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This Day In Astros History: April 26, 1988

Scotty's number hangs in some elite company.
Scotty's number hangs in some elite company.

Happy birthday to Mike Scott, who turns 56 today. Scotty made the most of his birth date back in '88, when he struck out 12 Phillies in this 3-1 Astros victory.

Scott allowed three hits, one run and three walks in eight innings, throwing 135 pitches and earning a game score of 77. Dave Smith pitched the ninth to pick up his third save of the season. Scott improved to 4-0 with the impressive performance in a season when he went 14-8 with a 2.92 ERA. Scott also had an FIP of 3.00 and earned the third-highest WAR of his career that season at 3.9.

Scotty needed some help from Gerald Young, who went 3 for 4 and third baseman Chuck Jackson, who was 2 for 2 with a double. Jackson, a seventh-round pick from the University of Hawaii in '84, started this game and just came into my consciousness for the first time when I wrote this game up.

Young also stole three bases in this game, which was pretty impressive. It was also a nice performance by Scott, who gave up two hits and the run in the first inning, before locking things down for the rest of the game. Here, again, is a graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball.