 2 0 1 3 x   9 15 4

 W- Sutton(1-0) L- Wilson(0-1)

 HR- (LAD) Davis(1),in 5th 
 2B- (LAD) Davis(1) Parker(1) Russell(1) 
 (HOU) Morgan(1) 
 SB- (LAD) Parker(1) 
 (HOU) Morgan(5) Morgan(6) 
 SH- (HOU) Wilson(1) 
 SF- (LAD) Sizemore(1) 
 
Los Angeles wins the series, 2 games to 1. Houston is eliminated.

Game 3 saw Houston jump out in front again, this time with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd.  Joe Morgan continues his hot hitting for Houston, finishes this game going 4 for 5 with 2 SB.  In the bottom of the 4th, LA fights back with 3 runs.  The Dodgers add 2 more in the bottom of the 5th, 5-2 LA after 5.  The Dodgers hits and runs continue to pile up, as the Dodgers built a 9-2 lead through 8 on 15 hits.  6 errors in this game (4 by LA, 2 by HOU) lead to 5 unearned runs combined.  Final Score:  Los Angeles 9, Houston 3.  With a 2-1 series win, the #8 Los Angeles Dodgers will advance to play the #1 New York Mets in the NL Quarterfinals.

The MVP of the series is Bill Sudakis:  3 for 12, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R.

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SERIES STATS:

dodgers

dodgers_batting_prelimdodgers_pitching_prelim

astros

houston_batting_prelimhouston_pitching_prelim

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