1 more win...
It took a heart attack save from Brad Lidge, and defense like the '85 Bears in game 4 yesterday, but the Astros are 1 win away from the World Series with Andy Pettitte on the mound at home tonight.
Chris Carpenter returns to the mound for game 5, trying to repeat his Game 1 winning strategy of not hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch, but this time he'll have the Juice Box crowd to contend with. If the Astros close out the series tonight and nobody gets hit by a pitch, it will be the first NLCS since 1985 to see nobody on either team get plunked. The '85 Cardinals won that series against the Dodgers, 4 games to 2.
9 batters have been hit on October 17th in postseason history, 3 of those have been in the NLCS, and Orel Hershiser hit Bret Boone for the only October 17th plunk in an NLCS game 5.
Plunks in game 5 of the NLCS:
Woody Williams hit Morgan Ensberg in 2004;
Carlos Zambrano hit Miguel Cabrera in 2003;
Matt Morris hit Kenny Lofton, Rich Aurilia, and Jeff Kent in 2002;
Dave Veres hit Jay Payton in 2000;
Orel Hershiser hit Bret Boone in 1999;
Greg Maddux hit Devon White in 1997;
Tom Browning hit Jay Bell in 1990;
Rick Reuschel hit Andre Dawson in 1989;
Ken Dayley hit Robby Thompson in 1987;
Rich Gossage hit Richie Hebner in 1984