3:30/ 72 DEGREES INSIDE (84 OUTSIDE)
ROGER CLEMENS (1-0)
MATT MORRIS (0-1)
BRAD LIDGE (2)
ROCKET IN THE LCS RECORD BOOK:
Roger Clemens today started his 14th League Championship Series Game (includes AL & NL), which is now tied for second all-time along with Greg Maddux...Tom Glavine has made a LCS-high 15 starts...Today was also Roger's 32nd career start in the postseason, which is tied for most along with Andy Pettitte and Tom Glavine...Clemens is also one of just three pitchers to appear in nine League Championship Series, joining Tom Glavine and John Smoltz.
Roger Clemens picked up his second career postseason hit with a single in the bottom of the third inning...His other base knock came as a member of the New York Yankees on October 22, 2003 in Game Four of the World Series off Florida's Carl Pavano.
This afternoon Roger Clemens became the third-oldest pitcher to appear in a LCS game at 43 years-old and 72
days...Only Phil Niekro (43 years, 191 days) and Dennis Martinez (43 years, 151 days) were older to appear in a LCS game.
THE HEART OF THE MATT-ER:
The loss today by Matt Morris dropped his record to 0-3 in seven career NLCS games (five starts).
The Astros have gone deep a total of 15 times in 10 playoff games at Minute Maid Park and have homered in all but one of those games (October 10, 2001 vs. Atlanta in a 1-0 loss in the Division Series).
Mike Lamb's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning was his third in four career LCS games...He also went deep in Games One and Six last year.
HOLD YOUR CARDS:
This is the second straight season the Cardinals have trailed in the NLCS...St. Louis has bounced back to win the NLCS a total of three times after trailing in the series...Here's a look at those three occasions.
|1985||Los Angeles||2-0||Won Series 4-2|
|1987||San Francisco||3-2||Won Series 4-3|
|2004||Houston||3-2||Won Series 4-3|
Albert Pujols has hit safely in 14 of 15 career games in the NLCS, going 23-for-58 (.397).
The Astros and Cardinals have been involved in six one run games (including postseason) against each other this
year...The Astros have gone 3-3 in those games.
St. Louis' run in the top of the fifth inning snapped a streak of 18 consecutive innings without a run at Minute Maid Park in
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS:
Lance Berkman has hit safely in seven of his last eight home games in the postseason...Berkman has gone 12-for-28 (.429) with two doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI in those eight games.
THE HIT PARADE:
Houston banged out 10 or more hits for the second straight game...The Astros are now 5-0 this year in the postseason when they collect 10 or more hits.
GAME THREE FACTS:
St. Louis is now 6-2 all-time in Game Three of the NLCS...The Cards have lost in Game Three in back-to-back LCS...The home team has won Game Three 13 times since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1985.
The Astros have won six straight postseason games at Minute Maid Park...Houston improved to 7-3 all-time at Minute Maid
Park in the playoffs.
The throwing error by Hector Luna was St. Louis' second of the series...The Cards committed just one error in seven games during
last year's NLCS and one miscue in five games in the 2002 LCS vs. San Francisco.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END:
Brad Lidge's scoreless streak of 16.2 innings in the postseason came to an end today...Prior to today, he also did not allow a run to St. Louis in his last 30.1 innings over 23 appearances dating back to 9/14/03 (includes regular and postseason).
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|| || || |
|Game Five @HOU|| || || |
|Game Six @STL|| || || |
|Game Seven @STL|| || || |