NLCS Game 2 – Astros 4, Cardinals 1
THE KILLER B’S of Houston lore in the ’90s consisted of Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. Soon after, Lance Berkman joined the “B” motif. This post-season, Chris Burke has carried his team well enough to be a cornerstone of that pseudonymous club.
He was responsible for belting the 18th inning homerun to seal the NLDS vs. the Braves, and Thursday night Burke continued to lead his team in big hits when he tripled off Mulder (0-1) in the second inning, eventually scoring on a Yadier Molina passed ball to put the Astros out in front.
Then in the 8th, with a 2-0 lead, Burke kept up the intensity, hitting a 2-out bee-line to left field off reliever Julian Tavarez, scoring Berkman from 3rd base. Burke later scored on Adam Everett’s triple that knocked Cardinals outfielder Reggie Sanders off his block.
St. Louis’s only tally on the board resulted from Albert Pujols’ sixth-inning solo homerun. The Pujols parabola came courtesy of Roy Oswalt (1-0), who, despite his name not beginning with a ‘B,’ killed the Cardinals offense by giving up just that one run in seven innings while striking out six victims.
Sadly, Mulder’s equally-strong outing goes for naught. He also allowed one earned run (one unearned) over seven innings and fanned six.
But how about that Burke fella? In the first two games, Burke has either scored or driven in five of Houston’s seven runs. And he’s done it all in a mere five plate appearances.
The Spacemen and Birdmen take a day off as they hitchhike a few states south to Texas, host of Saturday’s Game 3 (4 p.m., FOX). Roger Clemens will mosey to the mound while his St. Louis Arch-rival Matt Morris will look to improve his dismal career 2-5 postseason performance.
BOTH SERIES ARE tied at one game apiece, guaranteeing at least six more LCS games. From the looks of it, odds are we’ll be seeing at least ten or 11 more.