Thursday, October 21, 2004
Game seven liveblogging
I wish Biggio would get some hits. He's still sort of clutch, but he needs to retire. Scratch that. Biggio just hit his 43rd career leadoff home run. Astros 1-0. Don't know how he hit that out. He could barely reach it.
I don't know if anybody in Boston remembers, but the Red Sox traded Jeff Bagwell to Houston for Larry Anderson in 1990. Ever heard of Larry Anderson? Didn't think so.
A Red Sox – Houston World Series would be interesting for more than political reasons. It'd be a chance to see what a great job the KC Royals do developing outfielders.
Middle of the first
Burger King's spicy chicken ad is funny. Still don't have much interest in the sandwich.
Bottom of the first
Pujols is hitting .500 in the NLCS. Anyway he was. Clemens mows 'em down 1-2-3 in the first. His stuff looks nasty and a little wild. Somebody'll hit the dirt tonight.
Top of the second
One out, runners on first and second. I'd say blowout if Ausmus wasn't hitting .125 in the post-season. Did I mention that he doesn't have any RBIs? Well hit into the gap…this might bring in two runs…
GREAT CATCH by Jim Edmonds. Wow! We'll be seeing that for years. The Astros are lucky that neither of their baserunners got picked off. Ausmus was absolutely robbed- that should have been a double.
Middle of the second
End of the second
I think it's really cool that Fox is running these You Decide 2004 spots, though I wonder how they convinced Kerry and Bush to play nice.
Top of the third
The reason Beltran never gets caught stealing is that he's halfway to second before the pitcher lets go of the ball. And now Beltran scores from 2nd on a sac fly to shallow center. Amazing. Astros 2-0.
Middle of the third
Spoke too soon. Kerry uncorks a mild attack in his spot. At least he didn't mention George Bush's illegitimate gay crack baby son.
Bottom of the third
Womack gets the Cards' first hit. Biggio pretty much donates an extra base, proving again that he's not much of an outfielder. Ground ball to the right side gets Womack to third. He looks like his back is really hurting him. Limps home but scores on a suicide squeeze. Beautiful play. That's what makes the National League so special. In the A.L. the batter would have been swinging away, but with one out and the pitcher on deck LaRussa needed to make a move. 2-1, Astros still lead.
Top of the fourth
Jeff Kent is hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Wasn't he HBP once before in this series? Yup. Tavarez plinked him after Beltran's homer in the seventh inning of game four. That was after Tavarez threw at Bagwell's head, but before he broke his hand beating up the water cooler. I love google.
Bottom of the fifth
Clemens looks like he's starting to tire. Oswalt can probably pitch, but I've gotta think that Lidge is done for the series. That hurts Houston in relief, but Isringhausen can't have anything left for the Cards either.
Or maybe Clemens is still ok. He struck out Sanders with a nasty slider.
Womack just got picked off of first on a failed bunt attempt. Terrible call. He was safe. Go Astros!
End of the fifth
Josh Marshall links to this brutal anti-Bush ad. He asks for feedback. I guess he's worried that it crosses the line. I dunno. I think Republicans have complained so much that they've convinced Democrats that harsh ads are improper. Meanwhile, the Republicans are absolutely shameless.
Top of the sixth
Berkman just had a 10 pitch at bat. The announcers were marvelling at the way he worked the count full. One of them said, "he's been on top of every pitch" just as Berkman watched strike three float by. Every pitch except that one I guess.
Bottom of the sixth
Cedeno gets a single. That means he's now 11 for 25 lifetime against Clemens. I guess there's no reason to take his getting a hit as evidence that Clemens is running out of gas, but I really think Clemens is pitching on fumes.
Pujols is up with two outs and a runner on third. I'm absolutely terrified. Nobody up in the Astros bullpen, but Garner is on the mound. They better not give Big Al anything to hit. Fastball down the middle for strike one. Way outside 1-1. I'm looking for a slider down and in. Nope. Fastball on the corner, fouled out of play 1-2. Still waiting for the inside slider. Nope. Fastball high and inside. Pujols turns on it for a double, Cards tie it up. Damn.
And Rolen goes yard. Cards up by two. Damnit.
Edmonds is up and Clemens finally throws a breaking ball. It's about time. Strike one. Another breaking ball, another strike. Now you can throw some heat. There it is, just outside. 1-2. Another fastball, strikeout.
The inning's over, but the damage has been done. Cards lead 4-2.
End of the sixth
This send up of Mickey Kaus is hilarious.
Top of the seventh
Kiko Calero has the best name in baseball.
Palmeiro pinch hits for Clemens. Here's something I don't know: Are you the pitcher of record until another pitcher comes into the game, or do you stop being the pitcher of record as soon as you're replaced in the lineup? What I'm getting at is, can Clemens get the victory if Palmeiro, Biggio, and Beltran hit consecutive home runs?
Palmeiro takes one in the shin. That's two hit batsmen in this game. C'mon Biggs, get on base and get Beltran to the plate. Please, please, please! Nope. Grounds out to short.
Bottom of the seventh
Palmeiro stays in, replacing Biggio in left as part of a double switch. I think that must mean that Oswalt will lead off the 8th. Great.
Tony Womack is batting again. I can't believe he's stayed in this game. He just took a swing at a split finger in the dirt and the grimace on his face made it look like the effort took a year off his life. Another swing, another grimace. Well, at least he struck out and can go have a rest.
Tavarez is warming up. The bat boys have put on their protective headgear.
End of the seventh
I think I've finally figured out this BitTorrent stuff. All I can say is, don't believe the hype.
Top of the eighth
Six outs left guys, time to make something happen. It's Beltran leading off, not Oswalt. Huh. Five outs. Four. Berkman hits a comebacker to the mound, it bounces off Tavarez's glove. Shouldn't have punched the water cooler Julian. Dribbles to second, Renteria makes a great barehanded play and Pujols digs it out of the dirt at first. Three outs left.
Middle of the eighth
I want to see The Incredibles.
Bottom of the eighth
Man on third, one out. Crap. Oswalt needs to strike out the next couple of batters.
He didn't. Larry Walker hits a broken bat single to right. 5-2 Cards. Rolen singles, bringing Pujols up with one out and men on first and second. I wish I had some whiskey to dull the pain.
Double play! Hope?
Top of the ninth
Isringhausen is pitching. He went three innings last night, so he's got to be tired. Can he withstand the murderer's row of Kent, Ensberg, and Vizcaino? Womack way out into right field to catch a pop up. How is he still playing? Ensberg pops up to center. Vizcaino cannot be stopped! Or can he? Crud.