Brandon Backe - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 14, 2003:Traded Geoff Blum(IF) to TB-A for Brandon Backe(P)

This Date in Astros History

Apr 15, 2004:Despite a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee, reliever Brandon Backe becomes the third pitcher in franchise history to strike out the side on nine pitches. He whiffs Bill Hall, Scott Podsednik and Craig Counsell in order after having fanned Chad Moeller to end the previous frame. Craig Biggio swats the 35th leadoff homer of his career, an NL record.
Aug 31, 2004:Given up for dead, the Astros win their fifth straight to creep back within three games of the National League wild card lead. The home run bats go to work in an 8-0 triumph as Jeff Kent goes deep twice while Carlos Beltran, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman go back-to-back-to-back in the fourth off Aaron Harang. Brandon Backe gets the shutout with help from three relievers. Houston still needs to overtake four other teams in order to get back to the postseason.
Oct 2, 2004:Roy Oswalt becomes the National League's only 20-game winner with a 9-3 triumph over Colorado. Craig Biggio smashes two homers to set a career high. Jeff Kent goes yard to set a career record for home runs by a second baseman with 278. More importantly, the win clinches a tie for the wild card spot when ex-Astro Steve Finley belts a walk-off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 7-3 verdict over the Giants. The next day, Brandon Backe clinches the berth for Houston with a 5-3 victory, giving the Astros a 92-70 mark. They finished the year winning 36 of their last 46 games and 18 straight at home.
Oct 9, 2004:The Astros hold on for an 8-5 triumph over the Braves in Game Three of the N.L.D.S., taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Morgan Ensberg drives in three while Carlos Beltran drives in a pair with a homer and a double. Brandon Backe works the first six innings for the victory but watches the bullpen struggle again.
Oct 13, 2004:A six-run sixth inning puts the Cardinals out of reach as they outslug the Astros, 10-7, in Game One of the N.L.C.S. in St. Louis. Brandon Backe and Chad Qualls are torched by the league's most potent offense, despite receiving home run support from Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Jeff Kent and Mike Lamb.
Oct 18, 2004:In a classic postseason pitching duel, Houston's Brandon Backe and St. Louis' Woody Williams trade one-hit performances over the first seven innings. Backe keeps his no-hit bid until a two-out single by Tony Womack in the sixth and allows just that for eight innings. In the bottom of the ninth, Jeff Kent belts a mammoth three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen to send the crowd into delirium, a 3-0 triumph in Game Five and a 3-2 lead in the N.L.C.S., needing just one win in Missouri to reach the World Series.
May 15, 2005:On the same night that Jeff Bagwell announces he will need shoulder surgery, Morgan Ensberg fills his role with three home runs and five RBIs as Houston wallops the Giants, 9-0. Brandon Backe spins a complete-game four-hitter. Craig Biggio swats his seventh homer of the year, tying Ensberg for the club lead.
Oct 16, 2005:Jason Lane homers and Morgan Ensberg hits the decisive sacrifice fly to nip the Cardinals, 2-1, giving Houston a 3-1 edge in the N.L.C.S. Brandon Backe and four relievers hold St. Louis to just five hits. Frustrations spill over for the Redbirds as skipper Tony LaRussa and slugger Jim Edmonds are ejected for arguing pitches with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Oct 26, 2005:The Astros finally get to the World Series but are swept by the Chicago White Sox in four games as former Astro farmhand Freddy Garcia blanks Houston over 7-2/thirds innings to pace a 1-0 shutout. Series M.V.P. Jermaine Dye's RBI single off Brad Lidge in the eighth scores Willie Harris with the only run. The offense wastes a gutty seven-inning performance by Brandon Backe. For Chicago, it ends an 88-year drought between Major League championships. For Houston, it is a nice ride with a bitter end, outscored by just six runs in the four-game sweep.