2000 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Jan 06 - Houston signs veteran pitcher and former Cy Young winner Dwight "Doc" Gooden to a free agent contract. He pitches in the debut of Enron Field but gets into only one game during the regular season before he is sent to Tampa Bay.

Feb 23 - Jeff Bagwell arrives at spring training a changed man. Not only is the slugger sporting a new drooping red beard but he is playing his first baseball since off-season laser eye surgery.

Mar 11 - Major League Baseball comes to the Dominican Republic for the first time as the Astros drop the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. Jeff Bagwell launches two homers to pace the Houston victory. Dominican pitcher Jose Lima thrills his countrymen with a 3-2 triumph the next day.

Mar 12 - Two armed gunmen rob six Astros minor leaguers in a motel in Kissimmee, FL. One is apprehended at the scene while the other fled after jumping through a second-story window. One player suffers a bite to his neck.

Mar 29 - Houston swaps lefty relievers with Philadelphia, obtaining Yorkis Perez for Trever Miller. Perez would see action in 33 games, earning a 2-1 record before being released. Miller was 5-2 with a pair of saves over two seasons as an Astro.

Mar 30 - Enron Field officially opens with a 6-5 exhibition win over the A.L. Champion New York Yankees, paralleling the feat that occured when the Astrodome opened in 1965. Daryle Ward's two-run homer caps a four-run eighth-inning rally to open up the Astros' new home in style. Jeff Bagwell earns the first hit in the new digs with a single off Roger Clemens.

Apr 07 - Enron Field's first regular-season opener goes much the same way as the Astrodome - a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Craig Biggio leads off the season with a single but it isn't until Richard Hidalgo homers in the seventh that the sellout crowd has more to cheer. For trivia buffs, Randy Wolf gets to howl as Enron's first winning pitcher much like Chris Short 35 years before.

Apr 28 - Chris Holt one-hits the Brewers, 7-0. Jeff Bagwell, Richard Hidalgo and Daryle Ward support Holt with long balls. A second-inning single by Ron Belliard is the only Milwaukee safety.

May 07 - Roger Cedeno's three-run homer keys a seven-run tenth inning that sinks the Dodgers, 14-8. Mitch Meluskey delivers five hits while Ken Caminiti and Richard Hidalgo go deep.

May 09 - Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam and Craig Biggio drives in four to lead Houston past Colorado, 13-8, at Enron Field. The Astros climb out of a 7-1 hole with Caminiti's slam and a four-run sixth.

May 28 - Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti go deep off Rudy Seanez in the bottom of the eighth to shock the Braves, 4-3. Marc Valdes is the surprise winner in relief. The blasts ruin a fine effort by Kevin Millwood that comes eight months too late for Astros fans.

Jun 14 - Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Tony Eusebio drill back-to-back-to back homers during an 8-4 win in Colorado. Alou's is his second of the night off Pedro Astacio. Stan Belinda relieves and is greeted with the next two bombs. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep.

Jul 09 - Jose Lima snaps a personal 13-game losing streak with a 9-6 victory over Kansas City. Lance Berkman powers two homers and drives in four while Bill Spiers spanks two doubles and a triple. Moises Alou also goes deep.

Jul 23 - Bill Spiers drills two home runs and drives in six for a 15-7 triumph over St. Louis at Enron Field. His seventh-inning grand slam off Heathcliff Slocumb during a six-run frame puts this one out of reach. Lance Berkman also goes deep twice. Andy Benes is tagged for four Houston homers in the second inning - two-run shots by Spiers and Jeff Bagwell followed by solo blasts from Berkman and Richard Hidalgo.

Aug 06 - Chris Truby belts a grand slam and drives in six to lead an 8-1 pounding of Montreal. Jeff Bagwell adds four hits. Scott Elarton scatters four hits to pick up his 12th win of the season.

Aug 11 - Houston snaps a 2-2 tie with five runs in the ninth to flog the Phillies, 7-2, at Veterans Stadium. Lance Berkman doubles twice and drives in four. Moises Alou adds three hits, including a homer.

Aug 13 - Jeff Bagwell drives in seven to tie a club record as Houston smashes the Phillies, 14-7. Bagwell and Moises Alou both homer twice. Chris Truby and Richard Hidalgo also go deep. Bagwell has a four-hit afternoon to pace a 19-hit assault.

Aug 14 - Moises Alou slams two home runs and drives in five during a 16-2 bombardment of Pittsburgh. Tony Eusebio and Tim Bogar both have four-hit nights. Chris Holt scatters five hits in a complete-game effort.

Aug 16 - Six different Astros belt home runs and they'll need all of them to outlast Pittsburgh, 11-10. Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Chris Truby, Moises Alou, Tim Bogar and Julio Lugo play long ball to build an 11-2 lead but no lead is safe at Enron Field. The Bucs storm back with eight runs in the last two frames before Octavio Dotel can coax the final out.

Aug 28 - With a second-inning double off Glendon Rusch, Tony Eusebio sets a team-record 24-game hitting streak that began on July 9th. The reserve catcher goes 2-for-4 but the New York Mets come away with a 4-2 verdict. Houston's runs are on homers from Roger Cedeno and Richard Hidalgo.

Sep 09 - Astros belt a club record seven home runs in a 14-4 bombfest at Wrigley Field. Tim Bogar, Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman each homer twice while Daryle Ward adds a solo shot. Bogar has a career day with four hits and five RBIs to drum the Cubs. Somehow, Jeff Bagwell misses the home run derby but he scores three times.

Sep 15 - Chris Truby drives in five runs while Moises Alou plates four to pace a 16-7 massacre of the Pirates. Both go deep in the contest. Truby also adds a double and a triple. Brian Powell wins in relief.

Sep 22 - Richard Hidalgo hits two home runs to give him a career-high 44 while the Astros set a National League mark for homers by one team (ending with 249). But Houston gives up six home runs, including three off Jose Lima who sets another league home run record (47) as Cincinnati wins, 12-5, at Cinergy Field.

Sep 30 - Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Everett Stull for his 47th home run of the year, besting his own club record. The Astros hold on to nip the Brewers, 7-6. Keith Ginter and Lance Berkman also homer.

Oct 28 - Andujar Cedeno dies in an automobile accident in his hometown of La Romana, DR, at age 31. The shortstop arrives with high expectations and hits .250 with 31 homers during five seasons but he has trouble fulfilling his potential and is included in the mega-trade with San Diego, eventually returning from Detroit for three final big league games in 1996.

Nov 20 - Astros sign infielder Jose Vizcaino to a free agent contract. The switch-hitting utility player hit .276 with 13 homers over the next five seasons.

Dec 11 - Disappointments Mitch Meluskey, Roger Cedeno and Chris Holt are sent to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. It's the second trip to Houston for both Ausmus and Brocail. Meluskey leaves with a .291 career average and 15 homers but questions arose about his abilities behind the plate. Holt leaves with a 21-42 record.

Dec 14 - Reliever Mike Jackson is inked to a free agent contract. The native Houstonian fashions a 5-3 record with four saves in his one season as an Astro.

Dec 18 - Astros sign first baseman Jeff Bagwell to a five-year, $83 million dollar deal, assuring he will stay with the Astros for most, if not all, of his major league career. In his first ten seasons in Houston, Bagwell has averaged 31.9 homers and 109.3 RBIs per year.