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Home >> Teams >> MLB Franchises >> National League >> Houston Astros >> 1979 Team Capsule >> Feats | Batting and Pitching

1979 Houston Astros (MLB)

+ Batting and Pitching Feats and Milestones
W-L Record: 89-73 .549
Rank: 2nd in National League West
Run Differential: 583-582 + 1
Manager(s): Bill Virdon
General Manager: Tal Smith
Location: Houston, Texas
Ballpark: Astrodome
Attendance: 1,900,312 10/26
Top Draft Pick: John Mizerock (#8) All picks
Years Active:
Franchise Information

Coaching Staff

Assistant Coach: Tony Pacheco
Assistant Coach: Bob Cluck
Assistant Coach: Jesus Alou
Hitting Coach: Deacon Jones
Pitching Coach: Mel Wright
Third Base Coach: Bob Lillis

#1 Draft Picks

J.R. Richard (#2), Bo McLaughlin (#14), Frank Riccelli (#18), Craig Reynolds (#22)
National League West Standings
Full League Standings
  • Batting and Pitching Feats may not always be a positive accomplishment. Outlying negative performances may also be highlighted.
  • Batting Feats and Milestones
    Gary WilsonHOUSFNL 7-8 @SFN000000000000000011st career game
    Jose CruzHOUSFNW 9-1 @SFN413001610110100010176 RBIs
    Jeff LeonardHOUSFNW 9-1 @SFN2310000102110000241st career stolen base
    Art HoweHOUPITW 9-8 @PIT62410140000000003754 hits
    Craig ReynoldsHOUPITW 9-8 @PIT62400000001000003404 hits
    Frank RiccelliHOUCINW 8-2 @CIN4011003000100000141st career RBI
    Cesar CedenoHOUSLNW 5-4 vs SLN20100001000000001179400th career stolen base
    Ken ForschHOUCHNW 11-3 vs CHN40000000004001003654 strikeouts
    Rick WilliamsHOUSFNL 4-8 vs SFN2121000000000000231st career hit
    Randy NiemannHOUSDNW 6-3 vs SDN200000000010000011st career game
    Jeff LeonardHOUSDNW 9-0 @SDN5130005000000000515 RBIs
    Bert RobergeHOUSDNL 4-5 @SDN000000000000000011st career game
    Randy NiemannHOUPHIW 3-0 vs PHI301000000010000031st career hit
    Terry PuhlHOUPHIW 4-3 @PHI42400002000100002724 hits
    Joaquin AndujarHOUMONW 2-1 @MON40000000004000001084 strikeouts
    Cesar CedenoHOUMONW 2-1 @MON211000030200000012103 stolen bases
    Jose CruzHOUNYNW 3-2 vs NYN704000000000000010744 hits
    Art HoweHOUPITL 5-9 @PIT51400120000000004334 hits
    Alan KnicelyHOUATLL 2-3 @ATL200000000010000111st career game
    Alan AshbyHOUMONW 4-1 vs MON2000000001001000500500th career game
    Joaquin AndujarHOUMONW 2-1 vs MON31100120002000001201st career home run
    Pete LaddHOUPHIL 2-5 vs PHI000000000000000011st career game
    Cesar CedenoHOUPHIW 4-1 @PHI515110000000000012545 hits
    Danny HeepHOUNYNW 2-0 vs NYN100000000000000011st career game
    Jose CruzHOUNYNL 4-5 vs NYN301000100000001011411000th career hit
    Mike MendozaHOUSFNL 2-9 vs SFN000000000000000011st career game
    Gordie PladsonHOUSFNL 2-9 vs SFN000000000000000011st career game
    Bobby SprowlHOUSFNL 2-9 vs SFN000000000000000011st career game
    Danny HeepHOUSFNL 1-2 vs SFN101000000000000041st career hit
    Danny HeepHOUCINL 8-9 @CIN000000100000001061st career RBI
    Rafael LandestoyHOUCINL 8-9 @CIN52510020000000001855 hits
    Tom WiedenbauerHOUSFNW 7-0 @SFN101100200000000011st career game, 1st career hit, 1st career RBI
    Craig ReynoldsHOUCINW 3-2 vs CIN61410000000000004594 hits
    Enos CabellHOUATLL 4-5 @ATL50400011001000008374 hits
    Dave BergmanHOUATLL 4-9 @ATL11100110000000001261st career home run
    Pitching Feats and Milestones
    Game DatePlayerTeamOppResultDecNoteIPHRERHRBBSOWPBKHBTBFPitchesStrBalStr%Career GCareer W-LFeat Description
    Ken ForschHOUATLW 6-0 vs ATLWSHO900002300029000--36256-61Complete game/Shutout, 0-hitter
    Joe NiekroHOUATLW 2-0 vs ATLWSHO950000700031000--40096-97Complete game/Shutout, 400th career game
    J.R. RichardHOULANW 2-1 vs LANWCG9611041360037000--18581-5413 Strikeouts
    Gary WilsonHOUSFNL 7-8 @SFN 0.21111001003000--10-01st career game
    J.R. RichardHOUPITW 5-4 vs PIT 8.1543021130033000--18782-5411 Strikeouts
    Joe NiekroHOUCHNW 3-0 vs CHNWSHO950001100033000--40798-99Complete game/Shutout
    J.R. RichardHOUSDNL 2-4 vs SDNLCG11843241010044000--19383-5810 Strikeouts
    Rick WilliamsHOUSDNW 1-0 vs SDNWSHO950001200032000--242-3Complete game/Shutout
    Randy NiemannHOUSDNW 6-3 vs SDN 752104001030000--10-01st career game
    Joe NiekroHOUATLW 4-1 @ATLW 961102100032000--409100-99100th career win
    Bert RobergeHOUSDNL 4-5 @SDN 20000200007000--10-01st career game
    Randy NiemannHOUCINW 2-1 vs CINWCG981100601034000--21-01st career win
    Rick WilliamsHOUCINW 3-0 vs CINWSHO970003400035000--263-3Complete game/Shutout
    Bert RobergeHOUMONW 5-4 vs MONSv 1.20000000004000--20-01st career save
    Randy NiemannHOUPHIW 3-0 vs PHIWSHO960001400034000--32-0Complete game/Shutout
    J.R. RichardHOUMONL 2-4 @MONL 8944121100035000--19985-6011 Strikeouts
    Bert RobergeHOUNYNW 3-2 vs NYNW 330002100014000--61-01st career win
    Joaquin AndujarHOUNYNW 3-1 vs NYNWCG921107200034000--11332-292-hitter
    J.R. RichardHOUNYNW 5-4 vs NYN 774302700027000--20085-60200th career game
    Randy NiemannHOUCINW 4-0 vs CINWSHO960001100033000--73-0Complete game/Shutout
    Randy NiemannHOUSFNW 6-5 @SFNSv 21000210009179853%83-01st career save
    J.R. RichardHOUCINL 4-5 @CINL 81155061210142000--20386-6212 Strikeouts
    J.R. RichardHOUCHNW 6-4 vs CHNW 7.1443021200028000--20787-6512 Strikeouts
    Joe SambitoHOUCHNW 6-4 vs CHNSv 1.21000140008000--17517-19Struck out at least 2 batters per inning (1.2+ ip)
    Ken ForschHOULANW 5-2 vs LANWCG932200300030000--37862-673-hitter
    J.R. RichardHOUATLW 4-1 vs ATLWCG9611031510037000--20989-6515 Strikeouts
    J.R. RichardHOULANW 4-1 @LANW 9611021200035000--21090-6512 Strikeouts
    Pete LaddHOUPHIL 2-5 vs PHI 10000100004000--10-01st career game
    J.R. RichardHOUNYNW 3-1 @NYNW 9710021000036000--21392-6610 Strikeouts
    Pete LaddHOUPHIW 4-1 @PHIW 1.21000121007000--41-01st career win
    J.R. RichardHOUMONW 3-0 @MONW 9200061200135000--21493-6612 Strikeouts
    J.R. RichardHOUSDNW 2-0 vs SDNWSHO930000900031000--21695-66Complete game/Shutout, 3-hitter
    Gordie PladsonHOUSFNL 2-9 vs SFN 11000010004660100%10-01st career game
    Vern RuhleHOUSFNW 7-0 @SFNW 94000120003170561480%10630-35Threw 80% strikes
    J.R. RichardHOUSFNL 1-2 @SFNL 8522051100033140835759%21895-6711 Strikeouts
    Joe NiekroHOUSDNW 1-0 @SDNWSHO960001200033000--434114-107Complete game/Shutout
    J.R. RichardHOUCINW 3-2 vs CIN 11722111500041000--21995-6715 Strikeouts
    J.R. RichardHOUATLW 8-0 @ATLW 9400021300133000--22096-6713 Strikeouts
    Mike MendozaHOUATLL 4-9 @ATL 10000000003000--10-01st career game
    J.R. RichardHOULANW 3-0 @LANW 7300021110026000--22197-6711 Strikeouts

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