1999 - Timeline
by Bob Hulsey
Jan 14 - Astros swap catcher Brad Ausmus and pitcher C.J. Nitkowski to Detroit for five players including catcher Paul Bako and pitcher Brian Powell. Ironically, both players Houston traded away would return to the Astros organization.
Jan 21 - Houston signs four players to minor league deals but all will see action with the Astros. Pitchers Brian Williams and Jeff McCurry come to terms along with outfielders Alex Diaz and Ryan Thompson. Williams, in his second tour as an Astro, plays the biggest role going 2-1 in 50 games out of the bullpen. For McCurry, it was a nice 29th birthday present, having been born in Tokyo, Japan on this day in 1970.
Feb 03 - Billy Wagner signs a three-year $10-million dollar deal, avoiding arbitration. Wagner is coming off a season where he fans 14.55 batters per nine innings, setting a major league mark for pitchers tossing 50 or more innings.
Feb 09 - Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It's the second year in a row that none of Houston's arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing.
Feb 23 - Architects for the new downtown ballpark propose to Astros owner Drayton McLane a train engine to be placed upon the left field wall. Builders announce the new field is almost halfway complete.
Mar 26 - Roger Clemens tosses six innings of no-hit ball but the Astros storm back to topple the New York Yankees, 7-5. Clemens had been the subject of intense trade talks during the off-season as the Astros tried to swing a swap with the Toronto Blue Jays to bring the multiple Cy Young Award winner back to Texas. Clemens and his agents began making huge demands, forcing the Astros to end trade talks only to have Drayton McLane attempt to salvage the deal. Ultimately, Clemens was sent to New York.
Apr 06 - The Astros begin their final campaign in the Astrodome by defeating the Cubs, 4-2. Shane Reynolds is the Opening Day winner. Carl Everett and Richard Hidalgo bash solo home runs.
Apr 08 - Solo homers by Henry Rodriguez and Jose Hernandez are enough to stymie the Astros, 2-1. Jose Lima is the victim. Chicago's Jon Lieber scatters five hits over eight frames to win it.
Apr 09 - On the Astrodome's final anniversary, Tim Bogar drives home Richard Hidalgo with the winning run as Houston nips Milwaukee, 2-1. Starter Sean Bergman adds a solo homer but Scott Elarton takes the win in relief.
Apr 11 - Craig Biggio scores his 1000th career run against Milwaukee in a 5-2 victory. Biggio has two hits on the day, including a double. Shane Reynolds captures the victory.
Apr 13 - Houston ties a club mark with seven steals during a 7-3 romp in San Francisco. Carl Everett and Craig Biggio lead the way with two hits and two stolen bases each. Mike Hampton allows four hits over seven innings for his first win of the year.
Apr 14 - Jeff Bagwell, Ken Caminiti and Richard Hidalgo each go deep in a 6-2 triumph over the Giants. The last two come consecutively off Miguel Del Toro. Craig Biggio adds three hits.
Apr 16 - St. Louis does all their damage in one inning - a five-run fourth to stop the Astros, 5-3. Shade Reynolds fans ten despite the meltdown. Jeff Bagwell reaches base all five times with three hits and two walks.
Apr 18 - Houston explodes for six runs in the eighth inning to cut the Cards, 8-4. Derek Bell has a perfect four-hit day while Carl Everett adds three hits, including a homer.
Apr 20 - Carl Everett, Richard Hidalgo and Mitch Meluskey smack three hits apiece in a 10-4 mauling of the Cubs. The latter two go yard back-to-back in the seventh off Ken Karchner.
Apr 21 - Jeff Bagwell bashes three home runs at Wrigley Field and drives in six to drop the Cubs, 10-3. Bagwell passes Jim Wynn's mark for the most homers in franchise history.
Apr 23 - Chris Holt's record falls to 0-3 as Cincinnati pounds him, 7-5. Richard Hidalgo stays hot with three hits, including his fourth homer of the young season.
Apr 24 - After allowing a three-run shot to Barry Larkin, the Astros rally late for a 4-3 victory over the Reds. A two-run single by Ken Caminiti is the key blow. Scott Elarton wins in relief.
Apr 26 - Jeff Bagwell scores twice, drives in two, doubles and steals a base to lead Houston over Arizona, 5-2. Jose Lima wins his third of the year.
Apr 27 - Shane Reynolds and Brian Williams combine to blank the Diamondbacks, 11-0. Reynolds plates three runs to help his cause. Tony Eusebio adds three hits. Craig Biggio goes deep and drives in three.
Apr 28 - Derek Bell and Jeff Bagwell send back-to-back homers off Andy Benes but Arizona bombs Billy Wagner for five runs in the ninth to outgun Houston, 10-6. Bill Spiers also goes deep.
Apr 29 - Mike Hampton allows four hits over eight innings and drives home a pair to topple the Diamondbacks, 5-2. Billy Wagner strikes out the side in the ninth for his seventh save.
Apr 30 - Sean Bergman goes the distance for an 8-1 victory in Florida. Derek Bell and Jeff Bagwell swat back-to-back homers for the second time in three days. Richard Hidalgo goes yard. Paul Bako adds three hits. The Astros end the month at 13-9, leading the Central Division by half a game.
May 01 - Five unearned runs in the first two innings are enough for a 6-4 win over the Marlins. Jose Lima picks up his fourth victory. Jeff Bagwell and Ken Caminiti each push home a pair of runs.
May 02 - Carl Everett stars with three hits, two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Astros past Florida, 3-2, completing a sweep. Tony Eusebio also delivers three hits. Shane Reynolds increases his record to 5-1.
May 04 - Derek Bell smacks a two-run homer in the 7th, part of a three-hit performance, as Houston clubs the Mets, 6-1.
May 05 - Jeff Bagwell caps a four-RBI night with a two-run blast off Armando Benitez to stun New York, 5-4. Jay Powell gets the win in relief while Billy Wagner notches his tenth save.
May 07 - Jose Lima goes the distance, scattering nine hits in a 5-2 victory over Montreal. He helps his own cause with two hits and an RBI. Houston has now won ten of their last twelve contests.
May 09 - Expos reach Chris Holt for four runs in the first inning and hold on for a 4-2 decision. Holt is now 0-5.
May 10 - Mike Hampton blanks the Pirates on five hits for a 6-0 triumph. Ken Caminiti and Tony Eusebio rap out three hits apiece. Derek Bell homers off Pete Schourek.
May 11 - Houston ties a club record for runs scored during a 19-8 demolition of the Pirates at the Astrodome. Seven Astros, including Tim Bogar and Paul Bako , have multi-hit games in the 18-hit assault. Houston breaks open the game with back-to-back five-run frames in the fourth and fifth, making an easy winner of Sean Bergman, who surrenders six runs in five innings of work. Houston's ten doubles sets another club mark.
May 12 - Astros sweep Piitsburgh with a 6-2 victory by Jose Lima. Richard Hidalgo whacks a double and a triple, driving in two. Carl Everett adds three hits.
May 14 - Shane Reynolds claims his sixth of the year, a 7-4 comeback win against the Giants. Carl Everett has a perfect 4-for-4 night. Reynolds and Derek Bell drive in a pair of runs each.
May 15 - Craig Biggio goes 4-for-4 with four RBIs to pace a 10-5 victory over San Francisco. Biggio and Jeff Bagwell both launch three-run shots off Mark Gardner. Mike Hampton cruises to his fifth win.
May 16 - Armando Rios takes Scott Elarton deep in the 11th as the Giants trip Houston, 5-4. This comes after a two-run double by Craig Biggio off Robb Nen had tied it in the eighth.
May 18 - Jeff Bagwell launches his 11th homer and drives in three to pace an 11-3 drubbing of the Dodgers. Tony Eusebio also goes yard while Bill Spiers adds a pinch two-run double.
May 19 - Two solo shots by Jeff Bagwell are the Houston offense as Kevin Brown dominates the Astros again, 5-2. Eric Karros has a two-run blow for the Dodgers off Shane Reynolds.
May 20 - Billy Wagner surrenders two homers but hangs on for a 4-3, ten-inning victory in Los Angeles. A double by Derek Bell and a sacrifice fly by Ken Caminiti in the tenth salvage the win after light-hitting Tripp Cromer took Wagner deep with two down in the bottom of the ninth.
May 23 - Jeff Bagwell snaps a tie game with a three-run bomb off Joe Nathan to fell the Giants, 4-1. Jose Lima limits San Francisco to four hits in eight frames for his eighth win.
May 24 - Shane Reynolds tosses a complete-game, 5-2 victory over Colorado. Russ Johnson keys the offense with two hits, two walks, two runs scored and a run batted in.
May 25 - Carl Everett singles home Bill Spiers with the winning run for a 2-1, twelve-inning victory over the Rockies. Everett had also doubled home Jeff Bagwell in the eighth for the only other Houston run. Scott Elarton wins in relief as he, Mike Hampton and Billy Wagner limit Colorado to five hits.
May 26 - Houston takes their third straight from the Rockies, 3-2, with a run in the eighth to tie and another run in the ninth to win off Pedro Astacio. Craig Biggio singles home Glen Barker with his third hit of the evening for the game-winner.
May 27 - Henry Blanco lofts a sacrifice fly in the ninth off Trever Miller to give Colorado a 4-3 verdict. Miller Time includes three walks and two wild pitches in the fatal inning.
May 30 - Kris Benson holds Houston to three hits over eight innings in a 7-3 Pittsburgh romp that sweeps the Astros. It concludes a 16-11 month for Houston, giving them a 29-20 record, one game ahead of the Cubs for first.
Jun 01 - Sean Bergman hurls a six-hit shutout in a rain-shortened, seven-inning, 3-0 victory in Milwaukee. Tim Bogar's two-run double caps a three-run rally.
Jun 02 - Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo tee off with two-run homers in the first on their way to a 9-1 thumping of the Brewers. Jose Lima pitches a four-hit complete game and fans eight.
Jun 03 - Dave Nilsson smacks two homers and a double to pace a 4-1 Milwaukee decision. Shane Reynolds takes the loss.
Jun 04 - Houston rallies from a 6-2 deficit to overtake Minnesota, 7-6. Derek Bell and Tony Eusebio get three hits each. Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo again go deep.
Jun 05 - Richard Hidalgo cracks a single, double and home run, driving in four, to pace a 6-5 victory at the Metrodome. Scott Elarton wins in relief of Chris Holt.
Jun 06 - Eight Twins have multi-hit games in a 13-6, 21-hit clubbing of Sean Bergman and the bullpen. Jeff Bagwell has three hits, including his 17th home run, but it is not enough.
Jun 07 - Jose Lima runs his record to 10-2 with a complete-game victory over the White Sox, 8-2. Every Astro in the lineup gets at least one of Houston's 17 hits except, of course, for Lima who never bats. Daryle Ward is the Designated Hitter, which is used in American League parks.
Jun 09 - Jeff Bagwell slams three home runs and drives in six as the Astros pound the Chicago White Sox, 13-4, at Comiskey Park. Carl Everett and Tim Bogar also go deep. Bagwell has 20 homers in just 58 games. He is the first Astro to launch three homers in a game thrice.
Jun 11 - Tony Eusebio and Ricky Gutierrez plate runs in a tight 2-1 win over the Padres. Sean Bergman limits San Diego to three hits over seven frames for his fourth win.
Jun 12 - Catcher Paul Bako's first homer of the year breaks a 2-2 tie and sinks the Padres, 3-2. Richard Hidalgo slugs his 12th. Bako also has the second stolen base of his big league career.
Jun 13 - Astros manager Larry Dierker collapses in the dugout due to a seizure during the eighth inning of a home game against San Diego. Houston has a 4-0 lead thanks to a grand slam by Derek Bell. Dierker misses only 27 games despite undergoing brain surgery. The game is suspended until July 22nd when the Astros complete the 4-3 victory.
Jun 14 - With their manager out of surgery, Houston responds by scalping the Braves, 10-4. Carl Everett has a 4-for-5 night. Craig Biggio drills three doubles. Derek Bell drives in three. Jeff Bagwell mops up with a solo shot off John Rocker. Coach Matt Galante fills in for Larry Dierker.
Jun 15 - Atlanta's Brian R. Hunter singles home Otis Nixon in the ninth off Scott Elarton to nip the Astros, 4-3. Jeff Bagwell stays hot with two hits, two walks and a home run. The Braves would take three of four in the matchup of division leaders.
Jun 18 - Shane Reynolds halts the Expos on six hits, 5-0. Richard Hidalgo's three-run homer off Dustin Hermanson is the big blow. Tim Bogar also goes yard. Craig Biggio notches his 30th double of the season.
Jun 20 - Carl Everett launches two homers and drives in six as Houston bombs the Expos, 11-3. His grand slam off Ugueth Urbina comes after Everett was hit in his previous at bat by Dan Smith. Everett had gone deep on Smith earlier. Tim Bogar also homers. Off the field, the Astros acquire outfielder Matt Mieske from Seattle for a minor leaguer.
Jun 22 - St. Louis outlasts Houston in 14 innings, 4-3, by reaching Jeff McCurry with three singles. Tony Eusebio and Derek Bell account for all of Houston's runs with homers. Ricky Gutierrez has four hits.
Jun 23 - Astros are outhit by the Cardinals, 14-12, but Houston uses a quartet of two-run innings to double up St. Louis, 8-4. Shane Reynolds wins his tenth.
Jun 24 - Ron Villone and Danny Graves combine on a one-hitter as Cincinnati blanks the Astros, 3-0. A single by Tony Eusebio and five walks are the total Houston offense.
Jun 25 - The Reds pummel Chris Holt and Trever Miller for a 10-7 verdict. Derek Bell and Jeff Bagwell go deep but they can't keep pace.
Jun 27 - Pete Harnisch returns to finish a four-game sweep in Houston as Cincinnati pulls within a half-game of the Astros with a 5-2 decision. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Carl Everett are the only Houston tallies.
Jun 29 - Craig Biggio drives home Glen Barker with the game-winner in the ninth as Houston edges the Cardinals, 5-4. Scott Elarton wins while Billy Wagner seals it with his 19th save.
Jun 30 - Ricky Gutierrez homers and drives in three as the Astros drum St. Louis, 10-3. Jeff Bagwell launches his 25th homer. Bill Spiers adds three hits. Mike Hampton wins his tenth of the year. Houston is 45-32 for the year after a 16-12 month. They still cling to first by a half-game over the Reds.
Jul 02 - Carl Everett smashes four hits, including a double and a home run, driving in three to lead a 7-5 triumph against the Reds. Craig Biggio adds three hits. Jay Powell wins his fourth game in relief of Jose Lima.
Jul 03 - Pete Harnisch and Dennys Reyes combine on a five-hit whitewash of the Astros, 10-0. A close game is broken up in the fifth when the Reds touch Brian Williams for six runs.
Jul 04 - Surprising everyone by batting lefthanded against lefty Steve Avery, switch-hitter Carl Everett blasts a two-run homer to spark a 5-3 win in Cincinnati that pulls Houston into a tie for the division lead. Derek Bell also goes deep.
Jul 05 - Ron Villone quiets the Astros for the second time. This one leading to a 5-2 Cincinnati verdict as Chris Holt's record falls to 1-9. Matt Mieske's pinch-hit two-run homer is the only Houston scoring.
Jul 06 - Richard Hidalgo does the damage with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly to topple the Diamondbacks, 3-1. Jose Lima wins his 12th with help from Jay Powell and Billy Wagner who posts his 22nd save.
Jul 07 - Wade Miller's big league debut is a rough one. He gets belted by three home runs in the third as Arizona crushes Houston, 13-7. Steve Finley later adds two more long balls. Craig Biggio has four hits including a homer and two doubles in a losing cause.
Jul 08 - Astros score in the 10th and 11th frames but Billy Wagner and Brian Williams can't close the door as Arizona comes back for an 8-7 decision in eleven. Craig Biggio homers and swats two doubles for the second straight game but the Diamondbacks answer with seven doubles off Houston pitching.
Jul 09 - A ninth-inning double by Bill Spiers and a two-run single by Carl Everett snap a 3-3 tie with Kansas City then Chris Holt rescues Jay Powell in relief for a 6-5 Houston victory. Jeff Bagwell clobbers a two-run shot.
Jul 11 - Bill Spiers, Jeff Bagwell and Carl Everett drive in two runs each as Houston completes a sweep of the Royals, 7-3. A five-run eighth breaks open a close affair with Jose Lima winning again.
Jul 15 - Houston wakes up late from the All-Star Break, roaring back from a 6-0 deficit to overtake Detroit, 8-6. A three-run shot from Jeff Bagwell off Dave Mlicki leads the comeback. Trever Miller gets the win. Larry Dierker returns to the helm after coach Matt Galante skippers them to a 13-14 record in his absence.
Jul 16 - Glen Barker scores the winning run in the ninth for a 2-1 squeaker over the Tigers. Craig Biggio is the hero with the decisive hit. Jose Cabrera wins in relief.
Jul 17 - Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell launch solo homers in the eighth to tie Detroit, 2-2. Derek Bell draws a bases-loaded walk off Todd Jones in the tenth for a 3-2 victory. Biggio, who contributes three hits, scores the game-winner.
Jul 18 - Mike Hampton blanks the Indians on four hits for a 2-0 shutout. Hampton fans eight to win his 12th. Craig Biggio stays hot with three of Houston's four hits, including his 39th double of the year.
Jul 19 - A two-run double by Richard Hidalgo and a two-run homer by Roberto Alomar takes us to the bottom of the 11th where Houston wins, 3-2, as Bill Spiers scores on a wild pitch by Tom Candiotti. It's the Astros' eighth straight victory.
Jul 21 - Tony Womack blasts a grand slam off Billy Wagner to give Arizona a 7-4 verdict in Houston. Jeff Bagwell had smacked his 32nd homer, a three-run poke, to give Houston their runs.
Jul 23 - A grand slam by Matt Mieske in the eighth off Donne Wall caps the Padres, 7-4. Derek Bell and Paul Bako also go deep. Mike Hampton goes the distance to run his record to 13-3.
Jul 24 - Jeff Bagwell has a perfect night with three hits and a walk to pace a 5-2 victory over San Diego. Chris Holt gets just his second victory. Russ Johnson adds a home run. Tim Bogar chips in three hits.
Jul 25 - Houston completes their three-game sweep of the Padres with another 5-2 victory. Shane Reynolds wins his 12th. Richard Hidalgo hammers his 15th homer while rookie Lance Berkman bats clean-up with two hits and two RBIs.
Jul 26 - Matt Mieske drills his second home run of the night and Daryle Ward adds a game-winning single as Houston scores four in the ninth to upend the Rockies, 8-5, at Coors Field. Mieske and Craig Biggio deliver four hits apiece to lead the Astro assault. Brian Williams takes the win in relief.
Jul 27 - Jose Lima wins his 14th in a 6-3 triumph over Colorado. Matt Mieske stays hot with three hits and three RBIs. Billy Wagner bags his 27th save.
Jul 28 - Derek Bell notches four hits to pace a 21-hit attack as Houston outslugs Colorado in the thin air, 16-8. Jeff Bagwell launches a grand slam. Daryle Ward and Russ Johnson also go deep. Mike Hampton lasts seven innings for his 14th win of the season.
Jul 29 - A pair of former Astros, Darryl Kile and Dave Veres, handcuff Houston for a 4-2 Colorado decision, snapping Houston's six-game winning streak. Paul Bako's 4-for-4 performance is not enough.
Jul 30 - Rookie Daryle Ward's two-run homer is the game-winner in a 5-1 victory in San Diego. Shane Reynolds notches his 13th win, allowing five hits and striking out nine over eight innings.
Jul 31 - Jeff Bagwell and rookie Lance Berkman swat two home runs apiece as the Astros club the Padres, 8-5. Berkman has three hits and steals a base. Derek Bell accounts for the other two runs with a double. Doug Henry gets the win in relief. Houston is at 64-41 after a 19-9 July to lead Cincinnati by 3-1/2 games.
Aug 03 - A five-run third inning allows Mike Hampton to coast to a 7-2 win over Los Angeles. Hampton allows three hits in seven innings for his 15th win. Bill Spiers and Paul Bako each drive in a pair.
Aug 04 - Chris Holt and Kevin Brown trade four-hitters but it is Brown's Dodgers who come out on top in 2-1 decision. Holt's error accounts for one of the Dodger scores.
Aug 05 - Shane Reynolds blanks the Dodgers on five hits, 7-0. A six-run seventh snaps a scoreless tie with Matt Mieske's two-run pinch-hit double the key blow. Russ Johnson homers and doubles in a three-hit performance
Aug 06 - Carl Everett comes off the disabled list with a 4-for-5 performance, a homer and five RBIs to lead the Astros over the Cubs, 6-1, in the opener of a twinbill at Wrigley Field. Jose Lima wins his 15th of the season. Everett sits out the nightcap which Houston loses, 6-0, to rookie Andy Lorraine.
Aug 07 - Russ Johnson drives in six and Carl Everett blasts two solo home runs as Houston rips Chicago, 10-4. Johnson has four hits. Scott Elarton pitches seven solid innings for the victory.
Aug 08 - Carl Everett drives in three to pace a 6-2 triumph over the Cubs. He is one of five Astros with multi-hit games. Mike Hampton wins with help from Jay Powell.
Aug 09 - Despite three-hit nights from Bill Spiers, Carl Everett and Tim Bogar, Atlanta rallies for a 5-3 verdict over Houston. Doug Henry takes the loss in relief.
Aug 11 - Jose Lima is drilled for three homers in the second inning as the Braves complete the sweep with an 8-5 decision. Jeff Bagwell responds with a two-run shot off Greg Maddux.
Aug 13 - Carl Everett blasts two home runs and drives in three but the Pirates hold on to edge Houston, 6-5, in 13 innings. Trever Miller gets the loss. Five Astros have multi-hit games, including Mike Hampton.
Aug 14 - Chris Holt wins his third game of the year, a 7-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Carl Everett stays hot with an RBI double and a three-run homer.
Aug 15 - Shane Reynolds has a complete-game five-hit, no-walk, 14-strikeout performance but is the loser in a 2-0 whitewash by the Pirates. Solo shots by Warren Morris and Al Martin account for all the scoring.
Aug 16 - Jose Lima and Billy Wagner team up to two-hit the Brewers, 2-0. Bill Spiers has three hits and sparks the two-run fourth that makes the difference in the game.
Aug 17 - A two-run homer by Craig Biggio in the eighth turns out to be good insurance as the Astros survive a comeback from Milwaukee, 8-6. Scott Elarton gets the win and adds a run-scoring single to his cause.
Aug 18 - Houston explodes for five runs in the eighth to overtake the Brewers, 6-4. Brian Williams wins in relief. A two-run double by Carl Everett starts the comeback. Billy Wagner tallies his 30th save.
Aug 20 - Ken Caminiti slams his second homer of the night to end a 6-4, 16-inning marathon against the Marlins. Jeff Bagwell draws six bases on balls, two intentionally, as part of an NL-record 17 free passes from Florida. The Astros return the favor by striking out 21 times.
Aug 21 - Astros leave no runners on base in a 5-4 victory over Florida. Jeff Bagwell's solo shot in the ninth wins it after Bill Spiers, Glen Barker and Carl Everett went deep for the other four runs. Doug Henry wins in relief of Jose Lima.
Aug 23 - Pinch-hitter Matt Franco singles home Darryl Hamilton in the bottom of the ninth as New York nips Houston, 3-2. Craig Biggio spanks his 50th double while Houston scores on solo shots by Matt Mieske and Carl Everett.
Aug 24 - Ricky Gutierrez snaps a 1-1 tie in the tenth with a hit that scores Craig Biggio. Then Jeff Bagwell launches a three-run bomb for a 5-1 victory over the Mets. Billy Wagner pitches two frames for the win.
Aug 27 - Houston splits a pair with Florida, winning 3-2 before losing 3-1. Lance Berkman's two-run single in the fourth is the key hit in the opener as Jose Lima wins his 17th.
Aug 29 - Craig Biggio goes 4-for-5 with a homer and scores four times to lead a 10-4 drubbing of Florida. Daryle Ward, Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti also leave the yard. Tony Eusebio adds three hits including two doubles. Mike Hampton wins his 17th.
Aug 30 - New York's Edgardo Alfonzo goes six-for-six with three home runs as the Mets destroy Shane Reynolds and the Astros, 17-1. Alfonzo drives in five. Houston's division lead over Cinicnnati shrinks to a half-game.
Aug 31 - In a trade deadline move, Houston picks up outfielder Stan Javier from San Francisco for a minor leaguer. They also lose Sean Bergman to Atlanta while trying to clear waivers on the injured hurler. The Astros finish a 15-14 month (79-55 overall) with a 6-2 win over the Mets as Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam off Turk Wendell in the eighth.
Sep 01 - Chris Holt's record sinks to 3-13 in a 9-6 loss to New York. Mike Piazza has four hits and Robin Ventura drives in four. Jeff Bagwell rips his 39th homer.
Sep 03 - Ken Caminiti smashes two homers, a single and a sacrifice fly to plate six runs as the Astros dump the Expos, 8-1. Mike Hampton works seven strong innings for his 18th win.
Sep 04 - A wild pitch by Ugueth Urbina scores Jeff Bagwell in the tenth then Derek Bell caps it with a two-run homer to dump the Expos, 5-2. Jose Cabrera picks up the win in relief.
Sep 05 - Scott Elarton wins his eighth as Houston sweeps Montreal, 6-2. Daryle Ward goes deep. Ryan Thompson adds a two-run single.
Sep 06 - Down 4-0, Houston erupts with a six-run sixth inning and hangs on for a 6-5 triumph at Philadelphia. A two-run single by Tony Eusebio and a three-run pinch-hit blast by Russ Johnson highlight the frame. Jose Lima wins his 19th while Billy Wagner saves his 34th.
Sep 07 - Ken Caminiti drives in the game-winner in the ninth as the Astros rally from a 4-0 deficit for the second straight night to beat the Phillies, 8-6. Ryan Thompson homers. Doug Henry gets the save for Jay Powell.
Sep 08 - Three-run blasts from Daryle Ward and Jeff Bagwell key a nine-run sixth that buries Curt Schilling and the Phils, 10-1. Craig Biggio also goes deep. Mike Hampton tosses seven shutout innings for his 19th win.
Sep 09 - Ken Caminiti belts a two-run eighth-inning homer to give Houston a 3-1 triumph in Philadelphia. Shane Reynolds picks up his 15th win. The victory completes a seven-game road sweep, the longest undefeated road trip in club history, but the Astros can only gain half a game on the Reds in the N.L. Central standings.
Sep 10 - Ricky Gutierrez rips four hits and drives home the tying run in the bottom of the ninth before Carl Everett sends the crowd away happy with a two-run homer in the 13th for a 6-4 triumph over the Cubs, Houston's eighth straight win. It's Carl's second homer of the night. Billy Wagner, the seventh Astro pitcher, gets the win.
Sep 11 - Jose Lima defeats the Cubs, 5-3, to become Houston's first 20-game winner in ten years. Tony Eusebio supports his pitcher with two hits, including a home run.
Sep 12 - Carl Everett goes 4-for-4 and Ken Caminiti has three hits to pace a 7-1 victory over Chicago. Craig Biggio adds his 14th homer.
Sep 13 - Mike Hampton defeats the Phillies, 13-2, for his 20th win, joining Jose Lima as the team's first 20-20 pair of aces. Houston coaxes eleven walks to go with just ten hits as they notch their tenth straight victory.
Sep 14 - Astros pound the Phillies, 12-2, to set a team-record eleven-game winning streak. Shane Reynolds smokes a two-run bomb off Paul Byrd for an early 3-0 lead, then a six-run fourth ices the game, capped by a two-run single from Daryle Ward . Amazingly, Houston can only gain 1-1/2 games on the Reds during their win streak and lead Cincinnati by four in the N.L. Central chase.
Sep 15 - Houston ties Philadelphia with two runs in the ninth but lose, 8-6, in ten innings to break their longest winning streak. Doug Glanville has five hits, including a homer and a double. Ken Caminiti goes deep again and drives in three.
Sep 17 - Mark McGwire belts a grand slam off Jose Lima, who allows two other homers in a nine-run fourth. St. Louis hangs on for an 11-8 decision. Carl Everett, Ken Caminiti and Jeff Bagwell play long ball for Houston. For Everett, it's his 24th homer of the season.
Sep 18 - The fourth inning is fatal again as the Cardinals score eight in a 13-6 demolition. Mike Hampton is roughed up this time.
Sep 19 - Jeff Bagwell slugs a two-run bomb off Rick Croushore to nip the Cardinals, 4-3. Chris Holt holds St. Louis in check except for Mark McGwire, who drills his 57th and 58th homers of the season. Billy Wagner earns his 37th save, breaking the club record set by Doug Jones in 1992.
Sep 21 - Paul Bako and Glen Barker plate two runs apiece as Houston outlasts Pittsburgh, 6-3. Scott Elarton wins while Doug Henry saves it.
Sep 24 - Bill Spiers is attacked by a Milwaukee "fan" prior to the bottom of the seventh inning. Mike Hampton and others come to Spiers' defense. The stunned Astros fall behind, 4-2, but rally for a 9-4 victory.
Sep 26 - Marquis Grissom has four hits and five RBIs to lead an 11-3 mauling by Milwaukee. Grissom has a homer and two doubles as the Astros see their division lead shrink to a half-game.
Sep 28 - Pete Harnisch handcuffs the Astros on four hits, outpitching Jose Lima for a 4-1 verdict. It pushes the Reds back into first place.
Sep 29 - Daryle Ward blasts a two-run homer and Mike Hampton picks up his 21st win in a 4-1 triumph over Cincinnati. It moves Houston back into a tie with the Reds for the division lead with three games to play. The Astros finish 16-9 for September, standing at 95-64 on the year.
Oct 01 - Rookie Eric Gagne hurls six shutout innings for Los Angeles during a 5-1 verdict in Houston. The good news is that Milwaukee nips Cincinnati in extra innings while Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda decides not to use nemesis Kevin Brown in the season finale.
Oct 02 - Jose Lima wins his 21st game as he and Billy Wagner team to blank the Dodgers, 3-0. The victory, combined with a Cincinnati loss in Milwaukee, clinches a tie for the N.L. Central title. Craig Biggio homers off Chan Ho Park then Bill Spiers adds a pinch two-run single to provide the winning margin. Wagner gets his team-record 39th save.
Oct 03 - The Astros play their last regular-season game at the Astrodome and finish in style. A 9-4 triumph over the Dodgers clinches the N.L. Central crown. Mike Hampton becomes the first 22-game winner in club history. Daryle Ward's bases-loaded double in the first provides an early lift. Craig Biggio hits his 56th double. Afterwards, members of the 1965 Astros appear as well as the All-Time Astros squad before an enthusiastic packed house.
Oct 05 - Astros get the jump on Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. with a 6-1 victory. Tony Eusebio gives Houston an early lead with an RBI single off Greg Maddux. The Braves tie it but Daryle Ward takes Maddux deep for a 2-1 edge. Ken Caminiti's three-run bomb in the ninth ices the game. Shane Reynolds gets the win.
Oct 06 - Atlanta's Kevin Millwood dominates with a one-hitter as the Braves romp, 5-1, to even the N.L.D.S. at one game apiece. Ken Caminiti spoils the no-no with a second-inning homer.
Oct 08 - Astros lose a heartbreaking 12-inning affair to the Braves, 5-3, at the Dome. Brian Jordan is the star of Game Three, driving in all five Atlanta runs with a three-run homer and the game-winning double. Walt Weiss makes the most memorable play, stabbing a smash by Tony Eusebio with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth and throwing out Ken Caminiti at the plate to prevent an Astros win.
Oct 09 - In the last major league game held at the Astrodome, the Astros run out of gas in a 7-5 loss to the Braves, ending the N.L.D.S. by dropping three of four. Houston falls behind, 7-0, before making a late charge. Tony Eusebio and Ken Caminiti belt home runs to make the game close but the Astros come up short.
Oct 20 - Off-seasons can be hazardous to your health. Ken Caminiti finds this out falling out of a deer stand while hunting near Laredo. He fractures three vertebrae and will spend the next two months healing his aching back.
Nov 04 - Astros hold a fashion show. Larry Dierker, Vern Ruhle, Shane Reynolds, Billy Wagner and Jeff Bagwell debut the new uniforms that will be worn at Enron Field. Gone are blue and gold in favor of black, brick and sand. The logo has also been modified, eliminating the slant to the star and making it thicker.
Nov 15 - Randy Johnson wins the N.L. Cy Young Award despite five fewer wins than runner-up Mike Hampton who leads the circuit with 22. Astro teammates Jose Lima and Billy Wagner tie for fourth in the voting.
Nov 17 - Jeff Bagwell finishes second in the voting for N.L. Most Valuable Player but Atlanta's Chipper Jones is the runaway winner. Bagwell receives one first-place vote.
Dec 14 - Outfielder Carl Everett is traded to Boston for infielder Adam Everett and pitcher Greg Miller. In two seasons, Carl Everett blossoms from a reserve outfielder to a star. In 1999, he bats .325 with 25 homers and 108 RBIs.
Dec 20 - Ricky Gutierrez signs a two-year contract with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent. The shortstop had averaged .266 over five seasons as an Astro.
Dec 23 - Lefthander Mike Hampton and outfielder Derek Bell are traded to the Mets for pitcher Octavio Dotel and outfielder Roger Cedeno. It's primarily a financial move that causes the Astros to part with their 22-game winner. While Dotel would flourish, Cedeno would be gone after one season in Houston, batting .282 in 74 games.