3:46/ 72 DEGREES INSIDE (84 OUTSIDE)
CHAD QUALLS (1-0)
JASON MARQUIS (0-1)
BRAD LIDGE (3)
The Astros are now the 11th team since the seven-game format began in 1985 to jump out to a 3-1 lead in the NLCS...Eight of the previous 10 teams went on to advance to the World Series...The only two teams to lose with a 3-1 lead were the 1996 Cardinals (led Atlanta 3-1, lost 4-3) and the 2003 Chicago Cubs (led Florida 3-1, lost 4-3).
The run allowed by Brandon Backe in the top of the fourth inning snapped his streak of 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings against St. Louis in the playoffs.
The run allowed by Jeff Suppan in the bottom of the fourth inning snapped a streak of 13.0 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to his September 20 start at Cincinnati.
GET IN THE FAST LANE JASON:
Jason Lane hit his second career postseason home run with a solo blast in the bottom of the fourth inning...He also went deep in his first career playoff game last year at Atlanta in Game One of the Division Series.
FOUR YOUR INFORMATION:
In the 18 occasions a series stood at 2-1 heading into Game Four, the winner of Game Three has now won Game Four eight times, including four out of the last five seasons.
SAVING THE DAY:
Brad Lidge picked up his third save of this series this afternoon...Dennis Eckersley is the only pitcher to pick up four saves in a League Championship Series (1988 with Oakland)...Lidge is now the seventh pitcher in NLCS history to have three saves in a LCS (the last was St. Louis' Jason Isringhausen in 2004).
Albert Pujols has hit safely in 15 of 16 career games in the NLCS...In addition, Pujols' two hits gave him 25 hits for his career in the NLCS, moving him ahead of Willie McGee (24) for the most in Cardinals history.
AND THE WHIFF:
Brandon Backe's seven strikeouts this afternoon were a postseson-high...His previous high was six in Game One of last year's NLCS.
Houston has now gone 2-for-31 (.065) with runners in scoring position in the first four games of this series...The Cardinals are hitting .178 (8-for-45) in the postseason with RISP.
HOUSE OF HORRORS:
St. Louis has scored a combined four runs in their last three postseason games at Minute Maid Park...In addition to today,
the Cards were held to three runs last night and were shut out in Game Five of the 2004 LCS.
STUCK IN A MOMENT:
St. Lous has lost three consecutive games against Houston for the first time since also dropping three straight in Games Three thru Five of last year's NLCS.
The Astros and Cardinals have been involved in seven one run games (including postseason) against each other this year...The Astros have gone 4-3 in those games.
The Astros have won seven straight postseason games at Minute Maid Park...Houston improved to 8-3 all-time at Minute Maid Park in the playoffs.
THE LAUNCH PAD:
The Astros have gone deep a total of 16 times in 11 playoff games at Minute Maid Park and have homered in all but one of those games.
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|| || || |
|Game Six @STL|| || || |
|Game Seven @STL|| || || |