From the inaugural season, we travel to the inaugural season in the Astrodome. Opening Day 1965 saw the Astros get shut out by Gene Mauch's Philadelphia Phillies 2-0. Philly's Chris Short twirled the four-hitter, striking out 11 and walking just three. Short finished that campaign 18-11 with a career-high 237 strikeouts, so the Astros shouldn't have felt too badly.
On Houston's side, Bob Bruce didn't do poorly on the mound, throwing seven innings while allowing nine hits, two runs and one walk and striking out five. Yesterday's hero Hal Woodeshick also appeared, throwing two scoreless frames with a strikeout and a walk.
Offensively, Houston didn't muster much. Second baseman Joe Morgan was 2 for 3 with a walk while the best-hitting catcher in franchise history John Bateman was 1 for 2. Third baseman Bob Aspromonte had other hit, going 1 for 4. It was a tough day at the plate for third-year center fielder Jimmy Wynn, as he went 0 for 4 at the plate with three strikeouts.
Philadelphia scored its only runs on a two-run home run by Dick Allen in the top of the third. That scored Ruben Amaro, Sr., who went 1 for 3 in the game. Allen's home run was also to center field in an Astrodome that had a one-year park factor of 89 for that season, which should tell you just how strong Dick Allen was. He must've muscled that thing out.