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July 28 - This Date in Astros History
July 28 - This Date in Astros History
July 28

2006 - Luke Scott hits for the cycle but it is not enough as the Astros fall to Arizona, 8-7, in 11 innings. Scott, a call-up earlier in the month from AAA, performs the feat backwards, smacking his first major league homer in the fourth, a triple in the fifth, a double in seventh and a single in the 11th just before the final out was made . Scott drives in five of the runs. Andy Pettitte makes his first relief appearance since 1998 and takes the loss.
2005 - Brad Ausmus doubles home Orlando Palmeiro in the bottom of the ninth to nip the Mets, 3-2. Rookie Ezequiel Astacio battles Pedro Martinez to a draw, helped by a solo homer from Adam Everett and an RBI squeeze bunt by Ausmus. The win puts Houston into a tie with Washington for the wild card slot after starting the season with a 15-30 mark. All the excitement overshadows the return of 2004 postseason hero Carlos Beltran who then rebuffed the Astros and signed with New York. Beltran is booed relentlessly by the sellout crowd as he struggles through an oh-for-four night.
2001 - A grand slam by Brian Giles off Billy Wagner caps a seven-run ninth as the Astros waste a three-homer performance by Vinny Castilla in a 9-8 loss to Pittsburgh at PNC Park. They make sure not to blow a similar lead in the nightcap of the twinbill, scoring four times in the ninth to seal a 12-3 victory.
1985 - Craig Reynolds bangs out four hits as Houston bombs the Mets, 12-4. Mark Bailey and Jose Cruz contribute three hits each in the 19-hit effort. The New Yorkers are gracious hosts, giving the Astros four errors to work with. They ought to be since the Astros giftwrapped 16 unearned runs in a doubleheader fiasco the day before.
1979 - Ken Forsch twirls a three-hitter as the Astros top the Dodgers, 5-2, but the talk is about a brawl that clears the benches. Cesar Cedeno spikes Steve Yeager during a play at the plate. Yeager later tosses a ball out to Cedeno at first who fires it back into the L.A. bench. Ken Brett then hits Enos Cabell with a pitch and away they go. Tommy Lasorda beat the rush, getting tossed three innings earlier.

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

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June record:  12-15
July record:   7-15

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Houston Astros recap - 07/28/14 - Marlins Sweep Astros, 4-2
Marlins Sweep Astros, 4-2

Altuve: Handshake on HR trot
(c) Associated Press
First of all, let's tip a cap to the Miami Marlins who, with a payroll lower than any team not named the Houston Astros, have managed to hover near the .500 mark all season and are keeping themselves in the discussion for a wild card berth. That success includes a three-game sweep of Houston this weekend capped off with a 4-2 decision on Sunday.

The Houston offense managed just five runs in the three-game series and have upped their losing skid to five with the league-leading A's coming to town for three.

Back at the beginning of the month, I noted how horrific the Astros have played in July the past three years. 2014 appears to be no different. Other than a three-game sweep of the lowlier (by one game) Rangers, Houston has posted just three wins against 15 defeats this month.

Collin McHugh struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs on a single, triple, sacrifice fly and a solo homer by Garrett Jones. That turned out to be the ballgame right there.

Jose Altuve belted a solo homer in the bottom of the first and Jon Singleton homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth to account for Houston's runs. Altuve had another three-hit game, pushing his batting average back up to .344. Why teams still pitch to him is one of baseball's great mysteries.

Marcell Ozuna homered off McHugh to account for Miami's other tally.

Perhaps in two years, the Astros can be that economically-efficient contender the Marlins have become this year. Until then, they can continue to look like the worst team in the majors and pile up the draft picks.

Another team with an efficient payroll, the Oakland Athletics, are next up for the Astros. Brett Oberholtzer (2-7) will try to snap the skid Monday night when he faces Jesse Chavez (8-6) with the first pitch at 7:10 Central. Oberholtzer, you may recall, pitched well in Oakland in a game that Houston won in extra innings.

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Luhnow mulls trade options as deadline nears - Houston Chronicle
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George Springer DL update - SportsRadio 610
Comcast, Rockets and Astros file dueling secret motions - Houston Chronicle
Castro can sympathize with Zeid with recent injury - Houston Chronicle
Astros play longball in win over AL West leading A’s - Houston Chronicle
Castillo may be too rich for Astros blood - Houston Chronicle
Luhnow mum on Appel’s controversial bullpen session - Houston Chronicle
Astros belt four homers to top first-place A's - Astros.com
Astros have more players in the pipeline - USA Today
Castro: 'No ill will' among Astros toward Appel - Astros.com
Lane impresses in first start - Associated Press
Singleton working to shorten his swing - Astros.com
Astros interested in Cuban OF Castillo - Astros.com
Astros' rotation depth offers trade options - Astros.com
Injuries leave Astros willing to trade starting pitching with need for hitting - Houston Chronicle
Scouting report: Houston Astros host Oakland Athletics - Houston Chronicle
Roger Clemens highlights SABR 44 lineup - Sports Illustrated Kids
Zeid to DL, Peacock to AAA, Clemens recalled - Climbing Tal's Hill
Astros working on trade with Nationals? - Climbing Tal's Hill
Appel’s fast track causing Astros’ clubhouse uproar - Houston Chronicle
Reed leads River Bandits to 4-3 win - Nation of Blue
37-year-old former outfielder Jason Lane became an MLB starting pitcher - USA Today
Astros players mad at Astros - ESPN
Preview: Athletics at Astros - Reuters
Carrasco, Astros complete series sweep of Pirates - Greeneville Sun
Astros GM says they are open to trading Keuchel, Cosart, McHugh - Fansided
Houston willing to deal starters for bat? - Crawfish Boxes
Three Astros things - Crawfish Boxes
Sipp wants to stay in Houston - Fansided
The Appel Incident, perception and reporters with opinions - Crawfish Boxes
A response to the anonymous Astros player(s) - House of Houston
Astros promote Appel to Corpus - House of Houston
Appel's promotion upsets Astros players - Outside Corner
Continuing CSN Houston fiasco makes Luc Besson films seem sane and logical - Houston Press
Keuchel's trouble with the curve won't get in his way - Fangraphs
Marlins Sweep Astros, 4-2
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Porter can prove his worth in the following days - Rant Sports
Teammates right in being upset over Appel's promotion - Rant Sports
Astros brass swings, misses in handling of Appel situation - Houston Chronicle
Appel to start for Hooks Wednesday - KRIS-TV
Rough 1st inning sinks McHugh in comeback - Crawfish Boxes
Astros did right thing in promoting Appel - Rant Sports
Report: Some Astros players upset over Mark Appel promotion, bullpen - CBS Sports
Astros promote top prospect Appel to Corpus Christi - KHOU-TV
Appel to join Hooks on Monday - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Reed promoted to Class A - Lexington Herald-Leader
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Astros players resent Mark Appel’s promotion to Double-A - Larry Brown Sports
Marlins cap 6-1 road trip with three-game sweep of Astros - Miami Herald
Golden Spikes winner Reed joins River Bandits - Quad City Times
Astros promote Reed from ValleyCats to Quad Cities - Schenectady Gazette
Astros fail to avoid three-game sweep by Marlins - Houston Chronicle
Buchanan takes one for the team with long relief work - Houston Chronicle
Altuve’s latest effort was thrice as nice, but that’s nothing new - Houston Chronicle
Zeid set for MRI on foot on Monday - Houston Chronicle
Appel’s fast track causing Astros’ clubhouse uproar - Houston Chronicle
Correa, Appel headline Astros' updated Top 20 list - Astros.com
This Deadline will be a lot quieter in Houston - Astros.com
Astros unable to rally after McHugh dinged early - Astros.com
Astros feel time is right for Appel to hit Double-A - Astros.com
Altuve's leadoff homer confirmed on review - Astros.com
Who is Enrique "Kike" Hernandez? - Texas Sports Review
Minor league recap - House of Houston
Preview: Marlins at Astros - Reuters
Marlins go for sweep against Astros - Associated Press
Are Astros promoting Appel as a distraction? - All Voices
Marlins 7, Astros 3: Giancarlo puts away game early - Crawfish Boxes
Recap: Houston vs. Miami - Sports Network
Struggling Astros starters put on notice after loss to Marlins - Houston Chronicle
Cosart can't shake off early jitters, loses 7-3 to Marlins - Associated Press
Recap: Marlins 7, Astros 3 - Sports Xchange
Astros should not sell low on Castro at deadline - Rant Sports
Astros should not worry about union grievance - Rant Sports
McHugh cleared to start on Sunday in series finale - Houston Chronicle
Marlins get to Cosart early in second straight win over Astros - Houston Chronicle
Well-traveled Oberholtzer regains his spot in Astros rotation - Houston Chronicle
Lancaster’s young Hader making case for promotion to AA - Houston Chronicle
Appel’s unusual progression to finally include AA stop - Houston Chronicle
Albers aims to throw bullpen session next week - Houston Chronicle
Astros get strikeout machine back for finale with Fish - Astros.com
Cosart, Astros don't get the bounces against Marlins - Astros.com
McHugh to come off DL, start vs. Fish on Sunday - Astros.com
Astros send Zeid to DL, Peacock to Triple-A - Astros.com
Marwin returns, will be careful with hamstring - Astros.com
Early Runs Propel Fish, 7-3
- Astros Daily
Appel set for promotion to Class AA Corpus Christi - Houston Chronicle
Appel focuses on process during challenging season - Baseball America
Marlins take on struggling Astros Saturday - Associated Press
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New Killer Bees: Beat up, broken and bruised - Crawfish Boxes
Keuchel better, but Astros lose to Marlins 2-0 - Associated Press
Recap: Houston vs. Miami - Sports Network
Preview: Marlins at Astros - Sports Xchange
Astros' offense finally comes alive in 9-4 win - Greeneville Sun
Marlins 2, Astros 0 - Sports Xchange
Astros offense stymied as Marlins take series opener - Houston Chronicle
Gonzalez hopes to avoid DL stint - Houston Chronicle
Petit rewarded with trip back to major leagues - Houston Chronicle
McHugh ready to roll after successful bullpen session - Houston Chronicle
Cosart hopes first meeting with Fish proves fruitful - Astros.com
Astros can't connect for Keuchel in loss to Marlins - Astros.com
An elder statesman in Houston, Petit called up - Astros.com
Astros hope Appel's latest start sign of things to come - Astros.com
Marlins 'Hand' Astros Shutout
- Astros Daily
Down in the minors with Ron Shelton, who sees a major motion picture - Los Angeles Times
Correa suffers setback, will likely miss AFL - Crawfish Boxes
Luhnow quashes idea of dealing Qualls - Crawfish Boxes
Marlins at Astros series primer - Fox Sports Florida
Rangers sign RHP Jerome Williams after latest loss - Associated Press
MLBPA files grievance against Astros for draft - CBS Sports
MLBPA files grievance against Houston - Crawfish Boxes
Marlins at Astros game preview - Associated Press
Chris Devenski pitching mechanics - Crawfish Boxes
Preview: Astros at Angels - Sports Xchange
Duquette’s comparison to Aiken doesn’t hold true to Kazmir - Houston Chronicle
Keuchel tosses heckler a baseball that says 'Thanks for paying my salary' - Big League Stew
Appel has fun again in best, longest outing of season - Houston Chronicle
Appel goes career-long six innings in win - MiLB.com
Appel logs first quality start as pro in Class A win - Astros.com
Athletics 13, Astros 1: Everything hurts - Crawfish Boxes
Union files grievance over draft, Aiken - Houston Chronicle
A's Feast On Feldman & Friends
- Astros Daily
Berkman to join Rice’s coaching staff as student assistant - Houston Chronicle
Recap: Oakland vs. Houston - Sports Network
Villar sent back to RedHawks to fine-tune his skills - The Oklahoman
Astros fall 13-1 to A's - CSN Houston
Feldman, bats no match for Samardzija as A’s take series finale in a rout - Houston Chronicle
Astros don’t expect personnel changes in wake of Aiken draft mess - Houston Chronicle
Carlos Correa won’t be ready for Arizona Fall League; team hopeful of spring training return - Houston Chronicle
Rubber game gets away from Feldman, Astros - Astros.com
Astros taking it slow with Fowler's recovery - Astros.com
Astros keeping close eye on Marwin's hamstring - Astros.com
Albers, Crain progressing slower than expected - Astros.com
Feeling's mutual: Astros holding on to Qualls - Astros.com
Trade rumors: Tigers eyeing Qualls - House of Houston
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Houston RSN quietly seeking buyers - Deal Pipeline
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Astros-Athletics preview - STATS
Athletics rough up Peacock, hold on late to even series - Houston Chronicle
Gonzalez coping with sore hamstring - Houston Chronicle
Hot-hitting Krauss gets call from Class AAA to replace injured Springer - Houston Chronicle
Astros holding out hope Crain, Albers can pitch this season - Houston Chronicle
Judge returns Crane-McLane-Comcast lawsuit to state court - Houston Chronicle
Astros seek spark for finale vs. A's, Samardzija - Astros.com
Spirited rally not enough to overcome rocky start - Astros.com
Krauss recalled, expected to start vs. right-handers - Astros.com
Astros weighing McHugh, Oberholtzer for rotation - Astros.com
Aiken Not All To 2014 Draft - Astros Daily
Late Comeback Masks Blowout Loss
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Right quad strain forces Springer to DL - Astros.com
Astros place Springer on DL with quad injury - Sports Illustrated
Quad injury shuts down rookie slugger Springer - NBC Sports
Ryan set for long overdue trip to Hall inductions - MLB.com
Astros send Springer to DL - Baseball News Source
Astros place Springer on DL, call up Krauss - KHOU-TV
Tony Sipp trade rumors: Braves, Angels, Orioles interested - Fansided
Dexter Fowler rumors: Giants, Red Sox have trade interest? - Fansided
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Astros hope Peacock can rebound vs. Athletics - Sports Network
1962: Houston’s 2nd MLB Dinner - Pecan Park Eagle
Anatomy of an Astros breakdown - Baseball Prospectus
The inside story of how the Astros lost Aiken - Sports Illustrated
Three Astros things - Crawfish Boxes
Astros reluctant to trade young starters, listening on Qualls, Sipp - CBS Sports
Astros Legends Weekend events and giveaways to highlight upcoming homestand - Astros.com
What changed for Chris Carter? - Crawfish Boxes
Justice: ‘Embarrassingly bad day for Astros’ - CBS Sports
Express score four straight to beat RedHawks - News9.com
Astros-Athletics preview - STATS
Hoes' 12th-inning homer pushes Astros past A's - Reuters
Hoes homer in 12th inning lifts Astros past A's - Associated Press
Preview: Astros at Athletics - Reuters
Astros edge A’s 3-2 in 12th inning on Hoes’ homer - San Francisco Chronicle
McHugh ready to go after rehab start with RedHawks - The Oklahoman
Qualls hopes no trade in works, wants to remain an Astro - Houston Chronicle
Ausmus voices respect for HOF inductee La Russa - Tigers.com
Hoes’ homer gives mother her birthday wish - Houston Chronicle
Porter says Lowrie incident ‘completely behind me’ - Houston Chronicle
Springer sidelined again by knee, quad troubles - Houston Chronicle
With millions unspent in draft, Astros to watch Cuban OF Rusney Castillo - Houston Chronicle
Peacock looks to rebound in matchup vs. A's - Astros.com
Hoes' homer lifts Astros in 12-inning showdown - Astros.com
Springer sits for second game with leg soreness - Astros.com
Altuve tabbed for Heart and Hustle Award - Astros.com
Qualls celebrates 10-year anniversary of debut - Astros.com
A's win replay challenge in 10th inning against Astros - Astros.com
Astros, Hoes Enjoy Abad Decision
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Aiken Not All To 2014 Draft
added 07/24/2014 by Scott Barzilla
Before the final analysis is done, this year may not be thought of as the Brady Aiken draft in Houston.

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