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DP - San Diego 1
IBB - Jackson (1, by Osuna).
E- Candaele (1).
2B - Benes (1, off Henry).
Biggio 2 (5, off Benes 2); Bagwell (4, off Benes).
SH- C. Jones (3, off Rodriguez).
IBB- Bagwell 2 (3,by Benes, by Rodriguez); Biggio (2, by Rodriguez).
Umpires: Frank Pulli, Bob Davidson, Tom Hallion, John McSherry
The Rookies # 51
|1992 Upper Deck |
Scouting Report # SR9
You gotta remember that when this game was played, Andy Benes was considered an ace, one of the premier pitchers in the National League. And when I headed over to the sportsbar that sleepy Sunday, I was figuring maybe the 'Stros could squeak out 3 or 4 runs off Benes; I never expected Henry to outpitch a Benes who had his A-game. But although Henry didn't get the decision, that's exactly what he did. I kept ordering Sam Adams in the nearly-deserted bar, and Butch Henry kept getting Padres out. I remember being so happy to see this, not so much because the Astros might get the victory, but more because I was watching a guy tap his absolute maximum potential; yes, a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. It wasn't a matter of ability, obviously--'cause Benes had way more of that--it was desire, heart, the stars being aligned, whatever. Everything coming together so that a number five starter could outduel one of the premier pitchers in the National League. The game Henry pitched that day was absolutely astonishing, and I will always remember it.
Floyd Bluford Henry was acquired along with Terry McGriff and Keith Kaiser in the trade that sent away Bill Doran on August 31, 1990. Henry's 4.80 ERA at Tuscon in 1991 was nothing special, but he had a good spring of '92 and won a job in the Houston rotation. His ERA for 1992 was 4.02, but there were flashes of brilliance such as the game chronicled here. Henry was lost to the Rockies in the November 1992 expansion draft, then moved on to Montreal, where he had two excellent years in 1994 and 1995, starting at least 15 games and pitching at least 100 innings, with a sub 3.00 ERA each year. He also notched a complete-game shutout for the Expos in 1995, so that bit above about "the game of his life" isn't technically true. Henry finally faded away after the 1999 season he spent with Boston. Overall, he was 33 - 33 in the majors with a 3.84 ERA.
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