Roger Metzger - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 12, 1970:Traded Hector Torres(IF) to Chi-N for Roger Metzger(IF)
Jun 15, 1978:Sent Roger Metzger(IF) to SF-N for cash

This Date in Astros History

Oct 12, 1970:Astros deal shortstop Hector Torres to the Chicago Cubs for shortstop Roger Metzger. Though denied by both sides, many suspect the trade is compensation for the Cubs' mid-season acquisition of Joe Pepitone. The slick-fielding Torres bats .218 over three seasons with the Astros. Metzger, a former first-round choice from Fredericksberg, TX, mans the Astro infield for eight years.
Apr 10, 1971:Chicago great Ferguson Jenkins is sailing along with a four-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead through eight innings when the Astros win without hitting a ball past the infield. Cesar Cedeno's scratch hit starts it off. Two walks later, Cedeno bluffs a break for the plate which causes Jenkins to balk home the tying run. Jenkins then misplays Roger Metzger's botched squeeze bunt for an error as Cesar Geronimo scores the game-winner.
May 16, 1971:Doug Rader belts a grand slam and drives in six to pace a 12-4 thumping of the Cardinals. His two-run double in the third follows the first-inning slam. Jack Hiatt and Roger Metzger add three hits apiece in the 17-hit performance.
May 29, 1971:Ken Forsch twirls a three-hitter to stop the Reds, 2-1. All three Cincinnati hits are by Lee May, including a solo homer. Jim Wynn answers with a solo blast of his own off Gary Nolan before singling home Roger Metzger with the decisive run.
Jul 16, 1971:Astros turn the first triple play in their history during a 9-4 victory over Nolan Ryan and the Mets . Shortstop Roger Metzger takes a tap by Cleon Jones and steps on second, forcing Tommie Agee. His toss to first beats Jones to the bag. First baseman Denis Menke sees Ken Boswell make a belated dash to third so he fires across the diamond where Doug Rader completes the trifecta.
Sep 17, 1971:Don Wilson fires a one-hitter and drives in two to sink the Reds, 4-1. The Astros make their second triple play of the season as Joe Morgan snares a blooper by Darrell Chaney, flips to Roger Metzger for the force at second, who then throws to John Mayberry at first. Wilson wins his 16th, contributing a suicide squeeze and an RBI single to his own cause.
May 10, 1972:Pencil-thin shortstop Roger Metzger belts his first major-league homer to spark a six-run eighth-inning rally that shocks the Cardinals, 10-7. The shot comes off Hall-Of-Famer Bob Gibson. Pinch-hitter Jimmy Stewart's two-run triple gives Houston the lead. Lee May caps a four-hit night with a ninth-inning blast. Houston leads the NL West by a game over Los Angeles.
May 14, 1972:Astros put the shift on for Willie Stargell, leading 7-6 with two out and two on in the top of the ninth. It works as Stargell rolls out to shortstop Roger Metzger, who is behind second base, for the final out. Houston had built a 7-2 lead behind homers from Cesar Cedeno and Bob Watson.
Sep 7, 1972:Don Wilson ties a club record by tossing 13 innings in a complete-game 5-1 victory in San Francisco. Bob Watson and Roger Metzger end it with home runs in the decisive frame. Metzger finishes with four hits and four RBIs. Imagine how scribes would howl at Leo Durocher these days for keeping Wilson out there for 193 pitches.
Jun 17, 1973:Roger Metzger goes 4-for-4 and Bob Watson drives in three to lead a 7-3 triumph over St. Louis. Tommie Agee homers. Jim Ray gets the victory in relief of Don Wilson.
Aug 18, 1973:Bob Watson guns down two Phillies from the outfield in a 3-2 win at the Dome. He also doubles home Roger Metzger for the first Houston run just before Lee May bashes a two-run shot for the game-winner. Jim Ray gets the win after Dave Roberts left in the first inning. Ken Forsch works the final four frames for the save.
Jul 26, 1974:Larry Milbourne scores in the 11th on a fielder's choice to give Houston an 8-7 triumph over Los Angeles. Roger Metzger has three hits and raps into the game-winner when the throw home by Davey Lopes is late. Cesar Cedeno socks two home runs and drives in four. His 79 RBIs lead the league while his 21 home runs are just one shy of ex-teammate Jim Wynn for the top spot in that category.
Aug 24, 1974:Dave Roberts one-hits the Phillies, 1-0, in the quickest game in club history . Bob Boone's leadoff single in the sixth is all that separates Roberts from perfection in a game that takes only one hour and 26 minutes to complete. Roberts needs just 86 pitches. Roger Metzger singles off Steve Carlton, plating Larry Milbourne in the eighth for the only tally.
Apr 9, 1975:On the Dome's tenth Anniversary, Houston drills the Braves with six runs in the fourth and eight more in the seventh for a 14-2 massacre. Doug Rader, Roger Metzger and Enos Cabell lead the assault with three hits apiece.
Apr 29, 1975:The Astros explode for eight runs in the seventh to topple the Padres, 8-2. J.R. Richard starts the scoring with a two-run single. Roger Metzger ends it in the same manner. Jose Cruz has two hits in the inning. Richard tosses a five-hitter.
May 14, 1975:Doug Rader belts two homers and drives in five to pace an 11-7 triumph at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Roger Metzger adds four hits while Bob Watson supplies three, including a home run.
Jul 21, 1975:Joe Torre sets a National League record, grounding into four double plays as his Mets drop a 6-2 verdict to the Astros. Ken Forsch gets Torre all four times on sliders. Felix Millan is the victim at second base on all four twin-killings. Roger Metzger has a two-run triple and starts three of Torre's recurring nightmares.
Apr 21, 1978:A Hollywood ending helps Houston subdue the Dodgers, 8-6. With two on against Ken Forsch in the bottom of the ninth, Ron Cey lines to Bob Watson who steps on first to double off Reggie Smith. Watson spins and throws to Roger Metzger at second who beats Bill Russell to the bag to complete the game-ending triple play. Joe Ferguson's three-run homer in the eighth had given the Astros their lead.
Nov 16, 1994:Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are named to the annual National League Gold Glove team for their defensive play at first and second base respectively. They are the first Astros to be named since 1976, the last of Cesar Cedeno's Gold Glove seasons in the outfield (1972-1976). The other past winners are Doug Rader at third base (1970-1974) and Roger Metzger at shortstop (1973). Bobby Shantz was also named as the Gold Glove pitcher in 1962, a year he started in Houston. Biggio will continue to claim the prize for the next three seasons.