On Opening Day, Fernando Valenzuela, making his first major league start in place of scheduled starter Jerry Reuss, blanks Houston on five hits at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. During the strike-shortened season, the 20 year-old rookie from Mexico will lead the league in game starts (25), complete games (11), and shutouts (8).

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Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Houston Astros 0

Game Played on Thursday, April 9, 1981 (D) at Dodger Stadium

HOU N 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 5 0 LA N 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x - 2 8 0
BOX+PBP
WP: Valenzuela (1-0)
LP: Niekro (0-1)

Play by Play

 

ASTROS 1ST: Puhl grounded out (shortstop to first); Reynolds
singled to center; Cedeno grounded out (second to first)
[Reynolds to second]; Cruz flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 1ST: Lopes flied out to center; Landreaux doubled to
left; Baker made an out to second; Garvey flied out to center; 0
R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 0.

ASTROS 2ND: Howe walked; Roberts flied out to center [Howe to
second]; Thon grounded out (second to first) [Howe to third];
Pujols made an out to first; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0,
Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 2ND: Cey grounded out (shortstop to first); Guerrero
singled to right; Guerrero stole second; Scioscia struck out;
Russell grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
 Astros 0, Dodgers 0.

ASTROS 3RD: Niekro walked; Puhl grounded into a double play
(first to first to shortstop) [Niekro out at second]; Reynolds
grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 3RD: Valenzuela lined to second; Lopes grounded out
(shortstop to first); Landreaux flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 0.

ASTROS 4TH: Cedeno struck out; Cruz lined to first; Howe made an
out to second; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 0.

DODGERS 4TH: Baker flied out to left; Garvey tripled to right;
Cey hit a sacrifice fly to left [Garvey scored]; Guerrero
singled to left; Scioscia flied out to left; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 1.

ASTROS 5TH: Roberts flied out to center; Thon grounded out
(shortstop to first); Pujols singled to second; Niekro struck
out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 1.

DODGERS 5TH: Russell singled to left; Valenzuela popped to
pitcher; Russell was caught stealing second (catcher to
shortstop); Lopes walked; Lopes stole second; Landreaux flied
out to right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 1.

ASTROS 6TH: Puhl popped to catcher in foul territory; Reynolds
singled to center; Cedeno doubled to left [Reynolds to third];
Cruz lined to shortstop; Howe grounded out (pitcher to first); 0
R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 1.

DODGERS 6TH: Baker flied out to left; Garvey singled to left;
Cey grounded out (catcher to first) [Garvey to second]; Niekro
threw a wild pitch [Garvey to third]; Guerrero doubled to left
[Garvey scored]; Scioscia made an out to second; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E,
1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 2.

ASTROS 7TH: Roberts flied out to center; Thon flied out to
center; Pujols struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0,
Dodgers 2.

DODGERS 7TH: Russell singled to left; Valenzuela out on a
sacrifice bunt (first to second) [Russell to second]; Lopes
grounded out (third to first); Landreaux popped to first in foul
territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 2.

ASTROS 8TH: LEONARD BATTED FOR NIEKRO; Leonard struck out; Puhl
grounded out (pitcher to first); Reynolds grounded out (first
unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 2.

DODGERS 8TH: D. SMITH REPLACED LEONARD (PITCHING); Baker struck
out; Garvey struck out; Cey walked; Guerrero popped to first in
foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 2.

ASTROS 9TH: Cedeno popped to third in foul territory; Cruz
grounded out (third to first); Howe singled to center; Roberts
struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Astros 0, Dodgers 2.

Final Totals      R   H   E  LOB
 Astros           0   5   0    6
 Dodgers          2   8   0    7