This Day In Astros History: April 20, 2001

Once again, we return a decade to the misty times when the Astros were good. This was a fun box score to peruse, because Houston kicked the ever-loving crap out of Fernando Vina, Jim Edmonds and a young Albert Pujols in a 10-1 victory at then-Enron Field.

The El-Train Scott Elarton picked up his third victory of the season, allowing three hits, one run and a walk in seven innings while striking out seven. Jay Powell and Billy Wagner pitched the final two frames to close out the lopsided victory.

Rick Ankiel started for the Cards. This was the season after his infamous playoff blowup, and the one-time phenom couldn't find the strike zone in this game either. In three innings, he gave up three hits, five walks and five runs while striking out two.

A young Lance Berkman hit a three-run home run while Moises Alou went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs. Craig Biggio was hit by two pitches (one by Ankiel, who also added Berkman to his casualty list). I know, Biggio getting hit by pitches is shocking, but it's true. It happened and everything.

Heck, this was such an offense-fest that Brad Ausmus went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks. Brad Ausmus! Anyways, it's always nice to revisit Cardinal kickings. They don't happen too often any more.

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