2015 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History
Jan 06 - Craig Biggio is elected to the Hall of Fame with 82.7% of BBWAA votes in his third year of eligibility, becoming the first Houston player to be inducted as an Astro. Former Astros hurler Randy Johnson (97.3%) was also elected. Jeff Bagwell misses at 55.7% of the vote.
Jan 14 - Houston acquires slugger Evan Gattis, along with reliever James Hoyt, from Atlanta for pitcher Mike Foltynewicz and two minor leaguers. Gattis would go on to lead the Astros in home runs (27) and RBIs (88) that season.
Jan 19 - Astros deal outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. Valbuena belts 25 homers while splitting time between third base and first base that season.
Jan 20 - Houston signs free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal. After smashing 25 home runs and starring in the postseason, Rasmus opted to return for the 2016 season.
Jan 22 - Don Bryant passes away at age 73 in Gainesville, FL. The catcher played in 46 games for the Astros (1969-1970), but one happened to be the game he caught a no-hitter from Don Wilson.
Feb 02 - Dave Bergman passes away from cancer at age 61 in Detroit, MI. The popular reserve had a key triple in Game 2 of the 1980 NLCS against Philadelphia.
Mar 05 - In A.J. Hinch's managerial debut with the club, Houston drops the Phillies, 6-3, at Kissimmee, FL. Three Astros hit home runs while former overall first pick Mark Appel is the winning pitcher.
Mar 08 - Despite being no-hit over 10 innings, a spring split-squad game with the Braves ends in a 2-2 tie. The Astros took advantage of nine walks and a hit batter in the contest.
Mar 15 - Despite being no-hit over 10 innings, a spring split-squad game with the Braves ends in a 2-2 tie. The Astros took advantage of nine walks and a hit batter in the contest.
Apr 21 - A two-run double by Jose Altuve keys a five-run eighth and a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. The 8-6 Astros lead the AL West and have won four straight. Collin McHugh claims his third victory of the season.
May 03 - Evan Gattis homers twice and drives in four to defeat Seattle, 8-7. The win extends Houston's win streak to ten games and gives them the best record in franchise history (18-7) to begin a season. They lead the American League West by seven games.
May 23 - Astros turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Detroit which sparks a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter perform the trifecta off the bat of Ian Kinsler. 21-year-old Lance McCullers, Jr., earns his first big league win.
Jun 09 - After singling the night before in his major league debut, 20-year-old Carlos Correa homers in the ninth inning off Zach Duke in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox. He also gets his first stolen base and first multi-hit game. The former overall first pick in the 2012 draft would go on to win Rookie of the Year honors.
Jun 10 - Despite a 5-for-5 night from George Springer and five shutout innings from Vincent Velasquez in his major league debut, the Astros fall to the White Sox, 4-1, for their seventh straight defeat. Up by six games in the AL West the week before, Houston's lead shrinks to two before regaining their balance.
Jul 30 - Jason Castro belts a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that knocks out Anaheim, 3-0, to push Houston two games in front in the AL West chase. Newly-acquired Scott Kazmir blanks the Halos for 7-2/3rd innings but it is Luke Gregerson who inherits the win. The Astros also ship four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers.
Aug 21 - Less than a month from being acquired in trade from Milwaukee, Mike Fiers no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, while striking out ten. It is the first no-hitter in the history of Minute Maid Park and keeps a 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels for the AL West title. Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis provide the scoring.
Sep 04 - Collin McHugh wins his 15th in an 8-0 whitewash of the Twins. Backup catcher Hank Conger goes deep, becoming the tenth Astro to bash ten or more homers during the season, a franchise record. Five days later, Marwin Gonzalez would join the club to tie a major league record for most players with double-digit homers on one team.
Sep 13 - Down 3-0 with nobody on and two outs in the ninth, the Astros create a Hollywood ending in Anaheim. After Preston Tucker homered off Huston Street, George Springer tripled and Jose Altuve singled him home. Carlos Correa slapped a base hit before pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie drove a pitch into the right field seats for a 5-3 miracle finish. Chad Qualls claims the win in relief. Houston keeps a 1-1/2 game lead over the Rangers in the Wild West.
Oct 02 - Dallas Keuchel wins his 20th game of the year in grand style. The lefty was supported by a club record 21 runs at Arizona. Carlos Correa sets a franchise rookie record with his 22nd homer of the season and he's joined by George Springer, Colby Rasmus and Luis Valbuena with long balls in the 21-5 blowout. Houston would finish at 86-75 and earn the second AL wild card spot, their first postseason appearance in ten years.
Oct 06 - In a one-game Wild Card playoff, the Astros travel to New York and eliminate the Yankees, 3-0, behind the three-hit pitching of Dallas Keuchel over six innings and three innings of shutout relief. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez provide the offense with solo homers off Masahiro Tanaka.
Oct 08 - In Game 1 of the A.L.D.S. in Kansas City, Collin McHugh gives the Astros a leg up in the series with a 5-2 victory. The Astros jump on Yordano Ventura for three runs in the first two innings before a 49-minute rain delay. George Springer and Colby Rasmus later go deep. McHugh works around the raindrops for six innings of four-hit pitching before a quartet or relievers close it out.
Oct 11 - The Astros take a 2-1 edge in the A.L.D.S. after Dallas Keuchel tames the Royals, 4-2, before 42,674 at Minute Maid Park. Jason Castro's two-run single in the fifth put Houston ahead to stay. An RBI single by Carlos Gomez and a solo homer from Chris Carter add insurance. The Astros need win just once more to move on to their first A.L.C.S.
Oct 12 - Minute Maid is jumping as the Astros build a 6-2 lead with six outs to go in order to wrap up the A.L.D.S. but Kansas City decimates the Houston bullpen for seven runs to take a 9-6 verdict and force a decisive Game 5. Carlos Correa drilled two homers and a double with four RBIs while Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez smashed solo shots before the retractable roof caves in, adding to the city's legacy of excruciating postseason collapses.
Oct 14 - Kansas City eliminates the Astros with a 7-2 verdict in Game 5 of the A.L.D.S. to close out Houston's Cinderella season. Luis Valbuena takes Johnny Cueto deep as the Astros build an early 2-0 lead but the Royals roar back against Collin McHugh then tee off against Dallas Keuchel who appears on short rest. The Royals roll on to win the World Series.
Nov 10 - Pitcher Dallas Keuchel and second baseman Jose Altuve are voted American League Gold Glove winners for their defensive efforts. For Keuchel, it is his second such honor.
Nov 12 - Outfielder Colby Rasmus surprises the front office by agreeing to a qualifying offer for the 2016 season. Since the collective bargaining feature began, no MLB player had opted for the offer rather than become a full free agent. The Astros offered in anticipation that Rasmus would decline and cost his new team a draft pick to sign him. Instead, the Astros are on the hook for a $16.9 million one-year deal. The Georgia native hit .206 with 15 homers in his final full season before retirement.
Dec 12 - Lacking a closer, the Astros deal former overall number one draft choice Mark Appel, along with Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez and two other prospects to Philadelphia for closer Ken Giles and infield prospect Jonathan Arauz. While sometimes shaky in relief, Giles has proved more reliable than anyone the Astros gave up for him.