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October 19 - This Date in Astros History
October 19 - This Date in Astros History
October 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.
2001 - Coach Matt Galante ends a 22-year run in the Astros organization when he accepts a coaching position with the New York Mets. Galante managed Houston farm clubs and skippered the Astros in 1999 while Larry Dierker recovered from a brain seizure. He returns to the Astros in 2005 as a special assistant to the General Manager.
1989 - Houston radio station KKBQ announces that the World Series is coming to the Astrodome after an earthquake rattles California, sending the Fall Classic into turmoil. General Manager Bill Wood blasts the false report as "sick humor".
1987 - In one of his final acts as General Manager, Dick Wagner decides to exercise a contract option on Nolan Ryan. It was a strange year for the Express, leading the league in strikeouts and ERA but suffering an 8-16 record. The Astros could have either paid the 40-year-old righthander an estimated $1.3 million or released him to free agency.
1965 - Astros deal catcher Jerry Grote to the New York Mets for pitcher Tom Parsons and cash. Although batting just .182 with the Colt .45s, the San Antonio native goes on to several All-Star seasons in New York while Parsons never catches on in Houston.

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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      W 6-4
9/21      ANA      L 8-4
9/22      ANA*    W 13-5
9/23      off        --
9/24     @SEA      W 3-0
9/25     @SEA      W 3-0
9/26     @ANA      L 4-3
9/27     @ANA      W 4-0
9/28     @ANA      W 6-3
9/29     @ANA*     W 8-5
9/30      off        --
10/4      TAM*     W 6-2
10/5      TAM      W 3-1
10/7     @TAM*    L 10-3
10/8     @TAM      L 4-1
10/10     TAM      W 6-1
10/12     NYY      L 7-0
10/13     NYY      W 3-2
10/15    @NYY*     W 4-1
10/16    @NYY        ppd
10/17    @NYY      W 8-3
10/18    @NYY      L 4-1
10/19     NYY       ----
* - day game.

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June record:    15 - 12
July record:    16 -  8
August record:  19 -  9
Sept. record:   19 -  6
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ALCS             3 -  2
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Houston Astros recap - 10/18/19 - Shaky First Fatal For Verlander

Shaky First Fatal For Verlander
Astros Return For Game 6 In Houston

Verlander: One bad inning
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
If you shut off Friday's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series after the first inning, you saw all you needed to see. After the offense scored a run off James Paxton in the opening frame, Justin Verlander allowed four runs on a pair of homers to the Yankees in the bottom half and the score remained the same for the rest of the night. New York stayed alive with a 4-1 decision at Yankee Stadium to force a Game 6 in Houston Saturday night.

Verlander lasted seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out nine on 105 pitches. Paxton answered with six innings, giving up one run on four hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 112 pitches. Tommy Kahnle allowed a hit and a walk in the seventh but Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman shut the door. Kahnle was the only righthander the Astros saw all night.

George Springer began the game with an infield single and moved up to second on a passed ball. He scooted to third on a grounder by Jose Altuve and came home on a wild pitch. The Astros were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, continuing the RISP drought they have been in most of the postseason.

The Bronx Bombers answered with a leadoff homer to right center from D.J. LeMahieu, followed by a single from Aaron Judge and a double by Gleyber Torres. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks lined a homer off the right field foul pole for what was eventually the game's winning runs.

Though Verlander was stellar the rest of his outing, the anemic Astro bats could not deliver an equalizer or anything close to it. Verlander has often been stung by poor offensive support and it carried over Friday night.

Houston now returns to their home field with two chances for the clinching win in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be on Saturday night beginning at 7:08 pm Central time. After the loss, Manager A.J. Hinch confirmed that he will use his bullpen to start the game, probably righthanded rookie Jose Urquidy (2-1) will be first up. He saw one postseason appearance, a 1-2/3rd inning outing on October 8th. He'll be rested if not rusty.

While the Yankees have not announced their starter, it would seem there is little doubt they will bring back Game 3 loser Luis Severino who had a short outing Tuesday afternoon. Expect both managers to employ a quick hook if any pitcher struggles.

Should the series extend to a Game 7 on Sunday night, the Astros will bring back Gerrit Cole on normal rest for the decisive game. The Yankees will probably cobble together whomever is available from the pitching staff. A wild card here is former Astro J.A. Happ who could cover several innings for the Yankees but gave up the walk-off homer to Carlos Correa in Game 2 during his only ALCS appearance and has not started since September 20th. Happ's ERA has been over five most of the year and the Yankees don't appear to have much confidence in him.

The ALCS winner will host the Washington Nationals in the World Series beginning Tuesday and Wednesday.

- Bob Hulsey

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Verlander not a big fan of bullpens deciding ALCS Game 6 - SportsMoney
Astros head home for Game Six after losing 4-1 in New York - Houston Press
Astros can still trust Greinke this postseason - Call to the Pen
Judge says Yankees are back on feet after being knocked down - NJ.com
Looks like all hands on deck for Yankees and Astros pens - New York Post
Home run roulette will decide the AL Pennant - Sports Illustrated
The silver lining Verlander provided Astros - New York Post
Yankees have looked overmatched, even intimidated, during ALCS vs. Astros - SNY
Yankees beat Astros, Verlander to force Game 6 - Associated Press
Paxton, bats deliver as Yankees stave off elimination - New York Post
Steeped in Astros' and Yankees' ways, Espada Is a hot commodity - New York Times
What is social anxiety, the mental health issue Greinke battles? - KHOU-TV
Pasadena resale shop offers vintage Astros gear - KHOU-TV
Boone reacts to Yankees fans abusing Greinke, throwing garbage on field - NJ.com
We know who he is! Meet 'Nervously Excited Astros Fan' - KTRK-TV
Hinch salty over Hicks’ thrilling home run - NJ.com
Yankees fans taunt Greinke about social anxiety, depression - Associated Press
AL, NL Reliever of the Year finalists revealed - Astros.com
With CC out, JV rises to top of leaderboards - Astros.com
Hinch sticking with Alvarez; Astros praise CC - Astros.com
Despite loss, Verlander proud to keep 'pen fresh - Astros.com
FAQ: Bullpening Game 6 tonight, 7 CT (FS1) - Astros.com
Astros now must 'take care of business at home' - Astros.com
Astros still 'in the driver’s seat' despite G5 loss - Astros.com
Astros' domination sparks ruthless memes toward Yankees fans - Houston Chronicle
Yankees replace Sabathia on ALCS roster, ending ace's major league career - Houston Chronicle
Hinch says Astros will discuss Game 6 starter 'on the plane' - Houston Chronicle
Big first inning by Yankees sends Astros to Game 5 loss - Houston Chronicle
Shaky First Fatal For Verlander
- Astros Daily
Hinch borrows from the Torre book as Houston sends the Yankees to the ALCS brink - SportsMoney
Why are the Astros 3-1 up? It’s all about the Ks. - New York Times
Astros have World Series in their sight - ESPN
Astros one win away from the World Series with 8-3 win over Yankees - Houston Press
Greinke says he didn't hear taunts, Astros quiet Yanks crowd - Associated Press
Astros turn to Verlander to close out Yankees - New York Post
Astros turn to Verlander to clinch ALCS vs. Yanks - Field Level Media
Astros get last laugh with ALCS Game 4 win, silence Yankee Stadium fans - USA Today
Yankees one loss away from elimination after humiliating performance - Sports Illustrated
Do the Yankees have any chance to get back into the ALCS? - The Ringer
With win, Astros get last laugh in battle with obnoxious fans - Newsday
Astros players say Yankees fans crossed a line with Greinke heckling - New York Daily News
Yankee Stadium in October no match for Astros - Yahoo Sports
Yankees fans insulted Greinke's anxiety disorder, family: Report - NBC New York
Sabathia, Yanks come apart as Astros push them to brink - Associated Press
Report: Giants interested in Espada for manager - NBC Sports
Astros solve Tanaka, take command of ALCS - Washington Post
Homers helps Astros lead Yanks in ALCS - Australian Associated Press
Yankees on brink of elimination after ugly loss to Astros - New York Post
It’s the Astros, and not the Yankees, who are winning the battle of the bullpens - New York Daily News
Start spreading the boos, Astros have Yankees on the ALCS ropes - National Post
Astros power past the Yankees with a pair of 3-run homers to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS - Associated Press
Astros beat Yankees in ALCS Game 4 - Sports Illustrated
Yankees trail 3-1 after ALCS Game 4 beatdown by Astros - New York Daily News
No one has gone through as much anguish and euphoria in a hurry as this Astros fan - MLB.com
Why MLB cleared Astros of wrongdoing - SNY
Springer becomes Astros’ all-time postseason home run leader - NBC Sports
Astros manager fires back at Yankees' sign-stealing claims - Yahoo Sports
Astros plan to deal with ‘dangerous’ Yankee Stadium atmosphere - New York Post
Astros seek to quash ALCS sign-stealing controversy - Washington Post
Astros, Yankees address whistling, pitch-tipping - MLB.com
'A Cole Front': Astros reveal latest mural in honor of fifth playoff win - Houston Chronicle
Hinch adamantly denies his team is cheating - New York Daily News
Hinch rips Yankees' 'ridiculous' allegations - NJ.com
Hinch threatens to pull Astros off field - NJ.com
Astros have been accused of sign stealing - CBS Sports
Whistlegate: MLB finds no wrongdoing by Astros - NBC Sports
Do the Nationals (or Astros!) have the best 'Big Three' ever? - Beyond the Box Score
Yankees dugout erupts over Astros' alleged sign stealing - SNY
MLB has quick verdict on Yankees-Astros whistling accusation - New York Post
The Astros need to solve Tanaka’s slider - FanGraphs
Astros weren't whistling to relay stolen Yankees signs in ALCS, report says - Sporting News
Astros potential World Series tickets go on sale - KTRK-TV
Shaver shows off arm, bat in AFL action - Astros.com
Anguish to euphoria: One fan's Game 4 - Astros.com
Astros-Yanks G5: Lineups, FAQ (6 CT, FS1) - Astros.com
Greinke wild early; teammate pleads guilty - Astros.com
'This is your moment!' Pressly turns away Yanks - Astros.com
Eager to end ALCS, Astros turn to Verlander - Astros.com
Springer, Correa put Astros 1 win from Series - Astros.com
Watt bullish on Astros' chances - Houston Chronicle
Hinch says he will pull Astros off the field if Yankees fans 'become unruly' - Houston Chronicle
Astros fans (and wives) take over Yankee Stadium - Houston Chronicle
Astros win Game 4, push Yankees to brink of elimination - Houston Chronicle
Springer, Correa Bomb Yankees, 8-3
- Astros Daily
Astros fan allegedly slaps Yankees fan during ALCS - ABC News
Rotation scenarios for Yankees, Astros if Game 4 of ALCS is rained out - SNY
Houston takes 2-1 ALCS lead as Cole escapes jams, Astros’ bats reach orbit - FanGraphs
Stroman enjoyed Yankees' loss to Astros - New York Post
Smarts and stuff driving Gerrit Cole, the greatest winning streak since 1912 - Sports Illustrated
Yankees, Astros wondering if playoff baseballs are dead - New York Post
Astros' Josh Reddick disturbed by 'scary' Yankees fans - New York Post
‘Dejuiced’ or not, Yankees baffled by these playoff baseballs in Game 3 - New York Daily News
Cole shuts down Yankees, and is about to become a very rich man - Yahoo Sports
Reddick calls New York Yankees fans 'disrespectful' - USA Today
Yankees slumping at plate, fall behind 2-1 to Astros - NBC New York
Why Yankees-Astros could already be over - Yahoo Sports
Altuve makes Yankees fans completely lose their minds as Astros pull off a statement win - Paper City Magazine
Cole battles past patient Yankees for Game 3 win - Sports Illustrated
How a rainout Wednesday would impact Yankees vs. Astros in ALCS - NorthJersey.com
How the Yankees lost Game 3 of ALCS vs. Astros - SNY
Astros showing that 'old-school' pitching philosophy still plays - Sporting News
Reddick rips Yankees’ ‘disrespectful,' garbage-throwing fans - NJ.com
Cole shuts down Yankees, gives Astros 2-1 lead - Associated Press
Yankees showered with boos in the Bronx - New York Daily News
What did we learn from the Astros Game 3 ALCS? - KPRC-TV
Altuve remains a playoff monster - CBS Sports
Yankees miss out on big chances to crack Cole - CBS Sports
Everything has changed in this Yankees-Astros war - New York Post
Yankees doom themselves in ALCS Game 3 loss to Astros - New York Post
Astros shut down Yankees, take 2-1 lead in ALCS - Sports Illustrated
Astros take 2-1 lead in ALCS after beating Yankees - Yahoo Sports
Yankees, Astros fans react to umpire drama - CBS Sports
Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 3 delayed after umpire injury - New York Post
Astros fan arrested in alleged assault on Yankees supporter during ALCS game - Houston Chronicle
Biggio photobombs sleeping kid at Astros game - KPRC-TV
Cole wants to break the heart of the Yankees at least one more time - Fox News
Could ALCS Game 4 between Astros, Yankees be rained out? - KPRC-TV
How Astros analytics transformed Cole - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Astros fan turning heads with custom wrapped sports car - KTRK-TV
Cole to Yankees or Dodgers in free agency? - NJ.com
Hinch: Alvarez 'one swing away' from impact - Astros.com
MLB monitoring forecast for ALCS Game 4 - Astros.com
Astros-Yanks G4: Lineups, FAQs (7 CT, FS1) - Astros.com
Powerful Astros tack on in G3 with small ball - Astros.com
Astros' bullpen shows it has what it takes, too - Astros.com
Altuve's 12th playoff HR silences Bronx crowd - Astros.com
Gutsy Cole wills Astros to 2-1 ALCS lead in NY - Astros.com
Reddick set for ALCS starting debut in Game 3 - Houston Chronicle
Nelson's Game 3 exit causes unusual delay - Houston Chronicle
Cole, Astros take Game 3 against Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Cole Leads Astros To 4-1 Triumph
- Astros Daily
Cole, unbeaten since May, transformed by Astros analytics - Associated Press
Here's how Yankees lost Game 2 of ALCS vs. Astros - SNY
Yankees waste golden opportunity to take 2-0 lead over Astros in ALCS - Yahoo Sports
Gloomy forecast looming over Yankees-Astros ALCS Game 4 - New York Post
Yankees, Astros planning bullpen game - Associated Press
Stanton could start Game 3 vs. Astros - UPI
Cole remains the king for the Astros - Washington Post
Cole may haunt Yankees forever - New York Post
Yankees, Astros plan to make Game 4 a bullpen game - ESPN
For Yankees, extended Game 2 showed limits of their bullpen - New York Times
Check out wild booth reaction to Astros’ walk-off win - NESN
Yankees try to solve Cole in Game 3 - Field Level Media
Severino squashes Yankees’ fear before daunting ALCS challenge - New York Post
Cole has another chance to break New York hearts - USA Today
Here's why and where those new Astros murals are popping up all over town - Houston Chronicle
Correa dedicates walk-off home run to teen battling cancer - CBS News
The Astros are in everyone’s heads, whether the Yankees are tipping pitches or not - MSN Sports
Cubs set to interview Espada - Chicago Tribune
The Astros are being sued for tanking - Beyond the Box Score
Yankees don't think Paxton was tipping pitches - CBS Sports
Correa dedicates walk-off home run to cancer patient - KTRK-TV
Correa raises the bar on ALCS showmanship - CBS Sports
Correa called his shot for Astros and took it to cap classic over Yankees - La Vida Baseball
Astros’ dugout paramedic in stable condition - Washington Post
Rangers have big talent gap to fill to catch Yankees, Astros - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
How Yankees feel going home tied with Astros - NJ.com
Did the Astros steal signs and cheat in Game 2? - Bronx Pinstripes
Global support, a father's love propel Alvarez - Astros.com
Astros-Yanks G3: Lineups, matchups (4 ET, FS1) - Astros.com
How would possible G4 rainout affect ALCS? - Astros.com
Astros prepared for 'rowdy' atmosphere - Astros.com
Unbeatable Cole may be unrecognizable to NYY - Astros.com
Must-see photos from Correa's walk-off homer - Houston Chronicle
Espada interviewed by Cubs for manager job - Houston Chronicle
Reddick set for ALCS starting debut in Game 3 - Houston Chronicle
ALCS Game 4 shapes up as bullpen game for Astros, weather permitting - Houston Chronicle
'I don’t even know what I did': Correa lost his mind while saving Astros' season - USA Today
Studs and duds from Yankees’ 3-2, 11-inning loss to Astros - NJ.com
Astros get to Happ in dramatic walk-off win - Toronto Sun
Yankees Takeaways from Sunday's 3-2 loss to Astros - SNY
Correa finds stroke just in time to power Astros in ALCS - Sports Illustrated
Correa comes up big with walk-off HR vs. Yankees - ESPN
ALCS Game 2 interesting facts - MLB.com
Correa’s walk-off home run decides an epic battle - Washington Post
Six things to know as Houston wins October classic in Game 2 - CBS Sports
Yankees miss chances, let winnable game slip away - CBS Sports
Astros outlast Yankees with Correa's walk off homer - AFP
Astros equal ALCS with Correa’s walk-off in extra innings - KXAN-TV
Three takeaways from the Astros' Game 2 win over Yankees - Sporting News
Correa has great reaction to his walk-off home run in Game 2 of ALCS - USA Today
Correa comes full-circle in Astros’ dramatic Game 2 win - Sportsnet.ca
Paramedic in Astros dugout hospitalized after getting struck with foul ball during ALCS Game 2 - CBS Sports
Correa’s walk-off homer turns ALCS Game 2 into a missed opportunity for the Yankees - New York Daily News
Correa blasts walk-off homer, Astros top Yankees to tie series - UPI
Correa homers in 11th, Astros top Yankees to tie series 1-1 - Associated Press
Correa hits walk-off home run in 11th inning, Astros even ALCS with Yankees - USA Today
Yankees fall to Astros in ALCS Game 2 heartbreak - New York Post
Correa hits walk-off home run in 11th inning as Astros win 3-2 in ALCS Game 2 - NBC Sports
Astros even series with walk-off victory against Yankees - Yahoo Sports
Correa's flawless run-saving defensive play makes his walk-off homer possible - CBS Sports
Did James Paxton get pulled early because Astros saw him tipping pitches? - Larry Brown Sports
Correa evens up ALCS with 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 2 - CBS Sports
A high school chamber choir gave the Astros a postseason musical tribute for the ages - MLB.com
The Astros’ sign stealing paranoia is driving everyone nuts - New York Post
What's going on with the Astros poor hitting? - KPRC-TV
Astros, who picked up on tipped pitches in the ALDS, have a similar history with Paxton - CBS Sports
Correa ends Game 2 with a bat drop - Astros.com
Houston's 'pen outlasts vaunted counterparts - Astros.com
Astros-Yankees G3: Lineups, matchups, FAQ - Astros.com
Resilient Astros 'go out there and do it' - Astros.com
DYK? Facts, figures about EPIC ALCS Game 2 - Astros.com
Correa 'thanks' Yanks after run-saving throw - Astros.com
'Hyped' Correa blasts extras walk-off to tie ALCS - Astros.com
Westbrook sitting behind home plate at Astros game - Houston Chronicle
Dugout paramedic injured by foul ball during Astros-Yankees Game 2 - Houston Chronicle
Astros hold special place in heart of Jose Lima Jr. - Houston Chronicle
Astros fans at Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees - Houston Chronicle
Correa lifts Astros to walkoff win over Yankees in Game 2 - Houston Chronicle
Correa HR In 11th Stuns Yanks
- Astros Daily
JV 'locked in' after intense pregame prep - Astros.com

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