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Arlington5944.573-490489131-1728-2713-1112-1127-184-6W 1
Houston (58)5546.54534604025832-2123-258-1112-1027-216-4W 1
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Oakland (49)4755.46111½422491-6924-2923-2612-1410-1020-227-3W 2
Anaheim (48)4656.45112½475471423-2623-307-1415-1018-236-4W 1

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July 29 - This Date in Astros History
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July 29

2010 - Astros deal ace pitcher Roy Oswalt to the Phillies for pitcher J.A. Happ and minor leaguers Anthony Gose and Jonathan Villar. Gose is then sent to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace. Oswalt has a 143-82 record over ten seasons with Houston. He leaves unable to tie Joe Niekro for the franchise record for victories. Two days later, the Astros trade slugger Lance Berkman to the New York Yankees, sending away their last two stars from the 2005 World Series team.
1992 - Jeff Bagwell hits only the seventh Club Level home run in the history of Atlanta-Fulton Country stadium, a 440-foot blast off of Tom Glavine. It comes in a 5-3 loss to the Braves. Jimmy Jones is unable to hold an early 2-0 edge.
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.
1970 - Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly "retired" rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field.
1967 - Bob Aspromonte drives in four as the Astros storm back to overcome the Pirates, 6-5, completing a four-game sweep. Julio Gotay, pinch-running for Aspro after his two-run double in the eighth, scores on a single by Bob Lillis for the game-winner. Larry Sherry shuts the door for winning pitcher Dave Eilers.



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JULY CALENDAR

Date      Opp      Result
7/01      CSX      W 5-0
7/02      CSX*     L 7-6
7/03      CSX*     L 4-1
7/04      SEA*     W 2-1
7/05      SEA      W 5-2
7/06      SEA      W 9-8
7/07      OAK      L 3-1
7/08      OAK     W 10-9
7/09      OAK*     L 3-2
7/10      OAK*     W 2-1
7/11      off        --
7/12      ASG     AL 4-2
7/13      off        --
7/14      off        --
7/15     @SEA      W 7-3
7/16     @SEA*     L 1-0
7/17     @SEA*     W 8-1
7/18     @OAK      L 7-4
7/19     @OAK      L 4-3
7/20     @OAK*     W 7-0
7/21      off        --
7/22      ANA      W 2-1
7/23      ANA      W 7-2
7/24      ANA*    W 13-3
7/25      NYY      L 2-1
7/26      NYY      L 6-3
7/27      NYY      W 4-1
7/28      off        --
7/29     @DET       ----
7/30     @DET       ----
7/31     @DET*      ----
* - day game.

April record:   7-17
May record:    17-12
June record:   18-8
July record:   13-9
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Houston Astros recap - 07/28/16 - McCullers, 'Pen Fan 15 Yanks In 4-1 Win
McCullers, 'Pen Fan 15 Yanks In 4-1 Win
Astros Gain Ground In Division, Wild Card

McCullers: Curve was working
(c) USA Today
Lance McCullers allowed just one run and five hits over six innings while striking out 10 to lead the Astros to a 4-1 victory over the Yankees Wednesday night to salvage something from the three-game series. A solo homer by Brian McCann in the fourth was the lone tally for the Bombers.

The bullpen did their part as Ken Giles, Luke Gregerson and Will Harris tossed three hitless innings and punched out five more hitters to make 15 total. Harris earned his 11th save.

All of Houston's scoring happened before they'd registered nine outs. In the second, Preston Tucker and Alex Bregman walked against Masahiro Tanaka. Carlos Gomez singled home Tucker for the first run.

In the third, Marwin Gonzalez singled, moved to third then scored on a base hit by Carlos Correa through a drawn-in infield. Colby Rasmus, mired in an 0-for-29 slump, picked on a hanging curveball and hammered it into the right field seats for a 4-0 lead.

The Astros compiled just eight hits and Jose Altuve was the only player with a multi-hit game, slapping a pair of singles. Bregman is still hitless as an Astro.

Luis Valbuena took the night off after injuring his hamstring on Tuesday. Gomez now joins him with a strained hamstring he suffered sliding into second base in the second inning Wednesday night. Gomez does not expect to be out long. Valbuena is already a scratch for Friday. Houston may get a break since Doug Fister's wife is due to give birth to their first child and the Astros could call up more bench help while Fister takes paternity leave.

The game results were wonderful Wednesday as far as the standings were concerned. The Rangers lost so the Astros moved back within 2-1/2 games of first in the AL West. Meanwhile, Toronto and Boston also lost so Houston is now one game behind the Red Sox and 1-1/2 games back of the Blue Jays for the two wild card spots.

The Astros take a day off on Thursday before beginning a three-game weekend set in Detroit against the Tigers. Collin McHugh (7-6) is scheduled to start the opener against lefthander Matt Boyd (1-2) who is a distant relative of the great Bob Feller. Judging by Boyd's 2-8 career record, I'd say it's very distant. Game time is 6:10 Central at Comerica Park.

- Bob Hulsey


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