Houston Snags Back-and-Forth Series In Anaheim

June 20: Houston 9, Anaheim 3

Mike Scott heaved his first complete game and held Anaheim’s first five hitters in the batting order to one hit. Towards the bottom of the order, Jim Fregosi, Troy Glaus, and Erick Aybary provided pop to score the team’s three runs.

The first five hitters in the Astros lineup all came around to score in the first inning on the strength of a walk, four singles, and a Fregosi error.

                  R  H BB
HOU 500 000 031 - 9 13  6
ANA 000 020 100 - 3  6  2

HR: J. Bagwell (13), J. Fregosi (9), E. Aybar (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Scott    9.0  3  3  2  2  7  
D. Chance   7.0  5  3  0  4  3 

HOU 32-38, ANA 25-45

June 21: Anaheim 7, Houston 5

Through six innings pitched, Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan had walked only one batter, which qualifies as a near-miracle considering Ryan’s insane walk rate so far. He also had a 4-1 lead, but after he walked two in the top of the seventh, Bryan Harvey came on in relief…and walked the bases loaded. Next, Jeff Bagwell singled to tie the score at four.

Singles by Cesar Cedeno and Bob Watson in the eighth gave Houston a 5-4 lead, but the Angels batters had some fight in them against Billy Wagner in the bottom of the ninth. Glaus kept slugging and homered to tie the game. Wagner then loaded the bases on a HBP and two walks, and then threw one straight down the pipe to Mike Trout, who turned on it for a walk-off double.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 010 310 - 5 8  4
ANA 020 200 003 - 7 7  8

HR: A. Howe (2), T. Glaus (11), M. Napoli (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar  7.0  4  4  1  5  5  
N. Ryan     6.1  4  4  1  3  7 

HOU 32-39, ANA 26-45

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Bob Watson

June 22: Houston 4, Anaheim 3 (14 innings)

The rubber match was a well-played epic. The incredible Lance Berkman smashed his 16th homer in the first, and Houston stretched it to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. After that, the Angels shut out the Astros for 10 straight innings.

Hits by Bobby Grich, Wally Joyner, and Torii Hunter plated two runs for Anaheim in the fourth. Then Rod Carew led off the eighth with a double, a passed ball by Alan Ashby sent Carew to third, and Joyner drove him in with a ground-out to tie the score.

Both bullpens went in to lock-down. The Astros almost scored in the 12th after a Glaus error allowed Cedeno to reach, and Cedeno tried to score on an Ashby single, but Hunter cut him down with a perfect throw to the plate.

Cedeno got another chance in the 14th after leading off with a single, and then swiping second base off of Mike Napoli. Napoli entered the game in the 13th after the much stronger-armed Bob Boone was lifted for a pinch-hitter. It’s doubtful Cedeno would have attempted to steal had Boone still been in the game. Bob Watson drove Cedeno in with a single, and Octavio Dotel pitched around two walks in the bottom of the 14th to finish off the game and the series in Houston’s favor.

                         R  H BB
HOU 201 000 000 000 01 - 4 14  9
ANA 000 200 010 000 00 - 3  7  5

HR: L. Berkman (16)

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
J.R. Richard   7.0  2  2  0  1  4  
A. Messersmith 8.0  3  3  1  8  4 

HOU 33-39, ANA 26-46
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