This Day In Astros History: July 20, 2003

Again, I start out by apologizing. Missed a couple big milestones this week in this feature, so we're going to make up for it over the next few days (when there aren't big things happening). For instance, on the day before today, eight years ago, Jeff Bagwell hit his 400th home run in a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark.

Bagwell hit two home runs in this game, both off Danny Graves. The first came in the fourth inning, a two-run home run that Bagwell hit on the first hit he saw in the at-bat. The second, which put him at 400 for his career, was in the sixth inning, a solo shot on a 2-1 pitch that put Houston up 4-0.

The funny thing about this game (and team) is that Bagwell had just the fifth-highest OPS on the team at this particular time. He finished with the fourth-highest OPS and the fourth-best fWAR on that team, behind Lance Berkman, Richard Hidalgo and Morgan Ensberg.

Bagwell would hit 19 more home runs this season and led the Astros in homers for the last time. He also led the team in RBIs with 100, finishing just behind Lance Berkman in runs scored with 109. Sadly, Bagwell's arthritic condition in his shoulder meant he only hit 30 more homers in his career after this season.

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

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