FIRST PITCH/TEMP: 7:28/ 72 DEGREES INSIDE (78 OUTSIDE)
WINNING PITCHER: ISRINGHAUSEN (1-0)
LOSING PITCHER: LIDGE (0-1)
SAVE: NONE ATTENDANCE: 43,470 (SELLOUT)
HOME RUNS: BERKMAN (1), PUJOLS (2)
HEARTBREAK IN HOUSTON: The Cardinals staved off elimination after winning in their final at bat tonight to force a Game Six Wednesday night in St. Louis...It's St. Louis' first win in their last at bat in the NLCS since Jim Edmonds hit a walkoff homer off Dan Miceli in the 12th inning in Game Six of last year's LCS at Busch Stadium.
PHAT ALBERT: Albert Pujols hit his seventh career home run in the NLCS...The only National League player to hit more is Steve Garvey with eight.
PUTTING A HURT ON HOUSTON: In the last two years of the NLCS, Albert Pujols is hitting .447 (21-for-47) with six home runs.
BLOWN AWAY: Brad Lidge suffered his first blown save in the postseason since October 7, 2004 in Game Two of the Division Series in Atlanta...Lidge is now 6-for-8 in save opportunities in his career in postseason play...Lidge also suffered his first career loss in the postseason tonight.
YOU CAN LANCE: Lance Berkman hit his sixth career postseason home run in the bottom of the seventh inning...The Astros have now gone 4-2 in postseason play when Berkman goes deep in a game.
OUR HOUSE: The Astros have gone deep a total of 17 times in 12 playoff games at Minute Maid Park and have homered in all but one of those games.
SEVEN: Houston's seven game home winning streak in the playoffs came to an end tonight...It was the club's first playoff loss at home since Game Four of the 2004 Division Series vs. Atlanta.
AND SEVEN: The Cardinals snapped their LCS-record seven road losing streak...Their last win on the road in a LCS game prior to tonight came in Game Three of the 2002 LCS in San Francisco.
CELEBRATION ON HOLD: Houston is now 2-9 all-time in the postseason in series clinching opportunities...The Astros are now 0-5 in potential LCS clinching games.
STAYING ALIVE: St. Louis is now 4-5 since 1996 when facing elimination in the playoffs under Tony La Russa.
HANGING IN THERE: The Cardinals are attempting to become the third National League team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a seven game series in the NLCS (also the Florida Marlins in 2003 and 1996 Atlanta Braves).
MARK THIS DOWN: Mark Grudzielanek's two RBI were his first of this year's postseason...It was his first RBI in a postseason game since he knocked in a run in Game Six of the 2003 NLCS vs. Florida as a member of the Chicago Cubs.
CLOSE CALLS: The Astros and Cardinals have been involved in eight one run games this year (including postseason)...The two teams have now split those eight games 4-4.
THRU THE GATES:
Here is a game-by-game report on this year's NLCS attendance, net gate and players' pool.
|HOU vs. STL||Attendance||Net Gate||Player Pool|
|Game One @STL||52,332||2,559,019.76||1,535,411.86|
|Game Two @STL||52,358||2,559,685.19||1,535,811.11|
|Game Three @HOU||42,823||2,259,233.26||1,355,539.95|
|Game Four @HOU||43,010||2,268,960.74||1,361,376.44|
|Game Five @HOU||43,470||2,295,057.74||--|
|Game Six @STL|
|Game Seven @STL|
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