This Day In Astros History: June 16, 1979

On this day back before the Astros had won their first divisional title, Houston lost 4-2 to the Montreal Expos in Olympic Stadium.

J.R. Richard started for Houston, striking out 11 and throwing a complete game. Richard allowed nine hits, four runs and two walks, including a home run to Ellis Valentine. His opposition, Ross Grimsley, went seven innings, giving up eight hits and two runs but only striking out one.

Gary Carter was 4 for 4 with L'Expo, while Terry Puhl was 2 for 5 with a stolen base for Houston. Art Howe and Alan Ashby each added doubles for the Astros, while Cesar Cedeno, playing first base, went 1 for 4 with a stolen base.

Every Astros regular had a hit in this one, as Houston outhit Montreal 10-9. The only Houston batter not to get a hit was Richard, though his spot in the order got one when pinch hitter Denny Walling singled in the ninth.

Here's the graphic recap of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball. I'll have more in this one on Friday, but this Astros team has just gotten me down.

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