Mark Portugal - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 4, 1988:Traded Todd McClure(P) to Min-A for Mark Portugal(P). Min received McClure on Dec 7
Oct 25, 1993:Granted free agency to Mark Portugal(P), who signed with SF-N on Nov 21
Jun 2, 1994:1. Drafted Scott Elarton(P) (#25 pick overall) in 1994 Summer Draft (compensation for Mark Portugal)
Jun 2, 1994:1. Drafted Russ Johnson(IF) (#30 pick overall) in 1994 Summer Draft (compensation for Mark Portugal)

This Date in Astros History

Oct 30, 1962:Mark Portugal is born in Los Angeles, CA. The righthander spends five of his 15 big league seasons in Houston, compiling a 52-30 record with one save and a 3.34 ERA while watching the club change from a veteran contender to a young rebuilding club from 1989 to 1993.
Dec 4, 1988:Mark Portugal is acquired from Minnesota for minor leaguer Todd McClure. As a reliever for the Twins, Portugal has an 11-19 record over parts of four seasons and is considered expendable. As a starter in Houston, Portugal would turn around his career.
Jul 29, 1989:Craig Biggio becomes the first Houston catcher to bat leadoff in over twenty years and it seems to work out. He homers and singles in an 8-1 victory at San Francisco. Another blast is the first big league bomb for Eric Anthony. Glenn Davis and Ken Caminiti also go yard. Mark Portugal hurls a three-hit complete game, just his second win as an Astro.
Aug 13, 1990:Franklin Stubbs belts two homers and drives in four to pace a 7-2 triumph in Chicago. Mark Portugal goes the distance and drives in two runs himself.
Dec 7, 1991:Houston has a tentative deal in place with the Chicago White Sox. The Sox want pitcher Mark Portugal and are expected to trade a disappointing outfielder who hit just .203 after being acquired from the Texas Rangers. Eventually, the White Sox find a better offer for Sammy Sosa and the deal never happens.
Jul 29, 1996:Pinch-hitter Bill Spiers blasts a solo shot off Mark Portugal in the eighth to tie the Reds. Derrick May then walks and eventually scores on a Jeff Bagwell single for a 2-1 Houston win. Mike Hampton allows just four hits and gets help from Xavier Hernandez and Billy Wagner for the victory.