Phil Garner - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Aug 31, 1981:Traded Johnny Ray(IF), Randy Niemann and Kevin Houston(P) to Pit-N for Phil Garner(IF)
Jun 19, 1987:Traded Phil Garner(IF) to LA-N for Jeff Edwards(P)

This Date in Astros History

Apr 30, 1982:Phil Garner celebrates his 33rd birthday with a three-run homer that beats his old Pittsburgh teammates, 4-3. Garner had been traded to Houston the previous summer.
May 28, 1982:Nolan Ryan fans eleven Mets in 5-2/thirds innings during a 7-4 victory. Mike LaCoss and Dave Smith strike out three each to total 17 Ks, one short of Don Wilson's club record. Dave Kingman whiffs five times, once with the bases loaded. Terry Puhl socks a home run and Phil Garner drives in three to pace the offense
Jul 5, 1982:Joe Niekro gives up homers to Omar Moreno and Johnny Ray to start the game, then settles in for a 6-4 complete-game victory in rainy Pittsburgh. Jose Cruz and Phil Garner bail Niekro out with a home run and three RBIs apiece.
Jul 7, 1982:Don Sutton notches his 250th career win, a 5-1 four-hit victory over the Cubs. It's Sutton's ninth of the year. Phil Garner drills a two-run shot and Jose Cruz plates the other two tallies.
Aug 10, 1982:Bill Virdon is fired as manager. Bob Lillis replaces him, becoming the first ex-Astro to skipper the team. Virdon leaves as Houston's winningest manager (544-522). Lillis' debut is a 4-1 victory over San Diego. Phil Garner's three-run homer is the difference.
May 9, 1983:Phil Garner scores the winning run while ex-Astro Danny Heep argues the call of first base ump Terry Tata in a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets. Tata had ruled that Jose Cruz beat Heep to the bag on a roller to first. Nobody calls for time and Garner alertly speeds home. Garner's double off the third base bag had scored Omar Moreno and Dickie Thon to set up the go-ahead moment.
Jun 16, 1984:Ray Knight's three-run shot and Phil Garner's two-run blast in the seventh overcome a 5-1 Dodger lead en route to a 7-5 Houston triumph. Prior to the seventh, the Astros had hit only two homers in the Dome all season. Mike Madden gets the win in relief.
Jul 24, 1984:Enos Cabell, Phil Garner and Jose Cruz slug back-to-back-to-back homers off Mark Davis to highlight a nine-run inning that dooms the Giants, 10-3, at Candlestick Park. Cruz homers again to ice the cake. Shortstop Bert Pena gets his first two big league RBIs on two separate singles in the fateful fifth inning.
Aug 22, 1984:Jose Cruz rips a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as Houston coasts to an 8-3 triumph over the Cubs. Phil Garner also homers. Nolan Ryan scatters five hits and strikes out 12 as he goes the distance.
Sep 18, 1984:Phil Garner scorches a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Giants, 4-4. Craig Reynolds finishes the job the next inning with a single off the fence that plates Terry Puhl for the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph. Dave Smith picks up the win.
Sep 25, 1984:Phil Garner goes 4-for-5 to pace a 12-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Houston pounds Orel Hershiser for five runs in the second but Los Angeles gets to Joe Niekro for six runs in the bottom of the frame. No problem. The Astros tally four more times the next inning and then it rains. Niekro staggers to his 16th win while Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby go deep.
May 11, 1985:Astros rebound from a 5-0 deficit to take a 10-7 victory in Cincinnati. A five-run sixth does the trick as Phil Garner drills a bases-loaded triple off Mario Soto then scores on a suicide squeeze bunt by Mark Bailey.
May 29, 1985:Jim Pankovits ' grand slam off John Candelaria breaks a 3-3 tie as Houston belts the Pirates, 8-3. The blast keys a seven-run seventh inning after Phil Garner and Mark Bailey delivered RBI singles. Nolan Ryan picks up the victory.
Jul 2, 1985:Phil Garner doubles home Denny Walling in the eighth to take a 3-2 triumph in San Diego. Joe Niekro wins his 200th game with relief help from Jeff Calhoun. Joe and his brother Phil become the second pitching brothers to both reach 200 wins in their careers. Joe would finish with 221.
Jun 29, 1986:Houston regains first place in a 2-1 nailbiter over Fernando Valenzuela and the Dodgers. Craig Shipley and Alex Trevino team up for the only Dodger run but they give it back in the seventh when a bad throw by Shipley puts Phil Garner aboard then a dropped third strike by Trevino puts Glenn Davis on base. Kevin Bass drives in Garner then Jose Cruz dribbles a 20-foot roller that Valenzuela must eat while the winning run scores.
Aug 27, 1986:Nolan Ryan wins his 250th career game, a 7-1 victory over the Cubs. He allows just one hit over six innings before turning it over to Charley Kerfeld. Phil Garner notches four hits. Houston steals six bases in the victory.
May 8, 1987:Mike Scott hurls a two hitter to stop the Expos, 3-0. Scott fans twelve and walks only two. Phil Garner's solo homer in the first is all the offense Scott will need.
Nov 24, 1991:Former Astro Phil Garner has something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The then-Milwaukee manager and his family are saved from a fire in their Kingwood, TX home. Two constables force open the front door after spotting smoke coming from the home. Over $100,000 worth of damage is done.
Jul 13, 2004:Houston hosts the All-Star Game for the third time. Four Astros are named to the National League team and three start but the American League leaves with a 9-4 victory, buoyed by a six-run first inning off Roger Clemens. Jeff Kent and Carlos Beltran single before the Minute Maid Park crowd while Lance Berkman mans center field. Local fans boo manager Jimy Williams when he is introduced. It will be the last time as he and two coaches are fired the next day. Former Astro infielder Phil Garner is named interim manager.
Apr 22, 2006:Taylor Buchholz gets his first big league win, blanking the Pirates, 3-0. Buchholz has a one-hitter with one out to go before an error and a single causes Manager Phil Garner to bring Brad Lidge in to get the final out. Craig Biggio scores all three runs using a single, a double and a homer. The Astros' all-time franchise record climbs above .500 for the first time since early 1962.
Aug 9, 2006:Aubrey Huff swats two homers and a bases-loaded double to drive in six during a 14-1 rout of the Pirates. Roy Oswalt adds his first career home run. Craig Biggio, Luke Scott and Jason Lane also go deep. Phil Garner gets his 900th career managerial win.