We're taking a detour from the past few Opening Day history lessons. This game reaches back to Game 2 of the inaugural season for the Colt .45's. It also is the second game in a nice, little three-game winning streak to start the season (that saw Houston lose 96 games). The lesson here? Don't take any three-game series too seriously early in the season.
Hal Woodeshick picked up the victory in this 2-0 shutout of the Cubs. That's the same Cubs team which featured Lou Brock, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. Woodeshick allowed nine hits and three walks while striking out four in eight innings. Turk Farrell struck out one and walked another in the ninth to record his first save as a Colt .45.
Norm Larker was the offensive star (if you can call anyone an offensive star in this game), going 1 for 3 with a triple and a run scored. He also walked once. Catcher Hal Smith drove in both runs, but was 1 for 4 in the game. Both runs scored in the bottom of the first, when Smith laced a single to right field with the bases loaded. That allowed Al Spangler and Larker to score.
Bob Aspromonte went on to play seven years for Houston, but this was not his finest game, as he went 0 for 4 batting leadoff against Cubs' starter Glen Hobbie. The right-hander for Chicago went 5-14 that season with a 5.22 ERA, so it's not like the Astro, er, the Colt .45's beat up on an ace. Still, this was a nice win for the fledgling ball club.