Morgan Ensberg - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 2, 1998:9. Drafted Morgan Ensberg(IF) in 1998 Summer Draft
Jul 31, 2007:Traded Morgan Ensberg (IF) and cash to SD-N for PTBNL

This Date in Astros History

Jun 27, 2003:Infielder Dave Matranga homers in his first big league at bat as part of a four-homer assault, but it isn't enough as the Texas Rangers stop the Astros, 10-7, at Minute Maid Park. Lance Berkman, Morgan Ensberg and Jeff Bagwell also go yard but the bullpen isn't up to the task of replacing rookie starter Rodrigo Rosario after he leaves with a shoulder strain in the second inning.
Jul 19, 2003:Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo and Morgan Ensberg spank back-to-back-to-back home runs off Jimmy Haynes in Cincinnati then hold on for a 9-8 triumph. Berkman has two homers and five RBIs. Ron Villone watches a 9-1 lead evaporate in the final two innings before Octavio Dotel fans the final two batters for the save.
Jul 22, 2003:Rookie lefty Jeriome Robertson wins his tenth in a 2-0 whitewash at Pittsburgh. He surrenders just three hits in 7-1/third innings. Morgan Ensberg supports the cause with his 19th homer.
Sep 16, 2003:Richard Hidalgo blasts three homers and drives in five to lead a 14-4 slugfest over the Rockies at Coors Field. Adam Everett, Morgan Ensberg and Jeff Kent join him in the home run derby. Jeriome Robertson wins his 15th, a Houston rookie record, to keep the Astros 1-1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the N.L. Central race.
Jul 2, 2004:Morgan Ensberg, who had smacked 25 homers the year before, belts his first homer - 213 at-bats into the season. The blast is a dramatic two-run bomb over the railroad tracks in left field in the eighth to give Houston a 7-5 comeback victory over the Texas Rangers. Ensberg swats a grand slam the next night in a 10-8 win that overcomes a five-run deficit.
Aug 19, 2004:First the Astros turn a triple play then turn around a huge deficit in a 12-10 triumph in Philadelphia. The trifecta goes 5-4-3 off the bat of Todd Pratt in the fifth with Morgan Ensberg touching third, tossing to Jeff Kent at second for the force and Kent relaying to Mike Lamb at first to end the inning. But the Phils led 7-2. Next came a three-homer Houston assault in the seventh with Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman launching two-run shots before Eric Bruntlett topped them with a three-run blast for a 10-7 lead. A two-run double from Kent is needed to survive the final rally, giving Chad Qualls his first major league win. Lamb also steals home.
Sep 26, 2004:Backup catcher Raul Chavez drives in five as Houston outslugs Milwaukee, 11-7. Morgan Ensberg adds four hits. Jeff Kent and Lance Berkman go deep. The Astros are 1-1/2 games behind the Cubs in the hunt for the final playoff berth.
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 14, 2004:The Cardinals build a 2-0 lead in the N.L.C.S. with a 6-4 verdict in the rain. Houston's 3-0 lead, buoyed by homers from Carlos Beltran and Morgan Ensberg, is washed away in a four-run Redbird fifth inning. Dan Miceli then serves up the decisive runs on back-to-back blasts by Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen in the eighth.
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.
Jun 29, 2005:Houston drills Colorado, 7-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his tenth of the year. Morgan Ensberg blasts his 20th homer and Jason Lane belts his 13th. But the day's headline belongs to Craig Biggio who is hit in the elbow by Byung-Hyun Kim to claim the modern day career record for being hit by a pitch. It's his 268th plunking, passing Don Baylor. He's third on the all-time list. Biggio thanks the Rockies with a solo homer his next time up. Craig is also setting some other impressive career marks. His run ties him with Joe Morgan for 28th all-time. His two hits pass Rusty Staub for 52nd all-time. His stolen base ties Donie Bush for 63rd all-time. Biggio stands 13th all-time in doubles and 50th all-time in extra-base hits.
Jul 3, 2005:Roger Clemens tosses seven shutout innings on his way to a 9-0 whitewash in Cincinnati for his 335th career win. He shrinks his ERA for the season to 1.41. Clemens adds two hits of his own including an RBI single. To top off his day, Roger is named to the All-Star team for the 11th time, his second as an Astro. Closer Brad Lidge is also named to represent Houston. Morgan Ensberg, who swats his 22nd homer, and Roy Oswalt are later added as injury replacements.
Sep 2, 2005:Morgan Ensberg and Brad Ausmus surprise St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen with homers to extend the game into extra innings. The Cardinals take the lead yet again in the 13th but the Astros rally with two in their half for a 6-5 thriller. Eric Bruntlett delivers the game-winning single to keep the Astros a half-game behind the Phillies in the wild card race.
Oct 5, 2005:Morgan Ensberg drives in five runs on three singles and a bases-loaded walk to pace a 10-5 victory in Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. Andy Pettitte allows four hits over seven innings for his 14th career postseason win. The .081-hitting Pettitte adds a double and two sacrifice bunts that lead to runs. Craig Biggio scores three times.
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 23, 2005:Scott Podsednik homers off Brad Lidge in the bottom of the ninth to give the White Sox a 7-6 thriller, putting them up 2-0 in the World Series. Jose Vizcaino had just rapped a two-run single in the top of the inning to tie it. Earlier, Morgan Ensberg hit a solo shot for Houston while Paul Konerko smacked a grand slam for Chicago. The game is played in rain and 45-degree temperatures.
Apr 18, 2006:It took 44 years for Houston to reach the World Series; it takes 44 years for the Astros to return to the .500 mark as a franchise, standing 3,507-3,507 overall and 10-4 on the season with a 13-12 slugfest over Milwaukee. Adam Everett drives in four while Morgan Ensberg belts two homers to lead the attack. Brad Lidge gets the save after the Brewers rallied from an 11-2 deficit. Preston Wilson fans twice to reach seven consecutive strikeouts before grounding out and singling twice.
May 28, 2006:Having lost five straight, as well as an 18-inning affair the night before, and trailing 4-0 in the ninth, the Astros get off the mat and stun the Pirates at PNC Park, 5-4, in ten innings. Houston takes advantage of two bases-loaded walks before Preston Wilson singles home Morgan Ensberg in the tenth for the game-winner.
Apr 13, 2007:Roy Oswalt gets his 100th victory in an un-Oswalt-like way. He walks six and allows six runs but Carlos Lee's three homers and a three-run blast by Morgan Ensberg pace a 9-6 victory at Philadelphia. Lee belts a grand slam as well as two solo shots while Craig Biggio takes over eighth place on the All-Time doubles list with 641, passing Honus Wagner.
Jun 24, 2007:Craig Biggio legs out the 658th double of his career, most of any righthanded batter in major league history. More importantly, it plates Morgan Ensberg in the tenth for the winning run in a wild 12-9 slugfest against the Texas Rangers. Arlington's own Hunter Pence goes 4-for-6 with a homer and a double. Lance Berkman also goes deep and drives in four. The offense is necessary after Dan Wheeler blows a four-run lead in the eighth and a two-run lead in the ninth before getting credit for the win.