This Day In Astros History: Aug. 1, 2008

HOUSTON - APRIL 12: A general view of Minute Maid Park from the third base side on April 12, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

On this day, just three years ago, the Astros beat the Mets 7-3 at Minute Maid Park.

A couple notable things about this game. For starters, Houston won to improve to 51-58 on the season. For those of you who can't quite recall back that far, 2008 was the last time Houston had a winning record in a season and they were sitting below .500 on August 1. 

This game also featured 41,000 fans at MMP. For the Mets. In the middle of August. For a sub-.500 team. Everyone who knocks Astros fans as being fickle or fair-weather, look at that game. Astros fans aren't fickle, they just recognize bad product when they see it. Why should they pay to see this team when they can watch them on TV and not have to pay close to $100 dollars to most likely see a loss? Folks, Houston has only drawn 41,000 once this season and that was the home opener on April 8 against the Florida Marlins. They didn't even draw 40,000 for any of the Boston games.

The Astros also hit four home runs in this game, as Mark Loretta, Brandon Backe, Carlos Lee and Kaz Matsui all went big fly. The 2008 Astros hit four homers in five different games that season, but have only done it four times since then and just once in 2011. That was on May 30 against the Cubs.

Oh, and new pitching coach Doug Brocail got the victory in this one, as one of a host of relievers who came in for Brandon Backe after the sixth inning.

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball and the recap from TCB.

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