This Day In Astros History: May 23, 1990

This is a pretty rare one, especially in this day and age. 21 years ago today, the Houston Astros set a franchise record for most stolen bases in a game in a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Eric Yelding led the way with four steals. Two of those steals came against reliever Scott Ruskin and another came against reliever Randy Kremer. Three of the four came in the final two innings of the game. Also adding steals were Ken Caminiti, Bill Doran and two from Casey Candaele.

In case you were wondering about the Pirates catcher being a Bengie Molina clone, the victimized backstop was Mike LaValliere, who had a career caught stealing rate of 37 percent and caught 35 percent in 1990. Backup Don Slaught came in later in the game, but he was no slouch himself, catching 31 percent that season.

No, it was just an unprecedented job of base running by the Astros, as they raced past the Pirates, despite only getting two extra-base hits, including a pinch-hit home run by Alex Trevino. Bill Gullickson started for Houston, but it was Juan Agosto who picked up the victory in relief. Bob Walk started for the Pirates and got a no-decision.

Oh, and this was a very, very good Pirates team that had Andy Van Slyke, Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla hitting 3-4-5. Pittsburgh was in first place at the time, while the Astros were in sixth, 13 games off the lead.

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball.

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