1989 - Timeline
by Bob Hulsey
Jan 10 - Astros acquire veteran righthander Rick Rhoden from the Yankees for three minor leaguers. Rhoden starts 20 games and wins just two during his final season in a 15-year career.
Jan 30 - Houston inks a pair of veterans, pitcher Dan Schatzeder and outfielder Greg Gross as free agents. Gross bats .200 in mostly pinch-hit roles during the final campaign of his 15-year career, one that began as an Astro. Schatzeder wins four games in relief.
Jan 31 - Infielder Ron Washington is signed to a free agent contract. He doubles in seven games for a .143 average.
Feb 16 - Astros sign righthander Roger Mason as a free agent. He appears in just two games with Houston but resurfaces with the Pirates in 1991 to resume a ten-year career in the majors.
Mar 06 - After blowing late leads in each of their first three spring games, the Astros score four in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 5-4 victory over Kansas City for the first win in Art Howe's managerial career. Thad Bosley, Craig Biggio and Karl Allaire drive in the runs after three walks start the inning.
Mar 21 - Astros acquire second baseman Steve Lombardozzi from the Minnesota Twins for a player-to-be-named later. Lombardozzi bats .211 in 23 games with Houston.
Mar 31 - Catcher Carl Nichols is picked up from Baltimore in exchange for two minor leaguers. Over parts of three seasons, Nichols will bat .186 in 60 games.
Apr 03 - Astros claim infielder Eric Yelding off waivers from the Cubs. He is slated to be just a pinch-runner during his rookie season since he must be kept on the major league roster but he blossoms the next year as an outfielder and shortstop.
Apr 04 - Art Howe's managerial debut is a success with a 10-3 win over the Braves. Glenn Davis christens the season with a 400-ft homer in his first at bat. Mike Scott goes seven for the victory.
Apr 06 - With Bill Doran at third, Terry Puhl grounds out as Atlanta holds on for a 3-2 decision. Jim Deshaies and Larry Andersen hold the Braves to five hits but a two-out triple by John Smoltz and a wild pitch scores the game-winner.
Apr 08 - Bill Doran bangs a double and a triple to pace a 6-2 win over San Diego in Jim Clancy's Houston debut. Rafael Ramirez adds three hits. Clancy gets help from Juan Agosto in the ninth to seal the victory.
Apr 11 - Four unearned runs in the first inning lead to a 5-3 triumph against Cincinnati. A bases-loaded single by Ken Caminiti caps the rally which was aided by an error, two balks and two free passes.
Apr 12 - Dave Smith surrenders a three-run double to Paul O'Neill in the top of the ninth as the Reds claim a 3-1 verdict. Rick Rhoden and Larry Andersen had stymied the Reds on five hits before the collapse.
Apr 13 - Glenn Davis ties the Dodgers with an eighth-inning blast then an error by Eddie Murray in the 15th keys a 4-2 victory. Bob Forsch tosses shutout ball over the last four innings for the win.
Apr 14 - Ken Caminiti smacks a solo shot in the eighth to drop the Dodgers, 3-2. Mike Scott goes the distance for the win after giving up a two-run blast to Eddie Murray in the opening frame.
Apr 18 - Billy Hatcher tags Tom Glavine for a two-run shot in the ninth to tie but Atlanta wins in eleven, 5-4, when rookie Tommy Gregg caps a five-hit night by singling home Lonnie Smith with the winning run.
Apr 20 - Kevin Bass scores the game-winner on an error by Ron Gant as Houston squeezes past the Braves, 4-3. Bass had doubled home Glenn Davis earlier in the eighth to tie it. Danny Darwin is the winner in relief of Mike Scott.
Apr 21 - Jim Deshaies spins a four-hitter to blank the Reds, 7-0. He walks none and fans nine. Craig Reynolds and Bill Doran open and close the scoring with two-run homers.
Apr 22 - Danny Darwin has a tenth inning to forget. Three walks, a balk and a wild pitch preceed the game-winning single from Paul O'Neill in a 5-4 Cincinnati verdict.
Apr 23 - A two-run bomb by Glenn Davis and a two-run single by Craig Biggio lead Houston past the Reds, 5-2. Bob Knepper wins his first after three losses. Larry Andersen shuts the door for his first save.
Apr 25 - Glenn Davis' two-run homer off Ken Howell in the first is all Mike Scott needs on his way to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia. Scott strikes out four during his four-hit performance.
Apr 26 - Astros survive a late scare from the Phils for a 6-5 nail-biter. Glenn Davis swats a homer in his fourth straight game but the slugger is unhappy with local announcers who are told to promote Budweiser after each Houston home run. Davis says the alcohol ads conflict with his Christian witness, adding he was nearly killed by a drunk driver when he was 17.
Apr 30 - Houston reaches David Cone for seven runs in the first three frames then hangs on for a 7-6 victory in New York. Terry Puhl contributes three hits and drives in two. The Astros close an 11-14 month in fifth place.
May 02 - Kevin Bass drills four hits while Glenn Davis and Bill Doran drive home three runs each during a 12-4 mauling in Philadelphia. Jim Deshaies gets the win and adds an RBI single to boot.
May 03 - After Houston takes the lead in Montreal in the 11th inning, Juan Agosto serves up a two-run homer to Spike Owen for a 6-5 Expos win. Andres Galarraga and Hubie Brooks took Danny Darwin deep to tie it earlier.
May 04 - Bill Doran homers off Joe Hesketh in the tenth inning for a 5-4 triumph at Stade Olympique. Craig Biggio hits his first long ball of the year.
May 07 - Kevin Bass goes 3-for-3 and steals four bases to pace a 5-0 win in New York. Jim Deshaies outduels Dwight Gooden with a five-hit shutout, striking out seven. Bass had just three swipes on the season before the game.
May 10 - Montreal explodes for eight runs in the second on their way to a 10-1 decision, sweeping their three-game set at the Dome. Spike Owen charges Larry Andersen in the sixth, igniting a brawl that led to four ejections.
May 12 - Jim Deshaies goes the distance with a four-hitter as Houston trips the Cubs, 3-1. Gerald Young and Billy Hatcher execute a double steal for the game's first run, with Young crossing the plate.
May 13 - Bob Knepper, with help from Larry Andersen and Dave Smith, spins a three-hit shutout over Greg Maddux and the Cubs, 1-0. Maddux allows just three hits himself but two come in the eighth when Rafael Ramirez doubles and Gerald Young singles him home. Knepper is now 2-5. Maddux is 1-5.
May 14 - Mike Scott goes the distance on a four-hitter, topping Chicago, 5-1. Houston surrenders just 11 hits while sweeping the three-game series. Their bats manage just 18 hits themselves. Kevin Bass homers.
May 16 - Outfielder Mark Davidson is obtained from Minnesota for a minor leaguer. On the field, Craig Biggio triples and scores in the 11th for an 8-7 triumph over the Cardinals. Bill Doran homers off Frank DiPino and drives in five. Dan Schatzeder tosses three innings for the win.
May 17 - Houston shocks St. Louis with two in the ninth for a 3-2 victory. After three singles load the bases, Billy Hatcher and Craig Biggio finish the game with RBI grounders. Larry Andersen wins in relief.
May 18 - Denny Walling haunts his old teammates with a game-winning pinch-hit single in the tenth for a 4-3 St. Louis win. Larry Andersen takes the loss.
May 19 - Mike Scott pitches seven innings of no-hit ball before Glenn Wilson singles to break it up. It is Pittsburgh's only hit in a 3-0 Houston triumph, the third one-hitter of Scott's career. Houston had tried to trade for Wilson earlier in the month but reached a snag when Alan Ashby, whom the Pirates wanted, vetoed the deal. Ashby was released on May 11th.
May 20 - Rafael Ramirez singles home Billy Hatcher in the 12th for a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh. Bill Doran stays hot with four hits. Ramirez adds three, including a home run.
May 21 - Jim Clancy's awful month continues in a 17-5 loss to the Pirates. Andy Van Slyke goes 4-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs. Reserves Craig Reynolds and Greg Gross pitch the final two frames, allowing six runs.
May 24 - Greg Maddux finishes a Chicago sweep at the Dome with a 3-1 verdict. Shawon Dunston's two-run single is the key blow.
May 26 - A two-run blast by Glenn Davis paces a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. Jim Clancy wins his second game of the year, assisted by four relievers.
May 27 - Glenn Davis drills a two-run, two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie Pittsburgh. In the 12th, he reaches on an error by Bobby Bonilla and Rafael Ramirez drives him home for the 5-4 triumph.
May 28 - Rafael Ramirez spanks four hits and Glenn Davis drills a three-run shot to lead a 9-2 drowning of the Bucs, sweeping their three-game series. Ken Caminiti also goes yard.
May 29 - Craig Biggio's two-run double keys a 3-2 victory in St. Louis. Houston gets good mileage out of just four hits. Bob Knepper claims his third win while Dave Smith saves his ninth.
May 30 - Ken Caminiti homers, doubles and drives in five as the Astros blast the Cardinals, 8-4. Bob Forsch makes his first start in St. Louis as a visiting pitcher but Danny Darwin earns the win in relief.
May 31 - Craig Biggio doubles home Ken Caminiti in the ninth for a 4-3 win over St. Louis, giving Houston a perfect 6-0 road trip. For the month, the 16-10 Astros are 27-24 for the year, in fourth place but just two games out of first.
Jun 01 - Jim Deshaies loses his no-hit bid with two outs in the eighth on a single by Mickey Hatcher but handcuffs the Dodgers, 7-2. Juan Agosto gets the last out of a two-hitter. Deshaies wins his sixth of the year.
Jun 02 - Mike Scott outduels Fernando Valenzuela to blank Los Angeles, 1-0. It's Houston's eighth straight win. Terry Puhl singles home Glenn Davis for the game's only run with two away in the seventh.
Jun 04 - Astros end a 22-inning marathon with the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez slaps the game-winner off emergency pitcher Jeff Hamilton to score Bill Doran. The hit glances off the glove of emergency first baseman Fernando Valenzuela, ending seven hours and fourteen minutes of action. Houston and Los Angeles go extras again that afternoon. The Astros win, 7-6 in 13 innings, with emergency reliever Mike Scott's game-ending sacrifice fly scoring Ramirez.
Jun 06 - Houston stuns the Padres with three runs in the bottom of the ninth and one more in the tenth to steal an 8-7 victory. San Diego giftwraps it when four walks and an error help the Astros tie then Bip Roberts' error the next inning plates the game-winner.
Jun 08 - Glenn Davis whacks a two-run homer in the tenth off Mark Davis to shock San Diego, 7-6. Davis' single began a four-run rally in the ninth to tie, keyed by a double from Craig Biggio.
Jun 09 - Houston tallies four times in the sixth to nip Atlanta, 6-5. Billy Hatcher and Ken Caminiti lead the way with three hits apiece.
Jun 10 - Jim Clancy, Juan Agosto and Dave Smith team up for a 1-0 whitewash of the Braves. Bill Doran's double in the sixth chases home Billy Hatcher for the game's only run.
Jun 11 - Bill Doran drills a grand slam and drives in five as the Astros complete a three-game sweep of Atlanta, 10-6. Jim Deshaies records his seventh win. Houston closes out one of the best homestands in their history, winning ten of eleven games. The Astros have won 16 of their past 17 contests, taking sole possession of first place over the Giants and Reds.
Jun 13 - Terry Puhl, of Melville Saskatchewan, plays in his 1403rd major league game, breaking the mark of Jack Graney (1908-1922) for Canadian ballplayers. Puhl celebrates with two hits but Houston falls to the Dodgers, 3-2.
Jun 15 - Mariano Duncan singles home Franklin Stubbs in the 11th as the Dodgers take their third straight from the Astros, 2-1. Bill Doran had driven in Louie Meadows for the only Houston run to give them an early lead.
Jun 16 - Bill Doran and Glenn Davis go deep for a 3-1 victory in San Diego. Jim Clancy wins his fifth of the year while Dave Smith notches his 13th save.
Jun 17 - Jack Clark swats a two-run homer off Danny Darwin in the eighth to give San Diego a 2-1 verdict. It ruins another nice start from Jim Deshaies. Billy Hatcher's solo shot accounts for the lone Houston tally.
Jun 18 - Homers by Craig Biggio and Ken Caminiti knock out the Padres, 5-2, as Mike Scott racks up his 11th win. Caminiti drives in three to lead the assault.
Jun 19 - Solo shots from Bob Knepper and Glenn Davis aren't enough as the Giants subdue Houston, 3-2. Knepper's record sinks to 3-8.
Jun 23 - Ken Caminiti breaks a ninth-inning tie with a base hit then Louie Meadows follows with a two-run single for a 5-2 victory in Atlanta. Glenn Davis brings home the other two Houston runs.
Jun 24 - Bill Doran ties the Braves in the eighth with a solo homer then Ken Caminiti singles home Terry Puhl for a 5-4 triumph. Larry Andersen and Dave Smith shut the door to preserve the win for Mike Scott.
Jun 25 - Gerald Young raps three hits and collects his 27th steal as Houston pounds the Braves, 12-6. Seven Astros have multi-hit games as they sweep Atlanta.
Jun 27 - Craig Biggio cracks a pinch-hit three-run homer off Steve Bedrosian to rock the Giants, 7-5. With Houston battling San Francisco for the NL West lead, they rally from a 5-3 eighth-inning deficit when Ken Caminiti doubles off Jeff Brantley. Rafael Ramirez singles him home then Bill Doran walks setting up Biggio's game-winner. Danny Darwin fans five of the seven batters he faces to notch the victory.
Jun 28 - Doubles by Bill Doran, Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti highlight a three-run first as Houston topples the Giants, 7-3. Jim Deshaies wins his eighth with help from Larry Andersen.
Jun 29 - Billy Hatcher smashes a three-run homer and drives in four to pace an 8-3 victory in Montreal. Bill Doran also goes deep. Mike Scott goes eight innings for his 13th win.
Jun 30 - Dennis Martinez scatters five hits in a 6-1 Expos victory, leaving Houston with an 18-10 mark for June and 45-34 overall. They trail San Francisco by two games in the division race.
Jul 01 - Alex Trevino drives in all four runs during a 4-1 thumping of Montreal. He snaps a 1-1 tie with a bases-loaded double off Pascual Perez.
Jul 04 - Astros erupt for eight runs in the first inning and coast to a 10-3 triumph over the Mets. Terry Puhl leads the charge with three hits and three RBIs. Mike Scott wins his 14th.
Jul 05 - Billy Hatcher has three hits as Houston outlasts New York, 6-5. Every Astro starter gets at least one hit. Danny Darwin claims his eighth victory in relief of Bob Knepper.
Jul 07 - Down 8-1, the Astros rally late to tie the Expos. But the effort is wasted as they lose in ten, 11-8. Alex Trevino and Louie Meadows highlight the comeback with home runs.
Jul 08 - Rafael Ramirez plates Terry Puhl with the winning run in the seventh for a 3-2 win over Montreal. A homer by Louie Meadows had tied it the previous inning.
Jul 11 - Vivian Smith, widow of franchise founder R.E. "Bob" Smith, dies at age 81. Mrs. Smith was a visible Astros supporter long after her husband passed on. A plaque at the Astrodome is later dedicated in her memory.
Jul 13 - Houston returns from the All-Star break by splitting a pair in Philadelphia. A four-hit game by Glenn Davis isn't enough in the 11-4 opener. Bob Forsch, Danny Darwin and Dave Smith combine on a seven-hit shutout in the nightcap, 3-0. Mark Davidson's two-run homer sparks the offense.
Jul 15 - Charlie Hayes commits four of the Phillies' six errors as Houston takes a 9-6 victory. Glenn Davis drives in three and Mark Portugal gets his first National League win. Hayes is 0-for-4 at the plate with two whiffs.
Jul 17 - Astros sweep a twinbill in New York, 6-0 and 12-3. Jim Deshaies and Larry Andersen team up on a two-hitter in the opener. In the second game, Alex Trevino has four hits and Ken Caminiti drives in four to lead a 14-hit attack. Eric Yelding drives in three.
Jul 19 - Glenn Davis smashes two home runs off David Cone but he is working alone in an 8-2 loss to the Mets. Greg Gross has the only other two Houston hits.
Jul 21 - Gerald Young is 3-for-3 and scores the winning run in a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. Glenn Davis launches his 21st homer as insurance. Dave Smith notches his 20th save while Mike Scott gets his 15th win.
Jul 22 - Astros sweep the Phillies, 1-0 and 4-3. Jim Deshaies wins his tenth in the opener as Gerald Young singles home Craig Reynolds with the game's only run. Rafael Ramirez' two-run homer in the nightcap allows Danny Darwin to claim his tenth. Off the field, outfielder Javier Ortiz is acquired from Los Angeles for pitcher Ed Vosberg.
Jul 23 - A three-run first is all the Astros need to finish a four-game sweep of the Phils, 3-2. Bob Forsch wins with relief help from Juan Agosto and Larry Andersen.
Jul 26 - It's a perfect night for rookie Craig Biggio who goes 3-for-3 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly as Houston trips the Dodgers, 6-2. Mike Scott outduels Fernando Valenzuela and drives in two runs himself.
Jul 27 - Eddie Murray's three-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth off Dave Smith stuns the Astros, 7-5. The Dodgers climb back from a 5-1 deficit. Afterwards, Houston waives pitcher Bob Knepper, who is 4-10. They promote outfielder Eric Anthony from the minors.
Jul 28 - San Francisco nips the Astros, 3-2, on Will Clark's seventh-inning shot off Jim Clancy. Glenn Davis has an RBI single taken away from him by umpire Doug Harvey when he rules that Davis' backswing struck catcher Terry Kennedy.
Jul 29 - Craig Biggio becomes the first Houston catcher to bat leadoff in over twenty years and it seems to work out. He homers and singles in an 8-1 victory over San Francisco. Another blast is the first big league bomb for Eric Anthony. Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti also go yard. Mark Portugal hurls a three-hit complete game, just his second win as an Astro.
Jul 30 - Craig Biggio stays hot as his two-run single snaps a 2-2 tie, beating the Giants, 6-2. Rafael Ramirez has three doubles. The Astros move within a game of first-place San Francisco, finishing July at 15-11 and 60-45 for the season.
Aug 01 - Rick Rhoden comes off the disabled list to toss five shutout innings for his first win as an Astro, blanking the Reds, 5-0. Larry Andersen and Dave Smith take it the rest of the way. Ken Caminiti has three hits and drives in three.
Aug 03 - Cincinnati explodes for 14 runs in the first inning en route to an 18-2 massacre of the Astros. The Reds set three major league records and tie two more. Jim Clancy and Bob Forsch each allow seven tallies in the opening frame. Forsch surrenders a club-record 18 hits in his seven innings, including nine consecutive hits in the first inning. Houston hurlers surrender a team-record 26 hits.
Aug 04 - Don Robinson quiets the Astros on three hits for a 4-2 verdict in San Francisco. A two-run shot by Rafael Ramirez is Houston's only tallies.
Aug 06 - Giants send the recently-signed Bob Knepper to the hill against Houston. He gets a no-decision in a 3-2 Astros win which keeps them just two games back of San Francisco in the pennant race. Knepper allows seven hits and two runs in six innings but is gone by the time Eric Yelding drives home Gerald Young in the eighth with the game-winner. Juan Agosto gets the win.
Aug 08 - Glenn Davis drills two home runs and drives in five as Houston bombs the Padres, 12-3. Ken Caminiti and Craig Biggio also play long ball. Caminiti and Terry Puhl have three hits each. Jim Clancy goes the distance.
Aug 09 - Houston squanders eight shutout innings from Mark Portugal, blowing a 1-0 lead to San Diego in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 defeat. A bases-loaded walk to Bip Roberts and a sacrifice fly by Benito Santiago are the difference. A solo homer by Eric Anthony is the only Astro run.
Aug 11 - Eric Davis belts two home runs to pace a 6-1 Cincinnati verdict at the Dome. Both shots come off Rick Rhoden.
Aug 12 - Glenn Davis gets his third hit, driving in the tying run in the ninth, then scores on a wild pitch from John Franco for a 6-5 shocker over the Reds. Dave Smith gets the win after blowing a 4-2 lead in the top of the ninth.
Aug 13 - Houston is blanked by Tom Browning on a six-hitter as the Reds claim a 5-0 decision. The Astros remain three games behind the Giants.
Aug 15 - Ken Caminiti plates pinch-runner Eric Yelding in the 11th for a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. Glenn Davis, who started the rally, had earlier tied it up with his 28th home run.
Aug 16 - Bobby Bonilla homers off Larry Andersen in the 12th as the Pirates respond in a 5-4 verdict. Kevin Bass has two of Houston's six hits.
Aug 17 - Jim Deshaies tosses a complete game for his 11th win, a 5-3 victory over the Pirates. Harry Spilman gets two hits in a rare start, as do Craig Biggio and Kevin Bass.
Aug 18 - Rafael Ramirez gets a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Glenn Davis scores after doubling home Bill Doran. Davis had homered the inning before. Dave Smith is the surprise winner. Billy Hatcher is traded to Pittsburgh for outfielder Glenn Wilson.
Aug 19 - Five Astros have multi-hit games as Houston pounds Greg Maddux and Chicago, 8-4. Glenn Davis leads the parade with three hits including his 30th long ball of the season.
Aug 20 - After Ryne Sandberg ties the game in the ninth with his second solo homer, Kevin Bass responds with his second long ball of the night, a grand slam off Mitch Williams for an 8-4 triumph over the Cubs. Danny Darwin gets the win after blowing the save.
Aug 22 - John Smiley and the Pirates quiet Houston, 4-1, on a six-hitter. Elsewhere, Nolan Ryan rings up Rickey Henderson for the 5,000th strikeout in his storied career.
Aug 24 - Houston is swept in Pittsburgh as the Pirates eke out a 3-2 decision in 14 innings. Jose Lind plates Gary Redus with a sacrifice fly to end the game.
Aug 26 - Glenn Wilson's homer in the eighth gets them close but the Astros succumb to the Cardinals, 5-3, for their fifth straight loss. Wilson and Glenn Davis have two hits apiece.
Aug 27 - Ken Caminiti drives in three to pace a 6-3 triumph over St. Louis. His two-run double in the sixth gives Houston a lead they do not give back.
Aug 29 - Rafael Ramirez has a career day with a grand slam and a club-record seven RBIs but the Astros waste it and a 9-0 lead to lose to the Cubs, 10-9, in ten innings. Dwight Smith singles off Dave Smith for the game-winner.
Aug 30 - Gerald Young has four hits and drives in three as the Astros claw the Cubs, 8-4. Rafael Ramirez stays hot with three hits. Mike Scott wins his first game in nearly a month for his 18th of the year. After a disappointing 11-17 August, Houston is at 71-62, four games back of San Francisco.
Sep 01 - Craig Reynolds' pinch-hit homer in the seventh snaps a 2-2 tie as Houston cages the Cardinals, 6-3. Kevin Bass adds three hits, including a triple.
Sep 03 - Leon Durham lifts a sacrifice fly that scores Terry Pendleton with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. St. Louis takes a 4-3 verdict. Glenn Wilson and Ken Caminiti notch three hits each in the loss.
Sep 05 - Houston shocks the Dodgers with three in the eighth to claim a 3-2 victory. Glenn Wilson plates Glenn Davis with the winning run. Juan Agosto picks up his fourth win.
Sep 07 - Ken Caminiti's two-run single is the difference in a 2-1 squeaker over San Diego. Jim Clancy gets the win while Dave Smith posts his 24th save.
Sep 08 - Steve Lombardozzi, Rafael Ramirez and Mark Portugal make an unlikely trio of home run hitters as Houston bounces the Giants, 5-2. Portugal becomes the first Houston pitcher to go deep at the Dome in almost eight years.
Sep 09 - A three-hitter by Mike Scott stops San Francisco, 4-1, pulling Houston back within five games of the lead. Kevin Bass' double keys a two-run first inning that puts the Astros ahead to stay.
Sep 10 - Bob Knepper gets his revenge in a 5-3 Giants decision. It's his third win for San Francisco. Glenn Davis smacks a homer off Craig Lefferts late to put the lead in doubt.
Sep 12 - Bruce Hurst fires a two-hitter as he blanks Houston, 9-0, in San Diego. It kicks the Astros into third place, seven behind the Giants.
Sep 13 - Craig Biggio's double in the eighth off Orel Hershiser keys a 3-1 triumph over the Dodgers. Mark Portugal and Danny Darwin combine on a four-hitter. Ken Caminiti takes Hershiser deep for Houston's first run.
Sep 14 - Mike Scott becomes the fourth Astro to reach 20 wins during an 11-3 triumph in Los Angeles. Batterymate Craig Biggio makes it easy for Scott, whacking two home runs and driving in six. Rafael Ramirez adds four hits.
Sep 15 - A two-run bomb by Glenn Davis caps a three-run seventh that topples the Reds, 4-1. Gerald Young adds three hits.
Sep 16 - Jim Deshaies fires a three-hitter, silencing Cincinnati, 3-1. All the scoring comes in the fourth inning, led by Kevin Bass' RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Ken Caminiti.
Sep 17 - Mark Portugal bests Tom Browning on a five-hitter as Houston sweeps the Reds, 1-0. Ken Caminiti's tenth homer is the game's only run. The five-game win streak vaults the Astros back into second place and five games out of first.
Sep 19 - The rookie pitcher jinx bites as Gary Eave gets his first big league win in a 3-0 whitewash of the Astros in Atlanta. Eave outduels Mike Scott, allowing just two hits in 7-2/3rds innings.
Sep 20 - Alex Trevino blasts a solo shot off Joe Boever in the 14th for a 7-6 triumph over the Braves. Kevin Bass had belted a grand slam earlier. Craig Biggio had socked his 12th off rookie Rusty Richards. Houston uses 26 players, including eight pitchers.
Sep 21 - Rookie pitcher jinx part two. Tommy Greene blanks the Astros on three hits for a 3-0 Braves shutout. Atlanta skipper Russ Nixon bristled when Giants' manager Roger Craig griped about the Braves starting three rookie pitchers while the Astros were still in contention. Nixon obviously knew what he was doing.
Sep 22 - Mark Portugal continues his mastery of the Giants, tossing a four-hitter for a 3-1 victory. Eric Anthony goes 3-for-3 with a home run and Gerald Young drives in two.
Sep 23 - Mike Scott fails again to post his 21st win, losing to San Francisco, 3-1. Rick Reuschel scatters seven hits, one being a solo homer by Scott.
Sep 24 - Giants bomb Houston, 10-2, eliminating the Astros from the division race. Kevin Mitchell smashes his 47th homer of the year off Jim Clancy.
Sep 26 - Harry Spilman doubles home Steve Lombardozzi in the seventh for a 3-2 win over the Braves. Eric Anthony homers. Danny Darwin saves his seventh to close for Jim Deshaies.
Sep 27 - Oddibe McDowell sends a pinch-hit homer in the ninth off Jim Clancy for a 5-4 Atlanta decision. Clancy finishes with a 7-14 record.
Sep 30 - Craig Biggio starts in center field and contributes three hits in a 9-2 thrashing of Cincinnati. Glenn Davis sets a career high with his 34th homer. Jose Cano scatters seven hits in a complete game effort - his only big league win. Houston closes the month even at 14-14.
Oct 01 - Astros wrap up an 86-76 season in third place with a 2-0 whitewash of the Reds. Jim Deshaies goes the route for his 15th win, a personal best. Doubles by Alex Trevino and Craig Biggio surround a single by Eric Yelding that breaks the scoreless tie in the seventh.
Oct 19 - Houston radio station KKBQ announces that the World Series is coming to the Astrodome after an earthquake rattles California, sending the Fall Classic into turmoil. General Manager Bill Wood blasts the false report as "sick humor".
Nov 14 - Despite being the National League's only 20-game winner, Mike Scott finishes behind San Diego reliever Mark Davis for the N.L. Cy Young Award. Scott receives just four of the 24 first place votes.
Dec 04 - Astros acquire righthander Xavier Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays' system in the major league phase of the winter draft. The Astros lose infielder Chuck Jackson in the same draft. Hernandez would provide 22 wins and 25 saves over five seasons in Houston. Jackson batted .221 in reserve duty for the Astros in 1987 and 1988.
Dec 06 - Astros ink pitcher Bill Gullickson and infielder Ken Oberkfell to contracts. Gullickson would spend one year in Houston. Oberkfell would spend two, batting .214 as a reserve.