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Astros Begin Two-Game Series With Washington

By: Houston Astros
By: Houston Astros

THIS DATE IN ASTROS HISTORY:
April 29

2005 - For the first time in 113 years,
a National League game features
two starting pitchers with over 300
wins in their careers...Chicago’s
Greg Maddux edges Roger Clemens
for a 3-2 verdict on Jeromy Burnitz’
solo homer off Clemens in the
7th...Jeff Bagwell launches the 449th
and final homer of his career.

1974 - The Astros tie a then-club record
for margin of victory with an
18-2 win over the Cubs...Lee May
leads the 20-hit attack, going 5x5
with two HRs...the club record for
margin of victory is now 17 runs, set
in an 18-1 win over the Cardinals on
9/20/07.

HOUSTON – HOME-COOKIN: Tonight is the fifth game of
a nine-game homestand for the Astros, during
which they’ve hosted Oakland (2-2) and will face
Washington (2g) and Seattle (3g)...the homestand
spans 11 days, including 2 off days, which
is the longest homestand of the season...Houston
will also have two 10-day homestands in 2014.

TODAY’S GAME: RHP Jarred Cosart (1-2) will
make his sixth start of the season and the first of
his career against a National League opponent
tonight opposite LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1) and
the Nationals...Cosart is coming off a solid start
last Wednesday at SEA, when he tossed 6.2 innings
and allowed two runs on four hits.

SPRING REDUX: RHP Jarred Cosart made his
final official appearance this Spring Training
on March 19 in Viera against the Nationals...in
that outing, the Nationals started every position
player from their 2014 Opening Day lineup and
Cosart proceeded to toss 5.0 perfect innings with
nine strikeouts.

INTERLEAGUE PLAY: The Astros will open up
their interleague schedule today with the first of
two against the Nationals...Houston went 8-12 in
interleague games last season, including a 4-6
mark at home...the Astros interleague schedule
in 2014 includes games against the Nationals (4),
Arizona (4), Atlanta (3), Miami (3), Philadelphia
(3) and New York (3)...the Astros are 121-144 all
time in interleague play.

VS. THE NATS: This series marks the first between
the two clubs since a four-game sweep
by Washington in Houston from Aug. 6-9, 2012...
Houston has an all-time record of 243-201 against
the Washington/Montreal franchise for a .547
winning percentage, which is their highest
against any National League club.
Houston’s Highest Win % vs. NL Teams:
Opponent W-L Win %
Wash./Montreal 243-201 .547
New York 308-258 .543
Chicago 377-331 .532

SUNDAY’S RECAP: The Astros salvaged a split of
a four-game series with the Athletics by beating
Oakland 5-1 on Sunday...RHP Collin McHugh
(2-0) was dominant for Houston, tossing 8.2 innings
and allowing just one run on two hits...
Houston scored four of their five runs in the 7th
inning on a two-run double by SS Jonathan Villar,
which was immediately followed by a two-run
homer by 2B Jose Altuve...Oakland’s four-run
loss marked their largest margin of defeat this
season.

McWHO? McHUGH!: RHP Collin McHugh
fanned seven batters in his 8.2 innings on Sunday
to earn his second victory in as many tries
for Houston...this came after his sterling Astros
debut on 4/22 at SEA, in which McHugh whiffed
12 batters...per Elias, he is now the third pitcher
to win his first two games with Houston and register
19 or more strikeouts in the process...RHP
J.R. Richard (in 1971) and LHP Randy Johnson
(in 1998) both won their first two games for the
Astros while each accumulated 20 strikeouts.

GREAT START: RHP Collin McHugh is now the
first pitcher in franchise history to go 6.2+ innings
while allowing one run or fewer with seven or
more strikeouts in each of his first two starts as
an Astro...in the process, McHugh tossed 14.2
consecutive scoreless innings to open his season.

CONDOLENCES: The Houston Astros would
like to send their condolences to the family of
Walt Matthews, who passed away on Sunday...
Matthews was a longtime minor league player,
minor league manager and a scout for the Colt
.45s and the Astros...he joined the organization
in 1961 as a minor league player and retired as
a scout in 2012.

MINOR LEAGUE DEAL: Yesterday, the Astros
traded RHP Lucas Harrell to Arizona in exchange
for a player to be named later or cash
considerations...Harrell, who was designated for
assignment on April 16, was outrighted to Triple
A Oklahoma City on April 22.

NO FLY ZONE: The Astros pitching staff ranks
first in the AL and sixth in the Majors in ground
ball to fly ball ratio with a 1.64 mark...Jarred
Cosart (1.95), Dallas Keuchel (3.00) and Scott
Feldman (2.14) all rank among the AL’s top 10
pitchers in GB/FB ratio (min. 25IP).

GETTING DEFENSIVE: 2B Jose Altuve has not
made an error in his last 61 games and 283 total
chances (last error was on 8/16/13 at LAA)...since
7/9/13, he has made just one error in 89 games
and 412 TC for a .998 fielding percentage, which
is tops in the Majors in that span among second
basemen.

GOIN’ DEEP: The Astros hit one home run on
Sunday and rank fourth in the AL in the category
with 29...they are 9-7 in games that they homer in
this season, and 0-10 when they do not...the last
time Houston had at least 29 homers thru April
28 of a season was in 2008 (also 29 HR).

DEXTEROUS FOWLER: Astros CF Dexter
Fowler has been heating up and is currently on
an eight-game hitting streak, which is the longest
by an Astro this season...Fowler has hit in safely in
nine of his last 10 games, posting a .306 (11x36)
average and a .432 OBP over that span.

STELLAR VS. SOUTHPAWS: Astros 2B Jose Altuve
currently ranks third in the Majors in batting
average against lefties with a .483 (14x29) mark...
since making his MLB debut in 2011, Altuve ranks
sixth among all Major League hitters in average
against southpaws (.332, 139x419).
Batting average against lefties in 2014:
Player AVG
Nori Aoki (KC) .563 (9x16)
Anthony Rendon (WSH) .500 (10x20)
Jose Altuve (HOU) .483 (14x29)
Bryce Harper (WSH) .476 (10x21)

No. 449 FOR BAGWELL: Nine years ago today,
on 4/29/05 vs. CHC, Astros 1B Jeff Bagwell hit
his 449th career home run, the final homer of his
illustrious career...fittingly, the homer was hit off
of Hall of Famer RHP Greg Maddux.

IN THE MINORS: Triple A Oklahoma City 1B
Jon Singleton hit his ninth homer of the season
last night and currently leads the Pacific Coast
League in home runs (9) and in RBI (27)...Class
A Quad Cities SS Thomas Lindauer was named
the Midwest League Player of the Week for April
21-27 after hitting .346 (9x26) with two doubles,
two homers and eight RBI in six games...another
River Bandit has made headlines lately as RHP
Gonzalo Sanudo had his 40-inning scoreless
streak snapped in a start on Sunday...the streak
spanned two seasons, three levels and 32 appearances


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