This Day In Astros History: April 22, 1987

For some reason, these games seem to gravitate towards the Braves. At least this one was a win for the Astros. Jim DeShaies shut down Atlanta for seven innings in a 6-0 victory at the Astrodome. That pushed Houston up to 10-5 on the season, a half-game behind the division leaders. It was also smack dab in the middle of a three-game sweep. 

DeShaies struck out 11 in his seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. Larry Anderson and Dave Smith pitched the final two frames to close out the victory. JD's game score of 77 was his highest of the season.

Bill Doran and Glenn Davis each hit home runs while Kevin Bass went 3 for 4 with a double. Billy Hatcher stole two bases while Craig Reynold added another.

Here's the link to the Back To Baseball graphic recap of the game. 

It's not the most exciting game, but it did tie a career-high in strikeouts for JD. He had struck out 11 previously against the Mets on July 3, 1986, a game the Astros eventually lost, after JD gave up three runs in his seven innings. DeShaies also had higher game scores in his career, like his two-hitter where he struck out 10 in September of 1986.

Overall, this game was a lot like the '87 season. It had some nice performances, but ultimately, it left us wanting.

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