Acquired at the Trade Deadline in the Carlos Gomez deal, Houser scuffled over the first four months of the season in the Astros' system, combining for a 5.10 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 83 innings between Class A Advanced and Double-A Corpus Christi.
The 22-year-old right-hander -- a second-round Draft pick back in 2011 -- fared much better after joining Biloxi, going 4-1 with a 2.02 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32/6 strikeout-to-walk in 37 innings over seven starts. Houser allowed a total of three earned runs in his first six outings for the Shuckers but struggled in his final regular-season start (2 IP, 5 ER), making his performance on Friday all the more impressive.
On the season, the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has pitched to a 4.43 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 110/41 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 120 innings -- not including Friday's playoff outing -- between the Class A Advanced and Double-A levels.
The win gave Biloxi a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series, and it's now one win away from advancing to the Southern League finals.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.