Roy Oswalt - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 4, 1996:23. Drafted Roy Oswalt(P) in 1996 Summer Draft
Jul 29, 2010:Traded Roy Oswalt (P) and cash to PHI-N for J.A. Happ (P), Anthony Gose (OF) and Jonathan Villar (IF)

This Date in Astros History

May 17, 2001:Richard Hidalgo blasts a two-run shot in the seventh inning that downs the Cubs, 4-2. The clout comes off Kyle Farnsworth. Roy Oswalt wins his second big-league game while Billy Wagner notches his tenth save.
Jul 5, 2001:Roy Oswalt finds a groove, striking out eight in a 5-1 victory over Arizona at Enron Field. Lance Berkman, Vinny Castilla and Craig Biggio support him with home runs. The rookie righthander runs his record to 7-1 and shrinks his ERA to 2.26.
Aug 30, 2001:Rookie Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game three-hitter to subdue the Reds, 6-1. It's his 12th win. Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo drive in a pair of runs each to support the cause. Houston stays four games ahead of Chicago in the NL Central chase.
Sep 9, 2001:Roy Oswalt fans a dozen Brewers in a complete game shutout, 8-0. Four home runs provide plenty of support. Oswalt runs his record to 14-2 in his rookie season but injuries keep him out of the stretch drive. Houston expands their division lead to 5-1/2 games over St. Louis. They will not play again for nine days.
Mar 29, 2002:Lance Berkman drills two home runs and Roy Oswalt scatters seven hits as Houston tops the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, in an exhibition at the newly-renamed Astros Field. Scrubbed are virtually all signs of Enron, whose naming-rights deal for the ballpark fell into bankruptcy court. The win is also a little sweeter for manager Jimy Williams who was fired by the Sox midway through the 2001 season.
Aug 17, 2002:Jose Vizcaino smacks a leadoff homer on his way to a 5-for-5 night during a 6-1 victory in Cincinnati. Roy Oswalt wins his 15th but must wait until the ninth when Houston explodes for five runs to get the victory. They remain four games behind St. Louis in the Central Division chase.
Sep 8, 2002:Craig Biggio, Brian Hunter and Lance Berkman launch homers in a 6-2 victory in Los Angeles. Roy Oswalt wins his 19th of the year. The suddenly dangerous Hunter knocks out Dodger hurler Kazuhisa Ishii with a line drive double off the pitcher's head. Ishii suffers a concussion and a small skull fracture. Back in Houston, few notice since the NFL expansion Houston Texans are shocking the Dallas Cowboys, 19-10, in their very first regular season game.
Apr 1, 2003:Former N.L. MVP Jeff Kent homers in his first at bat as a Houston Astro, leading a 10-4 mauling of the Rockies. Jeff Bagwell tops that with two home runs while Geoff Blum goes deep and drives in three. Roy Oswalt survives a shaky start for the victory.
Jun 11, 2003:Houston fans moan when starter Roy Oswalt leaves the game in the second inning with a pulled groin, but they rejoice when the bullpen comes through in a record-setting way. Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner combine to no-hit the New York Yankees, 8-0. It's the first time in big league history that a no-no is shared by six pitchers. They walk three Bronx Bombers, striking out 13, while accomplishing the first no-hitter against the Yankees since 1958 and the first opposition no-hitter at Yankee Stadium since 1952. Lidge gets credit for the win. Dotel ties a record with a four-strikeout inning. Lance Berkman's mammoth two-run blast off Jeff Weaver highlights the offense.
Aug 27, 2004:Carlos Beltran's two home runs lead a five-dinger barrage as Houston clubs the Cubs, 15-7. Jeff Bagwell, Jeff Kent and Lance Berkman also supply the long ball. Roy Oswalt wins his 15th despite harassment from Chicago's Michael Barrett who is still upset over being hit by Oswalt the previous weekend in Houston. Oswalt is plunked by Kent Mercker but nobody is tossed despite the war of words.
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 6, 2004:A two-run homer in the 11th by Rafael Furcal off Dan Miceli gives Atlanta a 4-2 decision over Houston in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. to tie the best-of-five series. The Braves outlast Roy Oswalt then attack the bullpen late. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Raul Chavez gives the Astros their only runs.
Oct 7, 2004:A two-run homer in the 11th by Rafael Furcal off Dan Miceli gives Atlanta a 4-2 decision over Houston in Game Two of the N.L.D.S. to tie the best-of-five series. The Braves outlast Roy Oswalt then attack the bullpen late. Solo homers by Jeff Bagwell and Raul Chavez and give the Astros their only runs.
Oct 11, 2004:In their eighth try, the Astros finally win a postseason series, blowing out the Braves, 12-3, in Game Five of the N.L.D.S. Carlos Beltran steals the show with two home runs and five RBIs in a four-hit performance. Craig Biggio adds three hits while Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run shot. Roy Oswalt, on short rest, goes five gutty innings for the victory. The win is even sweeter, having vanquished a foe that had beaten them nine-games-out-of-ten in three previous postseason matchups.
Oct 17, 2004:Carlos Beltran homers off Julian Tavarez in the seventh to give the Astros a 6-5 triumph in Game Four of the N.L.C.S., evening the series at 2-2. It is Beltran's seventh straight postseason game with a home run, setting a new record. It's also his eighth in this postseason to tie him with Barry Bonds for that mark. Houston tied it the inning before on a solo shot by Lance Berkman and a run-scoring single by Raul Chavez. Dan Wheeler and Brad Lidge silence the Redbirds after Roy Oswalt pitched the first six innings.
Nov 9, 2004:Roger Clemens wins a record seventh Cy Young Award, his first as a National Leaguer, making him the oldest pitcher to win that honor. Clemens sported an 18-4 record with a 2.90 ERA in Houston. He recieves 23 of 32 first place votes. Former Astro Randy Johnson of Arizona finishes second. Clemens' teammate Roy Oswalt, the league's only 20-game winner, finishes third.
Feb 10, 2005:Houston avoids arbitration for the eighth straight year by coming to terms with pitcher Roy Oswalt on a two-year deal worth $16.9 million. A 20-game winner in both 2004 and 2005, he will receive $11 million in 2006.
Apr 20, 2005:Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night.
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.
Jul 21, 2005:In their first game in our nation's capitol, the Astros top the Washington Nationals, 3-2. The team is the former Montreal Expos, still under ownership of Major League Baseball. Roy Oswalt tosses eight innings of shutout ball and plates two runs. Mike Lamb homers. The Astros, at 49-46, have won 34 of their last 50 to climb back into the Wild Card race, four games back of Washington.
Oct 1, 2005:Roger Clemens adds career win number 341 and career strikeout number 4,500 while Craig Biggio sets a personal best with his 26th homer of the year in a 3-1 victory over Chicago. More importantly, the triumph snaps a two-game skid and clinches a tie for the N.L. Wild Card spot. Clemens also becomes the fifth Astro hurler to claim the league ERA title (1.87). The next day, Roy Oswalt clinches with his 20th victory, a 6-4 thriller that ends when Brad Lidge notches his 42nd save.
Oct 8, 2005:Mike Lamb homers and Craig Biggio swats three doubles to pace the Astros in a 7-3 triumph over the Braves to take a 2-1 edge in the N.L.D.S. Roy Oswalt goes seven innings for the win. Houston smacks seven doubles in all to tie a league postseason record. Eight of their 12 hits go for extra bases.
Oct 13, 2005:Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge combine to silence St. Louis, 4-1, to even the N.L.C.S. at one game apiece. Chris Burke stays hot with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. A solo shot by Albert Pujols in the sixth accounts for the only Cardinal run.
Oct 19, 2005:CELEBRATE! For the first time in 44 seasons, Houston is champion of the National League! Behind series MVP Roy Oswalt, the Astros claim the N.L.C.S. with a 5-1 triumph in St. Louis. In the last game played at Busch Stadium II, Brad Ausmus leads the attack with three hits while Jason Lane goes deep off Mark Mulder. Houston will face the Chicago White Sox in the World Series. Chicago fans have waited since 1959 to return to the Fall Classic. That was the same year Houston joined the Continental League in the Houston Sports Association's first attempt at a big league franchise.
Oct 25, 2005:Ex-Astro Geoff Blum breaks Houston's heart with a 14th-inning homer off Ezequiel Astacio to win the longest game in World Series history for the White Sox, 7-5, to take a 3-0 lead over the Astros in the first Series game held on Texas soil. Roy Oswalt loses an early 4-0 lead but the Astros tie it in the eighth on Jason Lane's double. Houston squanders numerous other chances to score (aided by a dozen walks) until Blum decides the outcome.
Dec 19, 2005:Owner Drayton McLane presents to star pitcher Roy Oswalt a $200,000 Caterpillar bulldozer to fulfill a promise he made before Game 6 of the N.L.C.S. Oswalt's strong performance catapulted the Astros into their first World Series as he pitched two of the four victories over St. Louis.
May 19, 2006:After losing three at home to the Giants by a combined 34-5 and getting two suspensions, the Astros appear in a free-fall until Adam Everett delivers a three-run double off Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the eighth to topple the Texas Rangers, 5-3. Brad Lidge, who had temporarily lost his closer role, returns to nail down his 12th save. Chad Qualls gets the win after rescuing Roy Oswalt from a bases-loaded jam in the seventh. The day was a 20th Anniversary tribute to the division-winning 1986 Astros, made sweeter by a comeback win befitting that club.
Jun 25, 2006:Adam Everett's bloop triple in the 13th inning followed by Willy Taveras' RBI single salvage a 10-9 win over the Chicago White Sox, avoiding their second series sweep at the hands of the American League champs in a span of nine months. The Astros were coasting with a 9-2 lead behind Roy Oswalt going into the bottom of the eighth when one man led the Sox back. Tadahito Igushi belts a three run shot off Russ Springer then tags Brad Lidge for a grand slam the next inning - the third slam off Houston pitching in three days - to tie it up. Fernando Nieve gets the win. Despite a dreadful month and a .500 record, the Astros are only five games back of St. Louis and three games back of Cincinnati in the division chase.
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.
Sep 28, 2006:Roy Oswalt endures a three-hour rain delay to blank the Pirates, 3-0, for Houston's ninth straight win. The late-season rally brings the Astros, 8-1/2 games behind the Cardinals just two weeks before, within a half-game of the Central leaders. Houston would lose two of three in Atlanta and wind up 1-1/2 games out at 82-80 for the season. Oswalt wins the league ERA title at 2.98. Lance Berkman would single on the last day to set a new team RBI record at 136.
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.
May 12, 2007:Roy Oswalt sails to his sixth win in a 10-4 bombing of the Diamondbacks. Mike Lamb and rookie Hunter Pence crunch three hits apiece, including a home run. Carlos Lee and Luke Scott also go deep. Lee leads the league in RBIs with 34. Craig Biggio ties Sam Crawford on the all-time hits list at 2,964 while passing Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time doubles list (647).
Jul 8, 2007:Roy Oswalt, newly named to his third consecutive All-Star team, wins his eighth of the year, an 8-3 stroll over the Mets. Houston does all their scoring in the first four innings, led by Chris Burke who homers and scores three times. Carlos Lee, the other Astro All-Star, adds his league-leading 73rd RBI going into the midseason break.
Aug 29, 2007:It's a milestone day for the Astros as Roy Oswalt celebrates his 30th birthday by blanking the Cardinals, 7-0. It's also the first win for new manager Cecil Cooper, replacing the fired Phil Garner. Lance Berkman cracks three hits to pace the offense, including the 250th homer of his career, becoming the third Astro to reach that mark. Luke Scott also goes deep. Craig Biggio ties George Brett for fifth all-time with his 655th career double, his 3,042nd hit.
Sep 6, 2008:Roy Oswalt spins a one-hitter, blanking the Rockies, 2-0. A single by Brad Hawpe is the only Colorado safety. Oswalt fans six and walks two. Hunter Pence's two-run homer provides the only runs of the game. The Astros are 28-11 since July 26th but remain in fourth place in their division with only faint playoff hopes.