10/14/2005 5:50 PM ET
Morgan Ensberg: Oswalt came up big
"There's no question that Roy [Oswalt] is overshadowed on this team," said Morgan Ensberg. (Al Behrman/AP)
Roy Oswalt gave the team an incredible lift in Game 2 in St. Louis, holding the Cardinals to one run. That could become a pivotal game in the NLCS because with the win, we were able to come home to Houston even instead of being down two games to none.
There's no question that Roy is overshadowed on this team. Here's a guy who's won 20 games in two straight seasons, but nobody seems to notice.
Part of it is because of the tremendous pedigrees of Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte, but the other part is that Roy just isn't an attention getter. He doesn't seek out television interviews or media. He just goes out there and does his job with a very blue-collar kind of work ethic. He's a hard worker with tremendous ability.
For a split second in the sixth inning of Game 2 I thought I might have given the team a lift when I hit a ball deep into the gap in right-center field with Lance Berkman on first. But then I watched Jim Edmonds make another incredible catch. I've had a tough go of it when I've hit balls to center field in the postseason. Andruw Jones caught one against the wall in left-center and he dove to catch another. Now Edmonds is out there in the NLCS.
But I've come to expect the near-impossible from those guys. As well as I hit the ball, I wasn't shocked when Edmonds made the catch. After the play, I was thinking to myself: If you don't want the ball to be caught then don't hit it to center field. Edmonds ran a mile to get that ball, but he just gets great jumps. He made a similar catch against us in last year's NLCS, except he was going the other way toward left field. He's a big league center fielder, that's for sure.
Being back to Houston is a huge advantage for us because we've played so much better here. When that roof is closed our fans are just so incredibly loud. We feel more comfortable and therefore we play much better at home.
We also feel good about our chance to take a lead in the series in Game 3 on Saturday because Roger Clemens is pitching. Any time that guy is out there we know we have an opportunity to win and the other team knows it's going to have a difficult time.
Third baseman Morgan Ensberg had the best of his three full seasons in the Majors in 2005, achieving career bests with 36 home runs and 101 RBIs. His .945 OPS was eighth-best in the NL.