Houston Shocks Minnesota With Sweep

August 22: Houston 6, Minnesota 2

Houston did not let Walter Johnson intimidate them and they put up six runs against him. Lance Berkman tagged one that was just the Big Train’s second home run given up all season.

Meanwhile, Nolan Ryan handled the Minnesotan offense. He pitched around seven walks by striking out eight and running into some good fortune when Harmon Killebrew lined into a triple play in the seventh.

                  R H BB
MN  000 020 000 - 2 5  7
HOU 020 010 03x - 6 9  3

HR: J. Cronin (4), L. Berkman (25)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Johnson   7.0  6  4  1  3  6  
N. Ryan      8.0  2  2  1  7  8 

MN 68-56, HOU 54-69

August 23: Houston 9, Minnesota 0

Houston won even more handily the next day as the Houston bombers assaulted Bert Blyleven. Jeff Bagwell took him deep in the first, then the bottom of the third started with four straight hits for the ‘Stros and out came Blyleven. Moises Alou, Berkman, Bob Watson, Cesar Cedeno, Morgan Ensberg, and Johnny Edwards all had multi-hit games. Edwards was perfect with a walk and three hits in his four plate appearances.

Roy Oswalt painted the black and did not walk a soul in his seven innings.

                  R  H BB
MN  000 000 000 - 0  8  0
HOU 114 111 00x - 9 18  3
HR: J. Bagwell (24), M. Alou (25), L. Berkman (26)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Blyleven  2.0  6  6  1  1  1  
R. Oswalt    7.0  0  0  0  0  4 

MN 68-57, HOU 55-69

scottAugust 24: Houston 6, Minnesota 2

It was more of the same in the finale. Craig Biggio had a three-hit day at the top of Houston’s lineup. Mike Scott walked zippo and went the distance on the hill in one of his finest performances of the year.

Houston took four of six from Minny this year.

                  R H BB
MN  000 020 000 - 2 7  0
HOU 003 102 00x - 6 8  5
HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Shaw    6.0  6  6  0  5  3  
M. Scott   9.0  2  2  0  0  4 

MN 68-58, HOU 56-69
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