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Springer Has Been Sprung
added 04/17/2014 by Bob Hulsey
The player all of Astrodom has waited for finally made it to the majors.

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April 20 - This Date in Astros History
April 20 - This Date in Astros History
April 20

2005 - Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night.
1997 - Craig Biggio blasts two homers to topple Los Angeles, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium. His solo shot off Ismael Valdes stakes the Astros to an early lead but Raul Mondesi ties the game with a blast off Chris Holt. After Tim Bogar doubles, Biggio takes Tom Candiotti deep in the eighth for the game-winner.
1994 - A leadoff homer by Craig Biggio blossoms into a four-hit night as Houston trips the Cubs, 7-5. Jeff Bagwell drives in four runs. Tom Edens picks up the win in relief.
1985 - Joe Niekro and Frank DiPino combine on a two-hitter for an 8-1 victory over Atlanta. Jose Cruz drives in four while Brave-killer Craig Reynolds has two hits, including a homer.
1964 - Nellie Fox drives in four runs with a two-run single and a two-run triple to pace a 7-1 win over St. Louis. Dick Farrell tosses a four-hitter.


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APRIL CALENDAR

Date      Opp      Result
4/01      NYY      W 6-2
4/02      NYY      W 3-1
4/03      NYY      L 4-2
4/04      ANA     L 11-1
4/05      ANA      L 5-1
4/06      ANA*     W 7-4
4/07      ANA*     L 9-1
4/08     @TOR      L 5-2
4/09     @TOR      L 7-3
4/10     @TOR      W 6-4
4/11     @TEX      L 1-0
4/12     @TEX      W 6-5
4/13     @TEX*     L 1-0
4/14      off        --
4/15      KC       L 4-2
4/16      KC       L 6-4
4/17      KC       L 5-1
4/18     @OAK     L 11-3
4/19     @OAK*     L 4-3
4/20     @OAK*      ----
4/21     @SEA       ----
4/22     @SEA       ----
4/23     @SEA*      ----
4/24      OAK       ----
4/25      OAK       ----
4/26      OAK       ----
4/27      OAK*      ----
4/28      off        --
4/29      WSH       ----
4/30      WSH       ----
* - day game.

April record:  5-13

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Houston Astros recap - 04/20/14 - A's Kick Astros In 9th, 4-3
A's Kick Astros In 9th, 4-3

Villar: Power source of the day
(c) Associated Press
Brett Oberholtzer must have figured Saturday would finally be his day. The lefty with the 0-3 record held the division-leading Oakland club through 5-2/3rd innings, allowing just one run despite eight hits and two walks then watched Anthony Bass bail him out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. His Astros clung to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth.

This was where last year's club often snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, something this year's team was supposed to prevent after a splash of free agent upgrades to the bullpen. One of those veterans, Chad Qualls, gave up three runs and Oakland walked off with a 4-3 stunner. It was the Astros' sixth straight loss to fall to 5-13 (.278) for April. Look familiar?

Former Astro Jed Lowrie got the rally started with a home run to push the Athletics within one. Qualls then gave up a walk and a single then allowed a game-tying hit by Albert Collaspo followed by the game-winning single by Josh Reddick that delighted the green-and-gold partisans who stayed.

This is what happens with winning teams, something the Astros still are not. Some of it is the attitude to overcome the bad breaks and find a way to win. That's still yet to be found in Houston.

Jonathan Villar was the offensive star with a solo homer against Scott Kazmir in the third and a double in the fifth that eventually became Houston's third run. Matt Dominguez drove home Chris Carter in the fourth for the other run.

The Astros will try to cap a week of futility Sunday afternoon starting at 3:05 Central at the Yoko Ono Coliseum when Brad Peacock (0-1) takes his first rotation try in 2014 as he faces Jesse Chavez (0-0). Young Chavez has no wins in three starts despite a 1.35 ERA - something Oberholtzer (3.04 ERA in four starts) can relate with.



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