Aug. 20, 1999
Astros 6, Marlins 4
Jeff Bagwell of Houston must wonder why he even took batting practice last Friday before the Astros' 16-inning marathon with Florida. Bagwell, who went 0 for 2, tied a major league record by walking six times in Houston's 6-4 win. He wasn't the only Astro who had little use for his lumber: Marlins pitchers walked 17 batters and struck out 21 more. Each total was a record for both teams.
Not that Bagwell, who was hitting .309 with 37 homers, 105 RBIs and a major-league leading 113 walks through Sunday, was trying to walk. Twice the Marlins gave him an intentional pass; in three other at bats he hacked at a 2-0 or a 3-0 pitch, fouling it off each time. "It's not really the record I'm looking for," Bagwell said after the game.