Richard Hidalgo - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jul 21991:Signed Richard Hidalgo(OF) as a free agent
Jun 172004:Traded Richard Hidalgo(OF) and cash to Oak-A for David Weathers(P) and Jeremy Griffiths(P)

This Date in Astros History

Mar 22, 1978:Jeremy Griffiths is born in Fairview, OH. Part of the trade in 2004 that sent Richard Hidalgo to the Mets, the 6-6 righthander makes one start for the parent club, lasting 4-1/3 innings.
Apr 261998:Former Expos Sean Berry and Moises Alou lead a 15-0 thrashing in Montreal. Alou homers and drives in five runs while Berry and Richard Hidalgo each deliver four hits. Derek Bell also belts a home run. Sean Bergman is the beneficiary as Houston tallies in six of the nine frames.
Aug 81998:Mark Leiter plunks Richard Hidalgo with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, sending home Derek Bell for a 7-6 stunner over the Phillies. Bobby Estellela had just gone deep off Doug Henry to put the Phils up, 6-5. Instead, Henry gets the win.
Sep 201998: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.
Sep 271998:Carl Everett triples off Rod Beck in the 11th inning and scores on a sacrifice fly by Richard Hidalgo to drop the Cubs, 4-3. It ends a 102-60 regular season for the Astros (a .629 percentage), most wins in team history.
Apr 61999:The Astros begin their final campaign in the Astrodome by defeating the Cubs, 4-2. Shane Reynolds is the Opening Day winner. Carl Everett and Richard Hidalgo bash solo home runs.
Apr 91999:On the Astrodome's final anniversary, Tim Bogar drives home Richard Hidalgo with the winning run as Houston nips Milwaukee, 2-1. Starter Sean Bergman adds a solo homer but Scott Elarton takes the win in relief.
Apr 72000: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.
Apr 282000:Chris Holt one-hits the Brewers, 7-0. Jeff Bagwell, Richard Hidalgo and Daryle Ward support Holt with long balls. A second-inning single by Ron Belliard is the only Milwaukee safety.
May 72000:Roger Cedeno's three-run homer keys a seven-run tenth inning that sinks the Dodgers, 14-8. Mitch Meluskey delivers five hits while Ken Caminiti and Richard Hidalgo go deep.
Jun 142000:Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Tony Eusebio drill back-to-back-to back homers during an 8-4 win in Colorado. Alou's is his second of the night off Pedro Astacio. Stan Belinda relieves and is greeted with the next two bombs. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep.
Jul 232000:Bill Spiers drills two home runs and drives in six for a 15-7 triumph over St. Louis at Enron Field. His seventh-inning grand slam off Heathcliff Slocumb during a six-run frame puts this one out of reach. Lance Berkman also goes deep twice. Andy Benes is tagged for four Houston homers in the second inning - two-run shots by Spiers and Jeff Bagwell followed by solo blasts from Berkman and Richard Hidalgo.
Aug 132000:Jeff Bagwell drives in seven to tie a club record as Houston smashes the Phillies, 14-7. Bagwell and Moises Alou both homer twice. Chris Truby and Richard Hidalgo also go deep. Bagwell has a four-hit afternoon to pace a 19-hit assault.
Aug 282000:With a second-inning double off Glendon Rusch, Tony Eusebio sets a team-record 24-game hitting streak that began on July ninth. The reserve catcher goes 2-for-4 but the New York Mets come away with a 4-2 verdict. Houston's runs are on homers from Roger Cedeno and Richard Hidalgo.
Sep 92000:Astros belt a club record seven home runs in a 14-4 bombfest at Wrigley Field. Tim Bogar, Richard Hidalgo and Lance Berkman each homer twice while Daryle Ward adds a solo shot. Bogar has a career day with four hits and five RBIs to drum the Cubs. Somehow, Jeff Bagwell misses the home run derby but he scores three times.
Sep 222000:Richard Hidalgo hits two home runs to give him a career-high 44 while the Astros set a National League mark for homers by one team (ending with 249). But Houston gives up six home runs, including three off Jose Lima who sets another league home run record (47) as Cincinnati wins, 12-5, at Cinergy Field.
May 62001:Jeff Bagwell hits a grand slam and drives in five while Julio Lugo goes five-for-five during a 13-7 spanking in Montreal. Richard Hidalgo adds a three-run shot. Six runs in the sixth break open a 3-3 tie.
May 172001:Richard Hidalgo blasts a two-run shot in the seventh inning that downs the Cubs, 4-2. The clout comes off Kyle Farnsworth. Roy Oswalt wins his second big-league game while Billy Wagner notches his tenth save.
Jun 12001:Richard Hidalgo bangs a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to top the Dodgers, 10-9, at Enron Field. It's Hidalgo's fourth hit of the night and third RBI. Vinny Castilla adds three hits and also goes deep.
Jun 162001:Richard Hidalgo's sacrifice fly in the eighth chases home Jeff Bagwell for a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Enron Field. Nelson Cruz picks up the win in relief of Tony McKnight. Texas would win the next day to claim a split in the inaugural six-game Lone Star Series.
Jun 212001: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.
Aug 182001:Carlos Hernandez fires a masterful two-hit shutout over seven innings in his big league debut to snuff the Pirates, 3-0. Hernandez strikes out seven. Octavio Dotel tosses two perfect innings for the save. Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo drive in runs while Jeff Bagwell steals home in the first inning.
Aug 302001:Rookie Roy Oswalt tosses a complete-game three-hitter to subdue the Reds, 6-1. It's his 12th win. Jeff Bagwell and Richard Hidalgo drive in a pair of runs each to support the cause. Houston stays four games ahead of Chicago in the NL Central chase.
Oct 72001:Shane Reynolds wins his 100th game as an Astro and it comes at the best possible time. He drops St. Louis, 9-2, to claim Houston's fourth division title in five years. Richard Hidalgo blasts a two-run homer in the second off Darryl Kile and the Astros never look back. While the two clubs share 93-69 records, the Astros claim the title by winning nine of 16 head-to-head matchups.
Apr 82002: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.
Apr 162002:Lance Berkman drills three home runs to lead an 8-3 triumph in Cincinnati. Berkman plates five. Richard Hidalgo and Jeff Bagwell also tee off on losing pitcher Jose Acevedo. Berkman gets two chances to tie the NL mark of four homers but comes up short.
Nov 22, 2002:Outfielder Richard Hidalgo is shot in the left arm during an attempted carjacking in his native Venezuela. Thankfully, his wounds are completely healed by the start of the season and it does not interrupt his career.
Jun 72003:Richard Hidalgo comes off the disabled list to smack the game-winning homer as Houston edges Tampa Bay, 5-4, for their sixth straight win. It was Hidalgo's third hit of the night after being hospitalized with a fever from tonsilitis. Lance Berkman's three-run blast, a ballpark-record 464-foot shot, stakes the Astros to the early lead. Billy Wagner saves his 199th game as an Astro, tying Dave Smith for the franchise record.
Jun 212003: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 102003: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.
Jul 192003:Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo and Morgan Ensberg spank back-to-back-to-back home runs off Jimmy Haynes in Cincinnati then hold on for a 9-8 triumph. Berkman has two homers and five RBIs. Ron Villone watches a 9-1 lead evaporate in the final two innings before Octavio Dotel fans the final two batters for the save.
Sep 162003:Richard Hidalgo blasts three homers and drives in five to lead a 14-4 slugfest over the Rockies at Coors Field. Adam Everett, Morgan Ensberg and Jeff Kent join him in the home run derby. Jeriome Robertson wins his 15th, a Houston rookie record, to keep the Astros 1-1/2 games ahead of Chicago in the N.L. Central race.
Apr 72004:What retirement? 41-year-old Roger Clemens makes his debut as an Astro a memorable one, blanking the Giants on one hit over seven innings to earn his 311th career victory, a 10-1 blowout. Homers by Richard Hidalgo, Jeff Bagwell and Jeff Kent support The Rocket who fans nine, including slugger Barry Bonds twice. Clemens also singles in his first at-bat as a National Leaguer.