This Day In Astros History: April 21, 1991

Now we hearken back to the early days of the Astros youth movement in the post-86 days. This game didn't end well, as a young Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling got outpitched by Mike LaCoss and Dave Righetti in a 1-0 loss to San Francisco. That dropped Houston to 5-7 on the season, which was actually pretty good considering this team lost 97 games.

Harnisch pitched well for seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out five. Curt Schilling gave up the game with one earned run in 1 2/3 innings of work. The winning run scored when Steve Decker hit a solo walkoff home run in the ninth inning. What's worse, Decker only hit five home runs that season and just 13 in his entire seven season career.

Offensively, it was a mixed bag for the Astros. None of Houston's hitters had more than one hit, as Luis Gonzalez, Eric Yelding, Ken Oberkfell and Tuffy Rhodes combined for Houston's four total hits. Going 0-fer in the game were also Steve Finley and Ken Caminiti. Both Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell pinch hit in this game while Casey Candaele started at second and was 0 for 3.

Mark McLemore also appeared for Houston as a pinch hitter. He joins catcher Carl Nichols and Mark Davidson as Astros I'd never heard of. Of course, I knew of McLemore as a player, but I didn't every realize he had played on the Astros. Oberkfell also turns up here, after playing a crucial role in one of our previous games on this tour.

Here is a graphic recreation of the game, which timmy so excellently pointed out would make a fine addition to these posts.  Thanks to Back To Baseball for their great website, too.

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