Saturday, July 5, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #181 - Ken Forsch

  • Ken Forsch started the 1978 season in the bullpen as a late inning reliever and occasional closer. On August 23 Ken replaced Tom Dixon in the starting rotation and made six starts. Forsch would be a starting pitcher from 1979-1984.
  • 1978 Stats: 10-6, 7 saves, 2.70 ERA in 52 games (6 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • June 3 - Pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief and earned the save. The Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2.
    • July 12 - Was credited with the victory in both ends of a doubleheader against the Montreal Expos. In the first game Ken shut out the Expos in the 12th and 13th innings of Houston's 4-3 victory. Forsch came on in relief of starter Mark Lemongello in the 8th inning of the nightcap and surrendered a hit to tie the game. Ken shut out the Expos in the 8th and 9th innings and the Astros moved ahead in the top of the 10th. 
    • Aug 23 - Shut out the Chicago Cubs for seven innings and got the victory in his first start of the season. The Astros beat the Cubs 3-0.
    • Sept 21 - Pitched a shutout against the Atlanta Braves as the Astros won 2-0. It was his last start and last victory of the season.