Craig Biggio - Timeline

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Jun 2, 1987:1. Drafted Craig Biggio(C) (#22 pick overall) in 1987 Summer Draft

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Jan 3, 1940:Ron Brand is born in Los Angeles, CA. The catcher plays for Houston for four seasons (1965-1968) and was the only Houston catcher to bat leadoff before Craig Biggio arrived twenty years later.
Jun 26, 1988:Catcher Craig Biggio makes his major league debut in a 6-0 whitewash of San Francisco. He walks in the fourth and scores the game's final run after stealing second. Houston does all its damage on just three hits, aided by six walks. Jim Deshaies and Larry Andersen combine to blank the Giants on seven hits. Biggio will get his first hit three days later against Dodger ace Orel Hershiser.
Aug 22, 1988:In the Astros' first night game at Wrigley Field, Craig Biggio blasts a tenth-inning homer off Rich "Goose" Gossage for a 9-7 triumph over the Cubs. This comes after Rafael Ramirez plates two in the ninth to tie it. Juan Agosto notches his tenth straight win.
Mar 6, 1989:After blowing late leads in each of their first three spring games, the Astros score four in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 5-4 victory over Kansas City for the first win in Art Howe's managerial career. Thad Bosley, Craig Biggio and Karl Allaire drive in the runs after three walks start the inning.
Jun 27, 1989:Craig Biggio cracks a pinch-hit three-run homer off Steve Bedrosian to rock the Giants, 7-5. With Houston battling San Francisco for the NL West lead, they rally from a 5-3 eighth-inning deficit when Ken Caminiti doubles off Jeff Brantley. Rafael Ramirez singles him home then Bill Doran walks setting up Biggio's game-winner. Danny Darwin fans five of the seven batters he faces to notch the victory.
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.
Sep 14, 1989:Mike Scott becomes the fourth Astro to reach 20 wins during an 11-3 triumph in Los Angeles. Batterymate Craig Biggio makes it easy for Scott, whacking two home runs and driving in six. Rafael Ramirez adds four hits.
Jun 28, 1990:Eric Anthony drills a tenth-inning double to stun the Padres, 2-1. Tony Gwynn gets no help when the ball sticks under the padding at the base of the outfield wall, preventing any play on Craig Biggio as he is scoring the game-winner.
Aug 4, 1991:Craig Biggio singles home Gerald Young in the tenth for a 2-1 triumph over Los Angeles, sweeping the series and winning their seventh straight. The last-place Astros also turn their second triple play of the season when Mike Simms snares a fly to right by Alfredo Griffin and guns down Mike Sharperson who tried to advance to third. Ken Caminiti fires to Andujar Cedeno to get Stan Javier who was trailing the play.
Apr 18, 1992:Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run tenth-inning shot off Randy Myers to claim a 4-2 win over San Diego. Craig Biggio has four hits.
Oct 3, 1992:Mike Simms drives home Craig Biggio in the 13th for a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Jose Cruz (#25) and Mike Scott (#33) have their jersies retired, the first two not to be honored posthumously by the ballclub.
Oct 4, 1992:Astros sweep Los Angeles, 3-0, to finish a surprising 81-81. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Steve Finley play in all 162 games. Doug Jones notches a record 36th save. He also leads the staff with eleven wins and a 1.85 ERA.
Feb 8, 1993:A trio of arbitration cases are avoided when three starters are inked to similar three-year deals. Infielders Craig Biggio and Ken Caminiti, along with outfielder Steve Finley now represent a $32 million dollar investment to go with the $36 million spent on deals for pitchers Doug Drabek and Greg Swindell - a pay-out unlikely to have happened before the recent change in ownership.
May 16, 1993:Doug Drabek drills a home run off Pedro Martinez to beat the Dodgers, 3-2. Drabek picks up his fourth win while Doug Jones gets the save. Earlier, Craig Biggio had tagged Pedro Astacio for a solo shot.
May 23, 1993:Craig Biggio belts two home runs and a double as part of his four hits to lead a 9-7 victory in San Diego. Six Astros have multi-hit games in the 16-hit assault.
Jul 10, 1993:Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hitter at Wrigley Field to begin a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Mark Grace's single in the seventh is the lone hit. Luis Gonzalez swats a double, triple and homer to drive in all four runs in the 4-0 opener. Gonzo belts another homer in the nightcap then Kevin Bass takes over to finish the 5-2 sweeper. Craig Biggio adds two doubles and a triple among his five hits.
Sep 12, 1993:Jeff Bagwell's hand is broken on a pitch by Philadelphia's Ben Rivera. Short term, the Astros don't hurt much as replacement Chris Donnels smashes a home run in a 9-2 triumph. Craig Biggio also goes deep. Pete Harnisch sails to his 14th victory.
Apr 20, 1994:A leadoff homer by Craig Biggio blossoms into a four-hit night as Houston trips the Cubs, 7-5. Jeff Bagwell drives in four runs. Tom Edens picks up the win in relief.
Apr 25, 1994:Smurfish Andy Stankiewicz slugs a three-run homer off Denny Neagle and Craig Biggio later follows with a two-run shot to power Houston past the Pirates, 7-3. Pete Harnisch strikes out eight in a complete game performance.
Jul 3, 1994:Ken Caminiti slugs an inside-the-park homer while Craig Biggio and James Mouton belt the traditional kind as the Astros trap the Cubs, 12-6. Caminiti and Biggio are named to the N.L. All-Star team along with Jeff Bagwell, Doug Drabek and John Hudek (none as starters) to total a club-record five All-Stars in one season.
Jul 10, 1994:In just his third major league game, shortstop Orlando Miller launches two home runs and drives in three to pace a 5-3 victory in Chicago. He earns respect too, receiving two intentional walks as well. Ken Caminiti also goes deep while Craig Biggio pounds three hits including two doubles.
Jul 24, 1994:Jeff Bagwell bashes two home runs and drives in five during a 13-1 massacre of Pittsburgh at the Dome. Craig Biggio adds a grand slam. Bagwell's shots both come off Ravelo Manzanillo in consecutive innings.
Nov 16, 1994:Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are named to the annual National League Gold Glove team for their defensive play at first and second base respectively. They are the first Astros to be named since 1976, the last of Cesar Cedeno's Gold Glove seasons in the outfield (1972-1976). The other past winners are Doug Rader at third base (1970-1974) and Roger Metzger at shortstop (1973). Bobby Shantz was also named as the Gold Glove pitcher in 1962, a year he started in Houston. Biggio will continue to claim the prize for the next three seasons.
May 20, 1995:Jeff Shaw walks home Craig Biggio with the winning run in the tenth as Houston nips the Expos, 2-1. Pinch-hitter Dave Magadan takes ball four to end the game. John Hudek picks up the win.
Jun 5, 1995:Craig Biggio blasts a three-run shot off Robb Nen with two away in the bottom of the ninth to shock Florida, 6-5. Greg Swindell helps his own cause with a run-scoring double but Dave Veres gets the win.
Jun 16, 1995:In a wild 16-inning affair at Shea Stadium, the Astros outduel the Mets, 7-5. Brian Hunter's double drives in Craig Shipley in the 12th to snap a 2-2 tie but Jose Vizcaino's RBI grounder keeps New York alive. Back-to-back homers by Hunter and Craig Biggio put Houston up in the 15th but a two-run single by Brett Butler ties it again. Jeff Bagwell's bases-loaded hit is the game-winner. Doug Brocail slams the door to finally silence the Mets.
Jul 1, 1995:Houston explodes for eight runs in the fifth inning while blanking the Pirates, 11-0. Brian Hunter delivers two hits and scores twice in the inning as well as doubling in a pair. Craig Biggio singles twice on the night to record his 1000th hit. Shane Reynolds hurls a six-hit shutout.
Jul 4, 1995:Craig Biggio slams two home runs and Jeff Bagwell drives in five during a 16-8 donnybrook at Colorado. Biggio scores five times, setting a club record that still stands. He also steals a base and drives in three. Derrick May and Phil Nevin contribute three hits apiece.
Jul 25, 1995:Doug Drabek hurls a three-hitter and strikes out nine as he blanks the Dodgers, 4-0. Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Hideo Nomo while Craig Biggio spanks a solo shot off Jose Parra to account for half of Houston's runs.
Aug 1, 1995:Craig Biggio slams two home runs and drives in three to pace an 8-6 victory at St. Louis. James Mouton adds three hits, including a double. Mike Hampton gets the win.
Sep 28, 1995:A Chicago "fan" rushes the mound to attack Cub lefty Randy Myers. Imagine what a Houston fan might have done as the Astros blow another lead and lose, 12-11, in eleven innings. Once far ahead in the wild card race, the Astros collapse in September letting Colorado reach the post-season instead. Craig Biggio scores five times, Brian Hunter steals four bases, and Houston uses ten pitchers in the game (all club records), but none erases the pain of blowing six different leads, two of them in extra innings.
Dec 14, 1995:On his 30th birthday, free agent Craig Biggio re-signs with the Astros in a four-year deal worth $22 million dollars. Biggio had mulled offers from other clubs but decides to stay with the team he began with. Manager Terry Collins calls the deal the best Christmas present he's ever had.
May 3, 1996:Craig Biggio and Derek Bell blast homers to lead a 4-1 win over Montreal. Tony Eusebio adds three hits. Shane Reynolds increases his record to 5-1, surrendering three hits over seven innings.
May 24, 1996:Houston rallies for an 8-7 victory over the Cubs in the ten innings. Craig Biggio belts a two-run two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth off Turk Wendell before Sean Berry ties it. John Cangelosi singles home Ricky Gutierrez the next inning to win it. Todd Jones picks up the victory.
May 27, 1996:Craig Biggio blasts a homer, triple and double to lead Houston over the Pirates, 6-3. Darryl Kile wins his sixth of the year. Despite leading the Central Division, the Astros climb to the .500 mark on the season.
Jun 4, 1996:Craig Biggio scores five times during a 16-8 drubbing of Colorado at the Dome. John Cangelosi and Sean Berry both launch three-run shots off Lance Painter.
Apr 20, 1997:Craig Biggio blasts two homers to topple Los Angeles, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium. His solo shot off Ismael Valdes stakes the Astros to an early lead but Raul Mondesi ties the game with a blast off Chris Holt. After Tim Bogar doubles, Biggio takes Tom Candiotti deep in the eighth for the game-winner.
May 14, 1997:Pinch-hitter Craig Biggio swats a sacrifice fly that scores Bill Spiers in the ninth for a 1-0 triumph over the Mets. Darryl Kile and Billy Wagner team for a four-hitter.
May 16, 1997:Craig Biggio slams two home runs, including the 100th of his career, during a 12-7 victory at Philadelphia. His first blast leads off the game and triggers a seven-run outburst. Brad Ausmus and Jeff Bagwell also go deep.
May 24, 1997:Darryl Kile blanks the Rockies at Coors Field for seven innings during a 7-0 whitewash, allowing four hits. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell blast homers for Houston. Kile would opt for Colorado and free agency after the season, despite warnings his pitching would suffer in the thin Rocky Mountain air.
Jun 17, 1997:The Astros break open a scoreless tie with six runs in the fifth to pound the Kansas City Royals, 10-2. Ramon Garcia, Jose Lima and Billy Wagner combine on a four-hitter. Craig Biggio,.Derek Bell and Sean Berry have three hits apiece.
Aug 3, 1997:Luis Gonzalez draws a ninth-inning bases-loaded walk from Steve McMichael to drop the Mets, 3-2. Craig Biggio's two-run blast accounts for the other Houston tallies. Tom Martin gets the victory.
Aug 21, 1997:Six Astros have two-hit nights in a 10-4 rout of Colorado. One of them is pitcher Chris Holt who also drives in a run. Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell homer in the 15-hit assault.
Oct 23, 1997:Craig Biggio is named the winner of the sixth annual Branch Rickey Award for outstanding community service. Biggio lends his name and time to several charitable organizations in Houston, particularly those who help with childrens diseases.
Apr 1, 1998:A passed ball lets in the winning run as Houston rallies for two in the eighth to topple San Francisco, 7-6. Moises Alou belts his first homer of the season and Craig Biggio swipes three bases.
Apr 5, 1998:Astros greet Darryl Kile with five runs in the second inning, on their way to a 6-2 win over Colorado. Houston fans boo Kile who left the Astros as a free agent over the winter. Shane Reynolds' three-run double and Craig Biggio's two-run homer do the damage.
Apr 18, 1998:Sean Berry tags Miguel Batista for a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 triumph against Montreal. Craig Biggio scores his 891st career run, breaking Cesar Cedeno's franchise record.
May 16, 1998:Craig Biggio swats a dramatic ninth-inning homer off Kerry Ligtenberg to drop the Braves, 3-2. Houston had scored twice on Greg Maddux but Atlanta evens it with two against Shane Reynolds. Doug Henry throws two perfect innings of relief to get the win.
Aug 12, 1998:Randy Johnson fans 13 on his way to a five-hit, 3-0, whitewash of Milwaukee. It's Johnson's second straight shutout. In three starts since his trade from Seattle, Johnson is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA. Craig Biggio supports him with three hits, including his 13th homer.
Aug 22, 1998:Moises Alou goes 4-for-5 with a home run to lead Houston past the Cubs, 8-3. Bill Spiers and Craig Biggio also go deep. Randy Johnson fans nine over seven innings to get his fourth win in three weeks.
Aug 23, 1998:Craig Biggio and Brad Ausmus team up to massacre the Cubs, 13-3. Biggio blasts a pair of three-run homers for six RBIs while Ausmus drives in five on a 4-for-4 afternoon at Wrigley. Jose Lima is the beneficiary in an easy win.
Aug 24, 1998:Carl Everett launches a three-run bomb to cap a five-RBI performance as Houston slaps the Cubs, 12-3 to sweep the series. The victory pushes the Astros lead in the NL Central to 10-1/2 games over Chicago. Craig Biggio and Moises Alou join Everett in the home run derby. Shane Reynolds picks up his 16th win.
Sep 2, 1998:Randy Johnson outduels Atlanta's Greg Maddux for a 4-2 triumph. Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio and Sean Berry take Maddux deep. Billy Wagner closes for his 27th save.
Sep 18, 1998:Craig Biggio bangs four hits, including his 50th double of the year, during a 5-2 victory over the Pirates. Randy Johnson fans twelve en route to his ninth win in a Houston uniform. The 6-10 Johnson adds a double and a sacrifice bunt in the effort.
Sep 23, 1998:Astros reach 100 wins for the first time in their history. The triumph is a 7-1 drubbing of St. Louis. Randy Johnson takes the victory to go 10-1 (1.28 ERA) during his two-month stint in Houston. Craig Biggio swipes his 50th to become only the second big leaguer to record 50 doubles and 50 steals in one season. Biggio would also set a team record with 210 hits.
Oct 3, 1998:Houston loses another 2-1 heartbreaker to the Padres in Game Three of the N.L.D.S. A walk to Craig Biggio forces home Carl Everett for their only run off Kevin Brown. Mike Hampton has a no-hitter for the first five innings but is touched for a run in the sixth. Jim Leyritz homers off Scott Elarton for the decisive run. 2-1 is also San Diego's lead in the series.
Oct 4, 1998:San Diego shuts the door on Houston's best season ever with a 6-1 verdict in Game Four of the N.L.D.S. to claim the series, 3-1. After a Jim Leyritz homer, Jeff Bagwell plates Craig Biggio with a single to tie it. An error by Sean Berry gives the Padres the lead before they break it open with four runs in the eighth.
Apr 11, 1999:Craig Biggio scores his 1000th career run against Milwaukee in a 5-2 victory. Biggio has two hits on the day, including a double. Shane Reynolds captures the victory.
May 15, 1999:Craig Biggio goes four-for-four with four RBIs to pace a 10-5 victory over San Francisco. Biggio and Jeff Bagwell both launch three-run shots off Mark Gardner. Mike Hampton cruises to his fifth win.
Jul 17, 1999:Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell launch solo homers in the eighth to tie Detroit, 2-2. Derek Bell draws a bases-loaded walk off Todd Jones in the tenth for a 3-2 victory. Biggio, who contributes three hits, scores the game-winner.
Aug 29, 1999:Craig Biggio goes 4-for-5 with a homer and scores four times to lead a 10-4 drubbing of Florida. Daryle Ward, Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti also leave the yard. Tony Eusebio adds three hits including two doubles. Mike Hampton wins his 17th.
Oct 2, 1999:Jose Lima wins his 21st game as he and Billy Wagner team to blank the Dodgers, 3-0. The victory, combined with a Cincinnati loss in Milwaukee, clinches a tie for the N.L. Central title. Craig Biggio homers off Chan Ho Park then Bill Spiers adds a pinch two-run single to provide the winning margin. Wagner gets his 39th save, a team record at the time.
Oct 3, 1999:The Astros play their last regular-season game at the Astrodome and finish in style. A 9-4 triumph over the Dodgers clinches the N.L. Central crown. Mike Hampton becomes the first 22-game winner in club history. Daryle Ward's bases-loaded double in the first provides an early lift. Craig Biggio hits his 56th double. Afterwards, members of the 1965 Astros appear as well as the All-Time Astros squad before an enthusiastic packed house.
Apr 7, 2000:Enron Field's first regular-season opener goes much the same way as the Astrodome - a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Craig Biggio leads off the season with a single but it isn't until Richard Hidalgo homers in the seventh that the sellout crowd has more to cheer. For trivia buffs, Randy Wolf gets to howl as Enron's first winning pitcher much like Chris Short 35 years before.
May 9, 2000:Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam and Craig Biggio drives in four to lead Houston past Colorado, 13-8, at Enron Field. The Astros climb out of a 7-1 hole with Caminiti's slam and a four-run sixth.
Apr 3, 2001:Craig Biggio returns from knee surgery in style with the first five-hit game of his career during an 11-3 Opening Day win against Milwaukee, scoring three times. Daryle Ward and Chris Truby belt homers.
Apr 6, 2001:Craig Biggio homers and drives in three to pace a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh to give the Astros a 4-0 start on the young season. Octavio Dotel tosses seven strong innings for the win.
May 2, 2001:Lance Berkman and Moises Alou slug back-to-back home runs in the tenth inning then hold on to nip the Mets, 6-5. Solo shots are the order of the day as Alou, Craig Biggio and Daryle Ward go yard in the eighth inning as well. Carlos Alfonso and Jay Payton play long ball for New York.
May 4, 2001:Craig Biggio collects his 2,000th career hit during an 8-4 victory in Montreal. It's an infield single off Javier Vasquez. He later singles before Jeff Bagwell belts a disputed three-run shot in the fifth to open the scoring. Wade Miller, named NL Pitcher of the Month for April, picks up his fifth win.
May 30, 2001:Wade Miller goes three-for-three and notches his seventh win to stop the Padres, 7-4. The win snaps an eight-game losing skid that had sunk Houston below the .500 mark. Craig Biggio leads off the game with his fifth home run of the year.
Jun 21, 2001:In Enron Field fashion, the Astros belt five home runs and lose to the Reds, 8-7, in eleven innings. Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo go deep in a four-run first. Lance Berkman adds four hits and two homers. Cincinnati smacks four long balls of their own but mere singles produce the game-winner.
Jul 5, 2001:Roy Oswalt finds a groove, striking out eight in a 5-1 victory over Arizona at Enron Field. Lance Berkman, Vinny Castilla and Craig Biggio support him with home runs. The rookie righthander runs his record to 7-1 and shrinks his ERA to 2.26.
Jul 8, 2001:Scott Elarton is ejected after he hits the first batter and misses a 14-5 thrashing by the Astros in Kansas City. After Craig Biggio and Julio Lugo are plunked to start the game, umpires warn both teams. After Elarton hits Rey Sanchez with his fifth pitch of the day, he and skipper Larry Dierker get the thumb. Jeff Bagwell and Mendy Lopez bash three-run homers in the game. Lance Berkman (.365) and Moises Alou (.362) take the league's top two batting averages into the All-Star break.
Jul 18, 2001:Jeff Bagwell hits for the cycle during a 17-11 slugfest over St. Louis at Enron Field. Bagwell's three-run homer is the crowning blow in an eight-run fifth after the Cardinals tallied six in the top half of the frame. Bagwell also doubles in the inning and triples in the seventh for the milestone. Moises Alou, Brad Ausmus and Craig Biggio leave the yard as well.
Aug 2, 2001:Orlando Merced cracks a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Mets then Moises Alou finishes the job in the tenth with an infield hit that scores Craig Biggio for a 4-3 triumph. Mike Williams, newly acquired from Pittsburgh, takes the win in relief.
Oct 5, 2001:With their season in turmoil, Lance Berkman delivers twice in a crucial 2-1 triumph in St. Louis, clinching a tie for a playoff spot. Berkman homers off Jeff Tabaka in the eighth to tie it then doubles home Craig Biggio in the ninth for the game-winner.
Nov 6, 2001:Brad Ausmus wins the Gold Glove for National League catchers, given annually in recognition of defensive skills. He becomes the first Houston catcher so honored and the first Astro to be selected since Craig Biggio in 1997. Ausmus would win the award again in 2002.
Apr 8, 2002:Craig Biggio becomes the fourth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle in an 8-4 triumph in Colorado. After reaching with a single and a triple his first two times up, Biggio homers off Denny Neagle for two runs then doubles in the eighth off Mike James for two more. Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman also go deep.
Jun 22, 2002:Stunned by the death of ex-teammate Darryl Kile, Astro veterans Craig Biggio, Brad Ausmus and Jeff Bagwell sit out a game against the Seattle Mariners. But all come in to pinch hit as the game moves into extra innings with an emotional Bagwell singling home Julio Lugo with the winning run in the 12th for a 3-2 victory. Daryle Ward plates the other two runs. Ricky Stone wins in relief.
Sep 8, 2002:Craig Biggio, Brian Hunter and Lance Berkman launch homers in a 6-2 victory in Los Angeles. Roy Oswalt wins his 19th of the year. The suddenly dangerous Hunter knocks out Dodger hurler Kazuhisa Ishii with a line drive double off the pitcher's head. Ishii suffers a concussion and a small skull fracture. Back in Houston, few notice since the NFL expansion Houston Texans are shocking the Dallas Cowboys, 19-10, in their very first regular season game.
Sep 12, 2002:Jose Vizcaino blasts a three-run shot in the bottom of the eighth to drop the Cardinals, 6-3. Craig Biggio's solo shot earlier in the inning ties it. The Astros trail by 5-1/2 games both for the Central Division lead and the Wild Card.
Dec 18, 2002:Infielder Jeff Kent signs a two-year $18 million dollar contract with Houston. The former MVP, it is announced, will replace Craig Biggio at second base with Biggio set to move to an outfield spot after a decade at second for the Astros.
Mar 28, 2003:Halliburton Plaza opens next to Minute Maid Park, showcasing the team's history and featuring action statues adorned with the uniform numbers of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio turning a double play.
Apr 2, 2003:Craig Biggio singles home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth, completing a five-run rally that stuns Colorado, 8-7. Four straight singles and a double by Orlando Merced set the stage for Biggio's heroics. Billy Wagner is the surprise winner.
Apr 10, 2003:Craig Biggio sets a league record with his 31st leadoff homer, sparking the Astros to a 4-2 triumph over Cincinnati. He eclipses the mark of Bobby Bonds. Jeriome Robertson picks up his first major league win, allowing just two hits and fanning eight over seven innings.
Jun 21, 2003:Rodrigo Rosario wins his big league debut as Houston holds on for a 9-5 victory, their second straight win against the cross-state rival Texas Rangers. Craig Biggio starts the game with his 32nd career leadoff homer. Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell also go deep. Houston moves past Chicago into first place in the Central Division, one win ahead of the Cubs and the Cardinals.
Jul 10, 2003:Houston explodes for nine runs in the first inning (a franchise record) and coasts to an 11-2 blast over Cincinnati, completing a four-game sweep. Geoff Blum gets two hits and two RBIs in the opening frame. Craig Biggio becomes the 40th player in major league history to reach 500 doubles in his career. Richard Hidalgo drives in four as the Astros extend their lead in the weak Central Division to two games, even though they are just five games above the .500 mark.
Apr 15, 2004:Despite a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee, reliever Brandon Backe becomes the third pitcher in franchise history to strike out the side on nine pitches. He whiffs Bill Hall, Scott Podsednik and Craig Counsell in order after having fanned Chad Moeller to end the previous frame. Craig Biggio swats the 35th leadoff homer of his career, an NL record.
Apr 23, 2004:Mike Lamb devours Colorado pitching with four hits, including a double and triple, along with six RBIs to pace a 13-7 donnybrook over the Rockies. Craig Biggio and Orlando Palmeiro bash homers while Brandon Duckworth gets his first win as an Astro.
May 8, 2004:Craig Biggio spanks a leadoff single for his 2,500th career hit. He celebrates by launching solo homers in his next two at bats. But he strikes out in a key ninth-inning situation and the bullpen melts down in a 5-4 ten-inning loss in Atlanta. Andruw Jones' blast off Ricky Stone is the game-winner.
Jun 13, 2004:Brad Lidge has a four-strikeout seventh inning against the Brewers during a 5-4 victory. The last three come after Lidge had filled the bases with a hit batsman, a balk, a wild pitch on strike three and a walk. Milwaukee starter Ben Sheets also joins the record books with a "perfect inning", fanning Pete Munro, Craig Biggio and Jose Vizcaino in the third on nine pitches. Dan Miceli gets the win.
Aug 19, 2004:First the Astros turn a triple play then turn around a huge deficit in a 12-10 triumph in Philadelphia. The trifecta goes 5-4-3 off the bat of Todd Pratt in the fifth with Morgan Ensberg touching third, tossing to Jeff Kent at second for the force and Kent relaying to Mike Lamb at first to end the inning. But the Phils led 7-2. Next came a three-homer Houston assault in the seventh with Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman launching two-run shots before Eric Bruntlett topped them with a three-run blast for a 10-7 lead. A two-run double from Kent is needed to survive the final rally, giving Chad Qualls his first major league win. Lamb also steals home.
Sep 3, 2004:Roger Clemens claims his 325th career victory, passing Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton, two former Astros, for 12th place on the all-time wins list. He does so in an 8-6 triumph over Pittsburgh. Home runs by Jose Vizcaino, Carlos Beltran, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell stake Clemens to a 7-0 lead but he gives up six runs in the seventh before leaving. Lance Berkman adds an insurance tally while the bullpen quiets the Bucs. It is Clemens' 15th win of the season and Houston's seventh straight as they climb within 2-1/2 games of Chicago for the wild card playoff spot.
Sep 19, 2004:Roger Clemens and Brad Lidge combine to blank the Brewers, 1-0, on a two-hitter while striking out 13. Clemens claims the 328th win of his career, becoming the tenth best of all time. He provides offense, too, driving in the game's only run and later blasting a double - one of just four Houston hits. Craig Biggio also doubles to move past Eddie Murray into 18th all-time in that category. The win keeps Houston a half-game behind Chicago and tied with San Francisco in the wild card race.
Oct 2, 2004:Roy Oswalt becomes the National League's only 20-game winner with a 9-3 triumph over Colorado. Craig Biggio smashes two homers to set a career high. Jeff Kent goes yard to set a career record for home runs by a second baseman with 278. More importantly, the win clinches a tie for the wild card spot when ex-Astro Steve Finley belts a walk-off grand slam to give the Dodgers a 7-3 verdict over the Giants. The next day, Brandon Backe clinches the berth for Houston with a 5-3 victory, giving the Astros a 92-70 mark. They finished the year winning 36 of their last 46 games and 18 straight at home.
Oct 10, 2004:Craig Biggio pops his first postseason home run and Houston leads Atlanta, 5-2, in Game Four of the N.L.D.S. with a chance to advance. Then Chad Qualls gives up a three-run homer to Adam Laroche and the Braves push across the winning run in the ninth to steal a 6-5 verdict and fly back to Atlanta for a decisive fifth game. Jeff Kent rolls into a double play with two men on in the bottom of the ninth to end a painful day - made worse by the news of ex-teammate Ken Caminiti's death in New York at age 41.
Oct 11, 2004:In their eighth try, the Astros finally win a postseason series, blowing out the Braves, 12-3, in Game Five of the N.L.D.S. Carlos Beltran steals the show with two home runs and five RBIs in a four-hit performance. Craig Biggio adds three hits while Jeff Bagwell slams a two-run shot. Roy Oswalt, on short rest, goes five gutty innings for the victory. The win is even sweeter, having vanquished a foe that had beaten them nine-games-out-of-ten in three previous postseason matchups.
Oct 21, 2004:Heartbreak again. Houston owns a 2-1 lead with Roger Clemens on the hill in the decisive Game Seven of the N.L.C.S. but Albert Pujols ties it with a double in the sixth then Scott Rolen unties it on the next pitch with a two-run homer. The Cardinals tack on an insurance run and win the series, 5-2, behind Jeff Suppan. Craig Biggio started the night perfectly with a solo homer. While not as close as the 1980 World Series, the Astros were in sniffing distance of this one before falling short. Still, they could look back on an improbable season that featured an amazing streak to make the playoffs and the first postseason series win in their history.
Oct 28, 2004:Houston agrees to pick up the contract option on outfielder Craig Biggio, assuring him an 18th season in an Astros uniform. Biggio owns franchise records in several categories and is coming off a season where he hits .281 with 24 home runs.
Apr 20, 2005:Back-to-back homers by Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first pace the Astros over Ben Sheets and the Brewers, 6-1. Biggio drives in himself for the 1,000th RBI of his career, the second Astro to achieve that many in a Houston uniform. Later, he swipes third for his 399th career steal. Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game four-hitter while Everett enjoys a three-hit night.
May 15, 2005:On the same night that Jeff Bagwell announces he will need shoulder surgery, Morgan Ensberg fills his role with three home runs and five RBIs as Houston wallops the Giants, 9-0. Brandon Backe spins a complete-game four-hitter. Craig Biggio swats his seventh homer of the year, tying Ensberg for the club lead.
Jun 29, 2005:Houston drills Colorado, 7-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his tenth of the year. Morgan Ensberg blasts his 20th homer and Jason Lane belts his 13th. But the day's headline belongs to Craig Biggio who is hit in the elbow by Byung-Hyun Kim to claim the modern day career record for being hit by a pitch. It's his 268th plunking, passing Don Baylor. He's third on the all-time list. Biggio thanks the Rockies with a solo homer his next time up. Craig is also setting some other impressive career marks. His run ties him with Joe Morgan for 28th all-time. His two hits pass Rusty Staub for 52nd all-time. His stolen base ties Donie Bush for 63rd all-time. Biggio stands 13th all-time in doubles and 50th all-time in extra-base hits.
Jul 25, 2005:Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman set a franchise first by blasting back-to-back homers twice in the same game. It happens in the first and third innings against Cory Lidle during a 7-1 victory over Philadelphia. Jason Lane later blasts the fifth Houston homer. Andy Pettitte works seven solid innings for the win.
Sep 7, 2005:Craig Biggio blasts a dramatic three-run homer off ex-Astro Billy Wagner with two outs in the ninth to stun the Phillies, 8-6. Lance Berkman and Mike Lamb had previously gone deep. It's the second night in a row the Astros tag their former closer for the winning run, extending Houston's mastery over Philadelphia to 12 straight, not having lost to them since May of 2003. The Astros maintain a one-game lead over Florida in the wild card chase.
Sep 10, 2005:It's another milestone moment for Craig Biggio. With a two-run double to right in the second, Biggio becomes the 13th major leaguer to reach 600 doubles in his career. He's the first player in big league history to combine 600 doubles, 2700 hits, 250 homers and 400 steals. His three hits give him 2777, passing Andre Dawson for 43rd on the all-time list. Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte notches his 15th win and Brad Lidge claims his 36th save in a 7-5 triumph at Milwaukee to stay a half-game ahead of Florida in the wild card race.
Oct 1, 2005:Roger Clemens adds career win number 341 and career strikeout number 4,500 while Craig Biggio sets a personal best with his 26th homer of the year in a 3-1 victory over Chicago. More importantly, the triumph snaps a two-game skid and clinches a tie for the N.L. Wild Card spot. Clemens also becomes the fifth Astro hurler to claim the league ERA title (1.87). The next day, Roy Oswalt clinches with his 20th victory, a 6-4 thriller that ends when Brad Lidge notches his 42nd save.
Oct 5, 2005:Morgan Ensberg drives in five runs on three singles and a bases-loaded walk to pace a 10-5 victory in Atlanta in Game One of the N.L.D.S. Andy Pettitte allows four hits over seven innings for his 14th career postseason win. The .081-hitting Pettitte adds a double and two sacrifice bunts that lead to runs. Craig Biggio scores three times.
Oct 8, 2005:Mike Lamb homers and Craig Biggio swats three doubles to pace the Astros in a 7-3 triumph over the Braves to take a 2-1 edge in the N.L.D.S. Roy Oswalt goes seven innings for the win. Houston smacks seven doubles in all to tie a league postseason record. Eight of their 12 hits go for extra bases.
Oct 15, 2005:Houston grabs a 2-1 lead in the N.L.C.S. with a 4-3 triumph over St. Louis. Mike Lamb doubles and homers to key a pair of two-run rallies while Roger Clemens, Chad Qualls and Brad Lidge hold the Redbirds to seven hits. Craig Biggio adds a pair of hits.
Apr 5, 2006:Craig Biggio adds to his illustrious credentials in a 6-5 triumph over the Marlins. His first-inning double gives him 606 in his career to become tenth all-time in that category. Later, he scores his 1700th run, 24th all-time in that department. He is two hits shy of the 2800 plateau. Lance Berkman and Preston Wilson supply the muscle with two-run homers to support Wandy Rodriguez.
Apr 22, 2006:Taylor Buchholz gets his first big league win, blanking the Pirates, 3-0. Buchholz has a one-hitter with one out to go before an error and a single causes Manager Phil Garner to bring Brad Lidge in to get the final out. Craig Biggio scores all three runs using a single, a double and a homer. The Astros' all-time franchise record climbs above .500 for the first time since early 1962.
Jul 19, 2006:Roger Clemens moves into eighth place on the all-time wins list with a 4-2 victory over Greg Maddux and the Cubs. He tosses six shutout innings to notch his 343rd career win. Craig Biggio leads off the game with a home run and Preston Wilson, on his 32nd birthday, smacks two key doubles to spearhead the offense..
Jul 26, 2006:Craig Biggio smacks the 50th leadoff homer of his career in an 8-5 victory over the Reds. Lance Berkman goes deep twice and drives in four. Berkman's 91 RBIs lead the league. However, the floundering Astros sit five games under .500, five games out of the wild card race and with five teams in between Houston and Cincinnati.
Aug 5, 2006:A day after celebrating his 44th birthday, Roger Clemens notches his 344th career victory, a 9-3 triumph at Arizona. Brad Ausmus belts a grand slam while Luke Scott punches four hits, including a two-run homer. Craig Biggio legs out an infield single to become the 34th player to achieve 2,900 hits in a career.
Aug 9, 2006:Aubrey Huff swats two homers and a bases-loaded double to drive in six during a 14-1 rout of the Pirates. Roy Oswalt adds his first career home run. Craig Biggio, Luke Scott and Jason Lane also go deep. Phil Garner gets his 900th career managerial win.