DENVER -- When the Astros return to New York for Interleague Play on Friday, it will be seven years to the day that the team carved out a place in the record books by throwing an 8-0 no-hitter against the Yankees while using six different pitchers.
"Any time you play in a no-hitter, history is being made," said Geoff Blum, who played third in the game. "To be a part of it is pretty exciting, especially in old Yankee Stadium. I made the only error, and Roy [Oswalt] left the game after the first inning when he got hurt."
Oswalt came out after warming up before the bottom of the second, having aggravated a groin injury that would ultimately land him on the disabled list. He was followed on the mound by Peter Munro (2 2/3 innings), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3), Brad Lidge (two), Octavio Dotel (one), and Billy Wagner (one). They combined for 13 strikeouts and three walks.
"At that point, our bullpen was incredible. That was one of the strengths of the team," Lance Berkman said. "Obviously, whenever Roy starts, you want him to pitch, because he's Roy. But I don't remember feeling like, 'Oh man, Roy's out of the game, we have no chance.' The bullpen we had -- with the last three guys especially, Lidge, and Dotel, and Wagner -- it was like there's a great chance once we got through the sixth inning that it was going to be a no-hitter."
Berkman homered off Yankees starter Jeff Weaver in the third inning to make it 4-0 and made a diving, tumbling catch in the fifth inning on a hump-back liner from Alfonso Soriano to preserve a no-hitter that no one realized was happening at that stage.
"It was kind of a weird game, because when there's that many pitchers, you sort of lose [track]," Berkman said. "If there's one guy throwing a no-hitter, everything builds and everybody knows, 'Oh, there's a no-hitter, don't talk to the guy.' But I just remember it kind of dawned on me about the sixth or seventh that hey, the staff has a no-hitter. The pitchers didn't [know]. Even Jimy Williams, who was managing at the time, made a comment that he looked up in the eighth, and he was like, 'Wait a second, we've got a no-hitter going!'"