This Day In Astros History: May 13, 1984

I've really been slacking on these this week, but for this game, I thought I'd highlight one of the definitive Astrodome games. Back in 1984, the Astros only managed to scratch out three hits and one run against the Chicago Cubs, but still came away with the victory.

Mike Madden and Vern Ruhle combined on a nine-hit shutout as Madden pitched the first five inning for the victory and Ruhle threw the final four innings in relief for the save. Madden allowed six hits, three walks and struck out three while Ruhle allowed three hits and no walks while striking out three.

Madden only threw four season for Houston, starting a little less than half the time in his first two seasons. He only threw in 17 games in 1984 and had an ERA of 5.53 that season, so what he did against the Cubs might be considered a career highlight. It doesn't appear that Madden had any injuries derail his career, but ineffectiveness certainly did.

Ruhle was primarily a starter throughout his career and transitioned slowly into the bullpen in his final few seasons in Houston. Ruhle only saved 11 games in his career, so this was a rarity. Of course, back in that age, it was more common for pitchers to pick up three-inning saves.

The Astros scored their lone run of the game when Enos Cabell hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Jerry Mumphrey from third. Cubs starter Rich Reuschel stayed in to finish the game, walking none but only striking out two. Reuschel had just begun his comeback from a torn rotator cuff in 1982. He started four games in 1983 and only 14 with the Cubs in '84 but was left off the playoff roster. He went on to pitch 19 years in the big leagues and win 212 games.

Here's the Back to Baseball replay of this game.

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