Game 4, Astros lead 2-1
Game 3 went to the Astros yesterday, behind key contributions by Jason Lane, Mike Lamb, and Brad Lidge (the killer Ls? no... the electric Ls?), but there was no need for Craig Biggio to take one for the team. Biggio went 2 for 4 with 2 singles and 2 hard ground ball outs, one of which would have been a game breaking extra base hit if not for a diving stop by substiture third baseman Hector Luna.
Game 4 this afternoon will match up the Astros Brandon Backe with the Cardinals Jeff Suppan. Suppan has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, but hit Jeff Kent in last year's NLCS game 7, and Mark Bellhorn in World Series game 3 - so he does appear to have a tendancy to hit second basemen in big games.
While Suppan came up with the win in the NLCS game 7 last year, he was the Cardinals World Series goat due to his running failure in game 3. Instead of scoring the tying run on a Larry Walker ground out, he stood around and got thrown out going home. He hit Mark Bellhorn in the following inning.
Here is the complete history of plunks in game 4 of the NLCS:
Julian Tavarez hit Jeff Kent in 2004,
Matt Clement hit Derrek Lee in 2003,
Livan Hernandez hit Albert Pujols in 2002,
Greg Maddux hit Luis Gonzalez in 2001,
Mike Timlin hit Edgardo Alfonzo in 2000,
Danny Jackson hit Greg Olson in 1993,
Craig Lefferts hit Henry Cotto in 1984,
Steve Carlton hit Steve Yeager in 1983,
and Tommy John hit Garry Maddox in 1977