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September 20 - This Date in Astros History
September 20 - This Date in Astros History
September 20

2007 - J.R. Towles, a catcher playing in his sixth major league game, claims the franchise record with eight RBIs in an 18-1 demolition of the Cardinals, setting the largest winning margin in club history. Towles goes 4-for-4 with two doubles, his first big league homer, a walk and a hit-by-pitch . Wandy Rodriguez tosses eight strong innings for his ninth win. Off the field, the Astros name Ed Wade as their new general manager.
1998 - Shane Reynolds earns his 19th win while Richard Hidalgo belts two solo homers for a 2-0 whitewash of the Pirates. Reynolds gets help from Jay Powell and Billy Wagner on the shutout. The Astros reach 99 wins for the first time in their history.
1983 - Jose Cruz smacks a two-run single and a grand slam to pace a 15-2 demolition of Los Angeles. Alejandro Pena, Burt Hooton and Pat Zachry are torched for 13 runs in the first four innings. Denny Walling chimes in with three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs. Nolan Ryan coasts to his 14th win.
1981 - A nutty day at Candlestick Park begins when a skydiver misses the stadium and crashes into the parking lot, breaking both feet. Gary Woods is lifted for pinch-hitter Terry Puhl in the top of the first inning. Nolan Ryan's apparent single to right fails when he is gunned down at first by Jack Clark. Tony Scott, who stars with four hits including a double and a homer, is tagged out at second after advancing on a base on balls. Somehow, Houston wins, 7-3.
1972 - Atlanta plates 13 runs in one inning to bomb the Astros, 13-6. Felix Millan drives in five runs in the inning with a bases-loaded triple and a two-run single. Cesar Cedeno and Doug Rader homer in a five-run response, but it's not enough.



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SEPT. CALENDAR

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

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Houston Astros recap - 09/19/19 - Astros Win 100th, Cole Reaches 300 Ks

Astros Win 100th, Cole Reaches 300 Ks

Cole: Thanks fans after outing
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
Houston put the final sweep on the Rangers this week to complete the Lone Star Series, winning two games to finish the season series at 13-6. Justin Verlander notched his 19th win with a 4-1 triumph on Tuesday then Gerrit Cole became the third Astro and 18th major leaguer since 1900 to post 300 strikeouts in a season, tossing eight innings for his 18th win, a 3-2 squeaker on Wednesday.

Cole joins J.R. Richard (1978, 1979) and Mike Scott (1986) in Houston's 300 club. Richard owns the club record with 313 in 1979. Cole may get two more starts to rewrite the record book.

Nolan Ryan crossed the barrier six times, including an amazing 383 whiffs in 1973 with the Angels and 301 in 1989 with the Rangers at the age of 42, but his highest mark during his tenure with the Astros was 270 in 1987. Roger Clemens won five strikeout titles but never reached 300 in a season. Randy Johnson passed the 300 mark six times, including 1998 when he was an Astro, but his time that year was split between Houston and Seattle. Johnson is the only pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in fewer innings than Cole.

The victory Wednesday was also the 100th of the season for the Spacemen, the first team in the majors to reach that mark. It is the third straight season the Astros have compiled 100 or more wins, joining five other franchises (Yankees, Braves, Orioles, Cardinals and Athletics) who have set that mark.

Entering Friday, the Astros' magic number is two to clinch the AL West for the third year in a row. A playoff berth was clinched on Wednesday.

Yuli Gurriel stroked his 30th homer of the year, a career high. He joins Alex Bregman (37) and George Springer (35) in the 30-homer club. Jose Altuve (29) and Yordan Alvarez (26) could possibly join them before the season ends. The only other time three Astros bashed 30 or more homers in the same year was 2000 when Jeff Bagwell (47), Richard Hidalgo (44) and Moises Alou (30) christened the new Enron Field.

This weekend marks the final home series of the regular season before a final week on the road in Seattle and Anaheim. The Angels are in town without some of their best players who have been shut down due to injuries. Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons will still be available so there should be no letting up.

Zack Greinke (16-5, 6-1 with Houston) will pitch the Friday night 7:10 pm Central opener against Jaime Barria (4-9). Wade Miley (14-5) is slated for the Saturday 6:10 pm Central start opposite lefty Patrick Sandoval (0-3) then Verlander (19-6) goes for his 20th win against Jose Rodriguez (0-0) in the 1:10 pm Central Sunday finale. The Astros are 9-3 against Anaheim this season and 58-20 (.744) at home.

Houston welcomed back shortstop Carlos Correa this week and he will be eased back into the action as the regular season concludes. Relievers Brad Peacock and Ryan Pressly are hoping to be available once the postseason begins.

The Astros will need to win just four of the upcoming nine games to break the team mark for wins in a season, set last year at 103.

- Bob Hulsey



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