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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Monday, October 17, 2005

Three down, one to go

What began with a dismal performance in game one has evolved into a Houston team that leads the series 3-1 and may take the series tonight. With the exciting conclusion of game four last night, the Astros are poised to finish off the series and advance to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Brandon Backe was the starting pitcher for the Astros, Jeff Suppan for the Cardinals.

The Astros opened the first inning allowing an Eckstein single, then set the pace for the game with a double play. The first three innings were otherwise uneventful, with the Cards breaking the drought with a run in the top of the fourth. Lane responded in the bottom of the fourth with a home run into the Crawford boxes.

Two more innings of no scoring, then in the bottom of the seventh. Biggio sacrifice bunts to send Palmeiro to third. But Marquis (replacing Suppan) bobbles the ball, and Biggio is safe at first. Burke is up next, starts to bunt, but gets the go-ahead to swing away. Marquis strikes him out, leading to a Burke tantrum in the dugout.

Marquis walks Berkman, leaving the bases loaded with one out. Cards coach LaRusso gets in the home-plate umps face after the final ball call, getting himself ejected from the game.

See, I told you this would be a historic series. LaRusso will make it into the books as the first manager to be ejected in a post-season game since 1999.

After the dust settled, Taveras subs for Palmeiro on third. Ensberg hits a sacrifice fly, and Taveras scores for a one run Astros lead. The third out occurred during a commercial, so I didn't see how the side was retired.

Top of the eighth, Ausmus catches an attempted bunt. Edmonds gets called for a questionable strike, gets in the umps face and gets himself ejected from the game with a full count on the board. Taveras snags a potential double fly ball on the hill, something the Cards have not been able to do in this series.

Ninth inning finds the 'Stros still up by one and Lidge pitching. Pujols singles, and so does Walker, sending Pujols to third. Sanders hits to third, Ensberg throws Pujols out at home, cutting of the tying run. During the confusion following the play, Walker steals third, causing another controversy.

The 'Stros ended it with Walker on third with a double play involving a crossover shortstop play, to second to first for three outs. Astros win again, 2-1.

This is gettin' pretty exciting, don't you think? The fifth, and hopefully final, game is tonight. If all goes according to plan, we'll be playing the White Sox in the Fall Classic shortly.

Should I stop shaving and keep wearing my lucky underwear? I'd like to say it couldn't hurt, but I might get a rash, and I don't think Mrs. Card will be too fond of the idea, so I'll settle for my lucky ice-cold beverage and trusty nachos, with extra jalapenos.

And I've got an idea for a new ballpark treat. Fried bananas topped with Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream. I call it "Elvis has 'split' the building".

Maybe I'll wait until after this series...

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