2010 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History
Jan 11 - News leaks out that an investment group headed by former US Olympic Committee chief Harvey Schiller is interested in buying the Astros from Drayton McLane, Jr. McLane has given them a 30-day window to exclusively negotiate a deal but no offer materializes.
Jan 12 - Brett Myers, a former first-round pick of the Phillies, signs a one-year deal with an option for 2011. The 29-year-old righthander spent time as ace and closer with the Phils but is coming off hip surgery. He winds up leading the Astros with 14 wins and is rewarded with an extension through 2013.
Feb 08 - Lance Berkman is inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, joining former teammates Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Roger Clemens among others. Former Astros pitching coach Burt Hooton is also honored.
Mar 04 - Brad Mills' managerial debut is a 15-5 Astros victory over a split squad of Washington Nationals. Hunter Pence gives the new skipper a happy send-off with two homers in the fourth inning during a nine-run frame which turned the momentum.
May 05 - Homerless all season, Carlos Lee drills a two-run shot off Juan Gutierrez in the bottom of the ninth to topple the Diamondbacks, 4-2, and halt an eight-game losing streak . However, their 9-18 start is the worst record in the National League.
May 21 - On the day it's announced that ace pitcher Roy Oswalt is asking to be traded, the last-place Astros nip the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1, as Brett Myers scatters six hits over seven innings. The Rays have the best record in baseball while the 15-27 Astros have the National League's worst mark. Oswalt has a 2-6 record despite a 2.66 ERA.
Jun 01 - Lance Berkman drives in five, including the game-winner with two out in the bottom of the ninth to nip the Nationals, 8-7 . Berkman had a two-run double and an RBI single before his two-run liner to left won the game. Jeff Keppinger added three hits and Michael Bourn scored three times.
Jul 08 - Roy Oswalt fires a one-hitter at the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 complete game shutout. It comes as rumors swirl about trading the pitching ace before the deadline on July 31st. Lance Berkman provides all the offense with two solo homers into the Crawford Boxes as part of a three-hit afternoon.
Jul 29 - Astros deal ace pitcher Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Gose is then sent to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace. Oswalt has a 143-82 record over ten seasons with Houston. He leaves unable to tie Joe Niekro for the franchise record for victories. Two days later, the Astros trade slugger Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees, sending away their last two stars from the 2005 World Series team.
Aug 03 - Angel Sanchez delivers four hits and six RBIs as the Astros erupt for an 18-4 mauling in St. Louis on 22 hits. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Carlos Lee and Pedro Feliz contributed three hits each. Bud Norris coasted to the win. The seven-game winning streak has pushed the surging Astros into fourth place in the division.
Aug 14 - After giving up a triple and a homer to start the game, Bud Norris bears down and strikes out 14 over seven innings for a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. Hunter Pence supplies the offense with a solo homer and a pair of doubles, including the game-winner.
Aug 24 - Chris Johnson gets his fourth single of the night to drive in Hunter Pence with the winning run in a 4-2, 16-inning marathon at Philadelphia. Carlos Lee's two-run blast gives Houston the lead until Jimmy Rollins homers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies insert former Astro Roy Oswalt in left field after Ryan Howard is ejected in the 14th. Oswalt comes to bat as the last hope in the 16th before tapping out to third. The surprising Astros sweep the Phils and push all the way to third in the division before a late swoon leaves them with a 76-86 record and a fourth place finish.
Dec 17 - Astros sign infielder Bill Hall to a one-year deal. The nine-year veteran arrives with a .250 career average and 122 homers in the majors. He is released two months into season after hitting .224 and striking out at a pace of over once per game.