Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dodgers Take Series from Astros in Stellar Pitching Duels

Game One: LA 4, Hou 1
W: Sutcliffe (1-0)
L: Ruhle (0-1)

Dave Lopes ignited the Dodger offense with a triple and two runs scored and Steve Garvey went 3-for-4 with a double and two ribbies, as LA took game one of a tough divisional matchup. LA starter Bob Welch had to leave the game after an inning but Rick Sutcliffe and Jerry Reuss held Astros bats at bay all day.

Game Two: LA 3, Hou 1 (10 innings)

W: Hough (1-0)
L: Sambito (1-1) (BS 1)
S: Rautzhan (1)

J.R. Richard was stellar for the 'Stros, mowing down LA hitters through eight innings with 13 strikeouts and leaving with a 1-0 lead, thanks to Bob Watson's first homer of the year (off LA starter Burt Hooton in the fifth). It looked like sure victory for Houston when closer Joe Sambito recorded the first two outs in the top of the ninth. But then Ron Cey drove a fastball to left for a tying homer. That proves to be a back breaker, as Sambito gave up two runs in the top of the 10th on a Davey Lopes home run.

Game Three: Hou 1, LA 0
W:K. Forsch (1-0)
L: Sutton (1-1)
S: Sambito (2)

Ken Forsch kept LA hitters off balance all day, only allowing three hits with no walks and two Ks in eight innings (for a gamescore of 78). Terry Puhl's two-out RBI single in the fifth was all the offense the Astros could muster off Don Sutton, who only allowed five hits through eight innings. But this time out, Sambito was perfect in the ninth inning to nail down his second save.

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