Game 1 slips away, Game 2 coming right up, unless umpires change their mind.
Craig Biggio was thrown 12 pitches last night, but none hit him, and it became clear early on that the Cardinals strategy was to not throw him anything he could get hit by. Most were balls low and away, so Chris Carpenter wasn't interested in getting near his bat either.
Mark Mulder pitches game 2 tonight. Mulder hit 2 Padres in his last start, but he has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. The Astros might be wise to get to Mulder early, because if last night is any indication, the strikezone is a function of time - it gets considerably larger in the 9th inning when the umpires want to go home (possibly because they're afraid of the Astros' ability to make a game last 18 innings).
Speaking of controversial umpiring, over in the American League, the 9th inning walkoff win by the White Sox was an interesting time. It seems that AJ Pierzynski reached first base on a dropped third strike that the Angels catcher thought had been ruled as caught. Catcher Josh Paul walked to the dugout thinking umpire Doug Eddings had just called the third out while Pierzynski ran to first and was called safe. Pablo Ozuna pinch ran for Pierzynski and came around to score the game winning run. Replays clearly show that the ball never hit the ground, and Doug Eddings also called Pierzynski out - before he called him safe. ESPN.com's play-by-play was so clear on what happened they have this written:
"A Pierzynski struck out swinging, A Pierzynski safe at on error by player player, A Pierzynski to first on error by catcher J Paul."
If the name Doug Eddings looks familiar, it should. Mr. Eddings is no stranger to controversy, and no stranger to this website. He called the Lost Plunk in August against the Padres when he determined Craig Biggio hadn't made enough of an effort to avoid being hit by a pitch and should therefor continue batting.
And this guy gets to umpire in the postseason?
Craig Biggio has never been hit in the NLCS, and has never been hit on October 13th, and there hasn't been a hit batter in NLCS game 2 since October 10, 1991 when Zane Smith hit Ron Gant.